Online Workshop: Publishing Pedagogical Research – Strategies for those who wish to publish about Teaching and Learning, with Professor David Boud

This event was hosted on the 2nd July 2020.

Publishing Pedagogical Research: Strategies for those who wish to publish about Teaching and Learning

Being an academic involves not only publishing in one’s own discipline, but for those with a particular interest in teaching, it increasingly means publishing about teaching and learning. The range of things on which one can publish is very extensive, but there is a very long tail in the higher education literature and getting accepted in some of the higher rated journals demands careful thought and planning.

The focus of the seminar will be on the issues involved in getting published in good outlets. It will encompass issues such as: deciding what it is worth publishing about, how papers in higher education might differ from those in one’s home discipline, what editors are looking for and navigating the publishing process. The aim of the session is to build confidence in pursuing the publication path tempered by a realistic view of what can be achieved.

The presentation will be followed by informal discussions from 14.00 to 15.00

The talk will be given by Professor David Boud from the Work and Learning Research Centre

Professor David Boud is an Alfred Deakin Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning at Deakin University, Melbourne, he is also Professor in the Work and Learning Research Centre at Middlesex University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. He has published extensively on teaching, learning and assessment in higher and professional education. His current work focuses on the areas of assessment for learning in higher education, academic formation and workplace learning. He is one of the most highly cited researchers internationally in the field of higher education (h-index of 87). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Taylor and Francis journal Studies in Continuing Education and has served on International Advisory Boards of many of the highest rating international journals in higher education.

Webinar: Supporting Apprentices To Complete Work-Based Projects When Working Remotely, with panellist Dr Paula Nottingham

This event was hosted on 15th June 2020 by the Society for Education and Training.

During the coronavirus pandemic, learning providers and employers have been encouraged to support apprentices to continue with their training programmes, where it has been possible to do so. A large number of apprentices have continued their learning, even if they were required to self-isolate or their workplace closed temporarily. Learning providers switched to, or intensified, e-learning and apprentices have continued their training remotely as far as it has been practicable.

One aspect of training that has been significantly impacted by the new arrangements is work-based projects. A work-based project is a significantly large, and assessed,component of many apprenticeship programmes leading to qualifications at levels 3-7. This webinar is addressed to professionals (lecturers, tutors, trainers, mentors and line managers) who support apprentices to complete training programmes at levels 3 to 6, and it explores how apprentices can be assisted to carry out a work-based project when working remotely. More specifically, the webinar looks at:

  • Recent changes in apprenticeship provision as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The different requirements and types of work-based projects in apprenticeships (levels 3 to 6).
  • The limitations and opportunities apprentices are faced with when completing a work-based project remotely.
  • How professionals can minimise disruption and ensure continuity.
  • Essential support elements (for example, documentation, encouragement, communication).

The webinar, hosted by Dr Stavroula Bibila, gives practitioners the opportunity to watch/listen to an engaging 15-minute panel discussion, during which two/three widely acclaimed work-based learning experts share their views on the topic.

Resources available to download once registered for the webinar, include:

  • Tips for supporting apprentices complete work-based projects whilst working remotely.
  • Comparative table listing the different requirements and types of work-based projects in apprenticeships (levels 3 to 6).
  • Practical exercises for supporting apprentices complete work-based projects whilst working remotely.
  • List of recommended reading.
  • CPD certificate for taking part in the live event.


Copy Of Stavroula Bibila 002Dr Stavroula Bibila is a senior lecturer on degree apprenticeship programmes at the University of Wolverhampton. She was one of the first 23 practitioners to be awarded Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) in 2018 and she is a member of the Practitioner Advisory Group (PAG) to the Society for Education and Training (SET) board.

Following a teaching career in Further Education and Adult Learning, her research interests now include curriculum development in technical and professional education. She was previously a visiting researcher at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) and a postdoctoral research fellow at the National School for Healthcare Science. 

Guest host

Dr Chinny 1Dr Chinny Nzekwe-Excel is an Academic Lead and Research expert in the broad areas of Operations & Business Management Research, and Teaching & Learning Innovations, a Statistics Expert, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and a Leadership and Management Professional.

Chinny manages, leads and delivers Leadership & Business Management Development Programmes in the UK and overseas (Europe, Asia & Africa) to MBA & DBA students and to the University Collaborative Partners. Subsequently, Chinny contributes in several academic network and development initiatives.

Using robust IT & business techniques, she successfully developed an integrated tool for monitoring and evaluating the delivery of projects, by assessing satisfaction levels of members of a project team in different stages of the project lifecycle. Following publications of the concepts of her tool, she received the Emerald Literati Networks Awards for Excellence 2013.

Expert Panel Discussion Members

Paula Nottingham is a Degree Apprenticeship Programme Leader and work-based practitioner/researcher at Middlesex University. She is a co-convenor of the UALL Work and Learning Network and is active in promoting work-based pedagogy. Paula is a Co-Guest Editor (with Debbie Scott) for an upcoming ‘Creativity in Work-Applied Management’ issue of the Journal of Work-Applied Management Management and has Co-Authored (with Stavroula Bibila) two new chapters about work-based projects in the third edition of Palgrave’s The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook. Please contact her on with any questions or to share practice about work-based projects.

Professor Tony Wall is Founder and Head of the International Centre for Thriving, a global scale collaboration between business, arts, health, and education to deliver sustainable transformation. He is an Advance-HE National Teaching Fellow and Editor in Chief for the Journal of Work-Applied Management and Higher Education and Work-based Learning journal. 

