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Hilary Smith

Senior Lecturer In Performing Arts & Production

My passion is supporting young people and students in their quest for fulfilment; be that through performing arts, dance or drama. Chevron icon

Biography

My passion is supporting young people and students in their quest for fulfilment; be that through performing arts, dance or drama. My career began on an open access adventure playground in Cardiff where my passion for work with young people was ignited. For the past 20 years, my work has focused on the development and delivery of higher education qualifications that meet the needs of an ever-changing industry. 

My current areas of research interest focus on student wellbeing in the University environment. 

Qualifications

  • 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 & Research

Teaching

Hilary teaches across a variety of subject areas and levels including undergraduate and postgraduate research methods, creative practice, work based learning and dissertation supervision.

Research

Hilary’s published research is 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.

Publications

More publications from Hilary Smith can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Academic Link Tutor for South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (Courses in Dance, Drama and Performance, Musical Theatre, Specialist Media Make Up) Academic Link Tutor for Swindon College (Courses in Specialist Media Make Up)

Subject for media interview

Children, play, performing arts

External examining

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