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Maria is a Senior Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Art and Design and Professional Studies at the University. She collaborates with colleagues to design and implement innovative modules to complement the existing Primary B.Ed, sharing and disseminating good practice.

During the course of her career, Maria has taught in various first and primary schools, across three different local authorities, she then enjoyed ten years of headship, developing her expertise in all areas of school leadership and improvement, and actively supporting school communities through the positive management of change and re-structuring.

Maria also has significant previous experience as Senior Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where she was solely responsible for teaching art and design across the undergraduate and post graduate programmes, and contributed strongly to the provision of the arts in general within the context of the creative curriculum. During this time she completed her MA in Education and undertook research which considered how the arts can be used to promote learning across the Early Years and Primary curriculum.

Maria has delivered professional learning to teachers and support staff in many schools and early years settings when she worked as an Educational Arts Consultant in schools and childrens centres. Maria is an Arts Award assessor for the Arts Council, England.


Chapters in edited books/published articles in journals

  • Harnett, P. (eds) (2008) Understanding Primary Education; Developing professional attributes, knowledge and skills Routledge
  • Vinney, M. (2006) Becoming Animated NSEADStart 21 pp.18-19
  • Vinney, M. (2006) By George NSEADStart 19 pp.18-19
  • Vinney, M. (2006) Making sense of life through drawing Despatches pp. 18-19, 21-22


  • Vinney, M and Tutchell, S (2014), 'Making it happen; retaining enthusiasm and developing student confidence to champion art teaching and learning in school.' International Journal for Art and Design Education (IJade) Conference, Liverpool.
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