Karen Heard-Lauréote is Professor of Learning and Teaching and Head of Learning and Teaching at Solent University. Karen’s main expertise lies in active learning pedagogies, civic education and local/regional/national/transnational educational networks. Karen is a National Teaching Fellow (NTF), Advance HE Principal Fellow (PFHEA) and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (FLF). Karen is involved in the defence and promotion of the European Studies field in higher education in cooperation with UACES, with a primary focus on the UK. Karen is editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) Learning and Teaching section.