Stuart joined the Higher Education Academy in April 2016. Prior to this Stuart has worked in academia since 2003, writing and developing a range of criminology programmes, including a pre-join route into Thames Valley Police. Stuart has undertaken a range of managerial and leadership roles in Higher Education including; Portfolio Lead, Head of Academic Department, and Director of the Institute of Professional Policing at Buckinghamshire New University. A key focus of Stuart’s role has been on strategies for improving the student experience and fostering a partnership approach to the higher education learning experience.
Stuart’s focus on work related learning formed the basis of his Senior Fellowship application to the HEA, where he successfully embedded employability alongside scaffolding learning, adopting a variety of techniques to move students towards a greater independence in the learning process.
Stuart leads on the HEA’s UK and international portfolio regarding employability, supporting the HEA’s role in informing UK sector-wide learning and teaching policy. Stuart assists institutions, discipline communities and individual academic and professional services staff, engaging in a range of projects that include; embedding employability at an institutional level, placement provision, employability within disciplines, employability for individual practice and enterprise learning.
A member of the Society of Evidence Based Policing, Stuart has a MA in Education and an M.St (Cantab) in Applied Criminology and Police Management. Stuart is currently an External Examiner for Plymouth University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Stuart was awarded ‘Honorary Life Membership’ in 2016 by Bucks Students’ Union for his exceptional contribution to the furtherance of the Students’ Union.
Academic Lead – Employability
Higher Education Academy