SIOE Staffing Update

Dear friends and colleagues,

Now that the semester is in full swing, here’s a brief staffing update. Please support all colleagues below in their new roles, change of roles, or next steps in their professional life:

Following a competitive selection process, Rebecca Mallett will become Deputy Head of Department (fixed term contract until August 31st, 2024) and will lead on the Curriculum 24 portfolio redevelopment work.

We have strong field in the interviews for a permanent Deputy Head of Department to replace Heather Wain who is leaving the university to change career over the next few months.  Heather will be working 4 days a week from November 1st till the end of December, focusing on developing our ITE curriculum and ensuring we are prepared for Ofsted. I’ll update results of the interview stage of the recruitment (interviews on 20.10.22) as soon as I can.

Caroline Smart is now Head of Area for Secondary Initial Teacher Education, following Fiona Leonard’s move to 0.6FTE as a senior lecturer as part of phased retirement.

Adrian Fearn is now Initial Teacher Education Partnership Lead and Deputy Head of Area for the Secondary Area, leading ITE partnership developments.

Sarah Rawding is Deputy Head of Area for Education and the Early Years and Childhood Areas, supporting curriculum development across both Areas.

Philippa Thompson is Business and Enterprise Portfolio Lead and Deputy Head of Area for the Primary Undergraduate Area, leading employability across the department, and short and sandwich placement development across Education, Early Years and Childhood courses.

Richard Pountney has stepped down from the role of Postgraduate Taught Lead and Deputy Head of Area, as part of his phased retirement. He now works at 0.4FTE as a senior lecturer. We will advertise this Principal Lecturer vacancy as soon as we are able to.

Together we have made a great start to this semester, and it has been really rewarding to be able to meet so many of you in person again on campus.  Do invite our new colleagues to your meetings, or just catch up with them for a coffee and welcome chat.

Very best wishes,


Professor David Owen BSc MSc PGCE PhD FCCT (he/him)

Head of Department

Sheffield Institute of Education

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