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Dr Michelle Reid

Name:
Dr Michelle Reid
Job Title:
Study Adviser
Dr Michelle Reid

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Responsibilities

  • one-to-one advice sessions with individual students on developing more effective study practices
  • quick-query advice on topics such as referencing and getting started on assignments
  • general and department-based teaching on effective study practices
  • develops paper, online, and video resources to support academic practices
  • oversees the Academic Skills Know-how (ASK) service
  • liaises with Schools in the Sciences
  • provides consultation to academic colleagues on embedding learning development within their teaching
  • sits on university committees (DELT) and working groups

Michelle is a University Teaching Fellow, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

Areas of Interest

Michelle is a University Teaching Fellow, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She gained her PhD in "National Identity in Australian and Canadian Science Fiction" from Reading in 2005 and, after time working in university libraries and publishing, she returned to Reading in 2007 to take up her Study Advice role.

Michelle leads on developing study resources for postgraduate students, and has researched transition issues experienced by taught Masters students. This interest in transitions to HE has recently broadened out to investigating transition support for: Students with non-A-Level qualifications starting university; international students transitioning to a 'sandwich year' in the UK; and new students grappling with issues of academic integrity. Michelle and her Study Advice colleagues are currently leading on a university-wide project to create a pre-entry transition resource for all new undergraduate students launching in 2017.

Michelle is active in supporting and mentoring colleagues in their applications for HEA Fellowship. She led on the mapping of the HEA UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) to the activities of Learning Developers for the Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) and she was one of the first people at Reading to complete the FLAIR CPD pilot to gain Senior Fellowship of the HEA. Michelle now mentors colleagues on FLAIR writing retreats and is trained as an accreditation panel member for FLAIR.

Michelle enjoys creating innovative study resources and she took a leading role in the '24/7 Study Advice workshop' project to create short screencasted video tutorials on key study practices. She has since shared her expertise in screencasting with colleagues at Reading and helped them develop their own resources. She is probably the only member of the Study Advice team who actively enjoys being photographed and filmed.

Research groups / Centres

2012 - ongoing: Member of ALDinHE project team for Developing Digital Literacies (JISC) Associations strand.

2010-11: Deputy Chair of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE).

2009-11: Chair of ALDinHE's Professional Development Working Group.

2007-10: Research Officer at Reading for the LearnHigher CETL conducting research into report writing and time management in higher education.

2012-13: Member of ALDinHE project team for Developing Digital Literacies (JISC) Associations strand.

2010-11: Deputy Chair of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE).

2009-11: Chair of ALDinHE's Professional Development Working Group.

2007-10: Research Officer at Reading for the LearnHigher CETL conducting research into report writing and time management in higher education.

Publications

(with Sonia Hood and Kim Shahabudin) Effective interventions for maintaining Master's student motivation, in P. E. Kneale (ed.), Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Issues in Design and Delivery, London: Palgrave (2015), 64-70.

(with Kim Shahabudin and Sonia Hood) Case study: the 24/7 Study Advice workshop, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education: Special Edition: Digital Technologies in Learning Development (2014) online at http://www.aldinhe.ac.uk/ojs/index.php?journal=jldhe&page=article&op=view&path[]=270

(with Kim Shahabudin, Andy Hagyard, John Hilsdon & Amanda Pocklington) Developing Digital Literacies: baselining report for the Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE), (2012) online at http://jiscdesignstudio.pbworks.com/w/file/50489516/ALDinHE_DDL_baseline_report_jan_2012

Report Writing. Palgrave Pocket Study Guides. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2012).

(with Kate Williams) Time Management. Palgrave Pocket Study Guides. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2011).

'More than just having the right headings: supporting students' report writing', Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, Issue 2 (2010) online at http://www.aldinhe.ac.uk/ojs/index.php?journal=jldhe&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=49

Papers presented include:

with Pocklington, A. and Shahabudin, K., "Going Digital" ALDinHE Conference, University of Leeds, 2012.

"ASK Me: A model of 'quick query' study advice to engage students in academic departments" - RAISE Conference, Nottingham Trent University 2011.

"A Model for an Embedded Skills Module" - Learning Development in Higher Education Network (LDHEN) Symposium, University of Bradford 2007.

"What is a report? Differences in report writing across departments" - English for Academic Purposes Research Group, University of Reading 2007.

"Skills for Psychology: A New Collaborative Module" - Teaching and Learning Days, University of Reading 2007.

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