I have been a lecturer at Abertay since 2000. I am also the Articulation Tutor for Dundee Business School which involves meeting with new students and supporting them with any difficulties they may be having or arranging any extra support which might be needed.
My academic background is tourism and economics. After completing a BA (Hons) in Tourism at Abertay, I went on to do an MSc in Local Economic Development at the University of Glasgow.
From a research perspective, I am interested in tourism, urban regeneration, local economic development, sustainable development and environmental management.
I have published articles on tourism and regeneration in the International Journal of Tourism Research and on innovative teaching methods in the Journal of European Industrial Training.
Economics and management.
Module Leader for
ANF102 Financial Economics for Business
Team teaching on
BMT101 Nature of Management
BMT304 Work Placement
ANF104 Information Systems
ELE003 People, Planet and Profit
ELE007 Cities of the Future
Tourism, Urban Regeneration, Local Economic Development, Sustainable Development and Environmental Management.
Dr B. Worthington and P Sedakat, (2005) Kaliningrad – the last piece in the Baltic Jigsaw? International Journal of Tourism Research, 7, 2005
Pat Sedakat, Dr Barry Worthington & Roy Hutchison (2007) “Stobswell – A Case Study in Micro-marketing as a Tool of Urban Regeneration” In, Urban Transformations: Regeneration and Renewal through Leisure and Tourism, Volume 1, Editors Cara Aitchison, Greg Richards and Andrew Tallen, LSA Publication No.96
John W McKinlay, Shona Grogan, Pat Sedakat & Christopher J McKinlay (2010) The learner as facilitator: moving outside the "same old cage" Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol 34 No 8/9 pp790-804
Dr Barry Worthington & Pat Sedakat“Urban Transport as Tourist Attraction – The Case of the Heritage Tramway” Conference paper presented at the TTRA European Chapter Conference “Urban Tourism-Mapping the Future”, Glasgow 25-26 September 2003.
Dr B Worthington, P Sedakat, S Balbirnie & M Rolfe (2004) “Having their cake and eating it? How far can public-private sector partnerships maximise tourism development potential? – A Dundee Case study”. Conference paper presented at Tourism State of the Art II, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, 29th June 2004
Pat Sedakat, Dr Barry Worthington & Roy Hutchison (2006) “Stobswell – A Case Study in Micro-marketing as a Tool of Urban Regeneration” Conference paper presented at Leisure Studies Association Conference 2006, hosted by the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK 11-13th July 2006
Dr B Worthington & Pat Sedakat,'The Beat of a Different Drum'. Conference paper presented at Leisure Studies Association Conference 2007, hosted by University of Brighton, Eastbourne, UK 3-5th July 2007
Dr B Worthington & Pat Sedakat (2008) - “A Really Useful Engine? - The Life and Times of Thomas the Tank” Conference paper presented at Leisure Studies Association Conference, Community, Capital and Cultures: Leisure and Regeneration as Cultural Practice, hosted by Liverpool John Moores University, UK 8-10th July 2008
Selection of comments from articulation students.
“I believe that you have done a splendid job by providing us with all the information which is required for us to know to get us through university. Your encouragement and examples from your own first experience have made me realize that it’s not as hard as it seems and once we settle in everything becomes fine'. I don't think that there is anything required for you to improve as you covered everything that we needed to know. Thank you so much for all your help and encouragement”. ( Accounts and Finance Year 2)
“I found the sessions very useful as it made me feel less nervous and lost starting university, the sessions gave me very good advice and support and any questions I had were answered” (Business Admin Yr. 3)
“The articulation sessions have been very valuable to me. Coming from a part time evening college course straight into a 2nd year degree course, I felt like I had well and truly threw myself into the deep end. I had no previous experience of writing essays and reports and had no idea what referencing meant. The sessions really helped make me feel at ease and I knew there was plenty support available if I felt I needed it”. (Accounts and Finance Year 2)
In my role as Articulation Tutor for Dundee Business School I liaise with the local colleges and members of staff from the Articulation Hub at the university.The Articulation Tutor also meets with all the new direct entrant students during induction week and then has follow up group meetings every two weeks.
During the articulation sessions various topics are covered including question and answer sessions about how the students are settling in, helping to sort out any issues that may have arisen, study skills sessions including report and essay writing and referencing. Current students are also invited to come along and speak to the new students and this has proved to be extremely useful. Finally, a session is held on preparing for exams. The sessions are informal and if the students suggest a topic they would like discussed the Articulation Tutor will try to cover it. In addition, the Articulation Tutor contacts each direct entrant student individually during the term to ask how they are settling in. At the end of semester 1 the Articulation Tutor conducts a Focus Group of the students who attended the sessions and asks for comments.