Dr Andrew Cramp

Head of Doctoral Studies

Email address: andycramp@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323233 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Learning outside the classroom, Informal learning, Learning relationships and emotions, Digitally Mediated Learning


Dr Andy Cramp is currently Head of Doctoral Studies for the Faculty of Education Health and Well Being at the University of Wolverhampton. He has worked in a range of education settings across sectors, starting his teaching career as a lecturer at Loughborough University whilst working on a PhD. After having trained as a secondary school teacher he taught English in Tanzania and later in Brixton and Hackney colleges. After 15 years in further education he moved back into the university sector. Andy has a life-long commitment to informal learning and is passionate about encouraging learning at every opportunity. His research interests are in education for social justice with a particular interest in qualitative methodologies. Andy is especially in the exploration of digital learning and emotional reactions to learning and leadership.

Research interests

  • The development of Digitally mediated Learning
  • HE pedagogic development


  • PGCE English and Outdoor Education, Bristol University
  • PhD English Literature and 20th Century Social History, Loughborough University
  • BA (Hons) English Literature, First Class, Loughborough University



  • Cramp, A. (2008)‘Knowing me, knowing you: developing personal relationships in the classroom through outdoor learning’ Education 3-13 Vol 36 (2) p.171-182
  • Cramp, A. (2011) 'Developing first year engagement with written feedback' Active Learning in Higher Education Vol 12 (2)
  • Cramp, A.,  Lamond, C., Coleyshaw, E. & Beck, S.(2012) Empowering or disabling? Emotional reactions to assessment amongst part-time adult students Teaching in Higher Education. Vol 17 (5) p. 509-521
  • Kendall, A., Cramp, A., Carey, D., Perkins, H. (2012) Barriers and solutions: exploring the career trajectories of early years professionals. Journal of Vocational Education and Training vol. 64  (4) p543-560
  • Cramp, A. (2013) Meaningful dialogue in digitally mediated learning for in-service teacher development. Accepted for publication in Technology, Pedagogy and Education.

Books/Book Chapters 

  • ‘Patrick Hamilton’ in Dictionary of Literary Biography volume 10: Modern British Dramatists, 1900-1945 (1982), Bruccoli Clark, Michigan, USA
  •  ‘The Wild Goose Chase: Theme, Symbol, Structure’ in A Garland For Rex Warner (1985) Ed. A. L. McLeod, The Literary Half Yearly Press, Mysore, India.
  • Introduction to The Wild Goose Chase (1990) Warner, Rex (First published 1937) Merlin Radical Fiction, London.
  • Book Review: Day, M. and Petrick, E.M. (2006), Designing Residential Wilderness Programmes for Adults, Florida: Krieger in International Journal of Lifelong Education Vol. 26 No. 4 July-August 2007
  • 'Empowering Non-traditional Students in the UK: Feedback and the Hidden Curriculum' in Basit, T. & Tomlinson, S. (Eds.) Social Inclusion and Higher Education in Social Inclusion and Higher Education (2012). Bristol: Policy Press

Practitioner Publications and Reports


Conference Presentations

Invited Presentations

  • ‘Knowing me, knowing you: developing personal relationships in the classroom through outdoor learning.’ University of Wolverhampton, School of Education Research Conference May 2006
  • ‘Developing student engagement with written feedback’. Paper presented at European First Year Experience Conference 9-11th May 2007, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • ‘How do you feel?’ Mapping emotions in the first semester of an HE in FE programme'. Paper presented at ECER Conference, 25th -28th August 2010 Helsinki, Finland.


Previous professional experience

  • 14-19 Development Manager, Halesowen College
  • Programme Manager, Halesowen College
  • Language Support Coordinator, Bourneville College
  • English Lecturer, Weald College Harrow
  • English and ESOL Lecturer PT, Hackney and Brixton Colleges
  • Secondary School Teacher, Bwiru Secondary School Tanzania (VS0)
  • PT lecturer in English Literature, Loughborough University

External Examiner

Previous   Newman University: External Examiner for Education Studies (UG); University of Cumbria: External Examiner for Education Studies (UG and PG)