National Teaching Fellow 2004
Institution at the time of Award: Kingston University
His approach to the student experience is to promote excitement for Geography through fieldwork
experiences to Tunisia, Uganda and South Africa, including such as visits to the edge of the
Sahara desert and to Nelson Mandela’s prison on Robben Island.
Kenny is widely published, and for 6 years was the editor of Geography, the principal
journal of the Geographical Association. His belief in inter-disciplinarity is particularly evident
through his role as second supervisor for a PhD by an architecture student on the use and
design of public space in Alexandria.
Kenny’s NTFS award has been used to investigate the impact of mobile technologies on
learning, for example applying these technologies to fieldwork and to the use of podcasting
as part of the IMPALA project led by the University of Leicester. Dissemination has been
through reviews, research reports, at conferences and he plans to write outputs for a number
of journals including Planet. As part of his role in PRSI, Kenny has led workshops and day
conferences on academic writing, writing retreats, and on undergraduate research,
transformational learning and podcasting in HE. During his NTF project he also visited
Stellenbosch University and Rhodes University Grahamstown in South Africa, the University
of Melbourne, Deakin University and the University of Technology Sydney in Australia and
Otago University in New Zealand. These visits have led to collaborative research and writing
projects, appointment as external examiner and on going dialogue over research and
educational development. Early in 2010 he will be visiting the University of Sierra Leone.
Together with his NTF mentor group and mentor, Kenny has researched and presented 3 papers
at conferences and published a book chapter. The group continue to meet long after the period
of our NTF project and hope to collaborate on a research project in the future.
Kenny is coordinator for a new NTFS Project entitled ‘Learner Empowerment through Active
Public-Student Engagement (LEAPSE)’ also funded by the NCCCPE.
Reader in Geography
University of Gloucestershire