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Summary: War, society, and culture in Britain 1688-1840; Britain’s armed forces; conflicts in the long eighteenth century, especially the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
Location: Michael Sadler building, 3.14
Teaching Commitments: HIST1210 The Modern World FOAR2000 Research Placement HIST3685 Georgians at War HIST5020M Making History: Archive Placement HIST5540M Defending the Nation
Learning and teaching
Discovery Theme Leader: Personal and Professional Development
I am currently the leader for the Personal and Professional Development theme within the University's range of Discovery modules. This theme brings together modules from across the University that enhance students' skills and help them adapt their academic experiences to 'real-life' situations in preparation for life after graduation. Find out more about this theme.
Learning and teaching innovations
I was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship (UTF) for 'outstanding contributions to teaching and the development of student learning'. This Full Fellowship provides me with access to project funding of £15,000. This work led to FOAR2000 Arts Research Placement module.
The UTF award involved a project examining the different ways students can become involved with research at university, and developing new modules that allow history students at Leeds to find out more about their tutor's research, new historical findings, and how the subject is changing. There are several types of schemes available to science students, particularly in the USA, but nothing for history students so this scheme is unique to the United Kingdom. Also, I think that the students who get involved with research will get really useful skills for their future, including project work, data analysis, presentation skills and team working - and the module will form one of the School's opportunities available as part of the LeedsforLife scheme.Over the past few years I've undertaken several L&T enhancement projects for which I gained funding:
- TQEF-funded investigation into the student experience, which has covered issues such as understanding of University marking criteria, effective communication, contact hours, and research-led teaching
- 2008-2010: TQEF / HEA-funded project investigating the use of Grademark for electronic marking and feedback on student essays
- 2007-2008: TQEF / White Rose Enterprise CETL funded my time to develop Web Research for Historians (HIST2530), a module now nationally recognised for its innovative use of web 2.0 technology in higher education (it has been used as a case study in a JISC-funded Social Software study into the effective use of social software in supporting and enhancing student learning and engagement)
- 2006-2007: TQEF funded an exploration of the use of wiki technology in teaching
In May 2007 I was recognised for my contribution to learning & teaching with a Faculty of Arts Teaching Development Prize.