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Dr Fiona Aiken

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Professional biography

 I am a Senior Lecturer & staff tutor in Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences. I am home-based, living in Northern Ireland. I am  the Students Support Team Lead  and the Deputy Scholarship Lead  for the school. I am   also an  Associate Lecturer  teaching U116, Environment:journeys through a changing world.

Research interests

My research interests lie in Educational research. I have undertaken a number of scholarship projects within the Open University and funded by the PILS CETL and  eSTEeM. Currently I'm a Co-I on 2 eSTEeM projects, one ttitled the Evaluation and improvement of print packs use for Environmental Science students and the second one is titled, Typical support seeking behaviour of STEM students, their outcomes and successes. 

Teaching interests

My background is in chemistry, however I have worked as an Associate Lecturer for the OU for over 29 years. The modules have I taught on have  included Access, Level 1 Science and Environment, Level 2 Chemistry and Environmental Science and level 3 Environment. Currently I'm  a staff tutor on S111, S112, S309, S397, SXG390. I'm also still an AL on  U116, Environment:journeys through a changing world. 


Sharing good practice and encouraging community cohesion online: a programme of tutor-led online events for Open University tutors (2022)
Haresnape, Janet M.; Aiken, Fiona J. and Wynn, Nirvana C.
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 37(1) (pp. 30-52)

Supporting distance-taught students in the workplace (2019)
MacQueen, Hilary and Aiken, Fiona
Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 10(1) (pp. 49-60)

Reflections on the 2017 HEA STEM conference: graduate employability challenges and solutions (2018-10-15)
Chetwynd, Frances; Aiken, Fiona and Jefferis, Helen
Higher Education Pedagogies, 3(1) (pp. 490-494)

Best practice for supporting students in the workplace. (2018-10-24)
Aiken, Fiona and MacQueen, Hilary
In : 10th EDEN Research Workshop (24-26 Oct 2018, Barcelona)

Breaking the coding barrier: transition from Level 1 to Level 2 programming (2018)
Chetwynd, Frances; Aiken, Fiona and Jefferis, Helen
OU centre for STEM pedagogy - eSTEeM, Open University, Milton Keynes.