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 Co-Head of the Institute, my remit covers portfolio areas such as ITE Secondary and off-campus provision as well as external aspects of the portfolio such as partnership, research and enterprise. This involves working in close synergy with Co-Head Ruth Harrison-Palmer. Together we have responsibility for the strategic direction and business planning of Institute of Education. The department 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

Currently undertaking a 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: (Accessed 29 March 2012)

Recent external roles

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