Gina is the Head of the Centre for Learning and Teaching with interests in interactive learning and teaching, academic writing, postgraduate study and supervision. Her books include The Postgraduate Research Handbook (2001, 2008) The Good Supervisor (2005, 2012), Getting Published (2015). Gina is chief editor of the SEDA journal Innovations in Education and Teaching International, currently chair of the SEDA scholarship and research committee, chair of Contemporary Women’s Writing Association ,and previously was chair of the Heads of Educational Development Group and on the Society for Research in Higher Education Council.
Gina's research interests combine across literature and pedagogy, leading to a National Teaching fellowship award (2005), Higher Education Academy Principal fellowship ( 2012), and recent commissioned work (2015) for the HEA ‘Teaching Literature: Contemporary Gothic, threshold concepts, social justice and dialogue’. She was awarded a Staff and Educational Development Association legacy award for outstanding scholarship in 2014 and is a senior Fellow of SEDA. Gina went to school in the Middle and Far East, establishing an interest in postcoloniality, gender equality, social justice and cultural diversity. She managed a large Access course, a Women’s Studies MA, and was guardian supervisor/tutor for 12 years for a cohort- based international PhD of mid-career professionals (250 doctorates).
Her pedagogic practice is based in learner-centredness, growing from working with learners in secondary school, further education, adult continuing education, Open University (OU) Cambridge university tutoring, undergraduate and postgraduate students at Anglia Ruskin and The University of Brighton. She works with staff, leading on the university’s TEF submission, and delivering workshops on learning and teaching, supervisory development and writing for publication in Brighton, South Africa, Sweden and Australasia.
Gina has supervised 30 PhDs through to completion, and examined 36, across the fields of literature and Higher Education. She assesses for the South African NRF Australian ARC and Portuguese Research council, has led British Council and British Academy projects in Northern Iraq, delivered development workshops for the British Council in Saudi Arabia.