Cecilia McKelvey Faculty of Education & Health

Cecilia McKelvey RSA, BA Hons, MA

Cecilia McKelvey

Cecilia McKelvey
RSA, BA Hons, MA

Senior Lecturer, Education and Training

Department of Secondary, LLTE and PE & Sport

Faculty of Education and Health

Cecilia McKelvey is a Senior Lecturer of Education and Training in the Department of Secondary Education, LLTE and PE & Sport at the University of Greenwich.

She has taught English Literature and Communication in a number of Further Education colleges and schools in London. She also worked on a number of externally funded projects to embed accreditation of prior experiential learning in the regulations of examining and validating bodies, co- authoring a book on the potential of such accreditation to increase equality of access to vocational qualifications. 

Cecilia established the North East London Access Federation which sought to secure progression opportunities for non-traditional applicants to Higher Education. She briefly worked as a consultant for the Further Education Unit, which subsequently became the Further Education Development Agency and contributed to the policy and development of vocational opportunities for adults. Lately, she has become interested in media representations of teachers and the impact this has on them, publishing research of representations in the film industry.

Cecilia began lecturing at the University of Greenwich in 1993, with a teaching interest in Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Lifelong Learning Teacher Education (LLTE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) as well as dyslexia support. She is also coordinator for courses in research and theories of learning on the PGCE programme and has qualifications in supporting adults with dyslexia and ESOL (DipTESOL). 

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Posts held previously:

  • 2008-11, Adjudicator Teacher Recognition, Standards Verification UK
  • 2002-08, External examiner, School of Post 16 Education / Visiting Lecturer (PT) University of East London
  • 1993-94, Consultant, Further Education Unit
  • 1993-94, Project Leader, APEL NCVQ Project
  • 1988-89, Project Coordinator, North East London Access Federation, (secondment)
  • 1988-90, Principal Lecturer Newham Community College
  • Senior Lecturer in Education and Training, Department of Secondary Education, LLTE and PE & Sport
  • Lectures for PGCE, LLTE, ESOL 
  • Coordinator for courses in research and theories of learning on the PGCE programme

Cecilia's research interests include accreditation of prior learning and equal opportunities, perceptions of trainee teachers and more recently, the influence of media portrayals of teachers on emergent teacher identities.

McKelvey, C. (2015). Teachers watching Teachers: Exploring the influence of film on emergent teacher identities. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Comparative Studies, 1 (4).

McKelvey, C. and Peters, H. (2002). APL: equal opportunities for all? London/New York: Routledge.

McKelvey, C. (2002). Terrific Teachers: Multimedia CPD Pack. Standards Fund: Lewisham College.

McKelvey, C. and Andrews, J. (1998). Why Do They Do It? A study into the perceptions and motivations of trainee Further Education Lecturers. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 3 (3), pp. 357-367.

Butterworth, C. and McKelvey, C. (1997). A study of APEL in four universities. Journal of Access Studies, 12, pp. 153-175.

Challis, M., Edwards, P., McKelvey, C. and Wilson, P. (1991). Two Urban Stories: The development of APL. In: Newham Community College and LEA: Learning Experience Trust.

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