Our Staff

The non-accredited programme is taught by tutors who actively teach and research at university level. LVC’s tutors have expertise in teaching adults.  Many of our tutors have taught at the former Vaughan College and in the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning and some of them are also graduates of Vaughan College.

Although many of our tutors teach, or have taught, in the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester, Leicester Vaughan College is an entirely separate institution, founded to meet the same needs when the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning closes.

Becky Talbot: BSc (Leicester), BACP member

Becky is a qualified and experienced trainer, counsellor and coach with a passion for improving the wellbeing of individuals and organisations. She has over 15 years’ experience of providing mental wellbeing and other training for a range of organisations. She also works for the University of Leicester as their Senior Mental Wellbeing Facilitator and Coach.  She has a wealth of personal and professional experiences that allow her to bring learning to life. She enjoys bringing passion, creativity and humour to her Mental Health First Aid training sessions.

Bill Jones: BA (Southampton), PhD (Southampton)

Bill has taught English literature to mature students over many years, including for the Universities of Southampton and Newcastle. He has also been the head of Higher Education for the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE, now called the Learning and Work Institute). His particular interest is English literature of the eighteenth century: he has published a definitive edition of the poetical works of William Falconer.  He has worked for the Vaughan Centre and at the former Vaughan College for many years as a tutor for the part-time HE Certificate and BA in Humanities and Arts.  He is currently Honorary Professor of Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Conny Bailey: BA (Leics), MA (Leics) and PhD (Leics)

Conny has been teaching art history to mature students for several years. She was a mature student herself and gained a Certificate in Art History at the former Vaughan College. Having caught the ‘learning bug’ she studied art history at BA, MA and PhD levels at the University of Leicester before becoming a tutor for the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning on the Certificate and BA in Humanities and Arts. She also teaches at Attenborough Arts. Conny brings an innovative teaching style to the study of art history.

Ellie Pridgeon: BA (Bristol), MA (Bristol), PhD (Leicester), Arch Dip (Aberystwyth), FSA

Ellie has been teaching history of art and architecture to mature students for eighteen years at universities including Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford.  She has also worked for the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning and at the former Vaughan College since 2002, on the Certificates in Art History, Architecture, and Humanities and Arts and the BA in Humanities and Arts. Ellie is a professional archivist:  she is the director of the archives consultancy firm Consultant Archivist Ltd and her archivist work has included time at St Paul’s Cathedral (London) and for the Science Museum. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Gabby Provan: BSc (Leicester), PhD (Leicester)

Gabby was born in Stavanger, Norway, and grew up in Norway and London. She did a degree in physics with astrophysics at the University of Leicester. This was followed by a PhD looking at Earth’s space weather and how the weather in space depends on the interaction between the Earth’s and the Sun’s magnetic fields. She is currently employed as a researcher studying magnetic fields and planetary auroras around the gas giants, in particular looking at the data from the Cassini and the Juno spacecraft. Outside of work she enjoys enthusing about her science to a wide audience, and has both a mobile planetarium and a planeterrella to play with.

Lucy Faire: BA (York), MA (Leicester), PhD (Leicester)

Lucy has been teaching social history to mature students in the Vaughan Centre and at the former Vaughan College since 2002. She has been a tutor and course director for the part-time BA in Humanities and Arts, the Certificates in Humanities and Arts and in Modern British History. She was a tutor for the Certificate in Modern Social History and the MA in Social History in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester.  Lucy is an external examiner for the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York, and has also been a tutor for the Open University’s MA in History since 2009.

Malcolm Noble: BA (Leicester), MA (Leicester), PhD (Edinburgh)

Malcolm has been teaching history to adults since 2009. He has worked for the University of Leicester, in the Vaughan Centre and at the former Vaughan College, as a tutor for the part-time BA in Humanities and Arts, and the Certificates in Humanities and Arts and in Modern British History. He has also taught in the History Departments at Leicester and Edinburgh and is a specialist mentor to students with learning differences. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Miriam Gill: BA (Oxon), PhD (Courtauld Institute), FSA

Miriam has taught art history and history to mature students over a period of 20 years in a wide variety of institutions including Morley College, London, and for the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford and Cambridge. She has worked for the Vaughan Centre and at the former Vaughan College since 1998. She was the course director for the Certificates in Art History and Architectural History and has been a tutor for the part-time Certificate and BA in Humanities and Arts. She also teaches at the Richard Attenborough Centre. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Patrick Cawley: BA (Leicester)

Patrick is an experienced Child and Family Therapist and also teaches counselling at university level in the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning. He is skilled in Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counselling, and Child Development. He has a BA Hons in Professional Counselling from the University of Leicester.

Tina Holt: BA (Leicester), FHEA, BACP member

Tina has been practising as a counsellor since 2007 and is also a lecturer in counselling at the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning. She is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Accredited) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has a BA Hons in Professional Counselling and a Higher Education Diploma in Counselling, both from the University of Leicester.