Workshops offered


Workshops/seminars offered

The following details are intended to give a flavour of the type of session, I offer, but as I like to constantly update my presentations, these should be seen as indicative rather than ‘set in stone’.  My experience has been that it is always better to tailor offerings to colleagues’ specific needs and to the institutional context.

If preferred, I can offer research seminars instead of interactive workshops. Workshops and seminars are supported by PowerPoint presentations which are downloadable from my website, and hard copies of supporting materials and handouts will be provided.

A typical  full day workshop programme

9.30 Coffee and introduction
10.00 Interactive presentation on the case for pedagogical action research with ‘mini’ activities
12.00 Questions/preparation for workshop
12.00 Lunch
1.30 Workshop (in small groups): designing your own pedagogical action research study/ introducing a pedagogical research tool
2.30 Plenary
3.00 Tea Break
3.20 Discussion and feedback
4pm Close


Workshop topics

Pedagogical action research (PedAR)

My presentations are set in the  ‘real world’ context of the pressures and expectations of universities in the increasingly competitive and global market. The advantages and weaknesses of pedagogical research are explored, together with activities that enable participants to think through the possibilities of carrying out their own pedagogical action research with guidance on how and where to disseminate their findings.

Suitable for: Lecturers and professional staff who have had little or no experience in carrying out pedagogical action  research. Also suitable for those who would like to advance their experience and understanding of this type of practitioner research.


Action research in universities

I can offer a number of different sessions based on my book and other more recent publications.

These include:

  • Choosing the most appropriate methodology for pedagogical action research
  • Linking pedagogical action research to reflective practice, the scholarship of teaching and learning and continuing professional development
  • Using and analysing qualitative data in a pedagogical action research study
  • Using and analysing quantitative data in a pedagogical action research study
  • Developing and adapting pedagogical research tools for pedagogical action research
  • Ethical issues in pedagogical action research
  • Going public with pedagogical action research findings

Usually, I start with an interactive presentation and then follow up with some sort of relevant activity to give participants some ‘hands-on experience’.  Where possible, I like to follow up with sending the host a written version of the questions asked and my answers, which can be used as a permanent resource.

Suitable for: Lecturers and professional staff who are active practitioners in learning and teaching  and are interested in improving their practice and/or  students’ learning experience but who have had little or no experience in carrying out action research.


Writing for publication 

This interactive presentation is designed for colleagues who are inexperienced in getting published, particularly in the area of pedagogy. It is based on my own experiences of being a writer and researcher as well as my editorial experience formerly with  Psychology Teaching Review, and  Psychology Learning & Teaching. I am also regularly asked to review submission for journal papers, and books related to pedagogy.

This session works particularly well as a workshop for either one, or preferably two, day workshop where much time is spent in participants actually writing. It can also be offered as a presentation (half-day).

Suitable for: Newly qualified academics who have recently completed or are undertaking a university teaching programme.


Ethics in pedagogical research

An interactive presentation with plenty of examples for participants to consider based on two book chapters I have written as well as ethical dilemmas faced in my own research. One chapter is in my pedagogical action research book and the second chapter was written for the book by Campbell, A & Groundwater-Smith (2007) An ethical approach to practitioner research Abingdon: Routledge.

Suitable for: Lecturers and professional staff who have had little or no experience in carrying out pedagogical research.


Problem-based learning in Psychology (Applied Social Sciences)

A workshop based on several of the workshops I have facilitated with the HEA subject Centre for Psychology, and on the mini-project publication called PALS: Psychology Applied Learning Scenarios.

Suitable for: Graduate teaching assistants, newly qualified or qualifying lecturers who work in psychology or related areas in applied social sciences.



This has been one of my long-standing areas of research interest as well as the work I have done with students to help them improve their writing for assessment at degree level. Much of this work is presented in the Write Now CETL, the Flying Start National Teaching Fellowship project, and the Assessment Plus FDTL project.

I can offer research seminars such as our latest work on assessment design, assessment feedback and marking, reporting on Write Now CETL supported studies on lecturers’ perceptions. I can also offer workshops to help lecturers work with their own students on understanding assessment criteria, making the transition to academic writing at university level, and thinking of ways to improve feedback on written work

Suitable for: Lecturers who are interested in assessment issues and/or who would like to help their students improve academic writing


Other topics include

  • Academic reviewing- journals, conferences and books
  • Student evaluation – using it effectively
  • The ‘power of talk’- making teaching more interactive
  • Powerful learning environments- switching the focus from teaching to learning
  • Learning to learn- helping students reflect on their own learning approaches
  • The essay feedback checklist – see page on pedagogical research tools for further information
  • The ideal***inventory – see page on pedagogical research tools for further information
  • The learning objectives questionnaire – see page on pedagogical research tools for further information



These are negotiable.

Days available:

Mondays to Fridays (I can do occasional Saturdays)

Booking arrangements

Please email me in the first instance to discuss my availability and your requirements at

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