Liane Purnell

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Liane attended Newman College of Higher Education (as it was then) for her first degree which was a BEd with English. Upon leaving Newman Liane worked as a primary teacher in Wolverhampton and Dudley. Liane has always had a special interest in English and was employed as Literacy Coordinator in two different schools. Liane had already started her MA in English when she was appointed to Newman to teach core curriculum English.

Over the many years Liane has been at Newman she has undertaken several different roles including Programme Leader and co ordinator for the BA Top Up award with QTS. Liane had a key role in developing the growing suite of Key Stage two/three routes.

In 2010 Liane was appointed as Fellow with the brief of developing  Peer Supported development Scheme, with a  colleague. The Fellowship was extended for a further year and Liane and her colleague presented their research in Barcelona at the 4th World Conference in Education Sciences.

Liane has always developed her interest in students as researchers and has taught in relation to this across the Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning through to supervising M level students. Liane also worked for Leicester University as an Associate Tutor on the PRIMA: Primary MA Distance Learning, working with students in many parts of the world and in differing time zones. Liane views students as researchers as a key part of their development as teachers.

Liane has carried out research into supporting student teachers teaching pupils with Dyslexia and has presented this research at a number of conferences and venues including the EAPRIL conference in 2011 in The Netherlands.



EdD Story the heart of the curriculum: grammar, genre and gender (Leicester University, 2007)

MA in English Studies (Coventry University, 2002)

BEd Newman College of Higher Education  (English, 1986)

Teaching Interests

Students carrying out research

Core curriculum English

M level teaching

Research throughout the curriculum


Peer Support

The use of Emotional Intelligence in teaching and learning.

Supporting students with specific learning disabilities

Taking M level modules alongside level 6 modules

External Roles

Chair of Halesowen Literacy Group in Dudley schools (1998 – 2001)

Associate Tutor for Distance Learning Primary Masters course (PRIMA) at Leicester University (2003–2008)

Governor for Halesowen College of Further Education  (September 2003-August 2013)

Chair of Performance Review Committee (October 2005 – 2010)

External panel member for validation of PGCE Primary Brighton University (December 2006).

External  Examiner for Sussex University PGCE 7-14 Standards (MFL, maths and science) 3 year appointment from 2006, extended to 4 years.

External panel member for Edge Hill University’s validation (faculty and institution) of undergraduate KS2/3 programmes (January and March 2007)

External panel member for Birmingham City University’s Primary SCITT (July 2009).

External Examiner for Titan Primary SCITT (Birmingham) (2009 – 2010)

March 2010: led seminar on The use of Emotional Intelligence to enhance teaching and learning in English at The Education Show, NEC, Birmingham.

External Examiner for PGCE 7-14 at University of Bedford (June 2010- June 2014)

External Placement Examiner for the University of Cumbria Primary route, (2011-2015), Placement Examiner. Lead examiner from 2012.

Reader for re validation at St Mary’s, Twickenham (February and March 2013) BA Primary Education Work based route with QTS and BA Primary Education top up.

Validation panel member for Glyndwr University (March 2013)

External Examiner for MA Education Glyndwr University  (March 2014-February 2018)

TLA Trainer and Verifier (May 2014)

QTS Examiner nttp SCITT (June 2014-ongoing)

External Panel member for MA (maths) and PG Cert Maths at the University of Northampton (November 2015)

Reviewer/ developer for Sage Publications, Routledge Publications and Bloomsbury Publications

Other Activities

Publications (Journal Articles)

Paper published in peer reviewed journal Education 3-13, Vol 34, No 2, pp113 – 122, 2006, Lost in Transition: Supporting KS2/3 English Trainees during Secondary placement (joint publication with Dr. Melanie Pope, Warwick University)

Paper published in peer reviewed TEAN(Teacher Education Advancement Network)  journal, September 2011,Vol. 3, no.1, ‘I must be finished: I’ve reached the word count’: engaging students with assessment criteria.

Paper published (Spring 2012) in Procedia-Social and Behavioural Sciences and indexed by Scopus, Science Direct and Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation index-Science, Procedia – Social and Behavioural Sciences 46 ( 2012 ) 3830 – 3836

Paper published: Embedding a peer-supported development scheme: overcoming challenges in engaging staff and students in continuing professional development Liane Purnell, Claire Monk (both Newman University)  Journal of Pedagogic Development Vol 4 issue 1(March 2014)

Publications (Conference Papers)

Submission (peer reviewed): interactive session proposal to the SEDA conference Leeds, May 2010 Demystifying assessment criteria to enhance student’s understanding and achievement in Higher Education.

Submission (peer reviewed):  workshop to the TEAN conference, May 2010, Glasgow: ’I must be finished: I’ve reached the word count’: engaging students with assessment criteria.

Submission (peer reviewed): roundtable conference submission to the EARLI/Northumbria International Assessment conference September 2010, Accessing assessment criteria to enhance students’ understanding and achievement

Submission (peer reviewed): workshop for the 2nd TEAN conference, Manchester, May 2011, “I’ve put it on blue paper, what more do you want?” Investigating dyslexia-friendly practices in teacher education, co-presenting with Sue Griffiths from the University of Northampton

Submission (peer reviewed): HEA conference, juried poster, Nottingham July 2011, Using research to developing dyslexia friendly teaching materials and practices in Initial Teacher Education, co-written with Sue Griffiths from the University of Northampton DELEGATES AWARD WINNER

Submission (peer reviewed) to SEDA conference November 2011, 45 minutes workshop, “It takes more than giving me a laptop and the reading software you know!” Approaches to supporting teaching and learning for student teachers with dyslexia, co-presenting with Sue Griffiths from the University of Northampton.

Submission (peer reviewed) to EAPRIL, Netherlands November 2011: Are you an inclusive practitioner? An interactive workshop using a research based self evaluation tool as a 1.5 hours workshop, co-presenting with Sue Griffiths from the University of Northampton

Workshop submission (peer reviewed) to Newman University College conference: Sharing our Success, January 2012: ’I must be finished: I’ve reached the word count’: engaging students with assessment criteria.

Two workshop submissions to the NATE conference, Newman University College, January 2012: Teaching English with Emotional Intelligence and Making teaching materials dyslexia friendly

Abstract and paper submission (peer reviewed) to the 4th World Conference in Educational Science, February 2012, presenting a paper, co-presenting with Claire Monk from NUC

Presenter (peer reviewed) at the international ‘Growing Up in Britain’ Conference 18th and 19th September at Newman University College: ‘Collaborative Researching with Children, Young People and Families in the Age of Austerity’. Liane Purnell (Newman University College) and Susan Griffiths (University of Northampton)
Title: ‘I’ve put it on blue paper, what more do you want?’ Using the experience of subjects to investigate and implement dyslexia – friendly practices to enhance learning.

Presented (peer reviewed) at the NATE conference at Newman University College, in January 2013.

Presenter (peer reviewed) at the Teaching and Learning Conference at Newman University College, January 2013, Investigating Dyslexia friendly Practice.

Invited Cameo presenter at TEAN Conference July 2014: Dyslexia and Entrepreneurship


Writer for Harper Collins and Criterion producing notes for teachers KS1/2/3 (2002 – 2006)

Consultant to CfBT for the CD project for the National Literacy Strategy (2002-2003)

Consultant for Capita for developing the Personal Development Portfolio (November/December 2006)

Working group member for the revision of the secondary English curriculum (October 2007)

Consultant for Capita for the Inclusion Development Project (October/November 2007)

Consultant on Bill Rogers’ behaviour management materials (January 2012)

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