Professorial lecture explores how innovative University provision can meet the needs of seasoned practitioners seeking to move into their next stage of development.


Professor Annette Fillery-Travis will deliver the next professorial lecture  ‘Making the Familiar Strange – exploring a pedagogy for epistemic practitioners’ on Wednesday, 19 January at 4 pm.

Professorial Lecture: Professor Annette Fillery-Travis

The event is part of a series of monthly lectures to be delivered by the University’s academic staff who have received professorial titles.

Professor Fillery-Travis will explore how innovative University provision can meet the needs of seasoned practitioners seeking to move into their next stage of development.

Professor Fillery-Travis is the Head of the Wales Institute for Work-based Learning. She said:

“I’m looking forward to deliver the lecture. As educators do we seek to add to an individual’s ability to act within the confines of their current perspective on work, life and society or do we seek to enable our students to explore more complex, ambiguous and uncertain perspectives?

“Recent futures research suggests those currently entering the job market will typically experience twelve career changes during their working life (Ehlers, 2020). Such flexibility requires a high level of learning agility. Higher education credentials can no longer be identified as simply a requirement for selection at the start of a chosen career. They will need to be updated and diversified throughout an individual’s career. However, the form and function of this development cannot follow the conventional ‘horizontal development route’ of increasing the knowledge and skills required to do the job but must instead address the ‘vertical development’ route of increasing the attitude, cognitive agility, and awareness to function at increasing levels of complexity and authority.”

Professor Fillery-Travis is a senior coach educator, researcher and author. After a successful career as a research scientist where she was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and author of over 50 academic papers. She began a second career with the Professional Development Foundation after attaining a Master’s degree in Professional Development. She became CEO and designed leadership programmes for public sector managers and school leaders, and manager-coach training programmes across a range of sectors.

During a sabbatical at the University of Manchester in 2008, she was responsible for the overhaul of the Master’s programme in Educational Leadership and in 2010 Professor Fillery-Travis moved to Middlesex University where she was Head of the faculty for the Professional Doctorate where she supervised over twenty coaching doctorates and ran the Work and Learning Research Group. She has also worked as a consultant to a range of Fortune 500 organisations including Nationwide US across a range of sectors.

She is currently the principal investigator for an EU funded pan-European project on the Modern Doctorate and recently took up the post of Head of the Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David where she is perusing her passion for the facilitation of professional development of individuals.

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor said: “I am pleased to invite Professor Fillery-Travis to deliver her professorial lecture and congratulate her on achieving the title.  Professor Fillery-Travis is a leading authority on professional and experiential learning who has made an enormous contribution to the University as the Head of the Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning”.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, 19 January 4 pm, T&L4 UWTSD Carmarthen and online via Microsoft Teams

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