Dr Steven Cranfield

Senior Lecturer

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35 Marylebone Road London NW1 5LS
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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
  • RGN*
  • RMN*

*currently not registered

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.

View the MA in Higher Education

View the MSc in Leadership (Advanced Professional Practice)

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.

View the Higher Education and Theory network 

View the Translaborate network

2018

Self-care and entrepreneurism: An ethnography of soft skills development for higher education staff (2018)
Fixsen, Alison, Cranfield, S. and Ridge, Damien T. 2018. Self-care and entrepreneurism: An ethnography of soft skills development for higher education staff. Studies in Continuing Education. 40 (2), pp. 181-197.

2017

The design of doctorate curricula for practising professionals (2017)
Armsby, P., Costley, C. and Cranfield, S. 2017. The design of doctorate curricula for practising professionals. Studies in Higher Education.
Reformulating the Problem of Translatability: A Case of Literary Translaboration with the Poetry of Francisco Brines (2017)
Cranfield, S. and Tedesco, C. 2017. Reformulating the Problem of Translatability: A Case of Literary Translaboration with the Poetry of Francisco Brines. Translation and Translanguaging in Multicultural Contexts. 3 (3), pp. 304-322.
The design of doctorate curricula for practising professionals (2017)
Armsby, P., Cranfield, S. and Costley, C. 2017. The design of doctorate curricula for practising professionals. Studies in Higher Education.

2015

Investigating healthcare IT innovations: a ‘conceptual blending’ approach (2015)
Cranfield, S., Hendy, J., Reeves, B., Hutchings, A., Collin, S. and Fulop, N. 2015. Investigating healthcare IT innovations: a ‘conceptual blending’ approach. Journal of Health Organization and Management. 29 (7), pp. 1131-1148.

2011

Leavis at York (2011)
Cranfield, S. 2011. Leavis at York. York Alumni Association Newsletter.

1997

Risk behaviours and health care needs of drug-using female prostitutes (part II) (1997)
Faugier, J., Cranfield, S. and Sargeant, M. 1997. Risk behaviours and health care needs of drug-using female prostitutes (part II). Journal of Substance Use. 2 (4), pp. 203-209.
Risk behaviours and health care needs of drug-using female prostitutes (part I) (1997)
Faugier, J., Cranfield, S. and Sargeant, M. 1997. Risk behaviours and health care needs of drug-using female prostitutes (part I). Journal of Substance Use. 2 (3), pp. 144-149.

1995

Reaching male clients of female prostitutes: the challenge for HIV prevention (1995)
Faugier, J. and Cranfield, S. 1995. Reaching male clients of female prostitutes: the challenge for HIV prevention. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV. 7 (1), pp. 21-32.

2016

Stakeholders and the Design of Doctoral Curricula for Practicing Professionals. (2016)
Armsby, P., Costely, C., Cranfield, S. and Costley, C. 2016. Stakeholders and the Design of Doctoral Curricula for Practicing Professionals. Fifth International Conference on Professional Doctorates. Belfast 16 Mar 2016 UK Council for Graduate Education.
In search of collaboration in the task of translating innovation into practice: a theory of translaboration (2016)
Cranfield, S. and Hendy, J. 2016. In search of collaboration in the task of translating innovation into practice: a theory of translaboration. Translation as Collaboration: Translaboration?. University of Westminster 18 Jun 2015

2015

Issues in the design of professional doctorate curricula (2015)
Armsby, P., Costley, C. and Cranfield, S. 2015. Issues in the design of professional doctorate curricula. International Conference on Doctoral Education: Promises and Doubts. Orlando, Florida 24 Mar 2015
Against the odds: complexities and rewards of collaborative translation (2015)
Cranfield, S. and Tedesco, C. 2015. Against the odds: complexities and rewards of collaborative translation. Translation as Collaboration: Translaboration?. University of Westminster 18 Jun 2015
Challenges and Opportunities in Research Supervision – from International Research Students’ Perspectives (2015)
Wang, Y., Cranfield, S., Armsby, P. and Hiew, A. 2015. Challenges and Opportunities in Research Supervision – from International Research Students’ Perspectives. 14th Westminster Learning & Teaching Symposium. University of Westminster 25 Jun 2015

