Developing academic practices to widen participation

In this podcast we discuss Catherine and Anna’s work developing academic practices to widen participation and reflect on how the principles of their practice can be transferred to other disciplines.


Dr Catherine Queen is a Lecturer in Planning in the Department of Geography and Planning, School of Environmental Sciences. Having worked in private practice for 30 years as a Town Planner and Environmental Planner, Catherine has a particular focus on practice led teaching through engaging her students with real world projects and working with external partners. Her previous research has focussed on marginality, stigma and the representation of seldom-heard voices in Planning and Catherine is keen to train future Planning professionals who can work with, and for, the public by expanding her student’s knowledge beyond their own lived experience to create inclusive and accessible places.

Dr Anna Smielewska has joined the Virology team as a consultant in 2021 and has been the Clinical Director for Infection and Immunity since 2022.  Anna’s main interest is in infections in the Immunosuppressed and Paediatrics and she provides Virology cover for both Clatterbridge and Alder Hey. She has an appointment as an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, furthering research in Virology in general, as well as these specific areas.  Anna is keen to expand the I&I diagnostic range, meeting new challenges and emerging infections through collaborations with other centres, academia and industry, delivering the best service to our patients.  Anna’s other interest is teaching, and she is currently completing her PGCAP course with the University of Liverpool, with a view of bringing these transferrable skills into her role as Clinical Director.  Outside of work, Anna has two daughters, two cats, a partner who is also a Virologist, and practises yoga and Body Combat. She is looking forward to finding out more about her local community, having moved to the area during the pandemic.

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