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Alison Winson

Associate Head of Institute (Recruitment), Head of Centre for Secondary & Post Compulsory, PGCE Course Leader and Principal Lecturer

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855108

Before joining the University Alison taught in secondary schools for fifteen years. Her subject specialism being Design and Technology. Whilst in school Alison also had the responsibility for coordinating the schools PSHE programme and then latterly leading and managing a large Design and Technology Faculty. During this period Alison also worked for the exam board, OCR; her involvement included developing GCSE and Entry level qualifications and delivering CPD courses to teachers, this work led to a six month secondment as a Design and Technology subject officer.

Since joining the University, in 1999, Alison has undertaken a range of roles successfully. She developed and managed the Design and Technology ITE Programme which was awarded Outstanding by OFSTED (2001). During this time Alison built her profile within the field of Design and Technology by writing school text books and becoming an active committee member of DATA. The success in the role as subject leader has led to Alison moving into various management roles within the Institute of Education.

In 2003 Alison was responsible for developing the outstanding GTP Secondary programme and latterly in 2007 became the programme leader for the Secondary PGCE course. Recently Alison has also had responsibility for the development of partnership work across the Institute of Education, latterly this has involved the introduction of the School Direct Route.

Alison is now leading a team of people as the Head of Centre for Secondary and Post Compulsory Education. As an Associate Head of Institute Alison has responsibility for the recruitment of students to all courses within the Institute of Education.

Bachelor of Education (Hons)
PG Cert in Higher Education
MA Education       

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Alison's teaching interests are focused on the following areas

Design and Technology (Food and Textiles)
Professional Studies
Enhancing Teaching and Learning Strategies (Masters Level)
Mentoring and Coaching

Research Interests

Recruitment and retention of trainee teachers during their training year

Effective Mentoring of Trainee Teachers

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

1985 – Present - Member of the Design and Technology Association



Recent Conference Papers, and Lectures

2009 – Presented at the DATA Conference in London
2007 – Presented at the TDA Conference in London (Improving Recruitment – Design and Technology)

Key Publications


Revise for OCR GCSE; Food Technology A. Winson, Heinemann (2002)

Contributions to books

How to be a Brilliant Mentor Ed Trevor Wright Heinemann (2009/10) 

Learning to Teach Design & Technology in a Secondary School  Ed Gwyneth Owen-Jackson Routledge Falmer (2008)

A Practical Guide to teaching Design & Technology Ed Gwyneth Owen-Jackson Routledge, Taylor & Francis (2007)

GCSE Textiles Technology for OCR; Teachers Resource File, Heinemann (2001)

GCSE Food Technology for OCR; Teachers Resource File, Heinemann (2001)

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

2005-2009- External Examiner PGCE Design and Technology, UWIC

2009-2012- External Examiner PGCE Design and Technology, University of Cumbria