National Teaching Fellow 2008
Dr Julian Park is a Senior Lecturer and the Faculty of Life Sciences Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Reading. After completing his first degree in agriculture at Newcastle University, Julian set up his own business in agricultural contracting which he ran for five years before starting to teach in further education colleges. He then completed a PhD at Cranfield University as a mature student before joining the University of Reading.
A great advocate of fieldwork and learning outside the classroom, Julian believes this offers students the opportunity to hone their research skills in a learning environment which is both stimulating and often socially rewarding for both students and staff.
As well as being an award-winning lecturer, Julian has been associated with a range of pedagogic projects linked to assessment, including the development of web resources, He was one of the founding members of the Applied Undergraduate Research Skills Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning and has developed web resources such as the Engage in Research and the Environmental Challenges in Farm Management website which are now used internationally. He has been closely involved with setting up Bioscience Horizons which is a national peer reviewed journal in which undergraduate students can publish the output from their final year projects (see www.biohorizons.oxfordjournals.org)
Julian works closely with the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Bioscience where he helps develop specialist resources, workshops and networking opportunities. He is currently looking forward to starting several new projects associated with providing feedback. One is a JISC funded project, ASSET, considering the use of video feedback to students, the other is a website for staff to access to get quick tips on improving their feedback provision (Engage in Feedback). These should facilitate the provision not only of better feedback but also more timely feedback to students.
Professor in Agricultural Systems and Education, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences
University of Reading