Dr Catherine Samiei

I joined CYPE in 2012. Following completion of a MA and PhD at the University of Aberdeen, my professional career has involved working in a variety of different roles in Higher Education. This has included teaching English Literature at the University of Aberdeen and York St John University. I have also worked at The Robert Gordon University, Leeds Metropolitan University and York St John University to support and develop the academic literacies of students.

More recently, I have worked as a Visiting Lecturer on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) delivered to staff at the University of Bahrain as well as leading sessions on the York St John University Programme.

In my current role at York St John University, I teach on the undergraduate Education Studies Programme and continue to contribute to the postgraduate PCAP programme.

Further Information


I teach on the BA (Hons) Education Studies programme and contribute to the postgraduate PCAP programme.


Research interests

Critical thinking

Teaching creativity and creative writing

Academic literacies

Currently, I am co-leading the York St John University, Higher Education Academy Project on Internationalisation to develop the academic literacies of both home and international students. I am also working on a Higher Education Academy Project to develop a student-edited academic journal for Education Studies.



Samiei, C. and Jones-Devitt, S. ‘From Accrington Stanley to academia? The use of league tables and student surveys to determine ‘quality’ in higher education’ IN Molesworth, M., Nixon, L. and Scullion, R. The Marketisation of Higher Education: The Student as Consumer. London: Routledge, pp. 86-100.

Samiei, C., Chatterjee, D. and Noble, J. (eds) Journeys and Places: Travel Stories from York St John University.


Samiei, C. and Sherwood, B. (2009) The Word: Creative Writing from York St John University. York: York St John University.


Samiei, C. and Scott, L. ‘Designing a Website for Dyslexic Students in Art and Design’. IN Allan Davies (ed.) Enhancing the Curricula: Towards the Scholarship of Teaching in Art, Design and Communication, London: CLTAD, pp. 375-390.

Professional Activity

Professional Memberships and External Engagements

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Member of the LiDIA (Language and Identity in Interaction) Research Cluster Group.

Member of the Unit for Child and Youth Studies

Reviews Editor for NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) magazine, Writing in Education.

Selected recent Conference Papers and Seminars


‘Do we need to unlearn in order to think critically? Innovation in Learning and Teaching: Higher Education Academy Health and Social Care Conference. 5th and 6th June, Queen’s Hotel, Leeds. Co-authored with Stella Jones-Devitt, Head of the Centre for Leadership in Health and Social Care.


Academic Literacies and Internationalisation’. Delivered as part of the Higher Education Academy Workshop and Seminar Series on ‘Changing Englishes in internationalising universities’, 7th September, York St John University. Co-delivered with Clare Wardman, Lecturer in the Business School at York St John University and Charlie Martineau, Language Development Tutor, York St John University.

‘Lecturers as Students’ - Reflecting on teaching: An action research project exploring methods to develop understanding of reflection and its value to teaching and learning. Values and Virtue in Practice-Based Research, 11th July-12th July, York St John University. Co-authored with Dr Adrian Brockett, Principal Lecturer in International Development, York St John University.


‘Rediscovering Writing: A model for integrating Critical and Creative Writing in Higher Education’, National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE) Conference, The Hawkhills, York.

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