Dr Tracy Hayes, PhD

  • Lecturer in Institute of Health (IoH) and Deputy Theme Lead for Outdoor Learning in Learning, Education and Development (LED) Research Centre.
  • Institute of Health
  • Health and Wellbeing
Dr Tracy Hayes, PhD

Biography

Tracy Hayes joined the University of Cumbria in November 2014, following an established career in youth work and community-based education. She teaches on the BA(Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families and MA Children, Adolescents & Families, drawing extensively on her experiences as a professional youth and community development worker and as an environmental educator.

Her PhD explored the relationship that young people have with the natural environment. She takes a playfully narrative approach to her work, embracing creative methodologies, particularly reflexive auto/ethnography, auto/biography, creative non-fiction and story-telling. She enjoys being, and playing, outside.

Within the University of Cumbria:

  • Contribute to doctoral education by developing and delivering training seminars for researcher development programme and summer school.
  • Doctoral Assessment: Chair for PhD Viva Voce examinations; member of PhD transfer/confirmation panels.
  • Pedagogical Development: developed and delivered Pedagogy in Practice Seminars for academic colleagues.
  • Mentor & Assessor fHEA portfolios.
  • Member of University of Cumbria’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC) and HR Excellence in Research (HREiR) committee.
  • Contribute to doctoral education by developing and delivering training seminars for researcher development programme and summer school.
    • Doctoral Assessment: Chair for PhD Viva Voce examinations; member of PhD transfer/confirmation panels.
    • Pedagogical Development: developed and delivered Pedagogy in Practice Seminars for academic colleagues.
    • Mentor & Assessor fHEA portfolios.
    • Member of University of Cumbria’s Research Committee (RC) and HR Excellence in Research (HREiR) committee.

Qualifications and memberships

Awarded PhD in Transdisciplinary Research in Outdoor Studies. Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP); MA Youth Work (JNC) and Community Development (ESB); Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS); Certificate in Education for Sustainability; BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (1st class). 

External Examiner: in July 2020, completed Professional Development Course for External Examiners, developed by Advance HE as part of the degree standards project on external examining.

Fellow of:

  • Higher Education Academy (fHEA)
  • Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG)

Member of:

  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL)
  • European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE)
  • International Play Association (IPA)

Academic and research interests

Key Knowledge / Interest Areas

Outdoor play and playfulness; Health & Wellbeing; Geographies of Children, Youth and Families; Sustainable lifestyles; Lifelong learning outdoors; Intergenerational initiatives; Nature: Human – non-human/more-than-human relationships; Conservation education; Personal, Professional, Reflective and Inclusive Practice.

Research Approach and Methodology

Transdisciplinary/Interdisciplinary; Qualitative research; Creative, Narrative and Participatory approaches; Action Research; Auto/ethnography and Auto/biography.

Current / developing research projects

Therapeutic Agriculture and Therapeutic Horticulture, funded by NIHR

Youth Service Provision in Copeland, consultation with young people

Developing collaborative research projects around nature, walking, care homes, healthy ageing and progression for young adults with learning disabilities or autism.

Research supervision

Doctoral Supervision 

Lead supervisor

Jonathan Barclay, Institute of Health: What is Complex PTSD? A psychological and Auto-Hermeneutic exploration.

Margaret Wadsley, Institute of Health: How do I understand and explain practice improvement and the dynamics of influence within the supervisory alliance? 

Kate Allen, Institute of Health: Safeguarding Adults: Who does it protect?

Member of Supervisory Team

Angie Boyle, SL in Social Work, Institute of Health: A Retrospective Narrative Inquiry of Adults Aged 25 Who Experienced Domestic Abuse Whilst Growing Up in the UK.

Michael Coombs, Institute of the Arts, PhD by Arts Practice: Land: The extent to which new technologies and internet services influence our experience and understanding of place, particularly from the perspective of the visitor and tourist. 

Tracy Cowle, Institute of Health: Youth Work…… The Mystery and Magic. What does an evidence base for the future of Youth Work look like?

