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Andrea Cameron

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Andrea Cameron is the Head of School of Social and Health Sciences and the Intellectual Lead for Teaching and Learning at Abertay University. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has progressed a number of student experience enhancement issues in the various roles she's had at Abertay since joining in 2003. She has led on a series of strategic initiatives for the university - most recently in relation to Employability, Academic Tutoring, Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum, Staff Profiling and Accelerated Degrees.
She maintains an active role in the classroom and is module leader for the 2nd year sport placement module and also the Elective module 'Ethical Reasoning for a Global Society'. She has presented and published work in relation to Personal Development Planning, professional reflective practice and heightening employability, receiving a Special Recognition Award for her work with Active Schools. Before becoming a sport scientist, Andrea was, and remains, a registered nurse teacher. She continues to produce patient publications for a Diabetes charity. Andrea’s interests in heightening skills, competency and employability in graduates
derive from her clinical nurse teaching experiences. Andrea is also a mother of one and an accomplished athlete, representing Scotland and England at long distance track events as well as cross-country.

 

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT:- 
Head of School of Social and Health Sciences;  Intellectual Lead for Teaching Learning and Enhancement

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:-
• Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
• Member of the Fitness Industry Association (2001)
• Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as a Registered General Nurse; Registered Clinical Nurse Teacher; Registered Nurse Teacher
• Member of the Higher Education Committee for the British Exercise Referral Association
• Member of the Alliance for Self-Care Research
• Member of the Physical Activity and Health Alliance

ROLES:-
• Chair of the School’s Executive Group; School Academic Committee; Examination Boards; Fitness to Practice Committee
• Project Executive for the Accelerated Degrees Pilot
• Member of the University’s Senior Management Group
• Member of the Academic Leadership Group
• Member of the University’s Senate
• Elected Member of Senate to the University Court
• Member of the University’s Health and Safety Committee
• Steering Group Member Dundee Academy of Sport
• Module leader for first year sport programmes’ ‘Contexts in Sport’ module
• Aurora Leadership Foundation Programme Role Model
• Trustee of Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club
• Governor of Dundee Education Trust
• Member of the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s (SQA) National Qualifications Support Team Physical Education (PE)

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT:-

2008-2013:- Director of Academic Programmes, School of Social and Health Sciences

2006- 2008: - Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise, University of Abertay, Dundee

2003-2008:- Lecturer in Sport/Health Physiology, University of Abertay, Dundee

1998 –2003 – Senior  Lecturer  in Sports and Exercise Physiology; Programme Leader,  Single Honours Sports Studies Degree, King Alfred’s University College, Winchester

1990-1998:- Senior Lecturer/Nurse Tutor, School of Health and Community Studies, King Alfred’s University College, Basingstoke

1988-90:- Junior Sister (F Grade), Coronary Care Unit, Basingstoke District Hospital

1986-8:- Staff Nurse posts, Coronary Care Unit/A&E, Basingstoke District Hospital/Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Teaching

Currently Andrea is module leader for the second year ‘Work Placement’ module and co-ordinates the second year sport student placements. This module focuses specifically on enabling the students to make links between theory and practice through placement experiences, but also involve students delivering assessed Pecha Kucha-style presentations to their peers and presenting a Linked-In webfolio to showcase skills and experiences. Students are required to update their Personal Development Plans throughout the module and to evaluate their experiences, in order that they can start to operate as Reflective Practitioners. She is also the module lead for one of the university's new elective modules 'Ethical Reasoning for a Global Society' which requires the students to work in teams and present an assessed debate on a current moral challenge in an employment setting. Andrea has published and presented on interventions to enhance student employability skills and has been a runner-up in the Student-led Teaching Awards Best Platform for employability category in 2016, 2013, 2012 and 2011.

Previously Andrea has taught in the areas of Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Health Promotion,Nutrition and Health, Research Methods and Exercise Physiology and continues to run mobile workshops and laboratory based practicals as part of Dundee Science Festival as well as for senior school groups.

Research Interests

Andrea’s current research interests lie in the domain of heightening skills, competency and employability in graduates deriving from her clinical nurse teaching experiences.

