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Suzanne Lawson

Principal Lecturer - PGCE Course Leader, Assistant Head of Centre – Secondary and Post Compulsory

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542600

Suzanne completed her B.Ed (hons) degree at Worcester College of Higher Education and subsequently taught in a range of West Midland Schools for fourteen years. She held a range of middle leadership posts including Head of Design and Technology: food and textiles and Head of Faculty as well as completing her MA in Educational Management at Wolverhampton University. In 2005 Suzanne moved to Birmingham City University where she became the course leader for the PGCE secondary design and technology course and the deputy course director, a course that was graded as outstanding by Ofsted in 2010. During this period Suzanne also taught on the undergraduate BA Primary Education, Masters’ in Teaching and Learning and MA courses. In 2012-13 Suzanne was seconded two days per week to act as a consultant for the Arthur Terry Teaching School SCITT programme before she moved to the University of Worcester in June 2013 to become the Secondary PGCE Course Leader. Within this role Suzanne manages the PGCE secondary course team which includes computer science, design and technology, economics with business, English, geography, history, mathematics, modern languages, PE, psychology, religious education  and science (physics, chemistry and biology) and has responsibility for the professional studies programme. Suzanne is also involved in the management of the school direct training and school direct salaried training routes. More recently, she has become a Principal Lecturer with cross institute responsibilities.


B. Ed (Hons)    
MA – Education Management
HEA Senior Fellow 


Teaching and Research

Teaching and Research



PGCE Secondary – Professional Studies Coordinator
PGCE Secondary (Full-Time) level 6 and level 7
PGCE Secondary Tutor (Secondary Partnership)
MA Dissertation Supervisor
BA Primary     
BA Independent Study Supervisor


Personal Development Tutor (Secondary)
Master’s in Teaching and Learning Tutor



Research interests include design and technology education, food education in the secondary classroom, initial teacher training and selection and recruitment in initial teacher education.



Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member of UCAS ITT Advisory Panel     
Member of the UCAS Secondary Committee
University representative on the NCTL Initial Teacher Training Providers’ Regional Network (2016-present)



Book Chapters: 

Lawson, S. and Whitehouse, K. (2017) Challenging the competent trainee – taking risks in the classroom.  In Wright, T. (ed) How to be a Brilliant Mentor, Oxon: Routledge    
Lawson, S. and Wood-Griffiths, S. (2017) Creativity in Food. In Benson, C. and Lawson, S (eds) Teaching Design and Technology Creatively, Oxon: Routledge
Lawson, S., Wood-Griffiths, S. and Winson, A. (2015) Textiles Technology. In Owen Jackson, G. Learning to Teach Design and Technology, Oxon: Routledge    
Lawson, S. (2013) Does Food Fit? In Owen-Jackson, G. Debates in Design and Technology Education, Oxon: Routledge        

I have presented at external workshops and conferences including:

  • the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) conference on ‘Enhancement activities on PGCE courses’ (November 2015).
  • the UCET development meeting on pedagogical approaches to special needs education (June 2017).
  • the UCET working group on implementation of the Carter Review into Teacher Education (September 2016). 
External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Member of UCAS ITT Advisory Panel        
Member of the UCAS Secondary Committee
University representative on the NCTL Initial Teacher Training Providers’ Regional Network (2016-present)

Other Positions held outside the University

University of Wales (Newport) BA and PGCE Secondary Course (May 2012)
University of South Wales (Newport) Introduction to Teaching Course (May 2013)
Sheffield Hallam University and Morely SCITT programme validation (May 2015)
Birmingham City University and Haybridge SCITT (June 2017)

Other Relevant Information

2014 – 2017 Co-opted Governor – North Bromsgrove High School
2015             Panel member – cheating committee – University of Worcester
2015             Panel member – BA Clinical Psychology Course Validation
2015             SAP project – Working with Teaching Assistants