Heather Gibson

Heather Gibson has a BSc (Honours) degree in Zoology and a research MSc (Parasitology) both from the University of Glasgow and acquired a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education from the Open University (2010). She has been working within the Enhancement Team at QAA Scotland since 2000. Her main areas of work involve development in higher education provision that could be thought of as being ‘non-traditional’, i.e. not classroom based. She leads on work on flexible curricula, Work Based Learning (WBL) the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and the Postgraduate Taught student experience. She is also a part-time Associate Lecturer in Science for the Open University at the first year level. This means Ms Gibson deals with adult students many of which have been out of formal education for decades and are undertaking part-time study at the same time as being in employment. Particular areas of educational research interest include mental health issues & cognitive impairment, the pedagogy of reflection and the use of narrative and metaphor in science education.