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Maria O'Hara

Maria O'Hara

Lecturer (Assessments & Feedback Advisor)


In my current role in King’s Academy, I am an assessment advisor, working with the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care to support and facilitate their strategic goals on assessment & feedback. I also contribute to the delivery of academic development activities such as King’s Academy’s CPD workshops.

I have been working in the Higher Education sector for 13 years, most recently as a Learning & Teaching Librarian in Libraries & Collections here at King’s. In this role, I provided expert advice and support to researchers at King’s who were undertaking systematic literature reviews and designed and delivered information literacy and critical appraisal learning interventions. I developed and oversaw Libraries & Collection’s provision of 1-1 appointments which staff & students at King’s can book to discuss their research with a librarian. Within that role, I collaborated closely with colleagues in King’s Academy to develop a workshop on finding educational research for educators here at King’s and acted as the information specialist on a King’s Academy led, Advance HE funded literature review of Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education. Based partly on previous experience of User Experience (UX) research at King’s and elsewhere, I also worked closely with Libraries & Collection’s two Service Development Managers to develop a series of 3 workshop to train library staff on how to plan, carry out and evaluate small qualitative research projects such as UX projects.

My interests include (unsurprisingly) assessments and feedback as well as education scholarship, information literacy and critical thinking, the use of generative AI in HE, inclusive education, and education for sustainable development. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Recent Publication:

Vogel et al. (2023). Education for Sustainable Development: A Review of the Literature 2015-2022. Advance HE.