Seonaid Lafferty, UoC PGR, Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability, UoC: Sustainability and the Kendal Mountain Festival

Nadine Littler, Workforce Lead (Nursing & Midwifery) at Health Education England /UoC PGRNadine Littler, Workforce Lead (Nursing & Midwifery) at Health Education England /UoC PGR

Ann Osola, Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership: How can I/we teach and assess project management within a university level apprenticeship? (tbc working title) 

Postgraduate supervision on MSc in Applied Social Science and MA Children, Adolescents & Families

Publications

Academic achievements

Sep  2018: Awarded Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize by BERA Creativities in Education SIG.

May 2017: Awarded Early Career Researcher Grant by UoC to support post-doctoral study in Conservation Education.

June 2016: Recipient of the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Research Excellence.

June 2015: Awarded the Reflective Essay Postgraduate Prize for 2015 by Higher Education Research Group (HERG) in association with the RGS-IBG annual international conference.

Most Recent Publications 

Peer Review Journals

Hayes, T.A. (2020). ‘We’re ALL in the Wild: Inclusive, creative ways to support young people to discover local outdoor spaces.’ Impact. London: The Chartered College of Teaching.

Hayes, T.A. (2018). Dr Bear and the Adventure Bears, a response to Horton, J. (2017). ‘For the love of cuddly toys’, Viewpoint, Children’s Geographies.

Hayes, T.A. (2016). Review of ‘Informal Education, Childhood and Youth: Geographies, Histories, Practices’ by Peter Kraftl and Sarah Mills (Eds.) (2014). Children’s Geographies, 14 (3).

Peer Review Teaching/Practitioner articles and presentations

Larmour, C.; Larmour, L. and Hayes, T.A. (2021, under review). Craft Elicitation: Connecting and finding meaning through craft c. London: British Educational Research Association.

Hayes, T.A., Leather, M. and Passy, R. (Eds.) (2021, in press). Wellbeing and being outdoors. [BERA Blog Special Issue]. London: British Educational Research Association.

Hayes, T.A. and Leather, M. (Eds.) (2021, in press). ‘The serious side of nature, outdoor learning and play: International perspectives.’ Research Intelligence Special Issue. London: British Educational Research Association.     

Hayes, T.A. and Leather, M. (2021). ‘More than fun and games – the serious side of learning in nature’, In Pugh, V. A curriculum for Wellbeing: Improving all aspects of wellbeing in curricula & schools. British Curriculum Foundation (BCF). Available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/publication/a-curriculum-for-wellbeing-improving-all-aspects-of-wellbeing-in-curricula-schools

Hayes, T.A. and Leather, M. (2020). Shifting Perspectives on Nature through Pedagogical Practices [webinar]. 28 October 2020. Available at https://www.bera.ac.uk/media/shifting-perspectives-on-nature-through-pedagogical-practices

Hayes, T.A. and Leather, M. (2020). The Importance of Nature: before, during and after Covid-19. Part of series: The Impact of Covid-19. [Podcast] 8 July 2020. Available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/media/the-importance-of-nature-before-during-and-after-covid-19

Hayes, T.A. and Leather, M. (2020). More than fun and games – the serious side of learning in nature. Part of event A curriculum for Wellbeing, British Curriculum Foundation (BCF). [online] Available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/media/more-than-fun-and-games-the-serious-side-of-learning-in-nature

Hayes, T.A. and Leather, M. ‘Encouraging educational research into nature, outdoor learning and play’. BERA Blog, 17 June 2019. Available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/encouraging-educational-research-into-nature-outdoor-learning-and-play

Hayes, T.A. and Leather, M. (2019). ‘New BERA SIG: Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play’, Research Intelligence. London: British Educational Research Association.

