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National Teaching Fellowship
Beth was named as one of the 2018 National Teaching Fellows by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Read the full story on the HEA website here and read the University of South Wales coverage here: "A pioneering disability expert at USW has been selected for national recognition for her work with disabled children and adults. Dr. Ben Calvert, Pro Vice Chancellor of USW, said: 'Beth's pioneering contribution is challenging the way people think about disabilities, breaking new ground in collaboration between people with disabilities and community groups such as arts organisations'".
In November 2020, Beth was awarded her PhD for her PhD by Portfolio, entitled 'Challenging Deficit-Based Discourse in Higher Education Through a Social Connection Model of Responsibility: A Critical Disability Studies Perspective'. Since then, Beth has continued to research and publish in the field of anti-oppressive practice and social justice (see Publications).
Beth has previously been the Course Leader for the BA(Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree at the University of South Wales, enabling visual artists to develop an increasingly inclusive and participatory practice. She currently focuses her teaching on the MA Music Therapy at the University of South Wales as well as the MA Art Psychotherapy, MSc Play Therapy and MA ALN/Autism. Beth is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where she supports the development of their PhD by Portfolio programme.
Beth is currently supervising two PhD candidates (one at the University of South Wales and one at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama). Beth is working towards her UKCGE Recognised Associate Supervisor award.
Beth holds a PGCert in Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. Beth has been awarded the USW Faculty of Life Sciences and Education 'Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award' in the category Innovation in Student Personal Development and Employability twice and the USW Student Choice Award for Best Research Lecturer.
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