Core Staff Interests

Paul Ashwin

Paul's research is focused on teaching, learning and assessment in higher education and is drawn upon by researchers and educational and academic developers, from around the world. He is an experienced PhD supervisor having supervised more than 10 PhD students to successful completion and examined over 15 doctoral theses.

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Brett Bligh

Brett conducts research into the connections between our material surroundings, the technologies that permeate them, and the ways we act, think and learn. Two recurring interests are Learning Spaces (the relationships between learning and the built environment of Universities) and collaborative learning in Higher Education. He has co-written reports on these topics as part of projects funded by JISC and HEFCE, as well as a variety of journal articles and book chapters. In recent times much of this work has adopted the vantage point of Activity Theory.

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Steve Dempster

Steve's principal research interests are the relationships between gender and learner identities are in higher education, educational transitions, widening access to/within university, and student experience of higher education - focusing on student lifestyles and "out of class" behaviours.  Steve has experience in a range of research methodologies and has led on numerous projects within and outwith higher educational settings including two evaluation studies of Enhancement of teaching and learning for QAA Scotland.

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Paul Trowler

Natasa Lackovic

Natasa is interested in image-based (visual) and multimodal research, methods and designs for learning in HE, digital education and related exploration of contemporary socio-cultural issues. Such interests entail: learning, teaching and assessment designs which acknowledge and explore multimodal learning resources, semiotics, socio-cultural and theoretical underpinnings of multimodal activities and interactions, related learners' communication and experience, arts-informed HE, and addressing community-identified issues and needs.

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Murray Saunders

Murray has acted as a consultant to, and undertaken a wide range of evaluative research projects for, many Government and international agencies all over the world. He enjoys promoting and developing evaluation practice as past president and Council member of the UK Evaluation Society, Board member and past president of the European Evaluation Society, and currently vice president of the IOCE (International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation) Board. He is associate editor of the only European international multidisciplinary academic journal in the field of Evaluation.

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Malcolm Tight

Malcolm has supervised over 30 PhD students to successful completion and participated in over 100 PhD vivas. His research focuses on the developing field of higher education research: what is being researched, how and by whom. He is Editor of two international journals: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, and Tertiary Education and Management. Malcolm is also editor of a book series, International Perspectives on Higher Education Research.

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Paul Trowler

Paul Trowler

Paul is an experienced PhD supervisor and examiner, having supervised 17 PhDs to successful completion and been external examiner for 19 candidates in universities around the world. His work on policy and change in universities, on academic "tribes" and their territories and on the enhancement of teaching and learning is very well known in English-speaking countries, with his texts also being translated into numerous other languages.

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