She has previously presented and published work in relation to Personal Development Planning, developing the Reflective Practitioner, and employability initiatives, including ‘Clients in the Classroom’. She has completed research in the area  of physical activity measurement and Type 2  Diabetes, as well as examining the knowledge and practices of primary care staff in delivering physical activity promotion information to patients. She has been involved in Retention and Progression Higher Education projects, and has presented on issues of reasonable adjustment, disability and differentiated performance.

She also continues to produce patient publications for the charity, the Diabetes Wellness Research Foundation on Exercise and Diabetes.

Funding

Cameron, A & Wharton, Y – ‘Tracking career destinations and transition into employment for sports graduates’ – awarded £2997 from ATLEF

Annetts, A; Cameron, A & Work, H– ‘Understanding the student journey for students exiting a widening access programme onto undergraduate degree programmes’ - awarded £1094 from ATLEF

In association with the Division Leader for Nursing and Counselling working on a £30,000 funded project looking at student nurses with disabilities experiences of clinical placement 

Cameron, A; Stewart, S; Ramsay, A; Samson, S; Squire, S; Bell, A – ‘Embracing Diversity – watch your language’ (December 2013) – awarded £5918 from ATLEF

Carmichael, D; MacEachen, C; White, G; Lund, G; Cameron, A; Staal, J; Cook, R – ‘Enhancing student use of educational mobile apps’ (December 2013) awarded monies from ATLEF

Huntingford, J; Maxwell, C; La Rooy, A; McBride, N; Christie, A; Cameron, A – ‘Supporting assessment and feedback practice with technology’ (December 2013) awarded monies from ATLEF

Esteem

SIGN 55 Guideline Reviewer

• Aurora Leadership Foundation Programme Role Model
• Trustee of Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club
• Governor of Dundee Education Trust
• Member of the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s (SQA) National Qualifications Support Team Physical Education (PE)

2016- present date:- Reviewer for National Teaching Fellow Awards for HEA

2015- present date:- External Examiner for Leeds Trinity University Foundation Degree in Sport, PE and Health, and MSc Health and Wellbeing

2013 – present date:- Reviewer for Annual QAA Scotland conference

2009-2012:- External Examiner for the University of Cumbria’s Foundation Degree in Physical Activity and Health

2005- present date:- Editorial Panel Member, Contributor and Peer Reviewer for the Diabetes Wellness Research Foundation’s monthly publication – ‘Diabetes Wellness News’

2014- present date:- Trustee Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club

2013– present date:- Governor of Dundee Education Trust

2014-Present date:- Member of the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s (SQA) National Qualifications Support Team Physical Education (PE)

AWARDS:-
Outstanding Contribution to Active Schools Dundee – inaugural award April 2013
Commonwealth Games Baton Bearer – Dundee June 2014
Runner-up for Student-Led Teaching Award for Best Platform for Employability in 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011
Runner-up for Best Paper and Torup Award EUNIS Conference (July 2015)
Runner-up for a sparqs Student Engagement Award (May 2015)

Knowledge Exchange

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE:-
• working with Tayside Public Health partners to promote the Physical Activity Agenda and to help in policy decisions
• working with Tayside Exercise Referral Forum with regard to reviewing this service
• working with British Exercise Referral Association to produce a constitution for membership
• working with STEM (TechFest-SETPOINT North) and the Forward into Science project to promote science to a range of community and schools groups
• from 1991-4 under the ‘Health at Work’ initiatives providing training for Occupational Health Nurses, as part of the Wessex Institute of Public Health’s training programme
• advisor to new enrolments to Basingstoke Sports Centre (also as part of corporate evenings) on general health for sport and exercise
• from 1998-2003 undertaking collaborative projects with the Health Promotion Department for North and Mid-Hampshire Health Authority
• 2001-2002 working on the implementation of the National Service Framework for Mental Health in collaboration with the Mid-Hampshire Health Authority
• undertaking fitness assessments of young footballers attending a football academy for a televised Channel 4 documentary (Spring 2002)

