Dr Carina Buckley PhD, PGCTLHE, PFHEA
ORCID iD 0000-0003-3101-2525
Role at Solent Learning Design Manager.
Carina Buckley is the Learning Design Manager at Solent University, where she
is responsible for leading on the development and enhancement of learning
and teaching practices to ensure an active, engaging, and inclusive learning
environment for students. As such, she leads institutional direction in the
Learning Design Framework, working closely with course teams to support their
confidence and innovation in excellent learning and teaching. She is a
Principal Fellow of Advance HE.
a PhD in the Archaeology of Human Evolution, Carina joined Solent in 2010 as
Learning Skills tutor, supporting students with all aspects of their
academic work through tutorials and timetabled classes, and gaining
valuable insight into the student learning experience, which continues to guide
and inform her aim to ensure that students have the best possible experience of
has sat on the Steering Group of the Association for Learning Development
in Higher Education since 2012 and led it for six years from 2015, stepping
down to serve as Treasurer. In 2022 she established the podcast The Learning
Development Project, which she co-hosts monthly.
a first article exploring the value of Lego in teaching academic literacies,
she has since gone on to publish on a range of topics including blended
learning and innovative pedagogies in the context of real-world learning. Her
current research interests circle round the ideas of community and
collaboration – who are we, how do we express that, and how do we work
together? Beginning with research into how professional identities are formed
by and shaped within a community of practice, she has since expanded her
interest in this area to encompass the contribution of writing and publication
to this process, exploring writing as a form of liberatory practice and a way
of constructing and sustaining the identities of individuals and the academic
field in which they work. This also supports her other strand of research into
leadership, particularly in a matrix environment, and the distributed,
networked nature of leadership in the ‘third space’ of academia.
A. & Buckley, C. (2022). Writing as liberatory practice: Unlocking
knowledge to locate an academic field. Teaching in Higher Education,
- Heard-Lauréote, K. & Buckley, C. (2022). Exploding hierarchies for
educational change: leveraging "third spaces" within Solent
University's Transformation Academy. In: Jamil, G. & Morley, D., (2022
forthcoming). Agile Learning Environments amid Disruption.
Switzerland: Springer Nature.
Heard-Lauréote, K. & Buckley, C. (2021). “To be relied upon and trusted”:
the centrality of personal relationships in a successful cross-team
institutional change project. Journal of University Teaching &
Learning Practice. 18(7), 7-24. https://doi.org/10.53761/1.18.7.02
Buckley, C. (2021) Performing community: an online tea break as a radical
act. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (22).
Buckley, C. and Kukhareva, M. (2020). Making inspiration mainstream: Innovative
pedagogies for the real world. In Morley, D.A. and Jamil, M.G. (eds.) Applied
pedagogies for higher education: Real world learning and innovation across the
curriculum. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 269-297
Buckley, C. (2017). Gateway to higher education: A supportive induction for
mature students returning to study. Focus 68, pp.61-63.
Available from: https://www.sconul.ac.uk/page/focus-68
Buckley, C. (2015). Conceptualising plagiarism: using Lego to construct
students’ understanding of authorship and citation. Teaching in Higher
Education 20(3), 352-358
Buckley, C. 2014. Thinking outside the book: A point of departure for
reflecting on learning. A Book Review of James, A. and Brookfield, S.D.
(2014) Engaging imagination: helping students become creative and
reflective learners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Journal of
Learning Development in Higher Education no.7 [online][viewed 1
September 2014] Available from: http://www.aldinhe.ac.uk/ojs/index.php?journal=jldhe&page=article&op=view&path=249
- PG Certificate in Blended Learning
- PhD, Archaeology of Human Evolution
Memberships and affiliations
Group member and Treasurer, Association for Learning Development in Higher
board, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education
Learning and Teaching Practice in Higher Education – Course Leader
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