Burnley College tutor invited to share her specialist knowledge at leading education conference
A tutor at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre has been invited to share her specialist knowledge at a leading national research conference.
Humera Khan, who is head of Maths and English, will present her findings on how government policy regarding attainment levels in those two subjects impacts on student motivation and engagement to the Association of Colleges Higher Education Research and Scholarship Conference.
In normal circumstances Humera would have been at the conference in person but it is taking place online due to Covid-19.
Humera has gathered her additional specialist knowledge during studies for a Doctorate in Education at the University of Central Lancashire. She is now using her findings to further improve attainment levels and the learning experience for students of all ages and apprentices who take qualifications in Maths and English at Burnley College.
Her teaching expertise and focus on learner outcomes has led her to accept a position as a mentor to undergraduates studying in the School of Teaching and Education at UCB. Here students are studying for a variety of degree-level and post-graduate qualifications to enter diverse careers in the education sector.
As a dissertation supervisor, Humera shares her expertise and experience in the sector to ensure that undergraduates can stand out from the crowd through the strength and in-depth analysis of their dissertation, which they complete in the final year of their course on a subject of their choice related to their studies.
She said: “It is a real privilege to be able to share my insights into how national policy relating to Maths and English qualifications can create barriers for learners and how these can be overcome through applying a variety of teaching methods.
“I’m truly passionate about education. There is no better feeling than to see learners achieve their goals – however difficult they may originally have appeared – and reach true potential.
"I’m proud to be able to use my own doctoral studies to help change the lives of Maths and English students at Burnley College and also to play a part in helping UCB undergraduates explore their love of learning still further by supervising their dissertations.”
Originally enjoying a successful career in project analysis within the private sector and NHS, Humera
has been a tutor at Burnley College for 13 years and has extensive experience of teaching Maths at
all levels – from A' level to functional skills.
She added: “Teaching is all about making a difference and I’m so pleased to be working with the UCB
students considering a career in this amazing profession.
"When I see students I taught break through their barriers and go on to university and successful careers, I am proud to know I played a part in their journey. If I can inspire others – through my research and
experience – that will be amazing."