Mr Stephen Holmes

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Research Area: ‘Teaching innovation in 21st century UK higher education: motivations, staff/student perceptions, advantages and challenges’

My research delves into the lived experiences of innovative university teachers at two case study English research-intensive universities. Both Universities have been given a pseudonym in-order to protect the identity of the institutions and their schools, departments, and faculties, along with the participants who voluntarily gave up their time to share their experiences with me. The two English research-intensive universities are Millfield University and Causeway University. The two case study universities are characterised by distinctive histories, and internal structures. Both universities are not dissimilar in size, with regards student numbers and staff composition. Innovation has run through the arteries of both universities albeit at different representative points in history.


1.Exploring the views of both academics at both institutions towards teaching innovation,

2. Analysing and comparing the institutional climates and cultures of and organisational strategies about, teaching innovation in the two institutions.

3. Examining what motivates those academics who engage in teaching innovation, what forms of departmental and institutional support they value and what can go wrong.

4. Investigating how National Student Survey, the Teaching Excellence Framework and the Competition and Markets Authority are affecting institutional and individual approaches to teaching innovation in the UK.

I have been teaching for 18 years and I have worked across various sectors, including sixth forms, state schools, large academies and further education colleges. My teaching involved Health & Social Care vocational education and training (VET) and Level 3/4 Award in Education and Training, later undertaking mentoring of student teachers and standards verification for Health & Social Care with Pearson. I attained my Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Huddersfield.

I have recently completed my MA in Technology Enhanced learning and Innovation at the University of Huddersfield. The modules including, e-learning, e-tutoring, coaching and mentoring and developing leadership in education. My major project encompassed the use of virtual reality (VR) in education and focused on my own teaching area of health and social care, vocational education and training (VET).


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