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Senior teaching fellow at Leeds Trinity University delivers former colleague’s learning legacy

Amy Lund, senior teaching fellow, Leeds Trinity University

Amy Lund, a senior teaching fellow @LeedsTrinity University, has published a book dedicated to the life and work of former colleague Professor Ruth Helyer.

Professor Helyer, who died in August 2019, was Professor of Work-Based Learning at Leeds Trinity University and a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. After developing the work-based learning (WBL) agenda during the early 2000s, she became an internationally acclaimed expert in the field, contributing to many publications and journals relating to higher education and work-based learning.  

WBL courses provide students with experience in real-world working environments. Amy took on the role of WBL lead following Professor Helyer’s sudden death, after they had worked together on WBL projects in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Amy, and her co-authors, Tony Wall and Ann Minton, published the revised edition of The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook to support new learners in navigating academia. The book has been written to enrich students’ learning experiences by sharing real-life case studies, useful tips and reflective activities. It has also been designed to support students on WBL degrees and degree apprenticeships across a range of disciplines. 

Leeds Trinity WBL tutors Dr Nadira Mirza, Kirsty Beckett and Sarah Scowcroft have also contributed to the book, writing a chapter which highlights essential approaches, tips and skills for active learners, particularly in higher and degree apprenticeships. 

Amy said: “Ruth had outlined the plans and contributors for the third edition of The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook, so it has been an honour to contribute to the completion of her vision. The updated version remains an essential manual for WBL students but also reflects the changing context of learning since the global pandemic and the shift to blended learning.” 

Tony Wall, co-author and Founder and Head of the International Centre for Thriving, said:

“This is the third, freshly renewed edition of the leading text for work-based and apprenticeship learners and we are proud to dedicate the book to Ruth who was passionate about supporting others.”

Professor Malcolm Todd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:

“We are very proud  that Amy has published her first book in tribute to Professor Ruth Helyer, a highly respected colleague and trusted friend. During her two years at Leeds Trinity University, Ruth made a huge impact in the area of work-based learning including apprenticeships and foundation degrees. The University has a long tradition of professional education, offering every student a higher education qualification, work experience and industry-relevant skills.” 

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