Dr Chris Wakeman

Head of Education and Inclusion Studies

Email address: C.Wakeman@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323373 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Emotional Intelligence, Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) student attainment

About

Having spent 11 years as an aeronautical engineer with Rolls Royce Motors Ltd., I retrained as a secondary school teacher during the 1980s, taking up my first teaching post in Llandudno, North Wales during 1989. I went on to spend 7 years in schools, completing a Master of Arts Degree in Education with the Open University before being appointed as a Ministry of Defence (MoD) lecturer and Head of Mathematics at Royal Air Force (RAF) Cosford during 1996. During my time with the MoD, I was part of the initial project team that was set up to establish Distance Learning provision for the training of RAF engineering technicians and was sponsored to complete my Doctorate in Education with the Open University between 1998 and 2002. After working as a visiting lecturer on the University of Wolverhampton (UoW) PGCE programme during 2000/2001, I was later appointed as the Course leader for Education Studies at the UoW where I remained for 4 years before taking up a post as Curriculum Development Manager at Staffordshire University.

While working at Staffordshire University, I was appointed as a member of the review team that was set up by the Quality and Assurance Agency (QAA) to revise and update the Education Studies benchmark statements and was the chair of the British Education Studies Association (BESA) during 2008/9. In 2012, I took up a post as Learning Experience Manager at the University of Derby where I was responsible for the implementation of the university’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and many aspects of staff development. My time at derby proved short lived as an opportunity arose to return to the University of Wolverhampton as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion Studies. I have since been promoted to Principal Lecturer and I am currently Head of Education and Inclusion Studies. With research interests in 'emotional intelligence' and 'technology enhanced learning', I am currently joint Managing Editor of the Innovative Practice in Higher Education online journal and a member of the editorial board and peer reviewer for 'Educationalfutures', the journal of the British Education Studies Association.

Research interests

Technology enhanced learning; and have a particular current interest in ‘screencasting’ and how it may be used to enhance learning.

Emotional intelligence.

Research Management; currently the managing editor of a small online journal entitled ‘Innovative Practice in Higher Education’.

Student Attainment with a particular focus on BME

Membership of professional bodies

Higher Education Academy: Senior Fellow (SFHEA)

The British Education Studies Association (BESA) (Chair of the association 2008 - 2009)

Qualifications

Doctorate In Education (EdD)

(Open University)

Thesis Title:The Nature of Assessment, its Validity and its Relationship with
Learning on BTEC (NC) Courses in Engineering Principles.

Master Of Arts Degree In Education (MA)

(Open University)

Postgraduate Certificate in Curriculum and Assessment

(Open University)

Bachelor of Education Degree (First Class Honours) (BEd Hons)

(The Polytechnic, Wolverhampton)

Bachelor of Science (Geology, Innovation, Sustainability)

(Open University)

 

Publications

Selected Papers and Journal Articles:

Wakeman, C.E. (2013) The Innovative Use of Screencasts in Higher Education. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. (ISSN 2044-3315) Vol. 1(3) April 2014.

McFarlane, K.J.M. & Wakeman, C.E. (2011) Using Audio Feedback for Summative Purposes. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. (ISSN 2044-3315) Vol. 1(1) April 2011.

Bartlett, S., Evans, D., Hodkinson, A., Somervell, H., Wakeman, C.E., Ward, S. (2007) Subject Benchmark Statement: Education Studies. (ISBN 978 1 84482 732 9) Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Pages/Subject-benchmark-statement-Education-studies.aspx (accessed 14th December 2012)

Wakeman, C.E. (2008) Emotional Intelligence: towards a generic framework for the 21st century. EducationalFUTURES (ISSN 1758-2199) Vol. 2(1) September 2009

Wakeman, C.E. (2006) Emotional Intelligence: Testing, Measurement & Analysis. Research in Education. Vol. 75. pp71 – 93 May 2006 (ISSN: 0034-5237)

Duncan, N., Prowse, S., Harrison, R., Wakeman, C.E. (2004) Feed-forward: Improving student use of tutor comments. University of Wolverhampton. Journal for Further and Higher Education. http://wlv.openrepository.com/wlv/bitstream/2436/3778/1/Feed-forward+pgs+127-132.pdf

Books/Book Chapters

Wakeman, C.E. (2011) Information Literacy in the Context of Contemporary Teaching Methods in Higher Education in Walton, G. & Pope, A. (eds.). Information literacy: infiltrating the curriculum, challenging minds. Oxford: Chandos.

Wakeman, C.E. (2005) Widening Participation and Enhancing Learning for a Diverse Student Population through use of the University of Wolverhampton Virtual Learning Environment. University of Wolverhampton.

Previous professional experience

Principal Lecturer: Head of Education and Inclusion Studies, July 2015 to Present.

Learning Experience Manager, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby. DE22 1GB, June 2012 to January 2014. 

