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Dr Kerry Traynor PhD

Lecturer in Professional and Media Writing Communication and Media

    Teaching

    Module Leadership

    Kerry convenes the following modules:

    • COMM241 Writing for the Media
    • COMM242 Media Writing
    • COMM319 Independent Research Study
    • COMM342 Viral Video

    She is also Academic Lead on the Department’s new Year In Industry programme and will supervise students during their placement year.

    Additional Teaching

    Kerry also contributes to:

    • COMM144 Analysing Communications: Forms, Texts and Contexts
    • COMM105 Analysing Media Texts
    • COMM504 Research Methods
    • COMM716 Dissertation
    • SOTA300 Work Experience Placement

    Student Employability

    Kerry is Departmental Lead for Student Employability, which involves helping Communication and Media students to develop their employability and graduate prospects both within the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities.

    In 2017 Kerry’s work in this area was recognised through a Faculty Teaching and Learning Award for Innovation in Employability.

    Within her teaching Kerry is committed to 'active learning' approaches which stimulate learning across three domains - knowledge, skills and attitudes. Within her modules, Kerry encourages students to apply the theoretical knowledge they gain through their studies within 'live projects' developed, where possible, in consultation with employers and other partners. The aims are to help students gain valuable experience of working with clients, enable them to develop relationships with potential employers and explore their identity as 'cultural workers in-the-making' (Ashton 2013).

    Kerry also coordinates regular extra-curricular employability events such as 'Employability Matters', an annual series of events bringing in industry speakers from a range of communication and media industries and roles to speak to students about their work, share their experiences and advice on getting ahead in their sector.

    Kerry also helped establish and now coordinates the Department's student-led Conversational English workshop programme. This is a friendly and relaxed group which meets weekly on a Wednesday afternoon (2-3pm). Workshops are led by trained English-speaking students to help non-English speaking students settle in to their new surroundings, learn the language and share stories and experiences from their respective cultures. We hope this offers valuable employability skills to both home and international students, such as confidence, language, communication and leadership skills, as well as opportunities to make new friends.

    Modules for 2021-22

    COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA YEAR IN INDUSTRY

    Module code: COMM600

    Role: Module Co-ordinator

    DISSERTATION

    Module code: COMM401

    Role: Teaching

    DISSERTATION SEMESTER 1

    Module code: COMM403

    Role: Teaching

    DISSERTATION SEMESTER 2

    Module code: COMM404

    Role: Teaching

    INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECT

    Module code: COMM319

    Role: Teaching

    PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

    Module code: COMM260

    Role: Module Co-ordinator

    Professional and Career Development

    Module code: SOTA260

    Role: Teaching

    VIRAL VIDEO B

    Module code: COMM344

    Role: Module Co-ordinator

    Work Placement Year

    Module code: SOTA600

    Role: Teaching