Michael is the Senior Learning & Teaching Fellow at the Manchester School of Art, MMU. His research interests include digital innovation and the promotion of the first year student experience.
Discipline background and experience
I currently teach on the BA in Film & Media Studies and I am a tutor to the Faculty’s postgraduate programmes. Prior to my current post, I was the Programme Leader for the MA in Media Arts – a multi–disciplinary programme that embraces film, photography, graphics and illustration.
I have also taught on the BA in Graphic Design, and I was Programme Leader for the BA in Interactive & Broadcast Media. I am currently the External Examiner to the Fd in Interactive Design at New College, Durham and the BA (Hons) Design at Teeside University. I am the Faculty’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) co-ordinator and Diversity & Equality Champion.
Working focus and/or research interests in Learning and Teaching
As part of a small academic team, I was instrumental in developing the University’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Academic Practice routes. I have taught on both the Postgraduate Certificate and the Masters programme. I have completed a range of teaching and learning qualifications including a Masters in Education completed at the University of Sheffield. I have over 25 years experience of teaching in further and higher education, both as an undergraduate and postgraduate programme leader and, more recently, as a Senior Learning & Teaching Fellow. I have undertaken regular CPD training throughout my career the most recent being the Senior Management Development Programme completed in June 2013.
I spend a significant proportion of my time engaged in research/practice and thinking about the processes involved in successful curriculum design and delivery. This “research informed” approach is a key means of informing my practice as an academic. I am currently completing a Doctorate in Education concerned with pedagogy in art and design. I chair the School’s Pedagogy Research Group. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.