Collaborating with my colleagues on teaching innovation is also really satisfying and good fun.
I’m a psychology enthusiast who has been teaching the subject for 20 years.
Tell us a bit about you and what led you to working with Carnegie School of Education
I always said I would do a PhD if I won the lottery but I got the chance when a bursary place was offered to me by Leeds Beckett. It seemed a natural progression, after I had submitted my doctorate, to work where I loved to be! I’m still waiting to win the lottery though…
What makes you passionate about your work around Psychology and why is it important?
I came to psychology late, in my 30s, and have been fascinated ever since. It gave me a fresh perspective on being a mother and a teacher. Who isn’t interested in why people do what they do? Teaching students about the subject is a great role and continues to indulge my fascination with the subject.
How is collaboration integral to your work, and what are one or two collaborations that have been most meaningful to you?
My work at HMP Full Sutton where I teach psychology to prison students, officers and some of our undergraduates is a very rewarding experience. Collaborating with my colleagues on teaching innovation is also really satisfying and good fun.
What achievements in this area have you been most proud of while working in the School of Social Sciences?
Every year I get to run an Educational Psychology module with final year students and it is really rewarding to teach. Setting up the module and planning the content based on what will help them once they graduate is something I am particularly proud of.
Dr Willard's research interests centre around educational, developmental and cognitive psychology. Eleanor is the course manager for the onsite and distance learning masters conversion course.