Born in the UK, and currently living in New Zealand, Ursula had a fifteen-year career in various commercial-sector jobs in England before taking up an opportunity to pursue her passion to teach. Over the years, she has been involved in diverse educational settings including teaching IT skills and languages in inner-city community projects, supporting experiential learning projects for vulnerable young people and delivering vocational social care subjects at tertiary colleges and universities. Her specialist areas are assessment strategies and enhancing student-centred learning.
Ursula studied part-time for her degree at the University of Warwick, UK, where her experience in sales and administrative roles provided valuable sociological context. Inspired by her learning experiences, later she completed her teaching qualifications at the University of Nottingham, going on to complete an MA in Lifelong Learning. In 2013 she completed a PhD scholarship award in education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Ursula believes that exploring different genres of writing is integral to learning, hence her academic published work ranges from research articles focusing on aspects of emotional labour in teaching and learning, to use of innovative methodologies in educational research.
Ursula is also an enthusiastic creative writer and has published short stories, prose and poetry in anthologies and online magazines. She is currently employed as a lecturer within the Faculty of Education, University of Waikato and teaches writing skills to undergraduate student teachers.
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