Mark Chidler


Mark originally worked as a primary school teacher in Worcestershire and Birmingham before lecturing in Primary Education in higher education. Mark is a passionate geographer who has been instrumental in developing international partnerships namely with The Gambia, West Africa. Leading many field visits over the last decade for Newman University, facilitating opportunities for undergraduate and post graduate students to experience and engage with the global dimension of education. Mark has led a wide range of fieldwork within the UK, Europe and Africa ensuring that students achieve and indeed exceed their potential.

Mark currently leads the PGCE Secondary Geography course and works with a wide range of partners across the West Midlands and further a field ensuring that students reach their full potential.

In addition to his role at Newman University, Mark chairs a progressive and dynamic charity organisation known as Building Futures in The Gambia, whose aim is primarily to build schools and educational facilities across West Africa.



B.Ed (Hons) Birmingham University 1988

Post Graduate Certificate (Education) Birmingham City University 2008

M.Ed Leicester University 2009

Teaching Interests


International fieldwork




Research Interests

Enquiry Based Learning

International School Partnerships

Grass Roots Development

Citizenship education

Internationalisation of the curriculum

Field work and its impact upon teaching and learning

Membership of Professional Bodies

HEA Fellow



External Roles

Award External Examiner, Portsmouth University

Educaion Global Research – Editorial Board Member

Other Activities

Publications (Books)

Citizenship and the Public Service Sector. Citizenship resource pack and interactive DVD for Key Stage 3 2008

New Generation Mathematics – Resource File Year 4. LCP Publications 2008

New Generation Mathematics – Resource File Year 6. LCP Publications 2009

New Generation Mathematics – Resource File Year 1. LCP Publications 2014

Publications (Journal Articles)

International School Partnerships – Adding the global dimension. 2014

Publications (Keynote Conference Papers)

Teaching in and about Europe. Brussels: Enquiry Based Learning: more than just a way of thinking. 2007

Publications (Conference Papers)

Exploring the Global Dimension Internationally – Singapore 2011


Aim Higher. Citizenship resource pack and interactive DVD for Key Stage 3 2008

The Coleshill School & Brikamaba High School, The Gambia 2014

Students as Academic Partners – Learning and Teaching 2015

Next Generation Awards – Birmingham Civic Society 2015


Chairman – Building Futures in The Gambia. Registered Charity No 1159520