Ben joined the Higher Education Academy in February 2016 as Academic Lead for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to this he was Academic Courses Manager within the executive team of the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University. A former Reader in English Literature and Digital Education with 5 books to his name, Ben is recognised within the sector for his work on Digital Education, MOOCs, Gothic fiction and Gender Studies. The convenor of the UK’s first undergraduate credit-bearing MOOC, Ben has worked with the QAA, HEFCE and Swedish Ministry of Education in this area and his pedagogic research has been cited by the former Universities Minister, David Willetts.
A winner of student-led teaching awards, shortlisted for the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and a nominee for a Guardian University Award and a National Teaching Fellowship, Ben is passionate about creating learning opportunities that develop confident creative critical thinkers.