Catriona Robinson


College Director Learning, Teaching & Quality Enhancement

Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team

Contact Details

tel: 01905 855467

Catriona is the College Director for Learning, Teaching and Quality for the Schools of Art, Education and Humanities. Working closely with Heads of Schools and School Senior Management Teams, Catriona leads and supports the implementation of University strategy, regulations and policy related to learning, teaching and quality management across the College. She supports curriculum development and strives to achieve positive impact on student outcomes, satisfaction and engagement, as well as disseminating and establishing best practice.

Prior to joining the University of Worcester, Catriona was an Assistant Head Teacher, Acting Deputy Head Teacher and class teacher within the primary school sector. Her subject specialisms were music and mathematics and she coordinated these whilst in school. Catriona secured a Leading Aspect Award for raising awareness of racial equality and cultural diversity in a local primary school whilst Assistant Head.


  • Currently studying for an EdD in Learning, Leadership and Policy (LLP) at the University of Bristol
  • MA in Education
  • PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Cert in Mathematics (Open)
  • B.A. Ed (Hons) In-service with QTS

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • University Diploma in Private Tutoring
  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PG Cert)

Research Interests

  • Learning, leadership & policy
  • Teacher Education
  • Class
  • Meritocracy
  • Mentoring and coaching

Professional Bodies

  • 2014 – 2016: Fellow of College of Teachers (FCollT)
  • 2014 – 2016: British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BAPSCAN) 
  • 2013 – 2016: British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) 
  • 2013 – 2017: National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) 
  • 2012 – Present: British Educational Research Association (BERA) 2
  • 012 – 2018: National College for School Leadership (NCSL) 
  • 2011 – Present: Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 
  • 2011 – 2015: Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) 
  • 2007 – 2015: National Centre of Excellent Teachers of Mathematics (NCETM)
  • 2006 – 2010: European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) 
  • 2005 – 2015: Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) 
  • 2004 – 2018: Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers 
  • 2004 – 2012: West Midlands tutor network for ITT mathematics


Howard, C., & Robinson, C., (2018) 
Behaviour Management and Classroom Discipline In Barry Hymer and Karen Lockney (Ed) (2018) Critical Reflections on Themes and Issues in Primary Education. St Albans, Critical Publishing.

Bowen-Jones, W., Greer, S., Lawson, S., Nisbet, C., Robinson, C., and Scott, H., (2018) An Institutional Review of the Course Leader Role. HEIR Network, Number 9, June 2018.

Bingle, B., Howard, C., Kington, K., & Robinson, C., (2017) Tales for the Watershed: Using repertory grids in the study of teachers’ mid-career identity. In D.A. Winter, P. Cummins, H. Procter, and N. Reed, (eds.) (2017). Personal Construct Psychology at 60: Past, Present and Future. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Robinson, C., Bingle, B., & Howard, C., (2016) Surviving and Thriving as a Primary NQT. Northwich, Critical Publishing.

Robinson, C., Bingle, B., & Howard, C., (2015) Your Primary School-based Experience: A Guide to Outstanding Placements. 2nd ed. Northwich, Critical Publishing.

Robinson, C., Bingle, B., & Howard, C., (2013) Primary School Placements: a critical guide to outstanding teaching. Northwich, Critical Publishing.

Hughes, S., Bingle, B., Crabtree, H., Irving, S., Perrigo, A., Robinson, C., Stanton, J., Watson, R., and Whittenbury, J., (2011) Mentoring and Coaching Stories – the Learning Journeys of Lecturers Undertaking Post Graduate Study in Mentoring and Coaching. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (6).

Kelly-Freer, T., and Robinson, C., (2006) Design and Technology: Current Themes and Trends in Primary Education. JETEN, 2 (1), pp. 29 – 42.

Research and Project grants

Principal investigator 

2009 – 2011 E-learning research grant: Development of control technology in Initial Teacher Training (EBITT) 


2016 Course Leaders University Project. 

2014 – 2016 Tales from the Watershed: Developing Identities of Mid-career Primary School Teachers 

2011 – 2013 Advisor for e-learning research grant: Using ICT to support Music Education

Staff Development Presentations

Robinson, C., & Whitehouse, K., (2018) New to External Examining. University of Worcester, 22nd May.

Robinson, C., (2018) Understanding the UW ‘Education and Teaching’ subject metrics. UW Institute of Education, 20th April. 

Robinson, C., (2018) The Quality of Learning and Teaching. UW Institute of Education, 4th September. 

Robinson, C., & Whitehouse, K., (2018) The role of, and how to become an external examiner. University of Worcester, 16th and 29th January. 

Robinson, C., & Stowell, M., (2018) External Examiner Induction: A year in the life of… University of Worcester, 4th January. 

