Mrs Myra Evans

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons), MA, SFHEA, UWE Learning and Teaching Fellow
  • Position:Faculty Academic Director for Inclusive and Practice-Oriented Curriculum (ACE).
  • Telephone:+4411732 84502
  • Email:Myra.Evans@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am the Faculty Academic Director for Inclusive and Practice-Oriented Curriculum for ACE. I am responsible for embedding a professional experience in all programmes in the Faculty, creating an inclusive learning environment and widening participation.

I am also a Senior Lecturer of Journalism. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,  a UWE Learning and Teaching Fellow and an Academic Practice Partner.  I teach Advanced Broadcast Journalism and Newsroom Practice and am a tutor on the University's Postrgraduate Certificate in Academic Professional PracticeI am a qualified print and broadcast journalist with more than 20 years experience in journalism. Before joining UWE I worked as a video journalist for ITV West. I have also worked on local newspapers and as a communications officer for the University of Bath.

Area of expertise

I lead the Faculty's Decolonising the Curriculum initiative and have presented on this at the UWE Festival of Learning 2020. I am part of the co-creation group to create an Inclusive Curriculum and Practice Toolkit and reduce the attainment gap. I am also a member of the ACE EDI Task Force. I am the Faculty lead for the Graduate Outcomes Survey and have set up and chair the ACE Employability Committee which facilitates the embedding of employability skills in the curriculum.

In my teaching role my expertise is teaching practice through simulation and expriential learning. 

My teaching expertise is predominantly in broadcast journalism but I have also taught on news writing modules and media theory modules.

Using my expertise from industry, I was responsible for setting up and leading on the introduction of news days at UWE, where students work as real practising journalists in a simulated newsroom environment. I was key to attaining BJTC accreditation for my programme.

My growing research expertise is in journalism pedagogy, and teaching pratice through simulation and experiential learning. 

I have recently presented work into models of teaching journalism through practice at the prestigious The World Journalism Educaton Congress 2019, in Paris.

 My initial work, looking at experiential learning in journalism education, was funded by a bursary from UWE's Centre for Moving Image Research. I have also recently been awarded a bursary from the Association of Journalism Education for my work on practice-based learning in journalism education.

I have presented my work at Cardiff University's Future of Journalism Conference (2015)  and at the Association of Journalism Education Conference (2016) as well as the UWE Learning and Teaching Conference (2016, 2017 and 2018). In June 2020, along with Dr Shawn Sobers, I presented and ran a workshop on Decolonising the Curricula as part of the UWE Festival of Learning.

I enjoy linking my research to my teaching, working with real scenarios and also passing on my findings to others to help improve teaching and the student experience.  

I have a BA in Sociology and Theology from the University of Birmingham and an MA (with distinction) in Journalism from UWE.

I am currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Education at UWE.  

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