Staff Profiles: Hilary Smith

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Hilary Smith

Staff Profile: Hilary Smith
Academic Course Leader for Professional Studies in Children’s Play

Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith

Academic Course Leader for Professional Studies in Children’s Play

Performing Arts and Play

Leisure Industries Management

My career began on an open-access adventure playground in Cardiff where my passion for play was ignited.

Telephone: +44 (0)1242 715207 Email: hsmith@glos.ac.uk

Biography

My career began on an open access adventure playground in Cardiff where my passion for play was ignited. For the past 18 years my work has focused on the development and marketing of accessible training and qualifications that meet the needs of playworkers.

This has been from induction level through to undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My current areas of research interest focus on play and its relationship with childhood wellbeing and physical literacy.

Qualifications

Award Title Institution Date
PGCert PGCHE University of Gloucestershire 2004
BSc Recreation Management Cheltenham and Gloucestershire College of Higher Education 1992

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and research

Teaching

Hilary teaches across a variety of subject areas and levels including undergraduate and postgraduate research methods, marketing and communications, children’s play and dissertation supervision.

Level

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Research

Hilary's research interests are in the realm of children’s play and links with physical literacy, health and wellbeing. Recent research projects include Sharing Memories of Adventure Playgrounds and The Art of Wellbeing: a participatory study with playworkers and children at play.

External responsibilities

Partnership Co-ordinator and Academic Link Tutor for South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

Subjects for media interviews

Children and play

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External examining

Edge Hill University, BA (Hons) Leadership and Management in Children’s Services (2011-2015) UEL FdA Therapeutic Playwork (2006-2010)