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Job Title: Hourly Paid Lecturer
Location: Kingston Hill Campus
Amanda joined Kingston & St George's in 2009 as a lecturer on the pre-registration nursing programme. In a separate role, she also co-ordinates the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education's Academic Skills Centre at the Kingston Hill campus.
Following an early career in childcare, Amanda retrained as a social worker in 1988, practising in statutory child protection, family and mental health social work for 10 years until, inspired by teaching social work students, she trained as a teacher. Combining social work and teaching skills Amanda worked with migrant communities, including a role as lead teacher for the Prisoners of Conscience charity running language and orientation classes for newly arrived refugees.
Subsequent concurrent part-time roles saw Amanda teaching in further education colleges and working with community groups and local services tackling social exclusion and co-ordinating projects aimed at widening participation in education, with one such project being cited as a good practice example in the government publication 'Tackling Pockets of Disadvantage'.
Maintaining close links with the charity sector, Amanda served as a director for a refugee support organisation for many years and was instrumental in successfully securing funding for holistic education provision that still operates today. After adding ICT and literacy to her teaching qualifications she worked in roles where she could embed English into vocational work. Amanda's specialist teaching experience includes supporting students with dyslexia, teacher training in functional skills and working as an examiner for Cambridge.
Amanda teaches both her specialist subject of English language and broader academic study skills across a number of modules on the pre-registration nursing degree programme. Collaborating with nursing colleagues, she identifies key objectives of modules and assignments in terms of academic communication levels and contextualises teaching delivery accordingly. This enables students to develop their writing, comprehension and oral competencies together with advancement of critical thinking and analysis throughout and beyond the three-year course. The ability to communicate ideas and evidence-based rationale for practice are integral to the nursing profession and a key part of NMC proficiency standards, so competence and confidence in use of language is a critical skill required by all nurses.
Cross-cultural communication; sociolinguistics; balancing academic writing and workplace language in health and social care education and clinical practice; language development and pedagogy of academic literacy in health and social care;
knowledge transfer; English for specific purposes; English for academic purposes.