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Dr Jennifer Leigh

Lecturer in HE & Academic Practice - UELT

Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (UELT), 1st Floor Room 4

I am a Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent.  My route into Higher Education research has been somewhat eclectic.  I have an MA in Higher Education, a PGCHE and a PGCE in secondary science.  I am a qualified yoga teacher and somatic movement therapist, I worked as a body-worker and movement artist and my first degree is in Chemistry with Analytical Science.  My doctoral studies were a phenomenological exploration of young children’s perceptions, expressions and reflections of embodiment through movement.

Convenor for Module UN819 Introduction to Learning, Teaching and the Academic Environment
Convenor for Module UN822 Individual Investigation in HE
Convenor for Module UN829 Reflection and Reflexivity in HE
Contributor to UN820 and other AFS/PGCHE/MA modules
Tutor for AFS/PGCHE students
Graduate School Liaison
Science Faculty Liaison

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Leigh, J. ed. (forthcoming) Conversations on embodiment across higher education To be published 2018 by Routledge.
Leigh, J. (forthcoming) An embodied approach to a cognitive discipline. In Time and Space in the Neoliberal University Ed M. Breeze, to be published by Palgrave in 2018.
Brown, N. & Leigh, J. (forthcoming) Creativity and playfulness in HE research.  To be published in Theory and Method in Higher Education Research Volume 4.
Beadle-Brown, J., Wilkinson, D., Richardson, L., Shaughnessy, N., Trimingham, M., Leigh, J., Whelton, B.  (2017) Imagining Autism: Feasibility of a Drama-Based Intervention on the Social, Communicative and Imaginative behaviour of Children with Autism. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice. In press.
Leigh, J. (2016) Experiencing emotion: Children’s perceptions, reflections and self-regulation. Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy.  DOI:10.1080/17432979.2017.1303544
Leigh, J. (2016) Perceptions, tensions and expectations of programmes for academic and professional development.  Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. 5(1):31-38.
Leigh, J. (2016) An embodied perspective on judgements of written reflective practice for professional development in Higher Education. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. 17(1):72-85.
Leigh, J. (2014) “I still feel isolated and disposable”: Perceptions of professional development for part-time teachers in HE. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. 2 (2) 10.14297/jpaap.v2i2.105
Leigh, J., Bailey, R.P. (2013) Reflection, reflective practice and embodied reflective practice.  Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, 8(3):160-171.
Beadle-Brown, J., Beecham, J., Mansell, J., Baumker, J., Leigh, J., Whelton, R., Richardson, L. (2012) Outcomes and costs of skilled support for people with severe or profound intellectual disability and complex needs.  Report for the NIHR School for Social Care Research.
Bailey, R.P., Leigh, J., Pearce, G., Sharrock, R., Reeves, M., Cope, E., Dismore, H., Quarmby, T., Doughty, L., Peacock, S. (2011) National impact evaluation of the gifted and talented physical education and sport programme. Loughborough: Youth Sport Trust.

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My research interests centre around embodied experience, how innovative and creative research methods can add depth, richness, honesty and emotion to experience, and include reflective practice, reflexivity the ethics of research, the boundaries between research and therapy or art, and how these relate to practice and academic identity. 
I have worked on large mixed methods projects including Skilled support for people with severe or profound intellectual disability and complex needs and Imagining Autism.

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2016  Won the SRHE Newer Researcher Prize for a phenomenological study using creative research methods ‘Exploring embodied academic identity’ 
2016  Consultant for the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama ‘Exploring reflective practice across the Conservatoire’ 
2013  Small grant from University of Kent Centre for the Study of Higher Education awarded for research study on professional practice within higher education.  This resulted in dissemination at an international conference, and a publication in an international journal 
2011  Small Faculty Grant from University of Kent Social Sciences Faculty awarded for pilot research study ‘Touch, and Parents’ Perspectives on Raising Children with Autism and Tactile Defensiveness’.  A poster describing this study was accepted at an international conference.  With Dr Julie Beadle-Brown.

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Upcoming projects include a collaboration with the Rambert Dance School, presentations for the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, the National Centre for Research Methods Research Festival, and workshops for SRHE.

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Last Updated: 11/10/2017