Professor Sue Robson
Head of School

  • Email: sue.robson@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6760
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 7783
  • Address: 3.10 KGVI
    School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
    King George VI Building
    Newcastle University
    Queen Victoria Road
    University of Newcastle
    NE1 7RU

Introduction

Sue Robson is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. Sue is a member of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT) and leads the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (HE) Research Group. Her current research focuses on the internationalization of higher education; innovative teaching and learning in HE; reward and recognition for teaching excellence in HE; educational leadership.  She convenes a Research and Practice Network for the Higher Education Academy on Internationalising the Curriculum. Sue is co-author (with Yvonne Turner) of Internationalizing the University: an introduction for university teachers and managers, 2008, Continuum Press. She is Co- Principal Investigator on an Inter-Institutional Benchmarking Project: Promoting Teaching (with the universities of Tasmania, Wollongong, and Leicester, funded by the HEA).

Background

Sue taught in secondary schools and special education services for 13 years before joining the Special Educational Needs Research Group at Newcastle University in 1995. Sue taught in the Centre for International Studies in Education, University of Newcastle from 1997-2002, and became Director of the Centre in 2001.  Sue has designed, developed and directed postgraduate professional programmes for teachers in Newcastle and Hong Kong. She was a member of Newcastle University Senate 2008-2011 and became Head of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences in 2007.

Roles and Responsibilities

Sue is currently a member of the University Internationalization Executive Group and the Faculty Executive Board for Humanities and Social Sciences.  She also represents Newcastle University on the University Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Council.

Sue teaches on postgraduate professional development (PPD) programmes in Education and Chairs the Board of Examiners for PPD programmes. She supervises masters and doctoral research into innovative learning and teaching;  the internationalization of higher education; educational leadership and management. She led a team from CfLAT to develop and deliver the EQUATE (Equal Acclaim for Teaching Excellence) research and development programme for innovative university teachers.

Sue is External Examiner for the MA in Education at the University of Bath. From 2009-2011 Sue was Co-Director of the North East Regional Centre for LINKS into Languages, funded by the Department of Children Schools and Families (DCSF) to bring together all those working with languages in the region through networking, action research and innovative Professional Development opportunities. She is advisor to the Burma Education Partnership.

Current doctoral supervision:  Shaun Robison, Nadia Aljenahi, Meng Fan, Nguyen Du, Abdullah Alkarni, Muqaddas Butt, Lucia Liu, Caroline Burns.

Previous doctoral supervision: Haifa Al-Nofiae (graduated 2013);  Dearbhaile Church and Hui-Hua Hsieh (graduated 2012); Georgios Pachalidis (2008); Elizabeth Hunter (2006); Barbara Roberts (2004)

Memberships

ESRC Peer Review College

Society for Research into Higher Education 

British Educational Research Association

European Educational Research Association Network 22 (Higher Education) 

Teaching Champion for the Teaching International Students Project, HEA.

Visiting Fellow, Centre for Academic Practice and Research in Internationalisation of Higher Education, Leeds Metropolitan University 

The Network for Languages http://networkforlanguages5.moonfruit.com

Research Interests

Sue's current research interests include:
 the internationalization of higher education; Sue's research has explored academic perceptions of the impact of internationalization on professional lives, the student experience, the curriculum, and on learning and teaching. Sue convenes a regional internationalization university network and is a member of Newcastle University’s Internationalization Executive Group
 teaching and assessing for successful learning in higher education. Sue is a member of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University. She has developed and evaluated professional development programmes for teachers in Syria, China and the UK and currently leads a team from CfLAT in delivering the EquATE programme - (Equal acclaim for teaching excellence an innovative teaching and learning development programme for university colleagues. She was a member of the research team that reviewed frameworks for effective thinking for the Learning and Skills Research Council (Moseley et al, 2004). Sue co-authored (with Turner) a book on Internationalizing the University, which was published by Continuum in 2008.

Current and Recent Work

2013 Convenor for a national research and practice network: Internationalising the curriculum. For the HEA

2012 Co-PI HEA Inter-Institutional Benchmarking Project: Reward and Recognition for Teaching in HE. (with Tasmania, Wollongong, Leicester)

2012 Convenor for national seminar:  Working towards transformative internationalisation: an enquiry based approach. HEA Internationalisation Seminar Series, June 1, Newcastle University

2010 Convenor for the Teaching and Learning in HE Research Group

2010 Internationalising the Curriculum: an analysis of staff perceptions in SAgE of internationalisation and its impact on teaching and learning. UTLC Innovation Fund award (with Jackson and Huddart):

2009 the Equal Acclaim for Teaching Excellence Programme. UTLC Innovation Fund award (with Leat, Lofthouse and Wall) 

2008 Towards a Global Graduate: a creative lecture series in cross-cultural skills for careers and education. UTLC Innovation Fund award 

2005  Regional University Internationalization Network

2005 -2007 Research Team for FDTL5 – 126/03 Developing formative assessment using ICTs in Education

2003-2005 Research Team: Frameworks for Effective Thinking.  (Moseley et al, 2004) funded by the Learning and Skills Research Council

2000-2004 Co-PI (with Lin) British Council China Study Grant to develop a model for thinking skills in schools in China.