  • Take management responsibility for the LEI Senior Learning & Teaching Adviser and joint management responsibility with Faculty Assistant Deans for the School Learning & Teaching Advisers, being responsible and accountable for all aspects of this team’s performance management.
  • Work under the direction of the Dean (LEI) and the Head of Academic Practice & Learning Innovation to support the PVC in the development and delivery of the institution’s ‘Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy.’
  • Under the direction of the Head of Academic Practice & Innovation, work in partnership with the Curriculum Development Manager, the Quality Enhancement Manager, the Technology-Enhanced Learning Manager, the Careers Development Manager and the Faculty Curriculum Development Managers to develop pedagogical approaches and build capacity amongst academic staff to develop and deliver innovative programmes, including OLDL & blended programmes; employer-led education and internationalization of the curriculum.
  • Under the direction of the Head of Academic Practice & Innovation, work in partnership with the other Senior LEI Managers to drive and operationalise institutional enhancement and innovation of learning, teaching and assessment practice.

Under the direction of the Head of Academic Practice & Innovation, work in partnership with the Technology-Enhanced Learning Manager to support academic staff in embedding technology-enhanced learning into the curriculum.

  • Under the direction of the Dean (LEI) and the Head of Academic Practice & Learning Innovation lead and take operational responsibility for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a new institutional framework that will assist in the identification of the development needs of academic staff for their learning, teaching and assessment practice and design appropriate interventions to meet these needs, ensuring compliance with the UK Professional Standards Framework, where appropriate.
  • Under the direction of the Dean (LEI) & the Head of Academic Practice & Innovation work with academic and professional staff across the University to shape and inform future University policy and strategy on the development of learning spaces.
  • Contribute to prioritising the department’s efforts to make the best use of its resources and contribute to operational planning, budget reports and bid fund applications, as required by the Dean (LEI) and Head of Academic Practice & Innovation.
  • Undertake horizon-scanning in the area of academic practice, to inform future developments in this area at Derby.
  • Lead and contribute to scholarly activities within LEI on a project-by-project basis, as agreed by the Dean (LEI) and the Head of Academic Practice & Innovation.
  • Bring to the attention of managers any matters relating to the health and safety of staff, students and visitors.
  • Promote equality and diversity for students and staff and sustain an inclusive and supportive study and work environment in accordance with University policy.
  • Undertake such other duties as are reasonably required by the Dean (LEI) and Head of Academic Practice & Learning innovation. 

Curriculum Development Manager, Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent. ST4 2DE, September 2006 to June 2012.

Main purpose of role:

  • To manage and support the development and delivery of initial and continual professional development activities for staff involved in student learning, including the University’s Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education and associated progression routes
  • To manage and support the development, promotion and dissemination of good practice in teaching, learning and assessment within the University
  • To manage and support the expansion of professional development for teaching and learning including an extended CPD framework

Key accountabilities or duties:

To manage and support the development and delivery of initial and continual professional development activities for staff involved in student learning including contributing to the delivery of a range of workshops and other educational development initiatives as required

  • To take on the role of award leader for the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher & Professional Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Higher & Professional Education, Effective Teaching in Higher Education, Masters Degree in Higher & Professional Education (Teaching & Learning), Masters Degree in Higher & Professional Education (Technology Supported Learning), Masters Degree in Higher & Professional Education (Research) and the Masters Degree in Higher & Professional Education.awards.
  • To play a key role in developing, promoting and disseminating good practice in learning, teaching and assessment
  • To create innovative ways of delivering learning and teaching based CPD activities to staff, with particular emphasis on e-supported learning
  • To assist the University Education Development Coordinator in the continued expansion of accredited Continuing Professional Development opportunities for staff engaged in teaching and learning in the University and its partner institutions.
  • To support the University Education Development Coordinator in the implementation, review and operation of various education development activities
  • To undertake other responsibilities appropriate to the post on behalf of the University Education Development Coordinator

 

Specific responsibilities

  • To manage, co-plan, prepare and deliver the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Higher and Professional Education, Effective Teaching in Higher Education and associated Masters Degrees, programmes and awards
  • To manage the development, delivery and assessment of a range of accredited CPD provision managed by the Centre for Professional Development
  • To manage and take responsibility for alignment of CPD activity with the UK PSF
  • To manage and administer the Staffordshire University drive to gain Higher Education Academy recognition for all staff by 2017
  • To support and co-manage the university ‘Teaching Excellence Fellowship’ scheme.
  • To assist in the development, review and implementation of curriculum provision, workshops and other activities to support teaching and learning
  • To produce a range of course documentation, learning and assessment material
  • To provide on-going support and guidance to participants
  • To monitor and evaluate delivery and identify areas for future improvement
  • To be responsible for the e-supported development of the Effective Teaching in Higher Education award

To assist the University Education Development Coordinator in a range of education development initiatives in support of the University’s Teaching and Learning strategy

  • To lead and manage the Innovative Practice in Higher Education academic journal (ISSN 2044-3315)

 

Subject Leader for Education Studies, Technology Supported Learning Coordinator (School of Education), September 2002 to September 2006.