Book chapters (peer reviewed)

Hayes, T.A. (2021). ‘The practicalities of researching creatively’, in von Benzon, N.; Holton, M.; Wilkinson, C. and Wilkinson, S. Creative Methods for Human Geographers. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Hayes, T.A. (2020). ‘I thought… I saw… I heard…: the ethical and moral tensions of auto/biographically opportunistic research in public spaces’, in Barker, J. and Wainwright, E. (section eds) in Parsons, J. and Chappell, A. (eds) The Palgrave MacMillan Handbook of Auto/Biography. London: Palgrave MacMillan. 

Hayes, T.A.; Prince, H. and Convery, I. (2019). ‘Bear Illustrations in Children’s Literature’, in Nevin, O.; Convery, I.; Davis P. and Kitchin, J. (eds). The Bear: A Cultural and Natural Heritage. Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer Ltd - ‘Heritage Matters’ Series.

Hayes, T.A. and Prince, H. (2019). ‘Shared-story approaches in Outdoor Studies: the HEAR (Hermeneutics, Auto/Ethnography and Action Research) ‘listening’ methodological model’ in Humberstone, B. and Prince, H. (eds) Research Methods in Outdoor Studies. Oxford: Routledge.

Hayes, T.A. (2019). ‘Sharing Stories: An Interactive, Interdisciplinary Approach’, in Hayes, T.A.; Edlmann, T. and Brown, L. Storytelling: Global Perspectives on Narrative. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill - ‘At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries’ Series. LEAD EDITOR.

Hayes, T.A. (2019). ‘Developing an academic identity: What’s the time Mrs Wolf?’, in Fenby-Hulse, K.; Bayley, J.; Heywood, E. and Walker, K. (eds) Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher. Routledge - ‘Higher Education Studies’ Series.  

Hayes, T.A. (2017). ‘Kindness: caring for self, others and nature - who cares and why?’, in Horton, J. and Pyer, M. (eds). Children, young people and care. London: Taylor Francis.

Hayes, T. (2016). ‘Playful approaches to outdoor learning: Boggarts, Bears and Bunny Rabbits!’, in Horton, J. and Evans, B, (eds.) Play, Recreation, Health and Well Being, Vol.9 of Skelton, T. (ed.) Geographies of Children and Young People. Springer, Singapore.

Conference/Oral Presentations/Seminars and Workshop/Poster presentations

To date Tracy has given more than 60 presentations at a range of national and international events. As of April 2021, six abstracts accepted to present at UoC Teaching Fest, TEAN, RGS-IBG and BERA conferences. 

The most recent presentations are itemised here:

Hayes, T.A. (2021). ‘Crafting in a virtual space: words and pictures’, Learning and Teaching Fest: Sustaining our Development in Digital Learning, Teaching and Student Support, UoC, accepted for 7th July 2021

Hayes, T.A. (2021). Playing with words... connecting through story. Series of Themed Events, CRiHS and LED.

Hayes, T.A. (2020). Learning for/with Nature: The pedagogy and practice of teaching Natural History in England. Mini-keynote presentation. TEAN annual conference, accepted for May 2020 (postponed due to Covid-19). This will be presented as a round-table discussion in May 2021.

Hayes, T.A. and Lessner-Listiakova, I. (2021). Co-Conveners/chair of GCYFRG sponsored session, ‘Families on the edge: family experiences of location and marginalisation’, RGS-IBG 2020 International AGM & conference, originally accepted for August 2020 (postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19; revised and updated).

Hayes, T.A., Parsons, K. and Walker, C. (2021) Co-Conveners/chair of GCYFRG sponsored session, ‘In it together! Intergenerational, creative responses to a climate of uncertainty’, RGS-IBG 2020 International AGM & conference, originally accepted for August 2020 (postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19; revised and updated).

Recent external roles

Convener of of Nature, Outdoor Learning & Play Special Interest Group BERA

Conference Officer, Geographies of Children, Youth & Families Research Group (GCYFRG), responsible for co-ordinating GCYFRG sponsored sessions at RGS-IBG International Annual Conference, includes liaising with RGS-IBG.

External Examiner for FdA and BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families at Cornwall College