Dr Annette Daly is a Chartered Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. As part of the British Psychological Society Accredited BSc in Psychology, she is responsible for the teaching of Developmental Psychology at Levels 1 and 2. She is also Programme Director of the Foundation in Social Sciences course which began in 2008 and has established itself successfully as a widening access route to HE for those who would not otherwise have this opportunity. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy which supports and recognises teaching in Higher Education.
Research interests include student engagement, well-being and children’s reading habits.
Annette collaborates with Lalage Sanders on the Student Expectations and EngagemenT (SEET) study [funded by NISRF (WAG)] investigating issues to do with the transition of students into HE and factors which impact on their retention and success. She is an active member of the Foundation Year Network which supports academic staff who run Foundation Year programmes and facilitates collaboration and support across institutions.
In addition, Annette has been the principal researcher for the first phase of a project in collaboration with the Universal Education Foundation investigating the well-being of teenagers (aged 14-15): Voice of Children Project (See link to final report under 2010, second bullet point on http://www.uef-learningforwellbeing.org/index.php/projects/the-voice-of-children-survey/). In April 2010, she was invited by the Social Research Association (WAG) to present some of the initial findings (See p.5 http://www.the-sra.org.uk/documents/pdfs/sra_newsletter/sra_may_2010.pdf). Currently, Annette is developing a proposed model for the components of well-being in this age group and is co-supervising postgraduate research in this area which is investigating the definition of wellbeing, application of this for students in Further Education and the design/delivery of an intervention programme to enhance wellbeing in this student group.
Annette’s PhD (2000, Queen’s University, Belfast) focused on the area of children’s reading habits and is entitled “Print exposure in 8- to 11-year-old children: Measurement and prediction.” This involved work across 17 schools and with over 1500 children. She has presented widely in this area at various conferences including the International Reading Association, British Educational Research Association and the British Psychological Society as well as running courses for parents and teachers in this area.