I am the academic lead for the university's Student Centred Curriculum project - an ambitious initiative aimed at transforming our undergraduate provision to improve its flexibility and responsiveness.
Currently, I report directly to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), though my academic background is in Education - and I maintain close links with the Faculty.
Don't think of your student experience just as the things that tutors teach you in units. Think of it as all of the opportunities and priveleges afforded to you by the three years in which you occupy the status of student. Through yourselves into sessions with all your energies, but embrace all of the extra-curricula opportunities offered to you - and enjoy the company of your fellow students because they will add richness and depth to you. And if you do all of this, I give you full permission to enjoy staying in bed until 11am with regular frequency.
I am very interested in pedagogies which situate students as producers, and not as consumers, of learning. As such, I try to teach in ways which empower my learners to generate their own understandings of education, to mobilise these in practical ways which make a real-world difference, and to communicate ideas in persuasive and engaging ways.
I will encourage you to treat your own experiences of education as a form of education and, via the EdLab project, create opportunities for you to work in enterprising and creative ways with practitioners and community partners. I will ask you to think very carefully about what makes educational practice work, and about ways in which conventions can be disrupted in order to create opportunities which are exciting and engaging.
I will introduce you to challenging theories and ideas, but ask you always to use these in the service of your own arguments and positions. You will be encouraged to use the ideas of others like a toolkit to facilitate analysis, as part of genuinely academic dialogue.
I am particularly interested in teaching, learning, and curriculum design in Higher Education. In particular, I am interested in disruptive pedagogies - those which interrupt the conventions of university provision in radical ways, and which resituate relationships between the learner and established canons of knowledge in ways which respect the autonomy of the former. In recent years, I have been interested in engaging students in collaborations with community partners, and situating these as a means to generate knowledge and understanding of education and not just applying university-centred knowledge.
I am interested in doctoral supervision relevant to any of these ideas and invite prospective candidates to contact me for a conversation.