Paula Clark

Learning Enhancement & Support Manager (Careers & Employability), UCA Epsom

Professional Services,

Paula Clark is a member of the Learning Enhancement & Support Management Team within Library & Student Services. She provides strategic direction for the work of a geographically dispersed Careers & Employability team with staff located at the four University campuses.

Paula also leads, manages and coordinates the work of an integrated, multidisciplinary team of specialist professional support staff at the Epsom campus.

Paula’s career began teaching in primary and secondary schools in Cumbria after qualifying as a teacher from Durham University. She then studied the Diploma in Careers Guidance at The Polytechnic of the South Bank, achieving Parts 1 and 2. After gaining experience as a professionally qualified careers adviser working in schools and colleges in the south east of England, Paula was appointed to establish the Careers Service for the Kent Institute of Art & Design and has recently marked 20 years working with the University.

Paula aims to continue her research interests that include student transitions entering and progressing from higher education through the part-time MA in Creative Arts Education delivered at UCA. 

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Paula is now working towards achieving Senior Fellowship of the HEA.
  • UCA Teaching Fellowship Award (2009).
  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).
  • Full member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.
  • Founder member of the AGCAS Heads of Service in the South East Regional Group (SEARCH).

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

Paula has successfully secured funding and led on a number of projects that seek to support the learning and teaching agendas of the University. This has included presenting and disseminating the outcomes of a research funded project with members of the careers team to academic and professional support staff attending the Learning and Teaching Conference, British Library, London January 2010 entitled ‘Collaboration for 21st Century Learning’ which was well received.

The project aimed to demonstrate a commitment towards delivering an inclusive curriculum and enhance employability through the piloting of a multi-sensory virtual learning environment.