Robinson, C., (2017) Writing the AER: Using data effectively and evaluative approaches. UW HE Managers Forum, 7th June. 

Stowell, M., Robinson, C., & Zandbeek, J., (2017) Mapping Learning Outcomes & Setting Standards: A Practical Workshop. University of Worcester, 16th February. 

Robinson, C., (2017) ISES Introduction to Learning Gain. University of Worcester, 10th January. 

Robinson, C., (2016) IoE Introduction to Learning Gain. University of Worcester, 22nd November. 

Robinson, C., (2016) Transition from percentage marking to grades for post graduate assessments under the Taught Course Regulatory Framework. University of Worcester, June – July.

Robinson, C., (2016) EYITT and Ofsted. University of Worcester, 13th May. 

Robinson, C., (2016) Preparing for the Teacher Excellence Framework. University of Worcester, 22nd April.

Robinson, C., (2015) Priorities for Quality. University of Worcester, 4th September. 

Robinson, C., (2015) Students at the Heart of IoE Provision. University of Worcester, 12th March. 

Robinson, C., (2014) DBS: An update for staff. University of Worcester, 28th April. 

Robinson C., & Richards C., (2013) ‘Safeguarding’ the future business of IoE. University of Worcester, 3rd September. 

Robinson, C., &  Johnson, T., (2013) Embedding Learning Technologies into Practice. University of Worcester, 11th May. 

Robinson, C., & Scott, I., (2013) Becoming an External Examiner. University of Worcester, 29th January.

Robinson, C., (2012) Improving the Student Experience through Enhanced Employability Opportunities, 26th October. 

Robinson, C., (2012) Roles and Nature of a Course Leader. University of Worcester, 23rd October. 

Robinson, C., (2012) Creative & Innovative External Practice. University of Worcester, 6th July. 

Robinson, C., (2011) Roles and Nature of a Course Leader. University of Worcester, 22nd October. 

Robinson, C., (2011) Data, trends and the Self Evaluation Document (SED): transforming Annual Evaluation Reports (AERs). University of Worcester, 24th June. 

Robinson, C., (2011) ‘Opening Pandora’s Box?’ Using social networking to enhance teaching, learning and more. University of Worcester, 8th September. 

Robinson, C., (2011) Using Statistical Data in the SED (Self-Evaluation Document) to Monitor Progress; investigate trends and identify future developments. 24th June.

External Roles

External Committees/Forums

2016 - 2018: Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) (Management Committee)
2016: Chair of Inside Government: The Changing Role of Local Authorities, Manchester.
2013-2017: Chair of UCET Assessment Only Route Committee
2009 - 2012: Vice-chair of TDA Quality and Inspection ITT Midlands 1 Regional Network

Editorial Boards and Reviewing

2018: Special Validation External Panel Member for MA/MFA Professional Voice Studies and MA Drama Writing Event with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS). UWE Faculties of Arts, Creative Industries and Education.
2017: Curriculum Approval Panel Reviewer. UWE Faculties of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
2015 - 2018: Reviewer for Universal Journal of Education Research
2014: Reviewer for British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN)

2013: Reviewer for Management in Education (MIE)
2013: Reviewer for Educational Management Administration & Leadership (EMAL)
2013: Reviewer for BERA
2013: Higher Education Academy (HEA) reviewer for Collaborative Teaching Development Grants for flexible learning or assessment and feedback (£60,000)
2012: Higher Education Academy (HEA) reviewer for Individual Teaching Development Grants for enhancing student experience (£7,000)
2011: Higher Education Academy (HEA) reviewer for Teaching Development Grants (TDG) in internationalisation and employability (£30,000)

External Examining

2018 - 2022: Chief External Examiner for University of Brighton BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS (5-11years)
2013 - 2016: External examiner for Institute of Education (London) Primary PGCE
2013 - 2016: External examiner for Goldsmiths Primary PGCE
2010 - 2013: External examiner for Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln Primary GTP and PGCE
2010 - 12: External examiner for STORM Primary GTP
2006 - 11: External examiner for University of Brighton Primary GTP

External advisor

2014 - Present: Expert advisor to Education Social Research Council (ESRC) Data Network Approvals Panel
2013: External panel member for University of Cumbria School Direct Valediction & course approval
2012: External panel member for University of Bedfordshire Thames Primary SCITT Consortium course review
2012: External panel member for University of Bedfordshire Chiltern Training Group Secondary SCITT Course review and course approval

Other External Responsibilities

2011 - 2018: CEOP Ambassador (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)
2009 - 2016: STEM Ambassador (Mathematics)
2008 - 2015: Primary School Governor (Mathematics) & Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee