Centre for Academic Practice


Dr Tina Barnes-Powell

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Academic Practice Development Advisor

After graduating from a Social Science degree from Middlesex Polytechnic, Tina began her career working for Somerset Health Authority as an Health Education Officer. It was during this time she began her p/t MSc in Advanced Educational and Social Research Methods to learn more about researching and supporting learners at all levels.

After completion of her Masters, she moved into Health Promotion in London, specialising in Drugs and Alcohol work. This then led to a Specialist Community Drugs and Alcohol post with Leicestershire Health Authority, working mainly with women and young people. In 1990 she began her DPhil at York University which was based upon a 4 year ethnographic research study researching Young Women and Alcohol.

On completion of her DPhil, Tina embarked on her academic career at Coventry University, where she was Programme Leader for Women’s Studies and taught across a range of health and social science courses. In 1996 Tina joined De Montfort University as Programme Leader. In 1997 she became Head of Design Innovation and Multi-Media Design. She became a Teacher Fellow in 2002.

During her 18 years at De Montfort University she developed and taught research methods at UG, PGT and PGR levels across a broad range of curricula in Art, Design and Humanities. She also continued to have lead responsibility for Learning and Teaching at Faculty levels. In 2012 she became Head of Postgraduate Studies and Research Students. In this role she led the Art, Design and Humanities curricula and developed the support and training needed for Faculty PGR students.

Most recently Tina has worked at Norwich University of Arts (NUA), where she led the development of NUA’s new Strategy for Learning, and set up and run the HEA accredited PG Cert in HE Art, Design, Media and Architecture, and the HEA CDP professional recognition programme.