• Head of Learning and Teaching

    Professor Karen Heard-Lauréote

    Role at Solent 

    Karen Heard-LauréoteI am Professor and Head of Learning and Teaching within SLTI, responsible for leading the implementation of Solent’s agendas around improving learning and teaching practice, course enhancement, academic development, learning, teaching and assessment, providing leadership and support for curriculum and academic development activities and implementation of keys aspects of Solent’s educational strategy. 


    With more than 15 years' experience in higher education, my main expertise lies in active learning pedagogies, civic education and local/regional/national/transnational educational networks. My research interests centre around access and participation including:  

    • Access to and participation of civil society stakeholders in European decision-making 

    • Access and participation of students to post-graduate study within HE contexts. 

    • Access and participation of secondary school pupils from non-traditional backgrounds to HE through active learning pedagogies 

    My teaching interests are the development and integration of active learning pedagogies; especially the development and delivery of simulations. I also enjoy teaching on research preparation modules, research training and take an active role in continuing professional development for staff, research supervisors and research students. 

    • Advance HE Accreditor D1-D4, CATE and NTF applications 

    • National Teaching Fellow (since 2018) 

    • PFHEA (since 2016) 

    • Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (FLF) 

    • Aurora Role Model since February 2016 

    • Jean Monnet (JM) Chair in European Studies (April 2012-September 2019) 

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCTLHE) (November 2006), University of Portsmouth. 

    • PhD: European Studies (May 2005), University of Portsmouth. 

    • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Research Methods (December 2003), University of Portsmouth. 

    • BA Honours Degree in European Studies (June 2001), University of Portsmouth. 

    • Certificat d’Études Politiques with Honours (June 2000), Science Politique, Rennes, France. 

    External memberships 
    • Institutional contact for Advance HE & Advance HE Accreditor 

    • Member of the Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF) and the International Federation of National Teaching fellows (IFNTF)

    • Member of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) 

    • Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) 

    • Member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) 

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