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Dr Susan Smith


Dr Susan Smith
Contact Details
Dr Susan Smith

Associate Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching

Centre For Learning And Teaching

0113 81 25268 S.V.Smith@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Susan Smith

Dr Susan Smith is currently Head of Curriculum Development and Review in the Centre for Learning and Teaching. She leads pan-University projects that focus on enhancing learning and teaching.

Susan joined Leeds Beckett University in 1995 as a Senior Lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course. She had previously worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist, mainly in Neurology, in London and Australia.

Susan has a Masters in Sociological Methods for Health from the University of Warwick and was awarded a PhD by Published Work in 2013. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has considerable teaching experience across a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes. She was Course Leader for the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) programme between 2005-2008 and Director of the Institute for Enterprise, a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning from 2008-2011. Susan's research strengths, interests and publication outputs range across the areas of team working, interprofessional education, enterprise education, writing support and curricular design. Current research is focusing on i) student and staff perceptions of learning transfer and metacognition in higher education, and ii) reducing the BME students’ degree attainment gap.

Current Teaching

Susan currently teaches on the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice for the new academic staff. She leads a module that supports academic staff to undertake research into their teaching. She runs University- wide workshops on curricular design and approaches to learning and teaching. She supervises a number of PhD and MRes students and supports colleagues to achieve Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. She works with the Higher Education Academy as a member of the team that facilitates the Deans Development Programme and also does consultancy with University of Lincoln to support staff to publish their pedagogic research

Research Interests

Susan's research projects currently focus on:

  1. designing inclusive curricula and
  2. students’ approaches to learning transfer and metacognition.
  3. writing support for staff undertaking a PhD by Published Work

The metacognition research is part of a wider cluster of research activity facilitated by the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (21)

  • Smith SV; Scharff L; Dvorakova S; Draeger J; Devlin M; Lodge J; Verpoorten D (2017), Exploring Metacognition as a Support for Learning Transfer
    https://doi.org/10.20343/5.1.6
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  • Smith SV (2017), Exploring the BME student attainment gap: What Did It Tell Us? Actions to Address Home Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Undergraduate Students' Degree Attainment
    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v5i1.239
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  • Smith SV (2016), Embedding Graduate Attributes into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Reflection and Actions
    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v4i2.174
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  • Smith SV; Sellers R (2016), Modernising a classic: Updating Leeds Beckett University's Taxonomy of Assessment Domains to support institutional curricular change
    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v4i2.213
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  • Green A; Richards I; Smith S; Hussain I (2016), Embedding evidence based course design principles in curriculum design in a UK and Egyptian University
    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v4i2.201
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  • Smith SV (2016), Editorial: Leeds Beckett themed edition on institutional curricular change
    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v4i2.227
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  • Smith SV; Ferdinand N; Smith GD (2014), Commentary on a survey exploring the perceptions of Physiotherapists and Podiatrists in the Management of Plantar Fasciitis
    https://doi.org/10.12968/ijtr.2014.21.11.526
  • Smith SV (2010), Editorial
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  • Coates C; Smith S (2010), Promoting the concept of competency maps to enhance the student learning experience
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  • Smith SV; Dean L; Webb G (2009), Supporting the assessment, learning and teaching needs of part time teaching staff
  • Bridgen A; Smith S (2008), Perceptions of how podiatrists and physiotherapists work together in a musculoskeletal service
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  • Smith SV; Karban K (2008), Tutor experiences of developing an interprofessional education programme in Higher Education: recognising a parallel process.
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  • Smith SV; Molineux M; Larkinson L; Rowe N (2006), Integrating Medical Humanities into Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy pre-registration education
    https://doi.org/10.12968/ijtr.2006.13.9.21787
  • Smith SV (2006), Encouraging the use of reflexivity in the writing up of qualitative research
  • Smith SV (2005), An investigation of occupational therapy and physiotherapy roles in a community setting
  • Smith SV (2005), Encouraging the development of team working skills in physiotherapy students
  • Smith SV; Oldham N; Roberts P (2003), Qualitative Investigation of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Practice in a Community Rehabilitation Setting -: In order to identify areas of professional commonality, difference and overlap
  • Smith SV; Lewis M (2002), The selection of pre-registration Physiotherapy students: changing to a more objective process.
  • Smith SV (2000), Role Overlap and Professional Boundaries: Future Implications for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy in the NHS
  • Smith SV (1996), Ethnographic Enquiry in physiotherapy research
  • Smith SV (1996), Ethnographic Inquiry in Physiotherapy Research 2. The Role of Self in Qualitative Research

Books (1)

  • Smith S (2015) PhD by Published Work A Practical Guide for Success. . Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapters (6)

  • Fung D; Carnell B (2016) Using graduate attributes to link academic learning with the world of work (case study vignette). In: Fung D; Carnell B Disciplinary approaches to connecting the higher education curriculum:. : UCL Press, pp. 243-244.
    https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787350878
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  • Cooke B; Smith S; Fitzgerald P; Coates C; Simpson J; Jones S; Thomson S; Jameson S; Pickford R (2014) Holistic course design at Leeds Metropolitan University. In: Cooke B; Smith S; Fitzgerald P; Coates C; Simpson J; Jones S; Thomson S; Jameson S; Pickford R Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education. Global Perspectives.. : Palgrave, pp. .
  • Karban K; Smith S (2011) Health and Social Care Professionals : a holistic approach. In: Karban K; Smith S Professionalism in the Interdisciplary Early Years team: Supporting young children and their families.. : , pp. 109-122.
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  • Smith SV (2011) Developing enterprise skills in students: problem based learning and a student-led course conference. In: Smith SV Inspiring Enterprise. : Leeds Met Press, pp. 74-80.
  • Smith SV (2011) The Institute for Enterprise Centre for Excellence in teaching and learning : history, context, work and issues for future sustainability. In: Smith SV Inspiring Enterprise. Leeds, UK: Leeds Met Press, pp. 2-18.
  • Smith SV; Karban K (2009) Developing critical reflection within an interprofessional learning programme. In: Smith SV; Karban K Beyond Reflective Practice: New approaches to professional lifelong learning.. : Routledge Education, pp. 170-182.
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Conference contributions (16)

