I am a Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent. My route into Higher Education research has been somewhat eclectic. I have an MA in Higher Education, a PGCHE and a PGCE in secondary science. I am a qualified yoga teacher and somatic movement therapist, I worked as a body-worker and movement artist and my first degree is in Chemistry with Analytical Science. My doctoral studies were a phenomenological exploration of young children’s perceptions, expressions and reflections of embodiment through movement.

My research interests centre around embodied experience, how innovative and creative research methods can add depth, richness, honesty and emotion to experience and include reflective practice, reflexivity and how these relate to practice and academic identity. I am currently editing a book ‘Conversations on embodiment across higher education’ which brings together academics from a wide variety of disciplines to discuss their teaching, research and practice.

Email: j.s.leigh@kent.ac.uk


Twitter: @drschniff