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Julie Baldry Currens

Julie specialises in the strategic promotion of excellence in academic leadership, professional development and learning and teaching. Awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (2007) and Principal Fellowship HEA (2013), she has been an Accreditor for the UKPSF since 2011.
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Julie regularly undertakes national and international consultancy for Advance HE. Her many projects in the UK, Europe, Australia, Far and Middle East include strategic reviews, executive development, academic frameworks, professional certificate design and delivery, accreditation, recognition and reward.

Since 2014, Julie has worked as a consultant specialising in leadership and professional development in higher education and the public sector. Her former roles include:

  • Assistant Director of Academic Practice and Head of Leadership and Strategy (HEA,  2013-14) providing national leadership in academic themes (assessment, flexible learning, retention and success, on-line learning, internationalisation, students as partners and education for sustainable development).
  • Director of Academic Practice and Student Experience (UEL, 2007-2013). Here, she carried strategic and operational responsibility in this busy pan-university role for all academic matters relating to learning, teaching, assessment and enhancement of the students' learning experience across two London campuses and several international partners in Europe and South East Asia. 

Julie’s disciplinary background is physiotherapy, in which her specialty was neurological care and rehabilitation. She was superintendent physiotherapist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London (1991-94) and was the first rehabilitation co-ordinator for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in London (1994-98).

She led a large UK Clinical Education Project across ten universities and hospitals across England, optimising clinical education through innovative models of practice-based learning (1998-2002) and created and pioneered a unique format for undergraduate physiotherapy provision through situated learning (2002-07).