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Professor Carol Evans 

Visiting Professor

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Professor Carol Evans is Pro Vice Chancellor at Griffith University in Australia. During her time in Southampton, Professor Carol Evans was a Professor in Higher Education within Southampton Education School. She was co-director of the Centre for Higher Education at Southampton (CHES).

She is a Principal Fellow (PFHEA) and National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Carol is an Associate of the HEA and the International Officer for the Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows (CANTF). She is also a visiting Fellow at the UCL, Institute of Education, London.

Carol is Editor-in-Chief of the Higher Education Pedagogies Journal (www.tandfonline.con/rhep), and Associate Editor for the British Journal of Educational Psychology Journal. Carol is an editorial board member for the Journal of Educational Psychology and the Thinking Skills and Creativity Journal.

Carol is an Institute for Learning Innovation and Development (ILIaD) Associate, and a University mentor. At Southampton, working with colleagues across the University, she is helping to support the development of assessment and feedback policy and practice. She has established the Researching Assessment Practices Group (RAP) at Southampton to champion the promotion and dissemination of effective assessment and feedback practice.

Carol is passionate about enhancing learning and teaching in higher education, school, and workplace environments. Her current projects include research on individual differences in learning, assessment, resilience, and student engagement in learning. She is especially interested in the role of individual differences in learning. Carol’s main research focus and passion is on how an understanding of Cognitive Styles through the use of the Personal Learning Styles Pedagogy approach (PLSP) can enhance learning and teaching and her research integrating cognitive styles and assessment practice is unique in this respect. Her most recent work has focused on the development of inclusive participatory pedagogies as exemplified by the Personal Learning Styles Pedagogy approach (Evans & Waring, 2009, 2014):

Previous roles have included President of the Education, Learning, Styles, Individual differences Network; Host of the ASPIRE Research Network (University Accrediting Staff Professionalism in Research-Led Education) and Head of Teacher Education at the University of Exeter; Senior Lecturer at The Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Deanery (KSS), University of London; Assistant Director of Learning and Teaching (ITE) at the UCL Institute of Education London, and development and co-ordination of the Masters PGCE programme at Durham University. She has also worked as an Educational Adviser to Medical Consultants and has spent over 22 years in a variety of roles from classroom teacher to senior manager in schools.

If you are interested in developing assessment feedback practice and in using an understanding of cognitive styles to advance learning and teaching, please do contact Carol at

Research interests

Core interests: The relevance of Cognitive Styles research to the development of pedagogy; Assessment Feedback in Higher Education.

Current foci: The student role in assessment feedback; developing resilience in learning; student engagement in learning.

Research methods: Mixed methods: quantitative and qualitative approaches; phenomenology.

Research Projects:

  • PI on successful Higher Education Academy (HEA) tender: Engaged student learning: High impact strategies to enhance student achievement (December 2014) with colleagues Daniel Muijs and Michael Tomlinson.
  • PI on successful 2011 Cambridge Primary Review Bid (2011).
  • Learning patterns in transition: dimensionality, validity and development collaboration with the Institute for Education and Information Sciences, University of Antwerp.
  • Co-investigator in successful 2009 NTFS Project bid: Facilitating Transitions to Masters-level Learning through Improving Formative Assessment and Feedback.
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) reviewer for ESRC centres and large grants.

Affiliate research groups

Higher Education Research Group, Centre for Research in Inclusion

Research project(s)

The innovative pedagogies series. The Personal Learning Styles Pedagogy

Engaged student learning: high impact strategies to enhance student achievement

Awards and Memberships


  • 2014 National Teaching Fellowship Award.
  • 2013 Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).
  • 2006 Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
  • 2003 NPQH, National College of School Leadership (NCSL).
  • 2013 Visiting Professorship, Trinity College, Dublin.
  • 2013 University of Exeter Teaching Fellowship Award Holder.
  • 2012 University of Exeter Teaching Fellowship Award Holder.
  • 2012 ASPIRE Principal Fellowship, Exeter.
  • 2011-13 Outward Mobility Fellowship National University of Singapore and University of Hong Kong.
  • 2010- Visiting Fellow, UCL: Institute of Education, London.
  • 2006-2009 Honorary Research Fellow of School of Education, Durham.


  • CANTF (Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows) Secretary.
  • Associate Editor British Journal of Educational Psychology.
  • President of the Education, Learning, Styles, Individual differences Network (ELSIN).
  • Editorial Board member of the Journal for Multicultural Education.
  • AERA American Educational Research Association.
  • BERA British Educational Research Association.
  • EARLI European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction.
  • EERA European Education Research Association.
  • ELSIN Education, Learning, Styles, Individual differences Network.
  • HEA Higher Education Academy.
  • SES Society of Educational Studies.
  • SRHE Society for Research into Higher Education.
Professor Carol Evans
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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