Biography

Liz Goodreads and blogsI’m a wife, a mum and a professor at a UK university. In that order! I was born Elizabeth Jane Kay in Bolton, Lancashire (a long time ago) and went to school up there until I was 14. Then we moved down to Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Fabulous. I loved the area, and still do. Long summer holidays on the beach. No wonder I got lousy A level results. Far too much distraction at the seaside, not to mention a boyfriend and an addiction to rock and roll.

Anyhow, I grew up and married my boyfriend when we both finished college. That was more than 30 years ago. Since then I’ve been an environmental health officer and a manager in a large UK organisation, but in 1987 I began teaching at Salford University and felt I had come home. I just belong in universities. I love working in education and have remained fascinated by the human capability to learn. As Liz Falconer I’m now Director of the Education Innovation Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol, a job I adore.

My beautiful, gorgeous son was born in 1990. I know, everyone thinks their child is the most beautiful in the world, but I know mine is!

What else? I love archery, but got tennis elbow a few years ago so had to pack it up. Much better now though, so I think I’ll give it another try. I like flying birds of prey, but don’t get much time to do it.  I’m a follower of the Buddha dharma, but a poorly disciplined meditator. Still, the beauty of Buddhism is that you can just keep trying!

That’s more than enough, I think. If you really want to know who I am, read my books!

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