As a long-standing member of the LJMU Dance Team, Fran’s current specialism at John Moores includes the issues surrounding the healthy and aware dancer both theoretically and practically, and her MSc in Dance Science from Wolverhampton University informs this practice. These studies have led her to publish an article exploring a Multidisciplinary approach to the Dance Student and has presented in relation to this topic at the HEA Humanities Conference in Glasgow 2011 and again in 2012 and explored some of the pedagogical questions of combining dance science in the practical studio at the Dance HE symposium in 2015.
In contrast to this paradigm, Fran also has a holistic approach to the body and its presence. She is a qualified Bowen therapist, Reflexologist and Sports Massage therapist and finds that this dimension informs her role as a dance practitioner, researcher and tutor, especially in relation to posture. Fran has also been an official presenter for the AQA, teaching INSET training of GCSE Set Dances to teachers and pupils around the country and she is a Co-director of DARE Dance Projects Ltd in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria for whom she has worked on many primary dance projects.
After graduating with a combined honours degree, Fran has spent many years performing both in the commercial industry travelling around the world as well as within the contemporary dance world where she co-ran her own performance and education company – Stark Dancers. She has performed and worked for a variety of artists, including Libby Rose at Resolutions, Senza Tempo, CoisCeim Dance Theatre, Dublin, Mark Edward and Company and Happy Mondays.
Fran currently teaches on modules including Research Methods, Choreography, Performance in context, The Physical Body in relation to a healthy and aware approach for the dancer.
2012, Wolverhampton University, England, MSc Dance science
2004, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Certificate of Education 14 -19
2000, LJMU, England, Post Graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in HE
1998, LJMU, England, MA Dance Studies
Programme Leader, Dance, LJMU, 2010 - 2015
Senior Lecturer in Dance, Dance Department, Liverpool John Moores University, 1994 - present
Conference Publication (journal proceedings)
Brooks P, Leaver F. 2015. New Locations for Learning: engaging students through creating LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference
Leaver F. How an interactive environment can bring practice of the industry into its delivery DANCEHE Resilience: Articulating 'knowledges' through dance in the 21st Century
Leaver F. Shapeshifting: An exploration of the morphing tutor – student relationship within the concept of Student Centred Learning Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning HEA
Leaver F. Inovations in practice The Wild Bunch: Tales from the North West Higher Education Academy Storyville: Exploring Narratives of learning and teaching
Leaver F. Utilising a multi-disciplinary approach to enhance the physical and psychological learning of the dance student HEA conference of humanities
Leaver F. 2013. Questions, considerations and answers regarding the teaching and learning of Studio Practice Journal of Innovations in Practice CETL,
Leaver F. 2011. A multi-disciplinary approach to a case study of a University dance student CETL Journal Innovations in practice,
Engagement & Impact
Title of presentation: Utilising a multi-disciplinary approach to enhance the physical and psychological learning of the dance student, Conference title: Higher Education Academcy conference of Humanities, Place/location of conference: Glasgow, Scotland, Presentation type: Oral presentation
Title of presentation: Shapeshifting: An exploration of the morphing tutor - student relationship within the concept of student centred learning, Conference title: Higher Education Academy: Heroes and Monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning, Place/location of conference: Salford, England, Presentation type: Oral presentation
Title of presentation: Innovations in practice: The Wild Bunch Tales from the North West, Conference title: Higher Education Academy Storyville: Exploring Narratives of learning and teaching, Place/location of conference: Brighton, England, Presentation type: Oral presentation
Membership of professional bodies:
Member of Federation of Holistic Therapies, FHT
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA