Tony Burke

Principal Lecturer

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309 Regent Street London W1B 2HW

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I am a Principal Lecturer in Construction and I also have institution-wide responsibilities within the University's Centre for Teaching Innovation. Prior to becoming a lecturer, I enjoyed a varied career in the construction industry, working in both the private and public sectors, and becoming professionally qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor. My higher education career focused initially on teaching undergraduate courses in construction and surveying. For ten years I was Programme Leader of our undergraduate Construction Studies Programme, comprising multiple professionally-accredited degree pathways with over 500 students, around half of whom are part-time.

Between 2014 and 2016 I led a University-wide project called “Transforming Learning and Teaching”. Amongst numerous project deliverables, I developed a new University Learning and Teaching Strategy, and designed the framework for the establishment of Westminster Learning Communities. 

I received a University Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in 2009 and a University Teaching Fellowship in 2014.

In 2018 I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by Advance HE in recognition of outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

My main areas of teaching are concerned with construction and surveying, particularly in the fields of building technology, statutory control of building, the care and adaptation of buildings,and building conservation.In addition I supervise dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

My academic practice focuses on supporting students in a holistic way by designing a framework within which learning can take place, integrating learning resources, harnessing the power of digital technologies, and promoting collaboration between students, staff and external stakeholders.

I maintain a significant commitment to the built environment academic community through participation in the annual “Innovation in Built Environment Education” Conference. This is the pre-eminent national conference focused on learning and teaching in my field, and I have presented at five of the past six conferences, receiving prizes for my presentations in 2015 and 2016.

I jointly developed (with Rob Garvey) the University’s first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Digital Construction in 2016, which attracted over 1000 registrations globally and received the Premier Award for Innovation in Education and Training from the Chartered Institute of Building.

I am currently undertaking a PhD in Higher Education Research at Lancaster University, and my thesis will investigate the nature and extent of support that course teams need in curriculum design.

2017

The experience of part-time students in higher education: a direct comparison with full-time students (2017)
Burke, A. 2017. The experience of part-time students in higher education: a direct comparison with full-time students. Thesis Lancaster University Department of Educational Research
Bridging the academic-vocational divide in undergraduate construction and surveying courses: tensions and implications (2017)
Burke, A. 2017. Bridging the academic-vocational divide in undergraduate construction and surveying courses: tensions and implications . Thesis Lancaster University Department of Educational Research

2016

Academic staff attitudes to staff-student partnerships: a social practice theory approach (2016)
Burke, A. 2016. Academic staff attitudes to staff-student partnerships: a social practice theory approach . Thesis Lancaster University Department of Educational Research

2016

Digital Construction MOOC (2016)
Burke, A. and Garvey, R. 2016. Digital Construction MOOC.

2011

Open Resources in Built Environment Education (ORBEE) (2011)
Burke, A. 2011. Open Resources in Built Environment Education (ORBEE).

2016

A Step into the Unknown: Designing and Running a MOOC (2016)
Burke, A. and Garvey, R. 2016. A Step into the Unknown: Designing and Running a MOOC . Innovation in Built Environment Education (iBEE). Liverpool John Moores University 08 - 09 Sep 2016

2015

Promoting staff engagement and innovation in learning and teaching through communities of practice (2015)
Burke, A. 2015. Promoting staff engagement and innovation in learning and teaching through communities of practice. Innovation in Built Environment Education (iBEE). University of Bath 03 - 04 Sep 2015
Blended learning: feared or misunderstood (2015)
Burke, A. 2015. Blended learning: feared or misunderstood. CELT15: Getting real about blended learning (Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching). National University of Ireland, Galway 19 Jun 2015

2014

Apps, docs, polls, tweets and more: Using technology to engage your students (2014)
Burke, A. 2014. Apps, docs, polls, tweets and more: Using technology to engage your students. Innovation in Built Environment Eduction (iBEE). Nottingham Trent University 15 - 16 May 2014

2013

Breaking Down the Barriers in Built Environment Education (2013)
Burke, A. 2013. Breaking Down the Barriers in Built Environment Education. Innovation in Built Environment Education (iBEE). University of Westminster 29 - 30 May 2013

2012

Harnessing the power of web-based technologies in construction education (2012)
Burke, A. 2012. Harnessing the power of web-based technologies in construction education. Associated Schools of Construction/Council for Heads of Built Environment Conference. Birmingham, UK 11-14 Apr 2012
Implementing BIM in Built Environment Education: A challenge or an opportunity? (2012)
Burke, A. 2012. Implementing BIM in Built Environment Education: A challenge or an opportunity? First UK Academic Conference on BIM. Northumbria University 05 - 09 Sep 2012
Enhancing Social Learning in Construction Higher Education through Web-based Technologies (2012)
Burke, A. 2012. Enhancing Social Learning in Construction Higher Education through Web-based Technologies. Innovation in Built Environment Education (iBEE). University of salford 22 May 2012

2007

Taking environmental engineering out of the laboratory (2007)
Gleeson, C.P. and Burke, A. 2007. Taking environmental engineering out of the laboratory. Built Environment Education Annual Conference (BEECON 2007). University of Westminster, London 12 - 13 Sep 2007

2003

Project Oracle: the development of a web-based learning resource for construction modules (2003)
Burke, A., Diston, E., Hoare, J. and Neale, S. 2003. Project Oracle: the development of a web-based learning resource for construction modules. International Conference on Building Education and Research: BEAR 2003. The Lowry, Salford, UK 9 - 11 Apr 2003

2002

Development of a computer-based project simulation exercise to provide a dynamic learning environment for construction management students (2002)
Diston, E. and Burke, A. 2002. Development of a computer-based project simulation exercise to provide a dynamic learning environment for construction management students. Department of Property & Construction, University of Westminster.

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