Position: Head of Academic Practice
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2626)
John Peters joined Newman in 2014. He studied History at Cardiff University, joining the academic staff there in 1990. In 1993 he moved to the University of Worcester, becoming Principal Lecturer in History and first Deputy Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre, then Deputy Head of Academic Development and Practice and, finally, Head of Higher Education Practice Programmes. He is on the executive of the Staff and Educational Development Association and is Associate Director for Research at the Centre for Recording Achievement.
John’s current research interests include student engagement and partnership, appreciative inquiry, collaborative educational development and personal development planning. He has recently, regularly published and presented in partnership with student researchers. John was principal investigator for the £200,000 HEFCE funded NTF project the ‘National Action Research Network for researching and evaluating PDP and e-portfolio practice’ which was published as a special edition of the Journal of Learning Development in HE in 2010. In 2010 John was awarded £40,000 from the JISC to research the use of personal learning systems to support staff development. John has co-authored a book on Worcestershire Voices of the First World War and is a member of the AHRC funded Voices of War and Peace research network.
John has supervised four PhDs and an MPhil to completion, on subjects as diverse as soldiers’ experiences of the Great War, the history of road management, the student experience of PDP and educational research methodology. He is currently supervising PhDs on the use of e-portfolios to support reflection and transformation, the development of emotional intelligence in nursing students and the design history of the utility Land Rover.
An experienced educational developer, John provides workshops on the range of HE learning, teaching and assessment practice as well as supporting the development of staff academic practice.
Current Administrative Duties
As Head of Academic Practice, John is responsible for staff formation at Newman University, with regard to academic and educational development. He is a member of Newman Management Group, Senate, Academic Standards Committee, Research Committee, Research Ethics Committee, Environmental Committee and is vice-chair of Learning and Teaching Committee. He also chairs the Flexible Learning and CPD framework working groups.
Dr J Peters