Sue Dixon

Staff details

Position Head of Teacher Education (CPD), Head of Goldsmiths Teachers' Centre and Departmental Senior Tutor for Initial Teacher Education
Department Educational Studies
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Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7358
Sue Dixon

Sue Dixon joined Goldsmiths in 2007 as the Head of Initial Teacher Education. During 2013 to 2016 she held a seconded post as an Associate Pro Warden with a remit for teaching and learning and the Head of the Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre (TaLIC).

She is currently the Head of Teacher Education (CPD), Head of Goldsmiths Teachers' Centre and the Departmental Senior Tutor for Initial Teacher Education students.

Her background is in primary teaching. She taught in east London for a number of years and has worked in Higher Education since 1999. Her background is in Mathematics Education. In addition to teaching on Initial Teacher Education programmes (Postgraduate and undergraduate), she has been extensively involved in curriculum development.

She is a qualified psychodynamic and integrative counsellor and has worked as a volunteer counsellor in centres in East London and Croydon. She currently has a small private counselling practice.

Academic Qualifications

BSc Hons (Maths) with QTS, St Martin’s College, University of Lancaster

MA in Mathematics Education, King’s College, University of London

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, Goldsmiths, University of London

BSc Hons Integrative Counselling, Middlesex University in partnership with Matrix

MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of East London

Professional Body Membership: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA); MBACP (accred) and UKCP


Sue has worked in several Higher Education establishments initially as a senior lecturer in Mathematics Education at the London based campus of the University of Cumbria. She was also employed as a Principal Lecturer at the University of East London where she held the role as Director of Primary Teacher Education for four years before joining Goldsmiths.

Sue teaches on the PGCE and Undergraduate Programmes within the Department.
She also supervises Undergraduate and MA dissertations.

Professional projects

Sue has been involved in a number of government projects including Taster courses for under-represented groups in teaching, the Partnership Promotion Schools initiative, the Primary Professional Studies Harmonisation project, and the TDA SED working for party. She has been a regular attendee at a number of UCET committees including the Secondary, Primary and Management Forum committees and has been a member of UCET Executive committee.

Her external work has included being a member of the Multiverse Working Group and an External Examiner at several universities. She has been an external advisor/panel member on a number of university validations around the country. She has been a member of the London Providers Heads and Deans group.

In her role as an Associate Pro-Warden, she successfully developed an institution-wide CPD Framework for teaching and learning in Higher Education which was accredited by the Higher Education Academy.

Recent Publications

Community Engagement

Outside of Goldsmiths, Sue is a volunteer for a national Eating Disorders charity BEAT, facilitating an Eating Disorders Self Help support group in London for adults. She was shortlisted in May 2014 for a BEAT national lifetime achievement award in recognition of her longstanding commitment to BEAT and the Self Help group that she facilitates in Central London.

She has been a governor for schools in the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Southwark. She is now a governor for a school in Lewisham and is a board member of the St Mary's Teaching School Alliance Strategic Board based in Waltham Forest.

Research Interests

Sue is a Part-Time Psychology PhD student at the University of Hertfordshire. She is researching how Eating Disorders Self Help Groups can support the recovery journey of sufferers of an Eating Disorder and how such groups can provide an adjunct to professional support. This research has emerged out of her longstanding voluntary relationship with the leading national Eating Disorders charity BEAT and her involvement with the Central London Self Help Group spanning over two decades.

Sue’s previous research interests lay in teacher subject knowledge particularly the Numeracy Skills Tests and student teachers’ use and application of mental methods: Dixon, S (2003) ‘Student teachers, mental mathematics and the numeracy skills test’. In  Williams, J. (Ed.) Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics 23(2) June 2003.

She is a member of the Department’s Identity and Social Justice Research Group.