Dr Paula Nottingham is an experienced academic specialising in higher education, work-based and work-integrated learning, and practice-based research that supports organisational innovation and impact. Paula is a dual UK and US citizen. Her qualifications include: BFA (Hons equivalent), MFA (3 year with teaching component), MSc (Applied Profession Studies in Lifelong Learning), PhD (Lifelong Learning), PGCertHE, Senior Fellowship HEA.
Paula is currently the Programme Leader for the MA in Higher Education, and a core team member for the Specialist Pathways DProf in HSCE, and the Reseach Degrees Cordinator and Supervisor for the Work Based Learning PhD and the Doctor of Professional Studies (Transdisciplinary). Paula was formally the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Business to Business Sales Degree Apprenticeship (with Consalia Ltd. partnership) within the Marketing Branding and Tourism Department; and Programme Leader for the BA Professional Practice in Arts.
She is the currently the External Examiner for the University of Wales Trinity St David and formerly external for: University of Ulster, Leeds Trinity, Birkbeck University of London, Pearsons, Leicester College (De Montfort).
Paula has research interests in higher education pedagogy, degree apprenticeships, doctoral studies, professional doctorates, creative and innovative higher education, lifelong learning, the use of digital technology for learning, facilitation, and practitioner learning.
Completed doctoral candidates include:
Konstantinos Pitychoutis (2020) Designing a Teacher Orientation Course for English as a Foreign Language Faculty at Saudi Arabian Universities: the case of a private university in Riyadh, Doctor of Professional Studies in Applied Linguistics, DProf, Middlesex University.
Panayiotis Eracleous (2022) Introducing a new framework for improving competitive programming education for the Cyprus Olympiad in Informatics, DProf, Middlesex University.
Kathy Sienko (2022) Exploring the Use of Coaching for the Development of Saudi Arabian Healthcare Managers Through the Perspectives of Coaches, Coachees and Coaching Sponsors, DProf, Middlesex University.
Margarita Papantoniou (2023) Cyber fraud: Investigating Substantive, Procedural and Evidentiary Legal issues in Cyprus, DProf, Middlesex University.View more publications
Apprenticeship Workforce Development (AWD) Education Training Foundation (ETF), Lead, national KE project, supported by UVAC, Project title: ‘Mobilising provider insights for degree apprenticeships: comparing theoretical models to deliver effective integration for on and off the job learning’ (£19,458.00). Partners Open University and Consalia, Middlesex (Education Dept and Marketing, Branding and Tourism) sponsored by W&L RC SIG/CERS in Education.
Enhancing Education Project Award 2021/2022 “Exploring student perceptions of existing communities of practice (CoP) within a Degree Apprenticeship to enable the greater adoption of inclusivity principles for work-integrated studies.” Paula Nottingham, Education, W&LRC. and Dr Yan Mao, Marketing, Branding and Tourism Department.
European Union, Erasmus Staff Mobility Grant, 2018, European University, Nicosia, Cyprus/Middlesex University.
Creative Skillset/HEFCE 2014-15, IWBL, Middlesex University. Accelerated work-based degrees for the visual effects sector, Project Champion.
HEFCE ModNet project 2009- 2012 (IWBL Middlesex University. Staff in Work-based Learning unit in School of Arts and Education, Media Department: played a significant role in delivering ModNet project in the School as well as provided significant student recruitment for the Middlesex University through the expansion of the BAPP Arts programme and collaborative project services.
Paula is a Committee member of the Centre for Research in Education and Scholarship (CERS) and the Deputy Director of the Work and Learning Research Centre SIG/CERS and will lead the Higher Education SIG CERS for 2023-2024
Committee member (2023) International Conference on Professional & Practice Based Doctorates (ICPPD) affiliated with the UK Council for Higher Education (UKCGE).
Editorial Advisory Board member for Higher Education Skills and Work Based Learning
Peer Reviewer: Innovations in Education and Teaching International, Journal of Workplace Learning, Journal of Work-Applied Management, Higher Education Skills and Work-based Learning
Founding member National UVAC Writing Group, collaborative working group with other professional working in work-based and apprenticeships – with Mandy-Crawford Lee and affiliated with HESWBL (journal)
Programme Committee Chair Middlesex University Research Student Summer Conference (RSSC 2022) https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/types/research-at-middlesex/research-student-conference/postgraduate-researchers-summer-conference?SQ_VARIATION_679914=0
Academic Guest Speaker for Unconference including podcast with Dr Trevor Gerhardt about the Work and Learning Research Centre, Conference, Pearson, 27 July 2022, Pearson London.
Lead organiser for for the W&L Network ‘Imagining Radical Inclusivity in Work and Learning’ forum, 27 May 2022, London, hybrid event.
Co-lead organiser for the W&L Network Colloquium - Equality Diversity and Inclusion: championing work and learning that empowers and sustains change.30th June 2021, online.
Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) Executive Committee member 2018 (co-opted), Executive member 2019 – 2020.
Conference Co-organiser UALL Work and Learning Network Annual Conferences 2019 (University of the Arts), and 2018 (collaborating with EURASHE, Leuven), 2017 (Hendon), 2016 (University of the Arts).