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Professor Murray Saunders

Professor Murray Saunders

Professor

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 592869

Affiliations

Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education
Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation

PhD Supervision Interests

Educational policy implementation and change; Work and the curriculum; National and international policy evaluation, evaluation theory and method, evaluation of complex change processes e.g. e-learning. Informal learning in communities,

Research Interests

Co Director of HERE@lancaster , and Professor of Evaluation in Education and Work. I have acted as a consultant to, and undertaken a wide range of evaluation projects for, the British Council, DfES [Department for Education and Skills], DFID [Department for International Development], UN, UNRWA, ESRC [The Education and Social Research Council], HEFCE [Higher Education Funding Council], SFC (the Scottish Funding Council) and a variety of regional agencies. I have carried out evaluation and research projects in a wide range of cultural contexts, including in Asia: China, Japan, Singapore and India; in Africa: Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia; in Latin America: Mexico and Chile: In the Middle East: Jordan as well as other member states of the EU and Russia.

I enjoy 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, chair of the co-ordinating committee for the establishment of the IOCE (International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation) and current vice president [ and I am associate editor of the only international multidisciplinary academic journal in the field - Evaluation]. I was Co-Director of the SFC [Scottish Funding Council] funded evaluation of the new Scottish HE Quality Enhancement Policy which finished in December 2010. I continue to have research interests in the nature of evaluative practices, the relationship between education and the workplace and the connection between social change and development and evaluative practice.

 

Current Research

 

I am currently undertaking a collaborative project under the auspices of the IOCE and UNICEF to enhance the role of evaluation asociations' participation in civil society world-wide. The web link for this initiative is will be launched in March 2012. Work for the British Council currently involves the review and evaluation of higher education partnerships.

I am also interested in the way School Farms are used as a learning process and have been awarded (March 2012), along with Mason Minnitt (honorary research fellow of the Department of Educational Research) a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship to further this work.

I am currently evaluating the use of the Indicator of Enhancement in Scottish Higher Education for the QAA Scotland.

Profile

Career details

I have directed or co-directed some 40 separate evaluation and research projects over the last 20 years in areas of change, policy and strategic development and vocational education. In the HE environment I have worked (as both evaluator and developer) on six R&D projects which have tested various types of learning support in international consortia of HEIs [Higher Education Institutions].

I was Head of the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University from 1997-2000. I currently hold visiting professorship in Evaluation at Freibourg University, Switzerland.

Additional Information

Research programme during the last 6 years

Director of the British Council Evaluation Development Project [Case studies of Hong Kong, Ghana and Poland] funded by the British Council £19,000 1997

Also for BC -

Evaluation of Designing, shopping Eating Project Hong Kong 1998.

Evaluation design and planning, Ghana, Poland and Hong Kong 1999.

Evaluation of Creative Industries Export Promotion, Singapore, Japan 2000.

Evaluation Capacity Building in HE, Ethiopia 2000.

Evaluation Children's Rights Mexico 2001.

Evaluation Governance Interventions Chile, 2001.

Evaluation Design for the Education Support Project UNWRA, Jordan 2001-on-going.

Evaluation capacity building English Peace Keeping Project 2001

Director of the King's Fund Management Development Evaluation ProgrammeFunded by the King's Fund £29,000 1997

Co Director of the HEINE Project: Government intervention in Higher EducationFunded by TSER [EU] £120,000 1997

Co-Director of the Cumbrian Small Schools Research Support Project Cumbrian LEA £6000 1998

Director of the Equam Project [Quality and Environmental Management Project] under the Leonardo Initiative Funded by the EU £12000 1998

Director of the Learnett Project under the Socrates InitiativeFunded by the EU £12000 1998

Director of the Evaluation of Education Action Zone: Barrow2000-2005 £100,000

Director of the World Challenge Evaluation 2000-2002 Funded by World Challenge £25000

Director of the RECRE@SUP project on innovations in HE2001-2002 Funded by Socrates [EU] £12000

Director of the Evaluation of the EQUEL project 2002-2004 Funded by the EU

Co proposer and manager of the LTSN National Evaluation 2001-2002 Funded by HEFC £200,000

Co-director of the LTSN second phase evaluation 2004 Funded by HEFC £50000

Consultant to the Subject Centre Review Committee 2004 Funded by HEFC

Co-Director of the SHEFC Quality Enhancement Framework Evaluation 2003-2006 £300,000

Co-Director of the Skills for Life evaluation of the Learner's Experience, 2003-2006, £391,000

Co-Director of the ELAC project: evaluation capacity building 2004-2006, £40000

Director of the KTP project on partnership learning 2004-2007, £135000

Director of the evaluation of the national CETL programme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2007 -2008