2014

Towards true equality: engaging with LGBTI students at Westminster (2014)
Cranfield, S., White, F.R., Wareham, J. and Follows, M. 2014. Towards true equality: engaging with LGBTI students at Westminster. University of Westminster Learning and Teaching Symposium 2014. University of Westminster, London 9 June 2014
Leading as designing: how educational developers in leadership and management studies can use architectural design to facilitate student learning about delivering innovation (2014)
Cranfield, S., Marsh, S. and Stone, J. 2014. Leading as designing: how educational developers in leadership and management studies can use architectural design to facilitate student learning about delivering innovation. ICED Conference 2014: “Educational Development in a Changing World”. Stockholm, Sweden 16-18 June 2014 pp. 304-304
The empires of the future are empires of the mind (2014)
Frayne, L. and Cranfield, S. 2014. The empires of the future are empires of the mind. Third Westminster Business School Research Conference. University of Westminster, London 9-10 January 2014

2012

'Its origin and purpose still a total mystery': Leavis and Kubrick on creativity (2012)
Cranfield, S. 2012. 'Its origin and purpose still a total mystery': Leavis and Kubrick on creativity. Leavis: an International Conference. Downing College, Cambridge 28-29 September 2012

2010

Less Cambridge, more York: Leavis's later ideas about the university (2010)
Cranfield, S. 2010. Less Cambridge, more York: Leavis's later ideas about the university. Leavis at York. University of York 15-16 October 2010

2003

Leading from the front may mean asking questions, not issuing instructions: how can leadership research convert to a Masters degree? (2003)
Marsh, S., Dolan, T., Cameron, M., Cranfield, S., Stone, J., Stevens, R. and Craven, N. 2003. Leading from the front may mean asking questions, not issuing instructions: how can leadership research convert to a Masters degree? 2nd International Conference on Leadership Research. University of Lancaster Management School 15th - 16th December 2003
Issues in the Design of Professional Doctorate Curricula ()
Armsby, P., Cranfield, S. and Carol Costley Issues in the Design of Professional Doctorate Curricula. WBS Annual Research Conference. University of Westminster 10 Sep 2015

2016

Teaching by leading and managing learning environments (2016)
Cranfield, S. 2016. Teaching by leading and managing learning environments. in: Pokorny, H. and Warren, D. (ed.) Enhancing Teaching Practice in Higher Education London Sage.

1996

Reducing inequality of access and care provision for people affected by HIV/AIDS (1996)
Cranfield, S. 1996. Reducing inequality of access and care provision for people affected by HIV/AIDS. in: Faugier, J. and Hicken, I. (ed.) AIDS and HIV: the nursing response London Chapman & Hall. pp. 163-179

1994

HIV and drugs services: the challenge of change (1994)
Cranfield, S., Feinmann, C., Ferlie, E. and Walter, C. 1994. HIV and drugs services: the challenge of change. in: Strang, J. and Gossop, M. (ed.) Heroin addiction and drug policy: the British system Oxford Oxford University Press. pp. 322-330

2016

F. R. Leavis: The Creative University (2016)
Cranfield, S. 2016. F. R. Leavis: The Creative University. Cham (ZG) Switzerland Springer.

2010

Of purest blue/De purísimo azul: poems by Francisco Brines (2010)
Cranfield, S., Tedesco, C., Brines, F. and Gunn, R. Cranfield, S. and Tedesco, C. (ed.) 2010. Of purest blue/De purísimo azul: poems by Francisco Brines. London Get A Grip Publishers.

2006

Reconceiving creativity: F. R. Leavis and higher education (2006)
Cranfield, S. 2006. Reconceiving creativity: F. R. Leavis and higher education. PhD thesis Institute of Education, University of London School of Lifelong Learning and International Development (LEID)

2004

Developing change management skills: a resource for health care professionals and managers (2004)
Iles, V. and Cranfield, S. 2004. Developing change management skills: a resource for health care professionals and managers. London NCCSDO.

2002

Getting on against the odds: how black and ethnic minority nurses can progress into leadership (2002)
Cranfield, S. 2002. Getting on against the odds: how black and ethnic minority nurses can progress into leadership. London Department of Health.
Report of a study on the uptake and use of the 'Managing Change in the NHS' publications (2002)
Cranfield, S. and Paxton, H. 2002. Report of a study on the uptake and use of the 'Managing Change in the NHS' publications. London NCCSDO.

2001

Making informed decisions on change: key points for health care managers and professionals (2001)
Cameron, M., Cranfield, S., Iles, V. and Stone, J. 2001. Making informed decisions on change: key points for health care managers and professionals. London NCCSDO.

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