  • Smith SV (2017) Exploring BME commuting students' experiences: sharing practice for inclusive curricular change and institutional action Manchester 20170906. : .
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  • Smith SV; Draeger J; Scharff L; Verpoorten D; Devlin M; Dvorakova S; Lodge J (2017) Exploring Metacognition as a Support for Learning Transfer. Lund, Sweden 20170607. : .
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  • Smith SV (2017) Exploring and transforming the supervisory practice of staff working with students undertaking a PhD by Published Work programme Lund, Sweden 20170607. : .
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  • Smith SV (2017) Approaches to support the scholarship of teaching and scholarly teaching practice at Leeds Beckett University (LBU) Stirling, UK 20170419. : .
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  • Smith SV (2017) Exploring Leeds Beckett University BME students' experiences of "living at home": sharing practice for curricular change and institutional actions NCVO, Society Building,8 All Saints Street, London, N19RP 20170201. : .
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  • Scharff L; Draeger J; Verpoorten D; Devlin M; Dvorakova SL; Lodge J; Smith SV (2016) Exploring Metacognition as a Support for Learning Transfer United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, USA 20161103. : .
  • Smith SV (2016) Stories from black minority ethnic (BME) students: how can we enhance their University experience to improve their degree attainment? Los Angeles 20161012. : .
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  • Smith SV; Scharff L; Draeger J; Verpoorten D; Devlin M; Dvorakova S; Lodge J (2016) Exploring Metacognition as Support for Learning Transfer Los Angeles, USA 20161012. : .
  • Smith SV (2016) Stories from black minority ethnic students : how can we enhance their University experience to improve their degree attainment? Los Angele, USA 20161012. : .
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  • Smith SV (2016) The Leeds Beckett University (LBU) Deep Dive project: actions to address home BME undergraduate (UG) students' degree attainment. University of Kent, Canterbury, UK 20160627. : .
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  • Smith SV (2016) Updating a Taxonomy of Assessment Domains for staff and students: modernising it to enhance academic practice and student learning. Edinburgh 20160512. : .
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  • Smith SV (2015) Writing for publication: Interventions to support i) academic writing and ii) staff writing for a PhD by Published Work Melbourne, Australia 20151024. : .
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  • Smith SV (2014) Academics reflecting on the highlighting of creativity and originality in their PhD by Published Work synthesis Quebec, Canada 20141022. : .
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  • COATES C; SMITH S (2010) Embedding the concept of competency maps to improve the student learning experience and preparation for work based learning and employability Leeds . : .
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  • Smith SV; Karban K; Elliot B (2005) Preparing for Practice: the ongoing evaluation of interprofessional learning in the pre registration health and social care students. Bradford 20050720. : .
  • Smith SV (2003) Developing team working skills in first year undergraduate physiotherapy students 20030319. : .

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (7)

  • Smith SV (2015) Developing a writing group for academic staff writing about the scholarship of teaching and learning. In: European Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning University College, Cork, Eire 20150608. : , pp. 82-82.
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  • Smith SV; Sheridan-Ross J (2012) We've made an e-book! Designing and publishing an e-book as tool to enhance the development of staff and students digital literacy skills. In: Solstice & CLTR Conference 2012 Edge Hill University 20120613. Edge Hill University: Edge Hill University, pp. 5-6.
  • Smith SV; Coates C; Laxton J (2011) How the ALPS CETL is embedding the concept of competency maps and interprofessional assessments processes to enhance student learning and employability skills. In: Solstice e learning and CLTR conference Edge Hill University 20110608. Edge Hill University: , pp. 37-38.
  • Smith SV; Coates C (2010) An enterprise competency tool, could you use it?. In: International Entrepreneurs Educators Conference Cardiff 20100906. : , pp. .
  • Smith SV; Karban K (2007) Tutor experiences of developing an interprofessional learning (IPL) programme in higher education (HE): recognising a parallel process in tutors and students. In: World Conference of Physical therapy Vancouver 20070602. vancouver: , pp. .
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  • Smith SV; Karban K (2006) Developing critical reflection within an interprofessional learning programme. In: 36th Annual SCUTREA conference Leeds 20060704. : , pp. .
  • Smith SV; Karban K (2006) Walking the walk and taking the talk: Developing IPL in Higher Education. In: All Together Better Health Conference London 20060411. : , pp. .
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Reports (4)

  • Smith SV (2011) An evaluation of the Teacher Fellow Scheme at York St John University. . Leeds Metropolitan University: York St John University.
  • Smith SV; Coates C (2010) Collaborative working across CETLs at Leeds Metropolitan University. . CETL ALPS (Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings).
  • Smith SV; Green M (2003) Developing team working skills in first year physiotherapy students. . .
  • Smith SV; Roberts P (2002) A qualitative study exploring the reality of life for male undergraduate physiotherapy students. . Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.
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