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Dr Cathy Minett-Smith

Associate Dean (Deputy/Student Experience)

I started my academic career as a statistics lecturer. A large part of my teaching was to non-maths specialist students which evoked a keen interest in learning and teaching development. This personal interest in teaching and learning development meant my career path diverged into an academic and learning development type role.

I progressed to head of learning enhancement in the Business School at my previous institution before being appointed to my current role of Associate Dean (Deputy/Student Experience).

For me, the quality of a student experience is fundamentally rooted in the teaching and learning environment that students encounter and interact with.

I am excited about the innovative practice-based vision that our Business School has and the associated opportunities to have a transformative impact on the students that we work with. A quality student experience for me is fundamentally linked with having a clear philosophical approach to business education, being confident about our offer and striving to deliver that to a high standard. 

Other References


  • BSc Statistics – Aberystwyth University
  • PhD Statistics – Aberystwyth University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education – Aberystwyth University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Management – Middlesex University
  • MA Higher Education – Middlesex University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Directors of Learning and Teaching Development Programme – Association of Business Schools

Teaching Expertise

  • CPD work and developing teaching practice
  • Applied statistics modules to non-specialist students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Scaffolding learning experiences that support students who lack confidence, or are in fear of mathematics, to develop confidence and skills to enable them to succeed.

Research Interests

  • The changing role of the academic
  • The role of the academic in a complex transnational education (TNE) teaching context.
  • Enhancing the student experience and engaging students as active partners and co-creators.
  • Developing the practice of teaching and learning.

External Roles

  • Governor at Manshead Secondary School
  • Associate Editor for the International Journal of Learning

Previous Roles

  • External Examiner for statistics at Hertfordshire University (2006-2011)
  • Senior Teaching Fellow, Middlesex University (2010-2013)
  • Teaching Fellow, Middlesex University (2004–2011)

Selected Publications and Papers

  • Maths, Stats and Operational Research Conference (September 2013, Coventry): 'I can't do Maths: Scaffolding the Learning Experience to Support a Diverse Range of Students.'
  • Clay, H. and Minett-Smith, C. (2011) "Too focussed to think: the mature students' dilemma". The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.23-32
  • 19th International Conference on Learning (August 2012, London): 'Too Focused to Think: The Mature Students Dilemma'
  • Association of Business Schools and Higher Education Academy Conference (Apr 2012, Manchester):' Innovation in Challenging Times. 'Developing and Empowering staff to meet the challenges of leading global teaching teams'
  • Clay, H. and Minett-Smith, C. (2011) "Managing Across Borders: Empowering Staff to Lead Global teaching Teams." - International Journal of Learning, Vol 18, Issue 10
  • Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) annual conference (Dec 2011, Wales): 'Academic Identity of Module Leadership: facilitating staff to led and develop curriculum delivery in a global teaching community context'
  • Global Vision, Local Action Conference (Sept 2011, Bournemouth).'Internationalisation: building the academic community and enhancing the student experience'
  • 18th International Conference on Learning (July 2011, Mauritius): ''Managing Across Borders: Empowering Staff to Lead Global Teaching Teams'
  • SEDA Spring Conference (May 2011, Edinburgh): 'Empowering module leaders to lead in an international remote team teaching context'
  • Association of Business Schools. 'Developing and Delivering an Employability Strategy in a Modern British Business School'
  • Clay, H., Frame, P. and Minett-Smith, C. (2006) "Cross cultural issues in the perception of teaching quality." Proceedings of Improving Student Learning through Teaching, University of Bath, September 2006

Contact Details

T: +44 (0)1582 489719

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