£130,000

Director of the evaluation of the London Refugee Policy 2008 -2009

£50,000 

Director of the Widening Participation Evaluation  programme, HEFCE, 2008

£114.281.00 

Director of the Scottish Funding Council Quality Enhancement Strategy 2008-2012:  £495,000

 

2014

Blended simulation based medical education: a complex learning/training opportunity

Shahoumian, A., Saunders, M., Zenios, M., Parchoma, G. & Hanson, J. 2014 Learning and collaboration technologies: technology-rich environments for learning and collaboration. Springer, p. 478-485 8 p. (Lecture notes in Computer Science; vol. 8524)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The role of HEFCE in teaching and learning enhancement: a review of evaluative evidence

Trowler, P., Ashwin, P. & Saunders, M. 17/07/2014 The Higher Education Academy

Research output: Other contribution

Quality enhancement: an overview of lessons from the Scottish experience

Saunders, M. 20/01/2014 Quality assurance in higher education, contemporary debates. Amaral, A. & Rosa, M. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 117-131 15 p. (Issues in Higher Education; no. 6)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Selective acquiescence, creative commitment and strategic conformity: situated national policy responses to the Bologna agreement

Sin, C. & Saunders, M. 2014 In: European Journal of Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

SBME: Exploring boundaries between formal, non-formal, and informal learning

Shahoumian, A., Parchoma, G., Saunders, M., Hanson, J., Dickinson, M. & Pimblett, M. 2013 p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Interdisciplinary SBME: a case study in development of B-SBME

Shahoumian, A., Parchoma, G., Saunders, M., Hanson, J., Dickinson, M. & Pimblett, M. 2013 p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

EvalPartners: an international partnership to strengthen civil society’s evaluation capacities and promote equity

Catsambas, T., Segone, M., De Silva, S. & Saunders, M. 01/2013 Evaluation and Civil Society. Segone, M. & Rugh, J. (eds.). New York: UNICEF EWP Series, p. 43-51 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Mediating the use of global university rankings: perspectives from education facilitators in an international context

Saunders, M. & O'Connell, C. 2013 In: Journal of Studies in International Education. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

The use and usability of evaluation outputs: a social practice approach

Saunders, M. 9/10/2012 In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 18, 4, p. 421-436 16 p.4

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Transformations from without and within the disciplines: the emerging practice landscape

Saunders, M. 01/2012 Tribes and territories in the 21st Century: Rethinking the significance of disciplines in higher education. Trowler, P., Saunders, M. & Bamber, V. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 232-241 10 p. (International Studies in Higher Education)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

A political economy of university funding: the English case

Saunders, M. 08/2012 In: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 34, 4, p. 389-398 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Conclusion: academic practices and the disciplines in the 21st century

Trowler, P., Saunders, M. & Bamber, V. 12/01/2012 Tribes and territories in the 21st-century: Rethinking the significance of disciplines in higher education. Trowler, P., Saunders, M. & Bamber, V. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 5-29 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Tribes and Territories in the 21st Century: Rethinking the significance of disciplines in higher education

Trowler, P., Saunders, M. & Bamber, V. 01/2012 London: Routledge / Open University. 312 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2011

The practice turn: reconceptualising evaluation in higher education

Saunders, M., Trowler, P. & Bamber, V. 2011 Reconceptualising evaluation in higher education: the practice turn. Saunders, M., Trowler, P. & Bamber, V. (eds.). Maidenhead: Open University Press, p. 203-226 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Insights into programmatic evaluative practice in HE: a commentary

Saunders, M. 2011 Reconceptualising evaluation in higher education: the practice turn. Saunders, M., Trowler, P. & Bamber, V. (eds.). Maidenhead: Open University Press, p. 113-124 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The national programme of Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs) in England and Northern Ireland: a theory driven evaluation of change

Saunders, M. 2011 Reconceptualising evaluation in higher education: the practice turn. Saunders, M., Trowler, P. & Bamber, V. (eds.). Maidenhead: Open University Press, p. 83-89 7 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Programmatic evaluative practice in Higher Education: design diversity and degrees of programme alignment

Saunders, M. 2011 Reconceptualising evaluation in higher education: the practice turn. Saunders, M., Trowler, P. & Bamber, V. (eds.). Maidenhead: Open University Press, p. 77-82 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Experimentation and development through the CETL programme: connections between education, learning and working

Saunders, M. 2011 In: Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 1, 3, p. 290-296 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Setting the scene: the four domains of evaluative practice in Higher Education

Saunders, M. 2011 Reconceptualising Evaluation in Higher Education: the practice turn. Saunders, M., Trowler, P. & Bamber, V. (eds.). Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill / Open University Press, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Capturing effects of interventions, policies and programmes in the European context: A social pracice perspective

Saunders, M. 01/2011 In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 17, 1, p. 89-103 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Reconceptualising evaluation in higher education: the practice turn

Saunders, M., Trowler, P. & Bamber, V. 2011 Maidenhead: Open University Press / SRHE. 247 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2009

Enhancing learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in higher education: theory, cases, practices

Bamber, V., Trowler, P. & Saunders, M. 2009 Maidenhead: Open University Press / SRHE. 210 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Making Practical Sense of Enhancing Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Curriculum References.

