Lucy Jenkins achieved first class honours in English literature and Italian at Cardiff University in 2014. Achieving a scholarship for excellence, she pursued a master’s degree in European studies, also at Cardiff University, and graduated with a distinction in 2015. Currently, Lucy is the national co-ordinator for the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Student Mentoring Project, based at Cardiff University, and is the project development manager for Language Horizons, a funded digital mentoring project for languages funded by the Department for Education which completes in June 2020. In the last year, Lucy as also acted as a research assistant on an AHRC Open World Research Initiative project and other small research grants.
Lucy is developing her expertise in pedagogical approaches to language learning both at a research and practical level. Currently working with particular interest on the interface between mentoring, learner motivation and online technology, Lucy is developing online mentoring in Wales and is looking to advance her work on engagement factors impacting upon uptake of MFLs as well as pedagogical approaches to teaching languages in digital contexts. Lucy is also keen to develop her knowledge and practice of working at the intersection between government policy and practical solutions.