Professor Susan Smith, Associate Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching

Professor Susan Smith

Associate Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching

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.

Professor Susan Smith, Associate Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching

Selected Outputs

  • Smith SV; Scharff L; Dvorakova S; Draeger J; Devlin M; Lodge J; Verpoorten D (2017) Exploring Metacognition as a Support for Learning Transfer. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 5 (1),

    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. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5 (1), pp. 48-57.

    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v5i1.239

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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. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 4 (2), pp. 46-54.

    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v4i2.201

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  • Smith SV (2016) Embedding Graduate Attributes into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Reflection and Actions. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 4 (2),

    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v4i2.174

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  • Smith SV (2016) Editorial: Leeds Beckett themed edition on institutional curricular change. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 4 (2),

    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v4i2.227

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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. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic practice, 4 (2), pp. 74-79.

    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v4i2.213

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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. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

    https://doi.org/10.12968/ijtr.2014.21.11.526

  • Coates C; Smith S (2010) Promoting the concept of competency maps to enhance the student learning experience. Assessment, Teaching and Learning Journal, 10 pp. 21-25.

    https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/files/ALT_Journal_No_10__HiRes_cropped.pdf

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  • Smith SV (2010) Editorial. Assessment, Teaching & Learning Journal, 8 pp. 2-2.

    http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/publications/files/100322-36652-ALTJournal_8LoRes.pdf

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  • Smith SV; Dean L; Webb G (2009) Supporting the assessment, learning and teaching needs of part time teaching staff. Assessment, Learning and Teaching Journal Leeds Metropolitan University

  • Bridgen A; Smith S (2008) Perceptions of how podiatrists and physiotherapists work together in a musculoskeletal service. Podiatry Now, 11 (10), pp. 23-30.

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  • Smith SV; Karban K (2008) Tutor experiences of developing an interprofessional education programme in Higher Education: recognising a parallel process. RESPONSE

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  • Smith SV; Molineux M; Larkinson L; Rowe N (2006) Integrating Medical Humanities into Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy pre-registration education. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation,

    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. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

  • Smith SV (2005) An investigation of occupational therapy and physiotherapy roles in a community setting. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

  • Smith SV (2005) Encouraging the development of team working skills in physiotherapy students. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

  • 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. Physiotherapy

  • Smith SV; Lewis M (2002) The selection of pre-registration Physiotherapy students: changing to a more objective process. Physiotherapy

  • Smith SV (2000) Role Overlap and Professional Boundaries: Future Implications for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy in the NHS. Physiotherapy

  • Smith SV (1996) Ethnographic Enquiry in physiotherapy research. Physiotherapy

  • Smith SV (1996) Ethnographic Inquiry in Physiotherapy Research 2. The Role of Self in Qualitative Research. Physiotherapy

  • Fung D; Carnell B (2016) Using graduate attributes to link academic learning with the world of work (case study vignette). In: Fung D ed. Disciplinary approaches to connecting the higher education curriculum:. UCL Press, pp. 243-244.

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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: Brown S ed. Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education. Global Perspectives.. Palgrave,

  • Karban K; Smith S (2011) Health and Social Care Professionals : a holistic approach. In: Rankin C; Brock A ed. 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: Kill R; O'Rourke K ed. 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: Kill R; O'Rourke K ed. Inspiring Enterprise. Leeds, UK: Leeds Met Press, pp. 2-18.

  • Smith SV; Karban K (2009) Developing critical reflection within an interprofessional learning programme. In: Bradbury H; Frost N; Kilminster S; Zukas M ed. Beyond Reflective Practice: New approaches to professional lifelong learning.. Routledge Education, pp. 170-182.

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  • Smith SV (2015) Developing a writing group for academic staff writing about the scholarship of teaching and learning. In: O'Mahony C; Higgs B; Irwin S eds. European Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 8 June 2015 - 9 June 2015, University College, Cork, Eire.

    http://www.nairtl.ie/documents/EuroSoTL2015_Proceedings.pdf

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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, 13 June 2012 - 14 June 2012, Edge Hill University. Edge Hill University: Edge Hill University.

  • 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, 8 June 2011 - 9 June 2011, Edge Hill University. Edge Hill University.

  • Smith SV; Coates C (2010) An enterprise competency tool, could you use it?. In: International Entrepreneurs Educators Conference, 6 September 2010 - 8 September 2010, Cardiff.

  • 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, 2 June 2007 - 6 June 2007, Vancouver. vancouver.

    http://www.wcpt.org/sites/wcpt.org/files/abstracts2007/Abstracts/773.htm

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  • Smith SV; Karban K (2006) Developing critical reflection within an interprofessional learning programme. In: 36th Annual SCUTREA conference, 4 July 2006 - 6 April 2017, Leeds.

  • Smith SV; Karban K (2006) Walking the walk and taking the talk: Developing IPL in Higher Education. In: All Together Better Health Conference, 11 April 2006, London.

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

  • Smith SV (2011) An evaluation of the Teacher Fellow Scheme at York St John University.

  • Smith SV; Coates C (2010) Collaborative working across CETLs at Leeds Metropolitan University.

  • 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.

  • Smith SV (2017) Exploring BME commuting students’ experiences: sharing practice for inclusive curricular change and institutional action. In: RAISE2017, 6 September 2017 - 8 September 2017, Manchester.

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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. In: European Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 7 June 2017 - 9 June 2017, Lund, Sweden.

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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. In: European Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 7 June 2017 - 9 June 2017, Lund, Sweden.

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  • Smith SV (2017) Approaches to support the scholarship of teaching and scholarly teaching practice at Leeds Beckett University (LBU). In: University of Stirling Learning and Teaching Conference, 19 April 2017, Stirling, UK.

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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. In: Enhancing Student Engagement Conference, 1 February 2017, NCVO, Society Building,8 All Saints Street, London, N19RP.

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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. In: 8th Annual SoTL Forum,, 3 November 2016, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, USA.

  • Smith SV (2016) Stories from black minority ethnic (BME) students: how can we enhance their University experience to improve their degree attainment?. In: International Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12 October 2016 - 15 October 2016, Los Angeles.

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  • Smith SV (2016) Stories from black minority ethnic students : how can we enhance their University experience to improve their degree attainment?. In: International Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2016, 12 October 2016 - 15 October 2016, Los Angele, USA.

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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. In: International Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12 October 2016 - 15 October 2016, Los Angeles, USA.

  • Smith SV (2016) The Leeds Beckett University (LBU) Deep Dive project: actions to address home BME undergraduate (UG) students’ degree attainment. In: Closing the gap: Research and Practice on BME student attainment in Higher Education, 27 June 2016, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

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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. In: SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference, 12 May 2016 - 13 May 2016, Edinburgh.

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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. In: International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 24 October 2015 - 30 October 2015, Melbourne, Australia.

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  • Smith SV (2014) Academics reflecting on the highlighting of creativity and originality in their PhD by Published Work synthesis. In: International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 22 October 2014 - 25 October 2014, Quebec, Canada.

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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. In: International Conference on Assessment and Learning in Practice, 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. In: Interprofessional Learning in Health and Social Care Conference (Bradford PCT/CAIPE), 20 July 2005, Bradford.

  • Smith SV (2003) Developing team working skills in first year undergraduate physiotherapy students. 19 March 2003 - 20 March 2003.