Saunders, M., Bamber, V. & Trowler, P. 2009 Enhancing learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in higher education: theory, cases, practices. Bamber, V., Trowler, P., Saunders, M. & Knight, P. (eds.). Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, 205 p. (SRHE and Open University Press imprint)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Enhancement Theories Theme 1: Influencing the Disciplines.

Trowler, P., Saunders, M. & Bamber, V. 2009 Enhancing learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in higher education: theory, cases, practices. Bamber, V., Trowler, P., Saunders, M. & Knight, P. (eds.). Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, 205 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Introduction - Continuities, Enhancement and Higher Education.

Bamber, V., Trowler, P., Saunders, M. & Knight, P. 2009 Enhancing learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in higher education: theory, cases, practices. Bamber, V., Trowler, P., Saunders, M. & Knight, P. (eds.). Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, 205 p. (SRHE and Open University Press imprint)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

2005-2010 Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning programme

Saunders, M., Trowler, P. & Ashwin, P. 2008 Bristol: HEFCE. 127 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2006

Do we hear the voices?: the 'presence' of evaluation theory and practice in social development

Saunders, M. 2006 In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 12, 2, p. 251-264 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The 'presence' of evaluation theory and practice in educational and social development: toward an inclusive approach.

Saunders, M. S. 1/07/2006 In: London Review of Education. 4, 2, p. 197-215 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

From 'organisms' to 'boundaries': the uneven development of theory narratives in education, learning and work connections.

Saunders, M. S. 1/02/2006 In: Journal of Education and Work. 19, 1, p. 1-27 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Using evaluation to create 'provisional stabilities': bridging innovation in Higher Education change processes.

Saunders, M. S., Bonamy, J. & Charlier, B. 1/01/2005 In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 11, 1, p. 37-54 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

The evaluative research of complex projects in e-learning: the case of the 'EQUEL' (e-quality in e-learning) project

Bonamy, J., Charlier, B. & Saunders, M. 2004 Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Networked Learning. p. 733-745 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

2002

Change thinking, change practices: a guide to change for heads of department, subject centres and others who work "middle-out".

Trowler, P. R., Saunders, M. & Knight, P. T. 2002 York: LYSN Generic Centre. 40 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Learning through evaluation: bridging change in higher education.

Saunders, M., Charlier, B. & Bonamy, J. 2002 Proceedings of the 5th European evaluation society (EES) biennial conference, Sevilla, 10th-12th October 2002.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Les dynamiques de l'innovation.

Saunders, M., Charlier, B. & Bonamy, J. 2002 Apprendre les technologies pour l'education: analyses de cas, theories de reference, guides pour l'action. Charlier, B. & Peraya, D. (eds.). Brussels: De Boeck, p. 68-76 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Apprivoiser l'innovation.

Charlier, B., Bonamy, J. & Saunders, M. 2002 Apprendre les technologies pour l'education: analyses de cas, theories de reference, guides pour l'action. Charlier, B. & Peraya, D. (eds.). Brussels: De Boeck, p. 45-67 23 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Produire la qualite dans la diversitie: comment un reseau de formation construit sa qualite.

Bonamy, J., Charlier, B. & Saunders, M. 2002 In: Education Permenente. 147, p. 131-139 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

'Bridging Tools' for change: evaluating a collaborative learning network.

Bonamy, J., Charlier, B. & Saunders, M. S. 1/09/2001 In: Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. 17, 3, p. 295-305 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Understanding education and work: themes and issues.

Saunders, M. S. 2000 Routledge international companion to education. Moon, R., Brown, S. & Ben-Peretz, M. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 1003-1029 27 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Understanding emerging trends in higher education curricula and work connection.

Saunders, M. & Machell, J. 09/2000 In: Higher Education Policy. 13, 3, p. 287-302 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Beginning a valuation via RUFDATA: theorising a practical approach to evaluation planning.

Saunders, M. 04/2000 In: Evaluation. 6, 1, p. 7-21 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Understanding Teachers' Professional Cultures Through Interview: A Constructivist Approach

Knight, P. T. & Saunders, M. S. 1999 In: Evaluation and Research in Education. 13, 3, p. 144-156 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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