Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)
University of Huddersfield
He is a Professor of Work and Learning and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) of the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield where he has worked since 2006. Prior to joining the University, he taught in Further Education (FE) colleges for sixteen years, mainly on ESOL and teacher education provision. He still maintains a keen interest in FE and he is currently leading a three-year national research project on initial teacher education for science, engineering and technology teachers working in colleges. This major project is funded by the Gatsby Foundation. His first degree was in History and French from the University of Manchester and he later went on to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and the Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. He completed an MA by research at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, which examined the impact of policy on FE teaching practice. In November 2009 he was awarded a PhD for his thesis entitled College Cultures and Pre-Service Trainee Teachers: a study in the creation and transmission of ideas about teaching. In 2015 he completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester. In 2014 the Higher Education Academy awarded him with a National Teaching Fellowship for his work around vocational education. He is co-editor of Studies in the Education of Adults and associate editor of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training. His most recent book is a co-edited collection of essays entitled The Principle: power and professionalism in FE.