Julie has over 30 years' experience in higher education as a sociology lecturer, course leader and as a senior manager in London. Before joining Solent, she was Deputy Provost (Academic Development) at Roehampton University London and before that Dean of the Roehampton Business School and Director of Academic Enhancement with responsibility for learning and teaching and research. During this time Roehampton became the top modern university for research while gaining a reputation for its student partnership working and learning and teaching.
Between 2005 and 2010 Julie was the chair of the national Staff and Educational Development Association and worked closely with the NUS, HE Academy, HEFCE and JISC. In 2010 she became a SEDA Senior Fellow, and in 2013 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from The Higher Education Academy in recognition of her work on widening participation, academic enhancement and student partnerships. In 2014 she became a Principal Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2015 she became Professor of Higher Education at Roehampton University.
Continuing to write about equity and the student experience, Julie has successfully bid for projects worth more than £1.5 million to enhance learning and teaching. In 2012 she was invited to join the QAA expert panel to develop the Code of Practice in Teaching and Learning.
She is a reviewer for the International Journal of Academic Development and Innovations in Education and Training International and has been an editorial board member of the Journal of Association of University Administrators. As an Executive Board member of the International Consortium of Educational Development, Julie has worked with universities in the Lebanon, the West Indies, Japan and Sri Lanka.
Originally from the Midlands, Julie went through clearing to secure a place at a London university studying English and Sociology after a last minute change of plan. She went on to teach at a higher education college in south London and take a masters in Urban Education at Kings College London and a teaching qualification at Garnett College. She has three adult children and has moved to Southampton with her husband.