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David has since 2001 been an independent international higher education researcher, evaluator, consultant, staff and educational developer and writer. He has been a CDE Visiting Fellow since 2010. He was founding Chair of the UK Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA); co-founder of the UK Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG); a founding council member of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED); and founding editor of the International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD). His contributions to academic development have been acknowledged by awards from SEDA and ICED.

David is the representative of the ICED on the Southern Africa Universities Learning and Teaching Forum (SAULT). He has worked on learning technology projects with Jisc.

David was previously a Director of the Centre for Higher Education Practice at the UK Open University. There, he led the production of courses on teaching in higher education; taught on the University’s Leadership Development Programme; researched the assessment of teaching portfolios; founded and led the University Teaching Awards scheme; and supported educational development projects for the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Teaching and Learning Technology Programme (TLTP) and Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL).

He has been external reviewer and examiner for many courses on teaching and learning on higher education in several countries. 

He has published some 60 papers, articles and reports on higher education teaching, assessment, evaluation, learning outcomes, course design, portfolios and personal development planning. He reviews papers for higher education journals, and blogs on higher education and technology topics. He has co-edited four books on staff and educational development, most recently Advancing Practice in Academic Development, edited with Celia Popovic, Routledge, 2016.

He is currently writing an online PGCertHE for a private UK University; with CDE contributing to a PGCertHE for the University of London; and co-writing a course on blended learning in higher education course for the Association if Commonwealth Universities in East Africa.   

David’s passion is helping the improvement of learning in higher education. A current priority for David is enhancing cooperation between the many higher education development functions.