Karen Bloyce is the BA(Hons) Children and Young People’s Learning and Development Programme Leader at Edge Hill University. In addition to that role, Karen leads the Office for Students Young Edge Hill Scholars Primary Project for the University focussed on Kirkby and Bootle.
Karen’s work at the University reaches beyond the classroom into leadership and management, employability, project management and bid writing, external engagement and focussed work in the department around student’s mental health. External engagement for the last 3 years has focussed on targeted projects working with primary schools in Kirkby and Bootle raising attainment of children in year 5.
Karen has worked in Education for 20 years as both a Further Education classroom practitioner and a Senior Lecturer in Education in Higher Education.
Karen’s main research interests centre around university / school partnerships in raising attainment, motivation, aspiration and attainment in children, university students as peer mentors in university and schools, and undergraduate student mental health.
Karen leads the employability and work based learning strand of the programme. Her teaching, at all levels, revolves around the practice based element of the programme and preparing students for placement, developing professional skills and a professional identity. External engagement underpins the teaching, employability strand of the programme and wider student experiences that the programme is able to offer.