Neil is a Principal Teaching Fellow (Education Development) based in Southampton Business School and is passionate about working in partnership with staff and students to improve learning and teaching. His work cuts across the disciplines of education development and learning development and current work includes: improving assessment and feedback practices for staff and students, enhancing academic transitions, developing structured academic peer support schemes, teaching development (especially for early career academics), and supporting colleagues to acheive AdvanceHE recognition.
- Peer Learning
- Assessment and Feedback
- Student Partnership
My current teaching responsibilities include module leadership of our Peer Learning module, which provides peer support for all first year students in Southampton Business School and is delivered by 2nd and final year students. I am also responsible for teacher training for SBS PGR students and have recently developed workshops on assessment and feedback for PGCAP delivered by CHEP as well as contributing workshops to the CPD programme for educators.
External roles and responsibilities
I joined the Southampton Business School Education Development Office in 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.
In my current role, I work with students and academics to develop and enhance learning and teaching. Projects have included the development of an online learning community, expanding the school's undergraduate peer support scheme, developing support for transition to our programmes, and improving assessment and feedback processes. Recently, I have been seconded part time to work for the Centre for Higher Education Practice on projects to enhance academic transitions.
- CATE (Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence) (2018)
- AdvanceHE Spotlight Award (2018)