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Annamarie McKie is Associate Dean Student Experience, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Previously she was Interim Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement at the University for the Creative Arts, where she attained Principal Fellowship of Advance HE for her work in the student experience and reshaping teaching and learning development. With over twenty years leadership, educational enhancement and research experience in further and higher education she has led, developed, and managed, dispersed professional teams in libraries, academic support and educational development.
Annamarie has a BA in Modern History and Sociology from the University of Reading and an MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield. She also has various leadership and management qualifications, as well as holding an ACAS certificate in workplace mediation. She is currently in her final year of study for a Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of Roehampton. Her research study has been exploring the reflective teaching “talk” of creative arts lecturers in higher education. Annamarie sees herself as a hybrid professional, with professional qualifications in librarianship and academic development. She has a strong research interest in dialogic reflective practice and enabling essential conversations through a ‘skilled exchange of ideas, betraying our curiosity about others, and a particular open-mindedness, a willingness to be changed by the act of sitting and listening as much as putting things into words’ (Zeldin, 2000).
Annamarie is an external examiner at Bath Spa University and was previously external examiner at Ravensbourne University. She established and lead the Creative Education CPD (D1-D3) Scheme at UCA. She has been an active member of SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association), ARLIS (Art Libraries Society) and on the steering committee for HEDG (Heads of Academic Development Group). She has written reviews for ARLIS, AldinHE (Journal of Learning Development in HE) and JUICE (UCA Journal of Useful Investigations in Creative Education).