Emma entered her current post of Learning Enhancement Tutor for Peer-Led Learning in 2019. Her role within the Learning Enhancement Team is to oversee the successful running, evaluation and ongoing development of Peer-Learning initiatives at UEA. This includes recruiting, training and supporting Peer-Learning Mentors and Officers, working in partnership with Project Developers (who run small-scale research and marketing projects to support the scheme), and regularly liaising with contacts within participating Schools.
Emma adopts a collaborative and consultative approach to develop peer-learning schemes, working with departments to tailor the initiatives offered to best suit the unique needs of students in different schools. Emma’s long-term vision is that all students at UEA will have access to a peer-learning scheme.
Emma first came to UEA in 2009, obtaining her BSc in Psychology, MRes in Social Science Research Methods and PhD in Cognitive Psychology at UEA. During her undergraduate studies in 2011, Emma co-developed and ran one of the first peer-learning schemes within the university (in the School of Psychology), and has taught on undergraduate programmes since 2014, in both the School of Psychology and, more recently, the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. Emma has also regularly contributed to Outreach and Public Engagement events.
As a social scientist, Emma is dedicated to utilising robust quantitative and qualitative research methods to produce good-quality evaluation of support schemes. Emma’s PhD considered psychological ownership, and how a sense of ownership for both physical objects shapes the way individuals behave. These findings extend to ideas and how people feel they ‘own’ organisations, which has a range of positive outcomes. Therefore, Emma is keen to encourage student ownership and development of the peer-learning scheme, to further enhance its success.
Her broader interests include inclusive educational practice and understanding and reducing barriers that stop students accessing all forms of support services. Emma is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.