My research spans the two areas of the purposes of higher education and every day teaching, learning and assessment. It is strongly based on critical theory and an explicit orientation to greater social justice within and through education.
Recent work has focused on assessment and social justice which I believe has previously been neglected: writers on assessment focus at most on fair process rather than more complex understandings of social justice and writers on social justice avoid the complexities of assessment. In 2018 I published a book called Assessment for Social Justice (Bloomsbury).
I am a Co-Researcher within the Centre for Global Higher Education and part of a funded project with international colleagues looking at Student Agency, Curriculum and Understanding Knowledge. This is a longitudinal study in three countries - UK, US and South Africa - and focuses on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
I have undertaken teaching and research at several universities in Scotland (where I live).