Hello, my name is Ben Walker and, as of 1 March, I am a Senior Lecturer in Academic Continuing Development here at CELT.
Before my arrival at MMU, I was a senior lecturer working in higher education research at the University of Lincoln where I undertook funded research and produced resources and an accompanying academic development programme for personal tutoring. Prior to working at Lincoln, I was a course leader within college-based higher education, specifically for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education course in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. Going further back, I was Head of English and a full-time teacher of English for several years.
My doctoral research is focussed on academic and pastoral support of students informed by critical pedagogy. I have designed and delivered various staff development activities for teachers and personal tutors and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). I am chair of the UKAT (UK Advising and Tutoring) Professional Development Committee, for whom I am the coordinator of their national webinar series for HE staff and the originator of the current Tutoring Matters series. I also happen to be a drummer in a Sheffield indie band…
I am passionate about the impact the support side of a lecturer’s role, including personal tutoring and coaching, can have on students individually, as well as institutions more broadly, and I am committed to developing this field further.
Suffice to say I am very excited about working with you all!
Ben’s contact details below:-
Telephone extension number: 1141