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Personal profile

Academic Biography

I am currently the Principal Lecturer for Enterprise & Business Engagement in the School of Health & Social Care. 

I originally joined Teesside University in 2010 as a Senior Lecturer in the Paramedic Studies Team after a successful career in the Nursing & Paramedic professions as a Registered Adult Nurse and Paramedic. Having left school in 1987 to follow an early career in administrative roles I found my passion for healthcare in 1996 when I began studying Adult Nursing. I then focussed on my passion for out of hospital care and left nursing to pursue a career with the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) first as an Advanced Technician in 2001 moving to Paramedic in 2003; Team Leader in 2006; Clinical Practice Manager before a role in the Trust’s education centre. I was one of the Education Leads working closely with Teesside University.

An opportunity came in 2010 to move to Teesside University full time as a Senior Lecturer, I successfully applied and have never looked back since. I was instrumental in further enhancing the education of Paramedics as it moved rapidly towards an all graduate profession. I have significant experience of a wide range of roles from module leader, placements coordinator and Programme Leader.  I was promoted to Principal Lecturer in October 2017 for Staffing Resources in the Learnind Disability, Menthal Health, Community Nursing and Assistant Practitioner Department where I spent a year supporting the Head of Department with the strategic leadership of the department and the academic staff within it.  In December 2018 I moved to my current role as Principal Lecturer for Enterprise & Business Engagement and work closely with the Associate Dean for EBE on contracts, apprenticehips, income generation, student futures, developing EBE champions and encouraging studnet 'start-ups'.

Academically I hold a Masters Degree and have completed my PgCE in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Advance. I have a number of published articles ranging from my keen interest in social media to more formal academic publications including a systematic review which questioned whether or not relatives should be routinely present at a cardiac arrest.

I am currently studying for my PhD which will be examining how students develop their professional identity in a digital context.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Digital Professionalism and Identity

PhD and Research Opportunities

Currently on a PhD programme researching how students use social media to develop their sense of professional identity in a digital context.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Visitor - College of Paramedics
  • Senior Fellow - Higher Education Advance
  • Former National Education Advisor (England) - College of Paramedics
  • Former Visitor - HCPC
  • Former External Examiner - St George's University London

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Technology Enhanced Learning

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Technology enhanced learning

External Roles and Professional Activities

I am a member of the LGBT+ Staff Focus Group at the University.  I am an openly gay man who is visible and proud to be a member of this community and this group.  I hope I bring inspiration and hope to staff and students alike by being visible and open.

External positions

Fellow, Higher Education Academy