Research Centre for Learning and Teaching

Staff Profile

Dr Samantha Shields

Senior Lecturer in Education


Sam joined the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences as a Lecturer in Education in September 2016. Sam is the Degree Programme Director for the Education BA. She also teaches research methods at postgraduate level for both taught and research students. Sam is a member of CfLaT (Centre for Learning and Teaching) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to this she was an Education Lecturer at the Scarborough campus, University of Hull. She started her lecturing career at De Montfort University, Leicester. Sam began her career working as a primary school teacher mainly with mixed year 3 and year 4 classes. During that time she was Subject Co-ordinator for Geography and mentored B.Ed students. She also had the opportunity to lead staff development on assessment for learning practices, and her M.Sc dissertation examined the NVQ assessment experiences of Teaching Assistants’. Subsequently Sam left school teaching to undertake a Ph.D studentship at the University of Wolverhampton; this focused on students’ experiences of engaging with formative feedback. She has worked on several pedagogic research projects, focusing on assessment and feedback, and has published in this area.

Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT), Newcastle University
British Education Research Association (BERA) member
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

British Sociological Association (BSA) member

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) member


  • The Learning School: International comparative research (in collaboration with the Hungarian-Netherlands School of Educational Management)
  • Erasmus mobility grant: Maastricht University, Netherlands and Leuven University, Belgium, June 2015
  • College of Basic Education, Kuwait Teacher Training Partnership Project, September 2012 –2013
  • ESCalate ‘Assessment Reassessed: A student and lecturer collaborative enquiry’, March 2011-Jan 2012
  • NTFS ‘It’s Good to Talk: Feedback, Dialogue and Learning’ project, Dec 2009 – July 2012
  • ‘Equitable Assessment for Diverse Students’ project, Sept 2008 – March 2009
  • ESRC/TLRP ‘Learning and Teaching for Social Diversity and Difference’ project, July 2007 – Aug 2008