National Teaching Fellow 2013
Professor Stephen Hill’s career began in archaeology. He has directed archaeological survey and excavation projects in Turkey and the UK, including rescue excavations of early Byzantine churches, Iron Age settlements, and a deserted medieval village inside a prison. He was involved in the BBC’s ‘Journey into Archaeology’ project, has appeared on Time Team, and was awarded the Society of Antiquaries’ Frend Medal for Early Christian Archaeology.
Working with adult volunteers and students on archaeological projects inspired Stephen’s interest in adult education and lifelong learning and as his career has developed he has concentrated more and more on these domains of practice and research. As Professor of Lifelong Learning Stephen oversees the development and implementation of the learning and teaching strategy and leads a range of internal change programmes designed to enhance the student experience.
In recent years Stephen has served on various national committees such as the Joint Operating Systems Committee of Jisc and the executive committee of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning. He has contributed to the Higher Education Academy’s work on employability and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s student engagement research.
Stephen led a pilot HEAR implementation programme at the University of Gloucestershire, which involved development of innovative and equitable approaches to verifying co-curricular learning. He served on the Burgess Implementation Steering Group (UUK and GuildHE) and is now a member of the HEA’s HEAR Advisory Committee (HAC). He has been made an Honorary Member of the Association of Graduate Recruiters in recognition of his work on the HEAR and social mobility. He has a particular interest in widening access and participation and the development of flexible modes of learning and teaching to suit the needs of mature and work-based learners.