Prof. John Peters

Dr John Peters
BA (Hons), PhD, FHEA, NTF
Position: Professor of Higher Education Practice
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2626)



John Peters joined Newman in 2014 as Head of Academic Practice. 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 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2001. He is on the executive of the Staff and Educational Development Association as chair of its Scholarship and Research Committee and is Associate Director for Research at the Centre for Recording Achievement..

Research Interests

John’s current research interests include student partnership, critical pedagogy in HE, appreciative inquiry, collaborative educational development and personal tutoring. 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 and co-led a number of successful externally-funded projects at Newman including a £10,000 HEA strategic enhancement project on flexible pedagogy, a £15,000 HEA project on ‘enhancing retention, progression and achievement through student partnership’ and an ongoing £47,000 HEFCE Catalyst Fund project on the ‘collaborative development of pedagogic interventions based on learning analytics’. 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.

Current Teaching

John has supervised six PhDs and an MPhil to completion, on subjects as diverse as soldiers’ experiences of the Great War, the design history of the utility Land Rover, the student experience of PDP and educational research methodology. He is currently supervising PhDs on State-funded education for patriotic imperialism between 1870-1914 and Birmingham’s political ‘exceptionalism’ in the aftermath of the Great War.

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.  He is the programme leader of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and a course tutor on the national SEDA/CRA personal and academic tutoring award..

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 University Operations Team, Senate, Academic Standards Committee, Research Committee, Research Ethics Committee, Environmental Committee, Equality and Diversity Committee, Estates and IT infrastructure working group and is vice-chair of Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee.

Publications, Conferences, and Other Research Activity

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Last updated: 21 March 2014

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