Recent Conference papers

2013 paper: Can You Help Me To Raise The Profile Of Teaching In This Institution?” A Case Study From A UK University" with McHanwell, Hall and Grimwood. ECER, “Creativity and Innovation in Educational Research” Conference, Istanbul, Turkey,  10th - 13th September 2013

2013 The Methodology Of Research Partnerships In Education: Approach, Design And ToolsHall, Elaine; Robson, Sue; Woolner, Pamela; Wall, Kate. ECER, September 2013, Istanbul.

2011 Jackson, E,. Huddart, T., Robson, S. Staff Perceptions of Internationalisation Australian International Education Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, Australia, 11-14 October 2011

Robson, S. Leat, D., Lofthouse, R. Feedback or feed forward? Supporting international postgraduate students through effective assessment to enhance future learning. ‘Teaching International Students’ Conference, 17 June 2011, HEA/CICIN/CAPRI, University of Warwick 

2010 Robson, S., Wall, K.m Lofthouse, R., Wooler, P and Moore, U.Symposium on Developing theorised practice: an enquiry-based approach to professional learning across the sectors. European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) Conference, Lisbon, 24-26 November 2010.  

2010 Robson, S., Hsieh, H. Responsible internationalization: challenges for Higher Education. ECER Helsinki, 23-27 August 2010 

2010 Robson, S., Wall, K., Lofthouse, R. Raising the esteem of educational research and practice knowledge in a Russell Group university. Higher Education Close-up 5 conference, Lancaster, July 2010.

Future Research

Internationalization of Higher Education
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Keynotes and invited talks:

2012  Internationalisation. University of Wollongong, November 2012

2012  Internationalizing the curriculum. Durham Business School. 12.11.12

2011 Keynote on Recognizing, supporting and rewarding innovative teaching in the internationalized university at  the Teaching International Students’ Conference, 17 June 2011, HEA/CICIN/CAPRI, University of Warwick 

2010 Robson, S.  Keynote:  Academic Development for internationalization. INCONSYM Conference, Symbiosis University, Pune, India.  Oct. 14-15 2010

2009 Robson, S. Invited paper: Internationalizing the curriculum. Durham: A World University Conference, 7 December,  2009.

2009 Robson, S. Invited paper and panel member Internationalising the curriculum. QS Apple Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 25 November 2009.

2009 Keynote and Symposium facilitator LEADING INTERNATIONALISATION  IN  HIGHER EDUCATION: NEW TRAJECTORIES AND FUTURE PARTNERSHIPS.  Monash  University Strategic Initiatives Symposium, Monash Sunway Campus, Malaysia. 22-24 November 2009.

2008 Keynote, ESRC-sponsored seminar series entitled Rethinking the Needs of International Students:  Critical Perspectives on the Internationalisation of UK Higher Education’16 December 2008.  The series was run jointly by the Universities of Birmingham, Bath and Nottingham.

2008 Keynote Making the international local and regional at the Monash Educate 08 Conference, Melbourne, 6-10 October  Sue is honorary adviser to the Teacher Training for Burmese Teachers Programme, a programme is funded by Prospect Burma.

2005 Invited paper: Conference on Inclusive and Cognitive Learning Enhancement in Schools, Charles University, Prague, October 30-November 1, 2005.

2002  Keynote at the launch Conference and advisor to the Innovative Learning Project, Chongqing, China, UNESCO, 2002-2007.

2002 Invited presentation: Helping Students with Special Needs to become Better Thinkers  EDEX Education & National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN) Conference, Cardiff.

2002 Invited presentation  Helping Students with Special Needs to become Better Thinkers. EDEX North West Education Conference (NWEC 2002), Bolton.

2001 Invited paper: Baptist University Hong Kong Thinking Qualities Initiative Conference June 2001 Thinking Skills and Teacher Pedagogy

Recommendations made in the following paper have been included in the Government of the Republic of Zambia's recent launched national document:The Fifth National Development Strategic Plan (2006-2015). Robson S and & Kanyanta B S (2007) Orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia: the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on basic education, International Journal of Inclusive Education.

2007 External Examiner for PhD student in Education, Durham, 2007.

2007 Invited Teaching Fellow, Charles University of Prague, Faculty of Education, Department of Pedagogical and School Psychology 8-12 May 2007.

2006 Selection of my case study on Internationalisation Initiatives in HASS Faculty for publication on the HEA national website.

2006 British Council China Study Grant Project, achieved national recognition in China in the 10th 5 Year Plan.

Funding

University Teaching and Learning Funds (£60k, 2009-10; £50k, 2010-2011) to develop and deliver the EQUATE programme.

University of Newcastle Innovation Funding 2009-10 (£15k) to investigate international student perceptions of feedback

British Council China Study Grants 2000-2004 (£14k)


University of Newcastle Innovation Funding 2005 to establish a Regional University Internationalization Network.

Projects

Postgraduate Teaching

HASS Postgraduate Skills Enhancement Programme

IPhd, EdD and MEd programmes