CONFERENCES:-

Poster presentations: -
• October (2016) – Cameron, A; Wharton, Y & Scally, J – ‘Tracking career destinations of sports graduates 2000-2015 – a longitudinal exploration of destinations and preparedness for the workplace’ - poster presentation at ‘Seeing Things Differently’ conference, Dundee
• June (2016) – Annetts, J; Work, H; Cameron, A; Miller, A; Stirling, M & Niitamo, V - ‘Understanding the student journey for students exiting a widening access programme onto undergraduate degree programmes’ -  poster presentation at QAAScotland Enhancement ‘Transitions’ conference, Edinburgh
• June (2015) – Cameron, A; and Yuksel, - ‘Embracing diversity ‘– poster presentation at QAA Scotland International Enhancement ‘Transitions’ conference, Glasgow
• October, 2014 – Cameron, A; Squire, S; Stewart, S; Ramsey, A; Bell, A –‘Embracing Diversity – watch your language’ – ‘Unlocking new ideas in teaching and learning’ Teaching and Learning Enhancement Conference, Dundee
• July, 2013 – Cameron, A & Koehn, S – ‘Frequency of Using Teaching Styles between Novice and Experienced Student Instructors’ – 13th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology, Beijing, China
• July, 2013 –Koehn, S & Cameron, A – ‘Effects of Coaching Leadership Styles on Teaching Styles in Student Instructors’- 13th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology, Beijing, China
• July, 2013 –Koehn, S & Cameron, A – ‘Predictors of Teaching Styles: Enjoyment, Skill Development, Social Aspects, and Motivation’- 13th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology, Beijing, China
• May, 2011 – Wharton, Y & Cameron, A -  ‘Integrated Assessment’ - Quality Enhancement Conference, University of Abertay, Dundee
• May, 2010 – Oduyemi, K; Cameron, A; Dempster, E & Bruce A - ‘Assessment and Graduate Attributes’ - Quality Enhancement Conference, University of Abertay, Dundee
• March, 2009 – ‘ Volunteering in sport: an Employability Case Study’ – QAA Scotland Annual Conference, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
• October, 2006 – ‘Clients in the Classroom’ – Physical Activity and Health Alliance Conference, Edinburgh
• December 2005 - ‘Clients in the Classroom’ – Poster Presentation, Quality Enhancement Conference, University of Abertay, Dundee


