Dr Petia Petrova

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  • Qualifications:BA (hons), MSc, PhD, SFHEA
  • Position:Associate Director of Academic Practice
  • Telephone:+4411732 87393

About me

I am passionate about how scholarship underpins our practice in HE. This has developed from a mind-set into an academic area of interest through my work on research informed teaching. I have extensive practical and scholarly background on linking research and teaching in HE – in the learning opportunities we offer students, in supporting academics balancing their teaching and research roles, and in developing strategic approaches to bridging the link between teaching and research at departmental and institutional levels.

Much of my work has been focused on employability and professional development. Starting with my undergraduate and postgraduate tourism management students,  this focus evolved into the professional development of academics, and then the wider topic of academic identities. I am currently very excited to be involved in a cross-institutional project with two other institutions which aims to develop a professional development framework for leaders of degree programmes.

My early work on employability resulted in numerous projects on embedding employability in the curriculum, and later this expanded into holistic engagement with curriculum design and review, a topic I have taught as part of the University of Birmingham's Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, and practised as a programme leader and contributor  to department, faculty and institutional-level curriculum development projects.

Area of expertise

Do get in touch if you wish to:

  • find out how we, here at UWE , support the development of programme and module leaders (http://go.uwe.ac.uk/PLandML) , or learn about our programme leader research
  • discuss how your  research, teaching and learning practices can be  linked and integrated
  • explore how  to develop  the programme you are leading
  • discuss how to develop and grow scholarly communities such as writing, reading and research groups.


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