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Mrs Maria Townsend

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Professional biography

I am a Staff tutor for the School of Engineering and Innovation within the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

I started my role as a Staff Tutor in 2019, after tutoring on environment, engineering and science modules as an Associate Lecturer between 2002 and 2019. During this time, I also had extensive experience of writing, and supporting others to write, online quizzes for OpenLearn Badged Open Courses (BOCs). Before a career break, I worked as a controls engineer in the building services industry. Although, I started my career in engineering I have subsequently moved into the environment, which is now my main area of interest.

Research interests

  • The role of drop-in tutorials to support assessment.
  • The experience of BAME students on level 1 environment qualification modules.

Teaching interests

I am module chair of U116 (B presentation) Environment: journeys through a changing world and on the module production team for the replacement module for T219 Environmental Management 1.