I hold the following qualifications:
I have a life long commitment to learning. I am married with grown up children. I work half time for the University and I am an aspiring author when I can get to it. I am also a dedicated windsurfer.
I left school at 15 with no qualifications. I returned to education as a mature student at the age of 26. Since then teaching, learning and scholarship have constituted my working life. I have taught in schools, prisons and a range of HE and FE institutions. I am more of a survivalist than a careerist.
In the past I have fulfilled a wide range of university roles - College Provost, Chair of PGCAP Board of Studies, Chair of the Teaching and Learning Forum, sat on University Teaching Committee and a range of different committees and functions over 15 years.
I am not contracted specifically to do research although I do do research beyond my contract.
Over the last ten years I have been involved in international collaborations attracting over £23m of research funding. These are largely Marie-Curie EU research training grants in which my role has been to facilitate and nurture cross-disciplinary writing projects by international doctoral students working in different universities and countries. Examples are Palaeo (Palaeo Archo-Biology), Leche (Emergence of lactose dependency in early modern Europe), Eurotast (History, archeology and genetics of the slave trade) and Real (Land use in Kenyan National Parks).
Currently I have no grants or live applications for funding having decided to focus on teaching and writing.
Topics include philosophy and politics of learning, topics in HE management and support, the use of new technologies in learning, problem based learning, collaborative learning and cross cultural learning. I am particularly interested in topics trying to develop new ways of learning to meet the demands of a changing and challenging world.
Currently I have doctoral students from the UK, Oman, Libya, Uganda but I have had students from Saudi Arabia, Mexico, China and Greece. Basically I interested in anyone from anywhere who has a good project.