Alison Le Cornu
Alison is a people person. She loves communicating with others and in an educational context revels in exploring new ways of interacting with and engaging learners, especially when communication is enhanced. As a team leader she prefers to facilitate in frequent consultation with others. She is politically aware - something which contributes to the effectiveness of her coaching and consultancies - while valuing and taking steps to respect her own and other people's integrity. She is well organised, enthusiastic, patient and good humoured, and has a strong ability to draw alongside other people with a view to unlocking their potential.
Alison has extensive experience and expertise in teaching and learning in a wide variety of contexts. She has increasingly specialised in working with adults and holds an MSc in Applied Professional Studies in Education and Training, and a PhD in Education Studies. She has worked in higher education for the past 20 years, particularly in ‘non-traditional’ types of delivery, including distance, online, blended and flexible learning. She headed distance learning theology departments at both London School of Theology and Oxford Brookes University before moving into educational and staff development. Most recently, she was the national Academic Lead for Flexible Learning with the Higher Education Academy, where she worked in universities supporting senior managers, departmental heads, programme teams and individual lecturers with a view to developing greater agility and responsiveness in essential areas of their provision.
Alison was a member of the core tutorial team running an MA in Consultancy in Mission and Ministry through York St John University for a number of years, which gave her significant theoretical understanding and practical experience of consultancy, coaching and mentoring. She has gained professional recognition for this area of her portfolio by attaining the Institute for Leadership and Management's Coaching and Mentoring Level 5 Certificate through Oxford Brookes University. She and Nigel are both Honorary Research Fellows at the Queens Theological Foundation in Birmingham.
Alison is a founder member of the LinkedIn group Higher Education Consultants UK, a group of independent consultants who work in higher education in the UK, mostly, but not exclusively, in staff and education development. The purpose of the group is to develop a network of professional consultants working in HE in order to provide support, share expertise and create a trusted and high profile 'go to' group within the sector.
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