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'".
Beth is currently 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 also teaches on the MA Music Therapy at the University of South Wales as well as the MA Art Psychotherapy, MSc Play Therapy and MA in Autism; and delivers sessions on inclusive practice and sign supported communication on Education, Early Years, Nursing and Psychology courses.
Beth is currently pursuing PhD research into how the construct of disability is taught about in higher education. This PhD will be a portfolio of research outputs, exploring a collaborative project for undergraduate students, pupils at a local special school and an inclusive community theatre company; and integration of experiential learning and practice-based projects in undergraduate and postgraduate study; and a qualitative content analysis of disability policy in Higher Education.
Beth studied for 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.