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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.