Ms Kelly Preece is the Researcher Development Programme Manager for Postgraduate Research Students at the University of Exeter. As a dance scholar and academic, she has taught on a range of dance and performance degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her teaching practice has encompassed choreography, improvisation, dance history, screen-dance, dance in education and community (specialising in inclusive practice). Her research focuses on embodiment and somatic sensation in digital dance performance and blended learning pedagogies. Kelly has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2010, and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Universities are not individually unique. They stand next to each other in the various hierarchies of excellence that are underpinned by commonalities of the various statures that they accrue in learning, teaching, research and a host of cultural and social impacts as are measured regionally, nationally and internationally. It is as we move toward closer international ties with our World Dance Alliance colleagues in higher education who work in dance that we look to our own ways and means with a view to revealing what we, in the UK, do in our delivery of dance to higher education students, and some of the constraints within which we work. With this in hand as a reference, we might then seek to discuss with our colleagues in other countries the many ways and means in which the similarities and differences have emerged from our various contexts as we all work towards inspiring the next generation of dancing graduates.