Professor Erica Joslyn is Dean of the School of Psychology and Education at the University of Suffolk. Erica holds undergraduate and masters degrees in Social Policy and a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the University of Birmingham in the UK. She has worked in higher education since 1990. Erica is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has extensive experience in curriculum leadership and academic management.
Her academic and research interests are in the areas of resilience, social emotional competence and education for children and young people and has recently written 'Resilience in Childhood: Perspectives, Promise and Practice' - published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is a member of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC), and has presented numerous papers at conferences including ENSEC International conferences.
Erica has a keen interest in the provision of education to primary and secondary sectors and works to support the provision of PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), offered at the University of Suffolk in conjunction with primary and secondary schools and Local Authorities. She works closely with Suffolk County Workforce Development Team across Suffolk and to facilitate teacher training, CPD for experienced teachers and professional development in school leadership and management. Erica is currently the project lead for the STEM Accelerator Pilot Programme, leading a partnership team from the University of Suffolk, Connect EB Ltd and Suffolk County Council designed to stimulate and engage 14-19 year old students in STEM-related project activities. This two year programme provides opportunities for the STEM business community to engage directly with students to promote STEM skills and careers across Suffolk.
Erica has worked with the voluntary sector on a range of projects including homelessness and housing provision, service evaluation for funded projects and workforce development for the CYP sector. She continues to closely with the voluntary sector in Suffolk to evaluate the impact of policy and develop practice and service provision.