What Current Staff Say

We are special not so much in what we do but in the way of how we do things. Our Catholic ethos is important because it informs our approach towards students and staff. We are committed that enhancement of student experience has to go hand in hand with enhancement of staff experience. We provide a good working environment for all staff and encourage new and existing staff to feel part of the Newman Community.

Matthew Day

“Newman’s a very enjoyable and friendly place to work where people really care about the students and their colleagues. It’s also an institution that’s making significant investment in facilities which everyone benefits from, including a new theatre performance space, a new gym and a new library. Newman’s location, on the edge of Birmingham, means that you get all the benefits of being in Britain’s Second City – great theatre at the Birmingham, Repertory, excellent music at Town Hall and Symphony Hall and the Birmingham Jazz Festival, as well as a range of other events at places such as at the National Indoor Arena, National Exhibition Centre and International Convention Centre. On top of that there’s top class sport. But you’re also not far from the Cotswolds and the countryside. It’s a great mix.”

Dr Matthew Day – Associate Dean of the Faculty of Art, Society and Professional Studies

Alison Tatton

“I love working here at Newman. My role is so varied and no two days are ever the same. I started working at Newman in April 2004 as a Researcher on a European Social Funded Research Project into Skills Gaps and Training Needs in the Early Years Sector and was appointed as a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care in 2006. I’m also the Programme Co-ordinator for the Foundation Degree for Teaching and Learning Support Assistants, so it keeps me pretty busy. On any day I can be doing anything from teaching a large group of students in one of our lecture theatres, to conducting seminar groups, individual or group tutorials, visiting students on placement to dealing with queries from student and staff. There are also opportunities to participate in and contribute to the wider college processes and I sit on a number of Working Groups, Committee’s and Boards where I can further contribute to the institution. As part of my role I’ve had opportunity to travel abroad to give papers on my research at conferences and to undertake research projects. I’ve travelled to Poland, Romania, France and Sweden, Ireland and the Czech Republic. I’ve also recently started studying for a PhD at Bristol University where I am researching ‘the impact of fostering on biological children in the home’ and have received invaluable support from many Colleagues.”

Alison Tatton -Head of Early Childhood Education and Care

Melissa Clark

“After studying here myself as a student from 2001-2004, I was delighted when I started my role here as Senior Careers and Work Related Learning Officer in 2006. Not only did Newman equip me with the employability skills to be successful upon graduation, but even whilst working here I have had the opportunity to complete my Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (HE). This has helped me to develop my knowledge, network with other careers advisers across the UK and gain a professional qualification. A student-centred approach is key at Newman and all staff work closely together which makes working here an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. You most certainly get to know everyone as it is a small and friendly institution. The flexible working hours allow me to work some evenings and weekend to ensure the needs of students are met. The student support team work so hard to meet the needs of Newman students and I thoroughly enjoy working in such a forward thinking and friendly team.”

Melissa Clarke – Senior Careers and Work Related Learning Officer

Janet Smith

“Newman University is the friendliest place I have worked – and I think that reflects back at us with the students here too. I have worked here for nine years now, and in that time my role has changed. Originally I was a Liaison librarian, working directly with students and staff, to help them get the most out of the library. I now have more of a back-room role as Systems Librarian, ensuring that the library systems and eresources meet Newman’s needs and are running effectively. I have been given the opportunity at Newman to develop new skills and I feel valued here – which is important to me. As far as the future goes – we are now in a great new library which has transformed the service we can offer!”

Janet Smith – Library Service Support Manager

Claire Owen

“I joined Newman University in September 2016 having spent over 20 years working in both primary and secondary schools in the West Midlands.  I completed my Masters in Education at Newman in June 2016 and was delighted to take up a lecturing post here shortly afterwards.  The transition into higher education was made so much easier by the welcome and support received by my new colleagues. As Newman is a small university it means that you get to know everyone very quickly across both faculties and the atmosphere is friendly and positive.

I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate ITE programmes and enjoy planning and delivering interactive sessions and debating current educational issues with students.  I also have responsibility for the Year 2 ITE students which incorporates pastoral as well as academic duties.

The best thing about working at Newman is seeing the progress made by the students and watching them become confident classroom practitioners.  It is always a proud moment when they come back to visit us during their NQT year and tell us how rewarding they are finding their new careers.

The variety in a typical week is incredible and can vary from visiting a student on placement to assisting with writing new modules and taking part in open days.  I have also had the opportunity to attend and present at conferences as well as taking part in academic writing workshops both here at Newman and at other institutions. I have now embarked on the EdD at Newman and look forward to the new challenges that will bring.”

Claire Louise Owen- Primary ITE Lecturer

Liane Purnell

“I first visited Newman when I attended a sixth form event. As a result I applied to Newman and trained to be a primary school teacher there. Some years later when I was teaching I was fortunate enough to be allocated students from Newman who were training to be teachers. I really enjoyed this and when I changed jobs to a school who did not take trainees I applied for a job at Newman teaching Core Curriculum English. I had just started studying for an MA in English Studies which I was thoroughly enjoyed and I was very pleased to be appointed to the staff. Since then I have had the opportunity to apply for several roles building my experience and deepening my knowledge of the quality assurances we have which ensure Newman is the place to be. I subsequently applied to study as a doctor of Education at Leicester at Newman was in partnership with them. This I completed in 2007. I still love being called Doctor! Whilst being at Newman I have had many other roles on committees and in programme design. I was appointed to a Fellowship, with a colleague, to design and implement our Peer Supported Development Scheme, which we presented at conferences including one in Barcelona. I have also carried out research with a colleague from another institution in relation to supporting students with Dyslexia in relation to the use of Word and Power Point. This research was presented at several conferences including one in Nijmegen in The Netherlands. We also won the Delegate’s prize for our poster at the HEA conference in 2011. Newman provides many such opportunities for staff at Newman and offers lots of support. A good example of this is the Doctoral Support Group which I have run for 4 years now which supports staff from the Faculty of Education when they are working towards an EdD or PhD, either at Newman or externally. I negotiate the programme with staff and we can see good evidence of the success of this group. Whether you are a student at Newman or a staff member opportunities are available to you and you are supported in achieving your aims and maximising your success.​”

Dr Liane Purnell- CPD Co-ordinator, Senior Lecturer

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