Helen first studied Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic then went on to gain a PGCE in Secondary Art and Design at Brighton Polytechnic, a MA in Art & Design Education at the Institute of Education and a MRes at Manchester Metropolitan University; she gained her PhD in February 2015, which focused on critical studies in secondary art and design teaching.
Having taught art and design in schools and colleges for a number of years, Helen moved to work in higher education in 2000. Since then her roles have included supporting beginning teachers and undergraduate Fine Art students and leading a number of courses and programmes related to initial and continuing teacher education. Helen held leadership roles at the University of Cumbria and Manchester Metropolitan University before joining the School of Education at the University of Northampton in June 2013 in her current role.
Current research projects include the use of mobile technologies for learning and teaching, evaluating the Foundation Year and writing up journal articles based on elements of recent PhD study.