Fiona Chapel

Fiona Chapel - Development Officer
Email: f.chapel@leeds.ac.uk
Tel: 0113 343 3213

Fiona Chapel

My role 

As a Development Officer within the LLC’s Communities and Partnerships (C&P) team I work with adults from communities where Higher Education is not the norm, to widen participation to higher education. Our community engagement activities include information giving and informal learning sessions using critical adult education perspectives.

My role includes working in partnership with a wide range of organisations in the city and region, across the voluntary, community and statutory sectors.

I co-coordinate a group of mature student ‘Learning Champions’ with my colleagues Olivia Garvey and Casey Russell. Our Learning Champions work with us by sharing their learning journeys to engage adults and encourage educational aspiration.

I am responsible for the LLC’s ‘JumpStart’ course which is a higher education level taster course for adults wanting to find out more about studying at university (the course runs twice a year).

My background is in adult education - I have taught adults in Adult and Community Education, Further Education and in the voluntary sector, covering a range of subject areas including ESOL, EFL, Family Learning and basic literacy and numeracy. I have taught on HE-accredited modules in post-compulsory teacher training and am also involved with the LLC’s Preparation for Higher Education (PHE) course.

I am particularly interested in education for a social purpose and the promotion of critical thinking skills. I aim to embed these throughout my teaching and community engagement work. I am also interested in creative teaching methods and regularly use methods such as ‘photovoice’ with adult learners.

I have presented papers on the radical adult education tradition at the University of Leeds; the use of creative teaching methodology; how critical pedagogies can lead to transformative learning and the power of Learning Champion role models to raise adults’ aspirations to higher education. I have presented papers most recently at the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA), the Universities’ Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) Annual Conference and at a NEON symposium.

My qualifications 

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have an MA in Contemporary British History and a PGCE in Post-compulsory Education and Training.