Research Cluster Leader (Technology Supported Learning)

Main Responsibilities:

  • Senior Lecturer on the Education programme.
  • Subject Leader – Education Studies (Sept. 2002 – May. 2006).
  • Liaise with the Director of Subjects to manage the academic development of the subject portfolio – especially curriculum innovation.
  • Technology supported learning coordinator (TSLC).
  • To develop and manage the joint BA/BA (Hons.) degree programme in Education Studies and related awards.
  • Advise the Director of Subjects regarding the timetabling of modules and deployment of staff.
  • To supervise PhD. students.
  • To develop the use of TSL/ICT to enhance pedagogic practice and student support within the School of Education.
  • To produce the Annual Subject Monitoring Report for Education Studies (Sept. 2002 – Feb. 2006).
  • To produce an annual pathway guide for Education Studies (Sept. 2002 – Feb. 2006).
  • To assist in the development of the school strategic plan.
  • To liaise with the Director of Subjects to identify strategies/actions to maximize retention and progression of students.
  • To sit on the School Quality Committee, Learning & Teaching Committee and the   Curriculum Development Sub-Committee, Technology Users Group, VLE Steering Group, E-Portfolio Implementation Group as required.
  • To undertake research aimed at contributing to a culture of continuous improvement in the Education Studies subject area.
  • To assist in student recruitment and contribute at university open days.
  • To carry out research and meet publication deadlines in pursuit of excellence in teaching & learning.

To lead the ‘Learning & Teaching Research Network’ (LTRN) VLE mini- cluster & carry out associated duties.

 

Burnham Lecturer, Ministry of Defence, RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton, April 1996 to September 2002.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Deputy Officer in charge of distance learning & ICT.
  • Academic author.
  • Distance learning tutor.
  • Team leader for engineering mathematics.
  • British Learning Association coordinator.

 

Other posts held:                  

  • Head of Materials Science (1996 – 1997).
  • Head of Mathematics (1997 – 1999).
  • Lecturer to RAF trainee technicians in the areas of BTEC (NC/HNC) Mathematics, 
  • Engineering Science and Materials Science.

 

Carrying out ISO9001 internal audits at the discretion of the training manager.

Leadership and Management

 

As ‘Head of Materials Science’, I led a team of five Burnham Lecturers and Instructional Officers in the design, delivery and administration of the Materials Science provision.

 

As ‘Head of Mathematics’, I led a team of fourteen Burnham Lecturers and Instructional Officers in the design, delivery and administration of the Mathematics provision.

 

As ‘Deputy Officer in Charge of Distance Learning and ICT’ I had line management responsibility for three full time MoD civilians who were employed as ‘academic authors’ within the Distance Learning Department.

 

Head of Technology Department, Prestfelde School, London Road, Shrewsbury. SY2 6NZ, April 1992 to April 1996.

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Head of Technology & Technology coordinator
  • Teacher of Mathematics
  • Delivering INSET courses to Technology staff
  • Budget holder

Leadership and Management

As ‘Head of Department for Technology’ I had line management responsibility for two part time members of academic staff and a workshop technician.

I held an annual budget to finance the Technology Department within the School.

 

Teacher of Technology, Mathematics and Geometry, St.David's College, Llandudno, Gwynedd. LL30 1RN. September 1989 to April 1992.

Main Responsibilities:

1. Teacher of Technology, Geometry and Mathematics

2. Academic tutor.

3. Teacher in charge of 1st XI Football and Cross Country Running

Visiting lecturer (part time) PGCE/Cert Ed., Wolverhampton University, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, 

 

Experience in Industry

Rolls Royce Motors Ltd. August 1974 to September 1985.

I served a ‘4 year apprenticeship’ and later worked as a ‘mechanical/aerospace engineer’ at Rolls Royce Motors Ltd., Shrewsbury (later 'PCD Vickers' following takeover) between the above dates.

Responsibilities:

1974 - 1978 Apprentice training school.

1979 - 1981 Diesel division.

1981 - 1985 Aerospace division

 

Further information

Previous Professional Experience:

Principal Lecturer: Head of Education and Inclusion Studies, University of Wolverhampton, July 2015 to Present.

Senior Lecturer: Education and Inclusion Studies, University of Wolverhampton, January 2014 to July 2015

Learning Experience Manager, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby. DE22 1GB, June 2012 to January 2014.

Curriculum Development Manager, Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent. ST4 2DE, September 2006 to June 2012.

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and Technology Supported Learning Coordinator (School of Education), University of Wolverhampton, September 2002 to September 2006.

Burnham Lecturer (Head of Engineering Mathematics), Ministry of Defence, RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton, April 1996 to September 2002.