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Senior Teaching Fellow in Business Education


Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Teaching Fellow in Business Education

Business School Teaching Champion (Organisation Studies)

Background

I have been working in Higher Education for over 25 years, and have designed, developed and delivered a range of high calibre business-related programmes. My areas of expertise in leadership, human resource management and organisational behaviour have been important in shaping both undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum at Southampton Solent University, and the University of the Highlands and Islands.

I have carried out a wide range of research projects including collaborating with the University of the Arctic; local and national agencies (Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE); Rural Gateway; Citizens’ Online; Ofcom; Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations; Skills Development Scotland); and charitable trusts (Carnegie UK Trust; The Royal Society of Edinburgh). I have also delivered professional management training and development initiatives for HIE, The Carnegie Club and Scottish Salmon.

My pedagogical interests have been in the development of effective online learning environments. I co-authored the book entitled: ‘E-learning and Social Networking Handbook, 2nd ed’ (2013); and have presented at international conferences on the importance of creating ‘learning spaces’ within online and blended modules, and understanding the importance of the social presence. I have won the Highlands and Islands Student Association Staff Award for Most Engaging Online Tutor on four occasions (2010; 2011; 2016; 2017), and Best Research/Dissertation Supervisor (2018) as well as being nominated in several other categories. Most recently I have been working on a funded European project to develop introductory materials for students wishing to assess their suitability for postgraduate study.

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