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Andrea Cameron

Dean of School

  • Dean of School, SAS
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20072019
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Personal profile

Andrea Cameron is the Dean of the School of Applied Sciences and the Intellectual Lead for Teaching and Learning. She is the only National Teaching Fellow at Abertay University and was one of the first recipients in Scotland in 2018. Andrea is also 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. 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. She has also been the recipient of several Student-Led Teaching Awards for her work in relation to enhancing opportunities for students. 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.

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 practical sessions to community groups 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.  Andrea has published and presented on interventions to enhance student employability skills and has been a winner and runner-up in the Student-led Teaching Awards Best Platform for employability category.

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

  • Principal Investigator for ESF/Social Innovation Fund project in collaboration with Dundee Bairns charity and Dundee City Council examining the impact of a homework and hot meal after school club for children with need (Awarded £16,800)
  • Co-investigator on an Abertay Teaching, Learning and Enhancement Fund (ATLEF) project examining the university experiences of pregnant students or students with pregnant partners. (Awarded £2000)
  • Principal Investigator on a project titled ‘Tracking the destination of sports graduates – a longitudinal study’ which was awarded support costs of circa £3000 from the Abertay Teaching, Learning and Enhancement Fund (ATLEF).
  • Co-investigator on a project examining the transition and progress of students from the university’s Access programme (AHEAD) which was awarded support costs of circa £2000 from the Abertay Teaching, Learning and Enhancement Fund (ATLEF).
  • Principal Investigator on a project titled ‘Embracing Diversity-watch your language’ which was awarded support costs of circa £6000 from the Abertay Teaching, Learning and Enhancement Fund (ATLEF).
  • Co-investigator on a £30,000 RCF funded project looking at student nurses with disabilities experiences of clinical placement
  • Principal investigator on an Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum Strategic Enhancement project (HEA Scotland)
  •  Co-investigator on ‘Enhancing student use of educational mobile apps’ awarded monies from ATLEF
  •  Co-investigator on ‘Supporting assessment and feedback practice with technology’  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
  • Council of Deans of Health Scotland, Education Impact Lead
  • Elected Governor, Society of Research in Higher Education
• Member of the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s (SQA) National Qualifications Support Team Physical Education (PE)

2019 – present date:- Reviewer for Office for Students’ Strategic interventions in health education disciplines 2019 challenge fund: Innovations in recruitment to and delivery of healthcare courses

 2017- present date:- Athena Swan panellist for the Equality Challenge Unit/Advance HE

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

2016- present date:- Reviewer for annual Society for Research in Higher Education conference

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’

 

AWARDS:-

National Teaching Fellow Award, August 2018

Winner of Enhancing Student Opportunities Student Led Teaching Award 2017

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:-
•Commissioned to produce a WBL case study for QAA Scotland.

  • Producing patient publications for the charity, the Diabetes Wellness Research Foundation on Exercise and Diabetes
  • SIGN 55 Guideline Reviewer
  • 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)

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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An institutional approach to embedding race equality in the curriculum

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

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