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By day, I am Dean of the Faculty of Education and Society at the University of Sunderland. The Faculty has about 3,000 students. Some of them are training to become teachers and the Faculty also has lots of other programmes including English, history, politics, sociology, social work, modern langauges and loads of other related subjects. Combined Subjects, extra-mural and part time programmes are also run by the Faculty. I lecture on the bits of teacher training like theories of teaching and learning, assessment, classroom management and so on. I'm Professor of Higher Education and also Head of the University's Post Graduate Research Programmes. My main research interests are Web-based Learning, Competence-based assessment in Higher Education, Quality Assurance and Enhancement in Compulsory and Higher Education and more recently Management of HE. The right-hand pic above is of me with Lord Puttnam, the film producer (Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Local Hero etc etc), who was the last Chancellor of the University.

I am a Magistrate, which is an exciting use of my "spare" time.

After graduating from the University of Keele in 1979, I took a "gap year" during which I was a bus driver in Stoke on Trent. My academic career started as a research psychologist in Staffordshire and then I trained as a teacher and gained my PGCE. I began teaching in a large Merseyside comprehensive school, moving to a comprehensive school in Cambridgeshire later. Initially, I taught biology and science to O-level and biology to A-level and I later included maths, computing and IT, becoming Head of Computer Science in the mid eighties. I rose to Senior Teacher, in charge of the Curriculum and Pastoral arrangements for forms 3-5 (now Years 9-11). Later, I worked at the University of Cambridge, teaching on their PGCE and researching schemes of Achievement Recording. I developed the UK's first International Student Centred Review scheme which I launched around the world to operate in Europe, Asia and South America.

I moved to the School of Education at the University of Sunderland in 1993 as Senior Lecturer and was later promoted to Principal Lecturer in Education. I was Programme Leader for the Secondary Programme of School and College-based Initial Teacher Training and later became Subject Area Leader for Education, before being promoted to Associate Director of the School of Education (Head of Initial Teacher Training and Quality Enhancement), to Associate Dean and then Dean of the Faculty.

I recently found an old photograph of me from University days - click here for a laugh!