Dr Heather Prince, PhD

  • Associate Professor and Principal Lecturer
  • Department of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies
  • Outdoor Studies
Dr Heather Prince, PhD

Biography

As Associate Professor of Outdoor and Environmental Education and Principal Lecturer in Collaborative and Experiential Learning, Heather promotes and develops the research and learning and teaching profile and activity within the department and across the university.  She is involved in innovative curriculum design and inspiring pedagogic practice and has international experience in curriculum change and development.  She was the first Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy at the university.

Heather is a PhD supervisor and examiner and is involved in researcher development in the university.  She is involved in designing new frameworks for postgraduate courses and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Outdoor Studies. She is particularly interested in the exciting opportunities presented for enhancing student experience through active and experiential learning with research connected teaching.

After a doctorate in palaeoecology from Aberystwyth University and a PGCE (secondary) in Outdoor Activities and Geography at Bangor University, Heather worked in Outdoor Education Centres and as a Co-ordinator of Outdoor Education in Cumbria, prior to moving into teacher training in higher education.  She established the first Outdoor Studies degree in the UK at St Martin’s College – a legacy institution of the University of Cumbria.  Her professional, research and personal interests continue to focus on enabling all young people to have the opportunity to experience outdoor learning.

Qualifications and memberships

PhD, PFHEA, PGCE, BSc (Hons), Cert. Nature Conservation.

National Governing Body awards in outdoor activities.

British Canoeing, British Orienteering, Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Academic and research interests

Outdoor Learning & Outdoor Education

Curricular applications

Adventure

Outdoor literature, ecology & sustainability

 

Current research students:

  • Tracy Hayes - Nature, creativity, young people’s relationship with the natural environment
  • Rebecca Hordern - Outdoor Learning, personal and social development of secondary aged pupils, cognitive attainment

Publications

Prince, H.E. (2017) ‘Text messaging as a near synchronous method of remote support in outdoor adventurous settings’. Applied Mobilities. Doi: 10.1080/23800127.2017.1347028. Published online 25 July 2017.

Fletcher, E. & Prince, H.E. (2017) ‘Steering a course towards Eudaimonia: The effects of sail training on well-being and character’. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 17(3), 179-190.  Doi: 10.1080/14729679.2017.1294490.

Prince, H. E. (2016) Outdoor experiences and sustainability.  Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 17(2), 161-171.  Doi: 10.1080/14729679.2016.1244645.

Prince, H.E. and Loynes, C. (2016)  ‘Adventure, nature and commodification’ in Convery, I. & Davis, P. (eds) Changing perceptions of nature. Boydell & Brewer: Newcastle University ‘Heritage Matters Series’. pp.227-233.

Prince, H.E.  (2016) ‘Principal Lecturer to Principal Fellow:  on cloud nine with a few clouds in between. Blog for Higher Education Academy. Available at: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/principal-lecturer-principal-fellow-cloud-nine-few-clouds-between

Humberstone, B., Christie, B. and Prince, H. (2016) Editorial update. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 16 (1). p. 1.

Humberstone, B., Prince, H. and Henderson, K.A. (2015) International Handbook of Outdoor Studies.  Oxford: Routledge.

Prince, H. and Exeter, D. (2015) ‘Formal curricular initiatives and evaluation in the UK’. In Humberstone, B., Prince, H. and Henderson, K.A. (eds) International Handbook of Outdoor Studies.  Oxford: Routledge.  pp. 141-150.

Prince, H. (2015)  ‘Constructs and theoretical concepts in outdoor studies’. In Humberstone, B., Prince, H. and Henderson, K. A.(eds) International Handbook of Outdoor Studies. Oxford: Routledge. pp. 7-9.

Prince, H. (2015)  ‘Formal education’. In Humberstone, B., Prince, H. and Henderson, K. A.(eds) International Handbook of Outdoor Studies. Oxford: Routledge. pp.81-84.

Humberstone, B., Prince, H. and Henderson, K (eds) (2015) ‘Introduction’. In Humberstone, B, Prince, H. and Henderson, K. A. (eds) International Handbook of Outdoor Studies. Oxford: Routledge.  pp. 1-4.

Prince, H. E. (2014) ‘Eliciting nature and landscape writing through outdoor experiences’, in Varley, P. and Taylor, S. (eds). Being there: slow, fast, traditional, wild, urban, natural… Proceedings of the 2nd International Adventure Conference, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye, 21-23 May 2013 (pp 83-89) Fort William, The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Reearch: University of the Highlands and Islands.

Prince, H. E. (2013) Writing for the UK Professional Standards Framework: an autobiographical narrative. Practitioner Research in Higher Education 7(1), pp.4-10.

Prince, H. E and Allin, L.; Hansen Sandseter, E. B. , and Ärlemalm-Hagsér, E. (2013) Outdoor play and learning in early childhood from different cultural perspectives. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 13(3), pp.183-188.

Prince, H. E. (2013) 'Children Learning Outside the Classroom. From Birth to Eleven' Reviewed, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 13(2), pp. 180 - 182.

Prince, H. E., Bunce, R. G. H. and Jongman, R. H. (2012) Changes in the vegetation composition of hay meadows between 1993 and 2009 in the Picos de Europa and implications for nature conservation. Journal for Nature Conservation (20), pp.162-169.

Cammack, P., Convery, I. and Prince, H. E. (2011) Gardens and birdwatching: Recreation, environmental management and human-nature interaction in an everyday location. Area 43, pp.314 - 319.

Dykes, N. T., Prince, H. E., Lemmey, R. P., and Bunce, R. G. H. (2007) ‘The Picos de Europa mountains, north-west Spain, an inspiration to non-specialist students to study living cultural landscapes’ in Bunce, R.G.H., Jongman, R.H., Hojas, L. and Weel, S.  (eds.)  25 years of landscape ecology: Scientific principles in practice.  International Association of Landscape Ecologists: Waganingen, The Netherlands. p.758.

Fletcher, E. & Prince, H.E.  (2017) Steering a course towards Eudaimonia: The effects of sail training on well-being and character.  Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. DoI: 10.1080/14729679.2017.1294490.

Recent external roles

Editorial Board and Convenor, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, including co-editor of Themed Edition on outdoor play

External Examiner: Edinburgh University and University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth

PhD examiner

Visiting lecturer: Phillips University, Marburg, Germany; University of Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Spain

Product design research: Lowe Alpine

REALISE project (Researching Experiential Active Learning Initiatives for Student/Staff Engagement)