Felicity Hilditch

Felicity Hilditch CertEd, MA

Felicity Hilditch

Felicity Hilditch
CertEd, MA

Head of Department

Department of Primary Education

Felicity Hilditch is Head of Department of Teacher Education at the University of Greenwich.

Felicity trained as a primary teacher and worked as a classroom teacher, school leader, adviser and lecturer. Before joining the university she was a Local Authority adviser for Continued Professional Development (CPD), managing a large school-based teacher training programme, as well as being responsible for newly qualified teachers and their professional development at the early stages of their career.

Previously, as Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University she had responsibility for developing CPD provision and was also programme leader for the MA in Education programme.

Since joining the University of Greenwich in 2004, Felicity leads the work of the Department of Primary Education, including quality management and the development of partnerships in primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT). She also lectures on a professional development course to trainee primary teachers and is personal tutor to a group of students. Felicity is committed to working in partnership with local schools and believes that colleagues in schools have an important role to play in ITT.

Highlights of Felicity's career include being awarded funding to be part of a year's Commonwealth Teacher Exchange scheme to Nova Scotia, Canada and a semester's exchange as a visiting scholar to a liberal arts college in Oregon, US. 

Felicity is the elected Chair of the Primary Committee and a member of the Executive of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), an important interface between government and the teaching profession, helping to shape policy and practice.

Posts held previously:

  • 2003-04, Adviser for CPD, Local Authority
  • 1991-2003, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and Geography; Lead for mentor and link tutor development; Principal Lecturer; MA Programme Leader, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2002/2003, Visiting Scholar (Global Citizenship course), Linfield College, Oregon, US
  • 2000, Visiting Scholar, Linfield College, Oregon, US 
  • 1990-91, Local Authority Advisory Teacher for Primary Humanities and Assessment, recording and reporting
  • 1988-89, Teacher Fellow, Bedford College of Higher Education (Now University of Bedfordshire)
  • 1985-86, Awarded funding to support teacher exchange to Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1977-87, Class teacher, curriculum leader, senior school leader
  • Head of Department, Teacher Education
  • Leads on Quality Management
  • Leads on School Direct partnerships
  • Course lecturer on Professional Development
  • Personal tutor
  • Member of the UCET National Executive (current)
  • Chair of the UCET Primary Committee (current)
  • External Examiner-Northumbria University (current)
  • School Governor (Lewisham), link governor and member of teaching and learning committee (current)
  • 2010-14, Chief External Examiner-University of Chichester
  • 2014, External Review panel member-University of Northampton
  • 2014, External Reviewer-Bath Spa University
  • 2013, External Review panel member-South Bank University

Felicity's research interests are in the area of teacher professional development and reflecting her initial professional training in geography and global citizenship.

Funded research projects

  • 2001-02, TDA (now NCTL): Project leader for funded project across East Midlands on assessment practices in initial teacher training 
  • 2005-07, TDA (now NCTL): Lead university for funded project to develop Professional Development Schools

Hilditch, F. and Disney, A. (2010). Images of India Resource Pack. Geographical Association.

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  • Hilditch, F. (2011). Challenges of teaching young children about distant localities. Charney Manor Primary Geography Research Conference (unpublished paper).
  • Hilditch, F. (2003). Are they learning - or just 'doing' University? A personal perspective on the student experience in the UK and US NTU. Faculty Research Seminar Series (unpublished).

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