Perspectives On Learning & Teaching

The ‘Perspectives On’ series has been developed as an online resource to promote dissemination and discussion of contemporary learning, teaching and student experience issues in the business school sector.

The rationale is to provide an online resource which academics can access to find an informal overview of and informed discussion pertaining to a topical issue affecting learning and teaching at an international, national, university, faculty, school, department or module level.

The ‘Perspectives On’ series provides two options for engagement and dissemination of opinions and thought pieces. For more information on 'Dynamic Conversations' and 'Paper Series', please use the buttons below.


Chair | Dr Cathy Minett-Smith

Dr Cathy Minett-Smith is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a National Teaching Fellow reviewer and has extensive teaching experience in Higher Education. Cathy is currently the Associate Dean Learning Teaching and Student Experience in the faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England.

Prior to this she was the Associate Dean Student Experience in the University of Bedfordshire Business School where she successfully led the Education Impact strand resulting in Bedfordshire Business School being the first school in the UK to be recognised under EFMD’s Business School Impact System (BSIS).  In both of these roles she was responsible for developing and enhancing all aspects of the student experience, working with colleagues in the Business School and wider university to actively link the functional areas of the student learning experience, including administrative, learning support and academic delivery, to creatively and effectively develop the learning experience for students.

Cathy has extensive experience of strategy development and implementation at both an institutional and faculty level. Cathy also has strong connections with the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), is Vice chair of the CABS Learning, Teaching and Student Experience committee and a regular speaker on the CABS Leaders in Learning and Teaching development programme. Cathy’s research interests are in team-teaching, developing teaching expertise and the language of learning.

Professor Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong is a Professor of Business Education and is Ulster University Business School’s (UUBS) first Director of Business Engagement. She has been with Ulster University and Higher Education for almost 25 years and has been actively involved in the development and management of academic excellence within the Business School.

Deeply committed to supporting the growth and development of the regional economy, Gillian has sought to ensure that the Business School works closely with priority sectors to actively support the supply of skills and the attractiveness of Northern Ireland as a location to do business. She has been actively involved in the development of work based learning and innovative educational models to support employers in securing talent and in upskilling and retaining graduates in a range of sectors. She has worked in partnership with several corporate employers to develop a range of higher level apprenticeship programmes within the region and has led various Business School initiatives to support Future of Work requirements.

Gillian directs a Business Engagement Unit, focusing on supporting business and employers towards a sustainable future, whilst actively supporting pedagogy practice and dissemination. She also Chairs the Higher Level Apprenticeship Steering Group for UUBS and is a Council member of the NI Chamber of Commerce (NICC). Gillian was an active member of the CABS Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (LTSE) between 2012 – 2020 and has contributed to related Conferences.

Professor Monika Foster

Professor Monika Foster is the Head of Sunderland Business School and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Monika has worked in Business Schools in the UK, Europe and Far East for 30 years.

Monika has championed innovation on programmes of study at university level by developing a strategy to embed internationalization in the curriculum. Monika was responsible for developing a joint learning, teaching and assessment strategy with international partners in Europe, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore. Working with students as partners, Monika has had a transformational impact on student experience including enhanced transitions for mature and international students in the UK and internationally.

Monika is a member of the CABS Learning Teaching and Student Experience Committee and has contributed over the years to LTSE Conferences and to Perspectives on. Monika’s research interests lie in cross-cultural management, internationalization of higher education, leadership and change management. Her latest volume commissioned by Routledge is on Building Intercultural Learner Relationships: Towards a critical pedagogy.

Professor Helen Williams

Helen is a Professor in Organisational Psychology at Cardiff Business School and is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist.  She has been a member of the CABS Learning Teaching and Student Experience Committee since 2016.

Between 2014 and 2020 Helen served as Associate Dean Learning and Teaching at Cardiff Business School leading on developing and implementing learning and teaching strategy within the School, and she also actively contributes to learning and teaching activities at an institutional level. Helen is committed to both assuring and enhancing educational provision and is driven by a passion for supporting and empowering students to fulfil their potential.

Helen is currently on a year of research and scholarship leave, working within Cardiff University’s Centre for Education Support and Innovation on institutional projects linked to the Education and Students sub-strategy.   Her research expertise is in diversity, team working, and the relational context of work, and more recently this interest has been focused on higher education as both as place of work and study.


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Perspectives On: Dual Degrees

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Perspectives On: Sessional Staff

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Perspectives On: International Student Mobility

Dr Monika Foster explores the benefits of international student mobility on the overall student experience.

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