Dr Steven Cranfield
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- PhD Education (Univ of London)
- MA Higher and Professional Education (Univ of London)
- BPhil Medieval Studies (Univ of York)
- BA English and Related Literature (Univ of York)
- Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
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I joined Westminster in 2012, having previously lectured on accredited academic development programmes at London South Bank University.
Originally with a background in academic research in English and Medieval Studies, I trained in general and mental health nursing, specialising in solid tumour oncology and in substance misuse. As a health professional during the 1980s and 90s I contributed to several national and cross-national research and education initiatives in HIV and sexual health. As an independent academic consultant I gained more than twenty years’ experience working with UK universities, professional bodies and commissioners on aspects of professional education and leadership development in the public, private and third sectors.
I am a member of the University’s LGBT Staff Network, and served as Chair for two years.
A member of the Society of Authors and the Translators Association, I maintain an interest in the creative industries and co-direct a small publishing company. I am a founding member of the Leavis Society.
Over the past 25 years I have built up a wide range of teaching experience, particularly in areas such as academic and professional development and leadership development. Much of this has resulted in resource development, often disseminated cross-nationally or internationally. Organisations I have worked with include those in the UK public sector (particularly health, local government and universities), the European Commission and the World Health Organization.
I am Course Leader for the Diploma/MA in Higher Education and teach on the Doctorate in Professional Studies. On the MA I co-lead the module ‘Developing Educational Research Practices’ and teach on ‘Leading in an Academic Context’ and ‘Supervising Student Research’. I act as personal tutor to students on the MA programme and supervise students undertaking dissertation projects.
From 2016 I will be teaching on a new MSc in Leadership (Advanced Professional Practice).
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a mentor/assessor for the University’s PRESTige route to Fellowship of the Academy.
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My research interests include pedagogic research in higher education, research methodologies, philosophical and socio-cultural aspects of education, leadership development, and organisational learning. I have a particular interest in the thought of the critic and educationalist F. R. Leavis in relation to the massification of higher education (the focus of my doctoral thesis).
In 2013 I co-organised two international research conferences: ‘Languages of Exile: Translating Modern and Contemporary Hispanic Literature’ (with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Westminster); and ‘Leavis at York 2013’ (with the University of York and the Leavis Society). In June 2015 I co-organised an international symposium at Westminster ‘Translation as Collaboration: Translaboration?’
I am a co-founding member (with Dr Matthew Charles, English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, and Allan Parsons, Library and IT) of the Higher Education And Theory (HEAT) reading group and ‘labs’.
I am also a co-founding member (with Alexa Alfer, Modern Languages and Cultures, and Dr Paresh Kathrani, Law) of the Translaborate network, a transdisciplinary forum for investigating the confluence of notions of ‘translation’ and ‘collaboration’.
Current research projects and interests focus on: pedagogic research and educational development; applying sociological models to innovation science and organisational learning; leadership development; international students’ experience of supervision; ‘translaboration’; and contemporary applications of the thought of F. R. Leavis.
I currently supervise 3 students undertaking professional doctorates in education-related topics. Research topics include:
- professional conversations in higher education as an indicator of authentic engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning;
- researching and developing experience based routes to becoming professionally recognised as a teacher in higher education; and
- an investigation of university staff experiences of participation in personal and professional development programmes of the ‘soft skills’ variety.
I particularly welcome prospective applications in the areas of pedagogic research (with a practice or work-based learning inflection) and leadership development in the public sector.
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