Dr. Rowena Senior

Lecturer in Learning Enhancement and Academic Development


I am a Lecturer in Learning Enhancement and Academic Development in the Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice, Aston University, UK. I am the Course Director for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) programme and a module leader for the Programme Leadership CPD module and the Research methods in Education module. I am a guest lecturer for the Masters in Education (M.Ed) and Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and supervisor of M.Ed research projects. I am also the author of the Programme Directors’ Handbook. I held the role of Academic Director and designer of the Research Inspired Teaching Excellence (RITE) programme (2013-2017); Aston University’s HEA accredited professional development recognition scheme.

  • 2013 – ongoing - Lecturer in Learning Enhancement and Academic Development, Aston University
  • 2012 – 2013 - Lecturer in Applied Psychology, University of Worcester
  • 2009 – 2013 - Doctoral Researcher, University of Birmingham 

2013 – PhD in Applied Psychology, University of Birmingham

2008 – BSc in Human Psychology with Professional Experience

Professional Experience placements:

  • 2007 - Research Internship, Harvard University, USA
  • 2007 - Research Internship, National University of Singapore
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) Course Director
  • Programme Leadership in an academic context – Module Leader
  • Research Methods in Education – Module Leader
  • Examination of the factors that drive student engagement in the management of their programmes (investigator)
  • Understanding students’ lived experiences: the Transition from to Teacher in Higher Education (Principal investigator
  • What does the process of gaining fellowship do for researchers? (Principal investigator)
  • The shape of academic leadership (Principal investigator)
  • Senior, R., Bartholomew, P., Soor, A., Shepperd, D., Bartholomew, N., & Senior, C. (2017, under review). 'The rules of Engagement': What motivates students to improve the quality of their learning experience. Frontiers in Educational Psychology.
  • Senior, R. and Senior, C. (2015). Learning to teach more reflectively. The Psychologist. 28: 606-607.
  • Senior, C., Howard., C. and Senior, R. (2014.) The future and the female academic leader: advancing student engagement. Frontiers in Educational Psychology. 5, 377.
  • Senior, C., Reddy, P. and Senior, R. (2014.) The relationship between student employability and student engagement: working toward a more unified theory. Frontiers in Educational Psychology. 5, 238
  • Hewison, A., Gale, N., Shapiro, J. & Yeats, R.M. (2012). An evaluation of staff engagement programmes in four National Health Service Acute Trusts. Journal of Health Organization and Management.•Senior, C., Martin, R., Thomas, G., Topakas, A., West, M.A. & Yeats, R.M. (2012). Developmental instability and leadership effectiveness. The Leadership Quarterly. 23(2): 281 – 291.
  • Senior, C., Martin, R., West, M.A.& Yeats, R.M. (2011). How ear lobes can signify leadership potential. Harvard Business Review. 89(11): 32
  • Yeats, R.M., Reddy, P., Wheeler, A., Senior, C. & Murray, J. (2010). What a difference a writing centre makes: a small scale study. Education and Training. 52(6/7): 499.
  • Yeats, R.M. & Yeats, M. (2007). Business change process and the brain - A Practitioners reflective account with directions for future research. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1118(1): 109.
  • Yeats, R.M. & Senior, C. (2007). Sun, sea and students: Further benefits of the sandwich year. The Psychologist. 20: 96-97.

Edited Journals

  • What is the role for effective pedagogy in contemporary Higher Education? (eds, Senior C, Fung D, Howard C, Senior R) Frontiers in Educational Psychology (2017). Available online http://journal.frontiersin.org/researchtopic/4621/what-is-the-role-for-effective-pedagogy-in-contemporary-higher-education .

Book chapters

  • Senior, C. & Yeats, R.M. (2009). Developmental stability, fluctuating asymmetry and leadership. In Psychophysiology: Psychological, Psychiatric, Cognitive, Social and Neuroscience Aspects. (Columbus, F ed). Nova Publications.

Commissioned report/handbooks

  • Senior, R.M. (2016). Programme Directors’ Handbook, Aston University
  • Shapiro, J., Eastaugh, J., Gale, N., Gehr-Swain, B., Hall, S., Hewison, A.,

From structure to function; health service redesign: Baseline Report. 

  • Shapiro, J., Gale, N., Gehr-Swain, B., Harwood, A., Hewison, A., Mistry, H.,Sidoli, K. & Yeats, R.M. (2010). Staff engagement programmes at four NHS Trusts: An evaluation project. Final report to NHS West Midlands.

Invited presentations, contributions and keynotes

  • Senior, R.M. Ethnography. University of Gibraltar Research seminar series, April, 2017
  • Senior, R.M. Aston’s Research Inspired Teaching Excellence (RITE) Programme: Where are we going and where have we been? UKPSF Midlands Network Conference, May 2016

Conference presentations and abstracts

  • Senior, C., Soor, A., Shepperd, D., Senior, R., Bartholomew, P., & Bartholomew, N. Factors that drive student engagement in the management of their degree programmes. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Brighton 2017.
  • Yeats, R.M., Gale, N.K. & Shapiro, J. Using qualitative methods to study staff wellbeing during public sector change. British Psychological Society Annual Conference – Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section, April 2012.
  • Yeats, R.M., Gale, N.K. & Shapiro, J. What mediates the experience of employee well-being during organisational change? British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, January 2012.
  • Heath, G., Cameron, E., Sidhu, M., Duggal, S., Yeats, R.M., Gale, N.K. & Redwood, S. Exploring the benefits of collaborative supervision for PhD students. Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Birmingham, 2011.
  • Yeats, R.M., Gale, N.K. & Shapiro, J. The factors that effect staff well-being during Health Service redesign. Health Services Research Network and Service Delivery Organisation Network, Delivering better Health Services Conference, Liverpool 2011.
  • Yeats, R.M. Staff well-being during health service redesign. Research Poster Conference, University of Birmingham, 2010.
  • Yeats, R.M. & Wheeler, A. Work-based Learning and ePortfolios: a practitioner’s perspective. Telling ePortfolio Stories: ePortfolio-based Learning Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 2009.
  • Wheeler,A. & Yeats,R.M. EmbeddingePortfoliosforeffectivelifelong learning: a case study. European e-learning conference, Italy, 2009.
  • Yeats, R.M., West, M.A. & Senior, C. Organisational Leadership and Developmental Stability. British Psychological Society Annual SMG Conference, 2009.
  • Yeats, R.M., Wheeler, A., Bishop, G. & Dark, P. When two become one:managing implementation and facilitating institutional benefits. Blackboard World Conference Europe, Barcelona, 2009.
  • Cave, L., Daley, M., Gorman, P. & Yeats, R.M. Introducing the Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP) Research Team. Escalate Conference: Students as Researchers: Novice to Expert, Aston University, 2009.
  • AFSEDA Associate Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association
  • CPsychol. Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Association
  • SFHEA Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy