National Teaching Fellow 2010
While on a student placement in a German factory, James observed the limited life chances of people with low educational attainment and this prompted his desire to facilitate access to learning and hence his entry into teaching. His industrial experience was also the start of his continuing interest in employability and how this can be developed.
After achieving Distinction on his postgraduate certificate in education at Garnett College, Roehampton, James spent five years teaching in further education, subsequently joining the University of West London (UWL) in 1991. There, as Senior Lecturer, he taught on programmes including French, German, intercultural communication competence (ICC) and research methods, and acted as Business Studies placements tutor.
While at UWL, James became increasingly interested in teaching and learning, and following the award of University Teaching Fellow in 2004 he supported and led colleagues in their professional development and pedagogical innovation, and in disseminating results of scholarship and research into teaching and learning. He also directed employability and ICC related research and curriculum development, where he successfully led large teams of European colleagues in bidding for and completing projects worth more than £200,000. In 2010 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.
After leaving UWL in 2011, James was briefly a Teaching Fellow in Higher Education at King’s Learning Institute, supporting early career teachers and enhancement of the learning experience at King’s College London. He also co-authored Developing Employability for Business, an undergraduate textbook which Oxford University Press is publishing in December 2013, and is now Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment at the London School of Business and Management.
James’s values as a teacher derive from the aspirations he wishes for his own learning, namely that it should empower autonomous as well as collaborative, social learning based on principles of inclusivity and respect, developing confidence, critical and analytical skills, self-awareness, authenticity and empathy for others.
Director of Teaching, learning and Assessment
London School of Business and Management