With more than twenty years’ experience in the sector, Mychelle’s work has focused on enabling students to achieve to the best of their abilities and improving student voice. In her current role as Academic Lead for Access, Participation and Success (APS) in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS), Mychelle is responsible for producing and implementing the Faculty APS strategy, overseeing APS work across the Faculty, designing and running a programme of 'unlearn and learn' events, and undertaking several APS initiatives. In a previous role at the OU, Mychelle was Head of Student Experience in the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL). Prior to joining the OU, Mychelle worked as an Assistant Director at the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (dBIS) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on the Teaching Excellence Framework. Mychelle has an MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, an MA in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Mental Health Science from the Open University. In October 2020, Mychelle started her PhD in Psychology at the OU in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS), researching success for students with mental health difficulties.
Mychelle’s areas of scholarship and research interest are student success, student mental health, and practitioner-led and scholarly co-creation. With Professor Joan Simons, Mychelle is currently undertaking a scholarship project to co-create a confidence framework for Associate Lecturers to support student mental health and wellbeing.
In FBL, Mychelle was a member of a team that used student co-creation to design a wellbeing toolkit, led a project that co-produced 50 short videos by students for students to support wellbeing and mental health, led a team of Associate Lecturers who have created content for a student mental health and wellbeing resource and led a review of tutorial materials from a mental health and wellbeing perspective. She also led a team of Associate Lecturers in the creation of a distance learning digital pedagogy framework.
The student videos can be viewed here:
OU Business School - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1I78rcrKn9bL1Jx1hqOxbQ/featured
OU Law School - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuHh1baxNwUqNM6PJt6nCdg