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I have worked at the University of Salford since 1991 with a one year gap in 1999-2000 based at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. I have had substantial involvement in teaching and the organization of teaching, particularly Project Management and; research, particularly in Education; and the management of funded projects. I have had responsibility for managing placements and teaching employability skills throughout my time at Salford.
My main teaching is in Project Management. This includes a substantial role in the MSc in Project Management and other courses.
I have been nominated twice by the University of Salford for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and was awarded the Vice Chancellors Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012 and University Students Union Teaching Award 2014.
I am the co-ordinator of undergraduate placements in Salford Business School. This includes undergraduate students taking part in one year paid ‘sandwich’ placements between the second and final year of their course. I also manage the teaching of Professional Development to all second year students. I am the Director of the University of Salford contribution to the 'Unite with Business' project, which has provided assistance to over 1,700 SMEs in the North West and is the largest project of it's type in the UK: http://www.unitewithbusiness.co.uk/.
I supervise students at BSc, MSc and PhD level. 5 students that I have supervised have completed their PhDs since and I supervise 3 others: 1 in Project Management, 1 in eCommerce and I in Information Systems.
I have worked as external examiner/ assessor at the following Universities/ Colleges: Greenwich, Liverpool John Moores, Manchester College, Newcastle, Newport, Surrey, Ulster, Upper Hutt, UWE, Westminster and Kent.
My research interests lie in the practice of teaching and learning and in my subject area, Project Management. I was co-chair for the Education in a Changing Environment Conference: www.ece.salford.ac.uk in 2009 and 2011. I have published in many areas for which I have had responsibility, including the work of Graduate Teaching Assistants, the development of e-learning and especially blended learning, the use of Virtual Learning Environments to support placement students and the issue of plagiarism in student work. I have managed a number of successful funded projects including 3 European Social Fund projects (total value approx. £600k) to provide 'Flexible IT' to people from the North West and continue to be active in many enterprise projects.
Qualifications and Memberships
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
A detailed list of 22 publications is available at: