Senior Lecturer/Programme Manager (Tourism and Hospitality)
I'm very student-focused, with a particular interest in supporting students to achieve their goals and aspirations. I have been involved in many internal and external projects to enhance the student experience and my aims have always been to make learning practical and embed employability further into the curriculum.
I was awarded the Vice-Chancellor Teaching Fellowship in 2019 for my work on the potential of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality in learning. My aim is to bring VR learning into classrooms to tackle the issue of passive learning and engage students through active learning.
Teaching and supervision
My research interests include:
- The impact of tourism on local communities
- What motivates international students to study tourism and hospitality
- Strategic tourism development models and approaches
In terms of teaching, my interests included strategic planning and development for tourism and leisure, with a focus on community-based approaches.
I also have a deep interest in the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and how that contributes to the visitor economy.
I am also interested in the importance of unplanned or informal tourism activities and their influence on tourism planning, particularly in Eastern and Central Europe.