School of Education and Sociology


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Dr Ann Patey

  • Qualifications: Diploma in Personnel Management (IPM) (University of Portsmouth), Masters in Business Administration - Stage 1 & Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration (University of Portsmouth), Master of Arts in Business Management (University of Portsmouth), PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Portsmouth), EdD Doctor of Education (University of Southampton)
  • Role Title: Partnership Manager
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5340
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  • Department: School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I have worked in the University for 30 years, undertaking the role of School Manager for several schools, including the School of Education and Continuing Studies (which became the School of Education and Childhood Studies, and has again changed to the School of Education and Sociology.  I have since moved away from this role to become the Partnership Manager for the School.  This role aims to establish and maintain professional partnerships with schools, colleges and training agencies and a recent Ofsted inspection noted as a key strength ‘the work of the partnership manager in securing commitment to and engagement with the training programme from partner institutions’.

In 2005 an opportunity arose for me to undertake research into running a Foundation Degree for administrators working in education.  This was an area of work that was very close to my heart because I felt that there was a need for administrators working in the educational environment to have the opportunity to undertake staff development that was appropriate and relevant to the work they were doing.  I undertook a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education to enable me to be Course Leader for the course.  This course ran successfully for seven years (unfortunately this has now closed as the University does not now run Foundation Degrees) and it was inspiring to see the dedication and commitment of students to their learning.

My current role still incorporates the Partnership work but I am also the Admissions tutor and Year 1 Lead Tutor for the 4 Childhood Undergraduate courses run in the School of Education and Sociology.  I also now coordinate the Open/Applicant days for this group of degrees. I am also the Unit Coordinator for the Professional Practice unit which enables students in Year 2 to go out onto placement (this is part of the School’s Employability Strategy), plus being a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor.


I have an interest in the hybridisation of professional roles and how these work in university structures, and doctoral thesis researched into this topic.


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