John is a Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow (Reader 2020- ) and formerly Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning Development (2012-2020) and Post-Compulsory Education and Training (2007-2012) at Edge Hill University. He is a National Teaching Fellow (2018), Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015), Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (2019) and holder of the CATE (CLT&AQDU 2020). John has over thirty-three years’ experience of teaching: twenty years teaching and managing in the PCET/FE sector (1987-2007) as a Lecturer and Head of Department of Modern Foreign Languages/Linguistics and Teacher Education, and thirteen years in HE (2007-present).
He continues to lead on university-wide forums and working groups to transform and enhance student learning in a positive way, in particular around inclusive practices, employability and student peer mentoring. He leads a university-wide, collaborative learning and teaching fellowship programme that promotes and maintains a high quality and transformative student experience and is Accreditation Lead for the Edge Hill University CPD Scheme (UKPSF).
His research interests include developing and enhancing Pedagogical Content Knowledge, the significance of social interaction in on-line learning, transitions in 14-19 education, conceptualisations of teacher education in professional training and the use of technology in enhancing the quality and impact of teaching, learning and assessment.
John is a member of the Executive (SEDA) and the Educational Developments Committees and reviews for the journals ‘Innovation in Education and Teaching International’ and ‘Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice’. He has had numerous External Examiner posts and is currently Expert Critical Friend for the UKPSF schemes at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Bradford.