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Maria Kinch

As the University Director of Foundation Year Studies I am responsible for all University of Reading Foundation Year programmes in the UK and Overseas. 

Areas of interest

My main areas of interest are student engagement and participation, curriculum and qualification development, inclusive practice, teacher education, staff development and training.


I joined the University of Reading in 2022. I have worked in education for over 17 years at various further and higher education institutions teaching Accounting, Finance, Business, Management, and Law cross a range of different courses including professional, undergraduate, vocational, A levels, BTEC, Foundation, and Pre-Masters. I have over 12 years of educational management experience including 10 years specialising in Foundation and Pre-Masters leadership. I also have several years of experience in curriculum and qualification development for awarding bodies and higher education institutions.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Accounting
  • MA Student Engagement in Higher Education
  • MBA with Project Management
  • LLM Commercial Law
  • PgDip Education
  • PgDip Human Resource Management – Training & Development
  • PgCert Inclusive Practice

Professional bodies/affiliations

(SFHEA) Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

(FSET) Fellow of the Society for Education & Training

(ACCA) Affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

(MAAT) Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians

(MCMI) Member of the Chartered Management Institute

(MCIPD) Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development


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