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SHU Library and Skills Centre Teachmeet: The Student Voice

Dawn Grundy and Graeme Prescott, University of Bolton, Co production Academic Skills & Engaging Students

Dawn Grundy: Dawn has undertaken various roles within the University of Bolton Library and her current role is the Academic Librarian for the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. In addition to the management and the teaching of library resources for the Faculty, she co-leads LEAP Online the University of Bolton’s online skills portal. A Senior Fellow of Advance HE, recent achievements include University of Bolton TIRI Teaching Award (2017), LILAC Digital Literacy Award (2018) and the Director of Health Libraries North Award (2018).  Dawn is currently working towards CILIP Fellowship.

Graeme Prescott: Graeme is an eLearning developer and trainer working at the University of Bolton. His work involves the day-to-day management and development of the university’s Virtual Learning Environment alongside the support of students and staff in the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching. Graeme works as part of the Learning Development Working Group to design and develop LEAP Online, the University’s award winning online skills portal. Graeme is a Fellow of Advance HE and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT). Recent achievements include LILAC Digital Literacy Award (2018). Graeme is currently working towards Senior CMALT status.

Mike McGarry and Joe Greenwood, MMU, Diagnostic Project

Mike McGarry, FHEA: I worked as a post-16 careers Adviser in Shropshire for 5 years and then worked as a Student Support Officer at the MMU Campus in Cheshire. I taught study skills as well as providing pastoral support. In 2019 I moved to the Manchester campus as an Academic & Study Skills Tutor where I am based in the Faculty of Business & Law, and where I produce the twice-monthly podcast 'A Critical Thought' along with my colleague Joe Greenwood.

Joe Greenwood, FHEA: I began teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea in 2013, and taught all ages from infants to adults. On moving back to the UK in 2017, I began teaching and creating EAP materials, initially in the private language school sector, before moving into HE at MMU. I am currently the Writing Project lead Tutor in the Learner Development team, and produce the twice-monthly podcast ‘A Critical Thought’ alongside my colleague Mike McGarry. I am also currently working towards my PhD by published works.

Tom Kistell and Nicole Warwick, Sheffield Hallam University, Developing a user centred website during a pandemic

Tom Kistell: Tom is a systems librarian at Sheffield Hallam University, working as part of Systems and Service Development Team.  Tom has worked in a number of different roles in public and academic libraries, including customer service, digital innovation and communications, and most recently systems management.  He is particularly interested in user experience in the context of the pandemic and how we can be effective in getting service users’ input remotely.

Nicole Warwick: Nicole is a Learning Technologist working in the Library at Sheffield Hallam, producing teaching and learning resources for students and staff. She isn't very keen on writing about herself, so this brief bio was thrown together by her colleague and co-presenter, Tom.