Alan long taught and researched geography and contemporary China studies, in higher education in the UK and North America. He was a founding editor of the international Journal of Geography in Higher Education. He is now an educational developer and researcher on higher education and Emeritus Professor at Oxford Brookes University, UK.
He has recently been:
Consultant on teaching and research relations for the Higher Education Academy.
Consultant for QAA Scotland on the Research-Teaching Linkages theme.
A Reinvention Fellow for the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research at Oxford Brookes and Warwick Universities.
With Mick Healey he is the editor for the International Section for the (US) Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly.
Areas of expertise:
His current main area of expertise is on the relations between teaching and discipline-based research and relatedly on adapting and mainstreaming US style undergraduate research programmes to other national systems.
Alan has given numerous workshops and done consultancies on these issues to institutions in the UK, Australasia, Canada, United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Scandinavia, Saudi Arabia, China and Vietnam.
He has researched undergraduate and postgraduate views of academic staffs' research and the academic staffs' experience of teaching and research relations.
He is lead author of (2003) Re-shaping Higher Education: Linking Teaching and Research (Routledge Falmer/SEDA).
International Case Studies
Linking Teaching and Discipline Based Research
Linking discipline-based research with teaching to benefit student learning.
Supporting Undergraduate Research and Inquiry
Engaging students in research and inquiry
Alan's main publications on Teaching-Disciplinary Research Relations /Undergraduate Research are listed on the publications page.
There are quick links to some of his web based publications in PDF to the right of this page.
Developing Undergraduate Research and Inquiry.pdf
Research-teaching enhancing graduate attributes overview.pdf
Institutional Strategies to Link Teaching and Research.pdf
Linking teaching and research in disciplines and departments.pdf
A Guide to the Research Evidence on Teaching-Research Relations .pdf
Video of Alan's presentation at the University of Nottingham