Neil is a Principal Teaching Fellow (Academic Development) based in the Centre for Higher Education Practice (CHEP) and is passionate about working in partnership with staff and students to improve learning and teaching. Neil's work cuts across the disciplines of education development and learning development and current work includes: faculty liaison (between CHEP and academic staff), fostering communities of practice in teaching development, development of programme leadership, and supporting student transitions. Neil's interests include partnership between staff and students, enhancing academic transitions, developing structured academic peer support schemes, teaching development (especially for early career academics), and mentoring (for example supporting colleagues to achieve AdvanceHE recognition.
- Peer Learning
- Assessment and Feedback
- Student Partnership
My role as an academic developer is staff facing and I occassionally provide sessions for our PGCAP programme, as well as providing workshops for our CPD workshop programme.
External roles and responsibilities
I joined the Centre for Higher Education Practice (CHEP) in 2022 as a Prinicpal Teaching Fellow (Academic Development) and am focusing on developing faculty liaison and communities of practice. I currently chair the Programme Leads Network and Uni-Wide Transitions Networks and actively support other networks including the Education Focused Staff Network and Peer Support Network.
I worked in Southampton Business School Education Development Office as a Senior Teaching Fellow (Education Development) from 2016 and was promoted to Principal Teaching Fellow in 2019. Prior to this I led the academic liaison team in Library and Learning Support at Bournemouth University.
I completed my MSc. Information and Library Studies at University of Wales Aberystwyth in 2008 and have since completed a PG Cert in Education Practice and achieved Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
I am interested in a number of themes in education and learning development, including: student partnership and co-creation; digital and information literacies; academic peer learning schemes such as PAL or PASS; transition to higher education, assessment and feedback. I am an active scholar and have a number of peer reviewed publications and conference presentations around these themes.
Whilst at Bournemouth University, I was responsible for leading the development of study skills support including the coordination of a large peer learning scheme, which trained over three hundred second and final year students to deliver timetabled, group-learning sessions to first years.
- CATE (Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence) (2018)
- AdvanceHE Spotlight Award (2018)