Teaching Excellence in Higher Education

ISBN: 978-1-78714-762-1, eISBN: 978-1-78714-761-4

Publication date: 21 December 2017


(2017), "Prelims", French, A. and O’Leary, M. (Ed.) Teaching Excellence in Higher Education (Great Debates in Higher Education), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. i-xi.



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G reat Debates in Higher Education is a series of short, accessible books addressing key challenges to and issues in the Higher Education, on a national and international level. These books are research-informed but debate-driven. They are intended to be relevant to a broad spectrum of researchers, students and administrators in higher education, and are designed to help us unpick and assess the state of higher education systems, policies, and social and economic impacts.

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Colin McCaig

Cultural Journeys in Higher Education: Student Voices and Narratives

Jan Bamford and Lucy Pollard

Sexual Violence on Campus: Power-Conscious Approaches to Awareness, Prevention, and Response

Christina Linder

Higher Education, Access and Funding: The UK in International Perspective

Sheila Riddell, Sarah Minty, Elisabet Weedon, and Susan Whittaker

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Challenges, Changes and the Teaching Excellence Framework

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School of Education and Social Work, Birmingham City University, UK


School of Education and Social Work, Birmingham City University, UK



School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK


School of Education, University of Leciester, UK

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List of Figures

Figure 3.1 Simple Schematic of Overarching Elements of Teaching Excellence 46
Figure 3.2 Teaching within a Wider Framework of Complex Adaptive Systems 56
Figure 3.3 Teacher and Students at the Centre of a Complexity Orientated Process 57

List of Tables

Table 3.1 An Outline of Indicative Foci Supporting Emergent Pedagogies 62
Table 4.1 Academic Staff Perceptions of Teaching Excellence 83
Table 4.2 Indicative Features of HE Teaching 84

Notes on Contributors

Amanda French is the Head of Professional Development, Research and Enterprise at Birmingham City University’s School of Education. She has worked in higher, further, adult education and the voluntary sector in the West Midlands for 30 years.

Matt O’Leary is a Reader in Education at Birmingham City University. He has worked as a teacher, teacher educator, head of department and educational researcher in colleges, schools and universities in England, Mexico and Spain for over 25 years.

Sue Robson is a Professor of Education at Newcastle University. She is a member of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT) and leads the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (HE) Research Group.

Phil Wood is an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Leicester where he is the Co-Director of RISE (Research, Impact Scholarship and Enterprise). He teaches on a number of both campus-base and distance postgraduate courses, predominantly working with international students. His research interests focus on pedagogic innovation and organisational change, understood through the lens of complex theory and process philosophy.