With over 25 years’ experience of teaching in schools and Higher Education (HE) Mike has extensive experience of curriculum design, delivery and evaluation as a teacher, lecturer, Director of Education and a researcher. Mike’s research interests include developing ‘research-informed’ pedagogical practice within HE with a particular focus on the development of student-centred approaches (including problem/enquiry-based learning). With colleagues in the University he has led a number of funded projects that link to strategic developments within the institution.
Mike is Deputy Head of School. During 2014 he was Co-Director of Education for the School of Education a role that includes strategic overview for quality assurance, educational enhancement and all learning and teaching related activities for the School. During 2013 he was the University interim Director of Educational Development at the ‘Centre for Learning and Academic Development’ (CLAD).
Mike's other professional role is concerned with the inclusion of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. He is co-Director of the Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) in the Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the University of Birmingham and programme lead for the professional development courses in visual impairment. Approximately 100 part time students are registered on programmes offered within the centre, making it the largest single provider of specialist courses in this field in Europe.
With colleagues in DISN and CLAD Mike is involved in a wide range of research and knowledge exchange activities within and beyond the academic sphere (e.g. policy makers and practitioners in the field). These activities include contributing to strategic developments for project funders; running workshops and training events for schools, services and other academic institutions; invited sessions at national and international conferences; national and international consultancy.
Mike is an Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy and was conferred the status of 'Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy' (PFHEA) in June 2013.