Presentations/Workshops –
• Cameron, A & Wharton, Y (2016) - ‘Tracking career destinations of sports graduates 2000-2015 – a longitudinal exploration of destinations and preparedness for the workplace’ – SRHE conference, Newport, December 2016
• Cameron, A; and Maxwell, C (2016) – ‘Learning to Link-in – teaching undergraduate students how to professionally network via social media using a Pebblepad platform’ – Centre for Recording Achievement Professional Development Day, Abertay University April 2016
• Robertson, A; Macandrew, S & Cameron, A (2015) – ‘From Research to Practice –students as partners’ – CRLL conference, GCU, Glasgow, September 2015
• Cameron, A; Maxwell, C and Cobley, J (2015) – ‘Learning to Link-in – teaching undergraduate sport students how to professionally network via social media using a Pebblepad platform’ (shortlisted for the Torup award, and the Best Paper award at EUNIS 2015); paper presented at the EUNIS July 2015 conference, Dundee
• Cameron, A and Mack, P (2015) – ‘Embracing diversity: How can we contribute to non-curricula activities to help our students develop diversity competence?’ presentation at HEA/ECU Conference, Edinburgh, April 2015
• Cameron, A and Yuksel, B(2015) ‘Embracing diversity – the student experience of inclusiveness outside the curriculum’ –runner-up for a sparqs Student Engagement Award (May 2015)
• Cameron, A; and Cobley, J (2015) – ‘Learning to Link-in – teaching undergraduate sport students how to professionally network using social media’ – poster presentation at QAA Scotland International Enhancement ‘Transitions’ conference, Glasgow, June 2015
• Cameron, A; and Yuksel, B (2015) – ‘Embracing diversity’ – presentation at QAA Scotland International Enhancement ‘Transitions’ conference, Glasgow, June 2015
• Adams, S; Ion, R and Cameron, A (2015) – ‘How is Reasonable Adjustment implemented in clinical placements for student nurses with dyslexia?’ presentation at QAA Scotland International Enhancement ‘Transitions’ conference, Glasgow, June 2015
• Lowe, I; Cameron, A; McGregor, S (2015) – ‘Breaking Barriers – Using sport as a context for cross-curricular education in neighbourhoods with higher levels of deprivation and lower levels of educational attainment’ – Workshop at Social Mobility and Widening Access to Higher Education in Scotland: Policy, Practice and Research conference, Glasgow, May 2015
• Adams, S; Ion, R; McLean, S; Ozden, K; Cameron, A; Wood, L – November 2014 -‘Experience of student nurses on placement and survey of nurse mentors understanding of students with dyslexia: a mixed methods study’ - Enhancing Nursing Through Educational Research (ENTER) conference, RGU, Aberdeen
• October, 2014 – ‘The Green Gym’ - an interactive workshop for people with Diabetes - Diabetes and Wellness Foundation Charity  Seminar, Birmingham
• Cameron, A and Squire, S - October, 2014 – ‘Embracing Diversity’ – ‘Engaging Students in Co-Creating Curricula that Embed Equality and Diversity’, HEA Conference, Perth
• Cameron, A and Squire, S - October, 2014 – ‘Embracing Diversity – watch your language’ – ‘Unlocking new ideas in teaching and learning’ Teaching and Learning Enhancement Conference, Dundee
• Cameron, A – September 2014 – ‘Learning to Link-in’ – inaugural Scottish Pebblepad Users Group Conference, Edinburgh
• Cameron, A and Squire, S - April, 2014 – ‘Embracing Diversity – Watch your language’, HEA/ECU Conference, Glasgow
• Adams, S; Cameron, A; Ion, R; Wood, L - April, 2014 – ‘How is reasonable adjustment implemented in clinical placements for student nurses with disability’, HEA/ECU Conference, Glasgow
• October, 2011 – ‘Dynabands and Diabetes’ - an interactive workshop for people with Diabetes - Diabetes and Wellness Foundation Charity  Seminar, Leeds
• November 2009 – ‘Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes – Benefits and Prescriptions’ – 10th National Nutrition and Health Conference; Olympia, London
• April 2009 - 'Are lectures a crutch?' - Quality Enhancement Conference, University of Abertay, Dundee
• Cameron, A, Fortuna, H; Kiezebrink, K; - April 2009 – 'The role of the viva in learning and assessment'- Quality Enhancement Conference, University of Abertay, Dundee
•  Cameron, A & McLean, G - March, 2009 – ‘ Volunteering in sport: an Employability Case Study’ – QAA Scotland Annual Conference, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
• April 2008 – ‘Student Nurse Knowledge, Practices and Beliefs regarding their role in Exercise Promotion’ – Alliance for Self-Care Research Conference, Carnoustie
• April 2008 – ‘Fit to Coach’ – an employability case study using Active Schools volunteering programme- Quality Enhancement Conference, University of Abertay, Dundee
• October, 2007 – ‘The D-Ex Factor’ an interactive workshop for people with Diabetes - Diabetes and Wellness Foundation Charity  Seminar, Buckinghamshire
• July 2007 - ‘Clients in the Classroom’ workshop – University & College Sport Conference, St. Andrews
• June 2007 – ‘Teamwork in the curriculum’ workshop - University of Abertay, Dundee
• December 2006 – ‘PDP in Practice’ - Quality Enhancement Conference, University of Abertay, Dundee
• May 2006 – ‘The General Practitioner – Knowledge, Beliefs and Practice regarding Exercise Promotion on Patient Consultations’ – Tayside Exercise Referral Forum, Kings Cross Hospital, Dundee
• June 2005 – ‘Exercise and diabetes’ – Diabetes and Wellness Foundation Charity Seminar, Croydon
• May 1998 – ‘Are They Fit to Promote Health – An exploration of Student nurses’ aerobic fitness’ King Alfred’s College, Winchester (paper based on MSc dissertation)
• April 1993 – ‘Health Promotion and Women’, Women and Health Conference, Winchester

Outreach

Working with STEM (now TechFest-SETPOINT North) and the Forward into Science project to promote science to a range of community and schools groups

Delivering mobile workshops and laboratory based practicals as part of Dundee Science Festival as well as for senior school groups.

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Research Output 2007 2019

Students educate local communities on health and exercise: graduate impact case study highlight

Cameron, A. J., 15 May 2019, Sport & exercise science education: Impact on the UK economy. GuildHE, p. 11 1 p.

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Open Access

An institutional approach to embedding race equality in the curriculum

Nicholson, J. & Cameron, A. J., 25 May 2018.

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