My first degree is in chemistry and polymer science and technology. I am a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Over the last few years I have been heavily engaged in staff development in various guises. This has led to involvement in a number of scholarship studies exploring the relationship between staff development activities organised and centred on the Open University for the primary benefit of staff from other distance teaching institutions.
A picture is emerging of a web of interrelationships between individuals and institutions across the globe. There seems to be potential to more explicitly promote and nurture these relationships in a variety of ways, ultimately to benefit the experience of the distance learner.
My background is in polymer engineering and, while at the OU, I have pursued interests primarily in materials processing and manufacturing. I chaired T885 Team Engineering, the compulsory project course for our MEng degree, from 2004 to 2019. I was responsible for redevelopment of T805 Manufacture, Materials, Design, which involved revamping much legacy material into a form suitable for entirely online presentation. Reactions to the new module remain mixed.
I work with colleagues in STEM and Open University Worldwide to provide learning design and course creation workshops for staff in distance teaching institutions in China.
In addition to teaching on Open University modules our academics are engaged in ground breaking research that benefits individuals and society.
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