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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, particularly in Project Management, and research, particularly in Education and Blended Learning. I have considerable experience of the management of projects, especially EU funded projects targeted at employability. I have had responsibility for developing partnerships and nurturing employability throughout my time at Salford.
My main two main areas of teaching are: Professional Development: this module is taken by all second year undergraduates (approex. 750 pa) in the Business School who gain a unique blend of experience of all stages of the recruitment process alongside the development of their competencies and aspirations. Project Management: this module is core to a number of MSc programmes, including the MSc in Project Management. I lead short courses and give key note presentations to many audiences on these subjects as well as the development of Teaching and Learning. 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 students taking part in one year paid ‘sandwich’ placements between the second and final year of their course. I supervise students at BSc, MSc and PhD level. 6 students that I have supervised have completed their PhDs since 2012 and I currently supervise 3 others: 1 in Project Management, 1 in eCommerce and 1 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
Qualifications and Memberships
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
A detailed list of 22 publications is available at: