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Kelly has been Head of Learning Development since August 2017.
With a degree in Linguistics and English literature from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and an MSc. in Applied Linguistics from University of Edinburgh, Kelly has worked in higher education in Japan, South Africa and the UK in the areas of English language curriculum development, academic support and educational research. Kelly joined Thinking Writing in 2005 and has worked on research investigating argumentative skills in undergraduates, and developing academic literacies in context. She has extended HE learning development work to various East London secondary schools, developing a 'professional learning communities' approach to working with teachers. She has interests in the notion of retreat in higher education, postgraduate development, and the continuum between staff and student development. For the past two years she has worked with Learning Development colleagues on the Whole Programme Approach to Writing Development in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. Kelly has led and managed the Developing Educators project across all Schools in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and one School in Humanities and Social Sciences, producing a series of insightful reports into the complex situated practices that constitute first year teaching and learning with large and diverse student cohorts, and recommendations that Schools and the Faculties can now interrogate and take forward.