We are special not so much in what we do but in the way of how we do things. Our Catholic ethos is important because it informs our approach towards students and staff. We are committed that enhancement of student experience has to go hand in hand with enhancement of staff experience. We provide a good working environment for all staff and encourage new and existing staff to feel part of the Newman Community.
Ian Fellows – Lecturer in Enterprise and Employability
“I joined Newman University at the beginning of 2018 after a career that spanned the public, private and third sectors. It has been the happiest period of my working life.
Being a small university, Newman affords me opportunities to work with great colleagues across the entire institution and to focus intently on what we all want: to partner with our students and help them to enjoy a truly enriching experience. In addition to lecturing, I support students with entrepreneurial aspirations in becoming their own boss and am incredibly proud of the great things that our graduates are going on to achieve.”
Alison Tatton – Head of Early Childhood Education and Care
“I love working here at Newman. My role is so varied and no two days are ever the same. I started working at Newman in April 2004 as a Researcher on a European Social Funded Research Project into Skills Gaps and Training Needs in the Early Years Sector and was appointed as a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care in 2006. I’m also the Programme Co-ordinator for the Foundation Degree for Teaching and Learning Support Assistants, so it keeps me pretty busy. On any day I can be doing anything from teaching a large group of students in one of our lecture theatres, to conducting seminar groups, individual or group tutorials, visiting students on placement to dealing with queries from student and staff. There are also opportunities to participate in and contribute to the wider college processes and I sit on a number of Working Groups, Committee’s and Boards where I can further contribute to the institution. As part of my role I’ve had opportunity to travel abroad to give papers on my research at conferences and to undertake research projects. I’ve travelled to Poland, Romania, France and Sweden, Ireland and the Czech Republic. I’ve also recently started studying for a PhD at Bristol University where I am researching ‘the impact of fostering on biological children in the home’ and have received invaluable support from many Colleagues.”
Melissa Clarke – Senior Careers and Work Related Learning Officer
“After studying here myself as a student from 2001-2004, I was delighted when I started my role here as Senior Careers and Work Related Learning Officer in 2006. Not only did Newman equip me with the employability skills to be successful upon graduation, but even whilst working here I have had the opportunity to complete my Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (HE). This has helped me to develop my knowledge, network with other careers advisers across the UK and gain a professional qualification. A student-centred approach is key at Newman and all staff work closely together which makes working here an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. You most certainly get to know everyone as it is a small and friendly institution. The flexible working hours allow me to work some evenings and weekend to ensure the needs of students are met. The student support team work so hard to meet the needs of Newman students and I thoroughly enjoy working in such a forward thinking and friendly team.”
Claire Louise Owen – Primary ITE Lecturer
“I joined Newman University in September 2016 having spent over 20 years working in both primary and secondary schools in the West Midlands. I completed my Masters in Education at Newman in June 2016 and was delighted to take up a lecturing post here shortly afterwards. The transition into higher education was made so much easier by the welcome and support received by my new colleagues. As Newman is a small university it means that you get to know everyone very quickly across both faculties and the atmosphere is friendly and positive.
I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate ITE programmes and enjoy planning and delivering interactive sessions and debating current educational issues with students. I also have responsibility for the Year 2 ITE students which incorporates pastoral as well as academic duties.
The best thing about working at Newman is seeing the progress made by the students and watching them become confident classroom practitioners. It is always a proud moment when they come back to visit us during their NQT year and tell us how rewarding they are finding their new careers.
The variety in a typical week is incredible and can vary from visiting a student on placement to assisting with writing new modules and taking part in open days. I have also had the opportunity to attend and present at conferences as well as taking part in academic writing workshops both here at Newman and at other institutions.”