Kathryn Fox, PhD

  • Head of Student Recruitment and Portfolio Development
  • Institute of Education, The Senior Leaders Team
  • Education
 Kathryn Fox, PhD


I completed a BSc in Mathematics with Statistics in 1995, then trained as a Secondary Mathematics Teacher. After a range of roles in Secondary Schools I came to what is now the University of Cumbria in 2004 where I gained my PGc in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and my MA in Education.

In my role as Head of Student Recruitment and Portfolio Development I take forward the Institute's plans for ensuring its portfolio remains to be a creative response to the national context.  The institute has a wide portfolio but is primarily focused on teacher education.

Qualifications and memberships

BSc (Hons) Mathematics With Statistics

PGCE in Secondary Mathematics

PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

MA in Education

PhD in Educational Research (Higher Education)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) – Member of the Secondary Committee

Million Plus Deans of Education

Academic and research interests

Subject Knowledge for teaching,

Mathematics education

Development of mathematics and/or subject specialist teachers and their identities

Phenomenographic Methods

Discourse and education policy research

Visual Methods and teacher education


Fox, K. & Smith, P. (2015) 'Getting Selection Processes Right' in Mercier, C., Philpott, C. and Scott, H. (Eds) Initial Teacher Education in Schools, London: SAGE Publications

Fox, K. & Smith, P. (2014) 'The secondary teacher as a subject specialist: exploring philosophies, developing meanings and creating opportunities to enhance students' learning' in Mercier, C., Philpott, C. and Scott, H. (Eds.) Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching, London: SAGE Publications

Fox, K. and Savidge, M. (2012) 'Student Teachers Supporting Pupil Learning: Developing understanding, developing confidence', Tean Journal 4(2) March [Online]. Available at: https://ojs.cumbria.ac.uk/index.php/TEAN/issue/view/28 (Accessed 29 March 2012)

Recent external roles

External Examiner for Secondary PGCE (Teach First) at University College London (UCL), London