Kay Dutton

Senior Academic Development Advisor and Module Leader for the “Bridging Modules”

I am a Senior Academic Development Advisor based in the Learning and Teaching Institute (LTI) at the University of Chester. My role involves responsibility for the planning and delivery of academic development for staff who teach on and support HE level programmes at both the University and partner institutions, and particularly, at the University’s Associate Colleges.  This includes supporting individual professional recognition applications for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. I also provide generic CPD to colleagues across the University and am a member of the MA Learning and Teaching in HE programme team.  I am currently responsible for the planning of the University’s Annual Staff Conference.


Academic Qualifications:   

MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Chester)

Postgraduate Certificate Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Keele University)

Postgraduate Diploma Marketing Management (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Postgraduate Diploma Equine Studies (University College Dublin)

BSc (Hons) Agricultural and Food Science (Animal Science) (University of Nottingham)


Professional Recognition:

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


After completing my undergraduate degree, I began my teaching career working at Myerscough College in Lancashire as an Equine Science lecturer.  After a number of years I relocated to Cheshire (where I am from) and commenced employment at Reaseheath College teaching equine studies.  During this time I became interested in developing and managing the College’s HE provision.  After a short spell working in industry, I returned to Reaseheath as HE Manager for the College.  I began working at the University of Chester in 2009 as Academic Development Advisor for HE in FE development.

My current role as Senior Academic Development Advisor is:

  • To provide a supportive learning environment for staff to develop graduate and postgraduate level and subject specific skills in the area of teaching and supporting learning at HE level;
  • To coordinate the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate level staff development (teaching), and generic staff development activities with colleagues based both at the University and in the University’s partner organisations;
  • To contribute to postgraduate taught programmes in learning and teaching and participate in scholarship, research and research supervision.
  • To develop and assess staff within the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning;
  • To facilitate the enhancement of learning and teaching between individual and groups of colleagues teaching at HE level.


Additional information:

I live on a dairy farm in Cheshire with my husband and our young daughter, and am involved in running our family business.


I am the module leader for “Developing HE teaching practice for tutors from other educational sectors”, more commonly known as the “Bridging modules”.  These modules are designed to support colleagues at the University and our Associate Colleges who already have a teaching qualification and are required to demonstrate achievement of Descriptor Two of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning in HE (2011) – the modules are accredited by the Higher Education Academy.


I am also a member of the MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme team, which includes facilitating a number of Action Learning Groups and acting as Personal Academic Tutor for these students.


My research interests focus around college-based HE and teaching observations.  I have recently completed some initial research into the perceptions and use of peer observation of teaching in a HE in FE environment, as part of my MA study.

Published work

Dutton, C. K. (2013). Perceptions and use of peer observation of teaching in a ‘HE in FE’

       context. SEDA 2013 Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference: Changing

       Values in  Higher Education.


Jennings, C. K. and Cox, J. E. (1999). Failure of isoxsuprine to improve Low Motility

       Syndrome in a Welsh Mountain Pony Stallion. Journal of Reproduction and Fertility

       Abstract Series.