After spending my formative years touring across the world in DIY punk bands, I have taken the not-so-obvious career progression of teaching and writing about the theory and practice of organisations. It was through those early experiences that I became fascinated not only with the explicit processes of organising, but with the importance of community building and collaborative working. Since then, my practice has focussed on the development of ‘alternative’ forms of leadership and management that can help facilitate more open, participative and democratic groups. I still play in DIY punk bands.
I joined the UCL School of Management in 2022 with the primary role of supporting Teaching Assistants, specifically focusing on the development of pedagogic practice and further career and skill enhancement. This involves understanding the wider Higher Education climate, a focus on cutting-edge classroom practice, and an ethic of care.
I am a dedicated and passionate educator: a Senior Fellow of the HEA with over a decade of experience within Higher Education Institutes. I am a highly experienced Programme Leader and Module Director and hold a range of education-focussed responsibilities, including leading the UG module Innovation Management in Year Three.
I write for academic journals and books as well as reaching wider audiences: I run an academic support Vlog and co-host a podcast on Student Wellness. The theme of Learning Communities is a stream throughout all of my work and I am ever-curious in understanding the creative ways that we can connect people to increase collaboration in and outside of formal learning environments.
- Subscribe to ‘Neil’s Common Room’ (for Teaching Assistant Tips, and hints/tips for University Students) here: https://tinyurl.com/3c4ufbjh
- Watch my 2023 central UCL MicroCPD session on ‘Writing engaging Feedback’ here: https://tinyurl.com/amvj7sfv
- I run central Infohub resources for Teaching Assistants, including: https://extend.ucl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1348