Ann Minton is Associate Professor in Work-Based Learning at the University of Derby, with specific responsibility for apprenticeship development. For the last twenty years, Ann has been involved in developing bespoke and innovative education solutions for a range of businesses and organisations to meet their higher educational needs. Ann is an enthusiastic advocate of work based learning, largely due to her own experience of learning for personal and professional development. She is happy to answer any question that you may have:  or @annimint.

Seminar: Quality and standards in doctoral degrees, with Dr Gill Houston

This event was hosted on 21st April 2020

Arising from the Middlesex partnership with the UK Council for Graduate Education, we have pleasure in welcoming our speaker; Dr Gill Houston -Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education.

This session will summarise the reference points available, in the UK and more widely, to support high quality doctoral programmes. It will provide insight into the remaining national review processes and will also provide details of the most useful policy documents available, together with a bibliography of publications you may find helpful in advising candidates about how to approach different aspects of their doctorate. There will be opportunities for interaction and discussion during and at the end of the session. Please be ready with any `hot topics’ or questions you would like to share and discuss.

Gill has wide-ranging experience of higher education, latterly focusing on postgraduate education. Activities include developing and implementing higher education policy in the UK and internationally, in universities and with sector-wide bodies such as QAA and the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE). Gill is currently chair of UKCGE’s board of trustees (since July 2018) and completed a PhD in education in 2018, entitled: `A study of the PhD examination: process, attributes and outcomes’. 

7th International Conference on Professional & Practice-Based Doctorates: The Role of Practice in Doctoral Degrees, 23rd-26th February 2021 (online)

Reflecting developments in the field of professional doctorates, for its 7th iteration, the International Conference on Professional Doctorates transforms into the International Conference on Professional and Practice Doctorates.

The ICPPD conference series, run in partnership with Middlesex University since 2009, is now the leading event focusing on the development, provision and impact of professional, practice-based and practice-led doctorates in institutions across the globe.

To find out more and book your click here.

3rd World Congress of Transdisciplinarity. 2-6 November, 2020. Mexico City.

The 3rd World Congress of Transdisciplinarity was held in Mexico City in 2020. The aim of this congress is to bring together the largest number of participants from various national and international institutions in order to study the latest theoretical and practical developments of transdisciplinarity and to imagine new theoretical models, experiences and actions to face the extraordinary challenges of the 21st century, such as Planetary Education, Transhumanism, Artificial Intelligence, Destructive Technologies, Health, Poverty, Destruction of biologic diversity, Climate Change, War, Violence and many other problems that afflict human beings and all living beings on this planet.


  • To provide new transdisciplinary proposals that take in consideration epistemological, ontological, and methodological problems.
  • Discuss and deepen in the theoretical-methodological foundations of transdisciplinarity to generate new knowledge in order to help with solutions for socio-cultural, political, economic, and ecological problems of the 21st century
  • To evaluate the progress of transdisciplinary research carried out to solve technological, scientific and human sciences problems.
  • To propose new analytical transdisciplinary approaches, which would be able to evaluante critically the contradictions of the models of political and economic development, of technoscience, as well as complex transcultural processes and transhistorical processes.
  • To expose models of transdisciplinary consciousness.

Events 2014-2019

6th Sept 2019 Learning and Teaching conference 3 sessions from work & learning researchers
Elda Nikolau- Walker, Carol Costley, Tunc Aybac

30th April 2019 12-1.00
CAPE presents Active Learning Seminar: What might a practice-based curriculum look like?
Carol Costley
and supporting blogs ‘What might a practice-based curriculum look like?’  C Costley
‘Practice-based learning. What if we started with practice?’ D Boud

24th January 2019 3.30-5.00
Assessing Students’ learning from, at and through Work, Carol Costley and Steven Cranfield,-at-and-through-work

10th January 2019
Positioning yourself as a researcher and getting published. David Boud and Carol Costley

10th January 2019 12-1.00
CAPE presents Active Learning Seminar: Assessing students’ learning from at and through work. Carol Costley and David Boud

19th June 2018 11-1.00pm
Workshop ‘The Work-Based project’ and an opportunity to take part in research on assessment, David Boud, Carol Costley and Paula Nottingham

6th June 2018 2-4.00pm
Workshop; ‘Facilitating Work Integrated Learning, on-campus, in workplaces and on-line’  Pauline Armsby and Steven Cranfield,-in-workplaces-and-online

7th February 2018 2-4pm
‘Writing for Publication; Update on RC and Apprenticeships in Creative Industries’
Christine Eastman and an Alumnus, Elda Nicolou-Walker, Nico Pizzolato (BS) Tim Riley (CA), Carol Costley (H&E)

16th January 2018 2.00-4.00 pm
‘Thinking differently about feedback: for learning in courses and in work’ David Boud and Carol Costley

5th December 2017 11.00-1.00
‘New ways forward for the Work and Learning Research Centre’

4th April 2017
Lisa Clarke – ‘Using NVivo in Qualitative Research: A reflection on Practice’

10th March 2017
Tim Riley – ‘Work-based learning, web media production and the social media sector. A case study.

23rd February 2017
Professor Davide Nicolini “Connections in action: understanding ‘large’ social phenomena from a practice-based perspective.”

2nd February 2017
Brian Sutton, Nico Pizzolato ‘The impact of a professional doctorate in the workplace: a conversation’

6th December 2016
Keith Buckland, Christine Eastman, Elda Nikolau- Walker, Paula Nottingham, ‘Approaches to pedagogy and curriculum development for work-based learners

1st December 2016
Dr Jean Boulton, ‘Embracing Complexity: implications for social research and strategy development.’

27th October 2016
Darryll Bravenboer, Finbar Lillis, ‘The official discourse of apprenticeship policy’

6th October 2016
Dr Tony Wall, “The Artful Inquirer”

1st July  2016
Paul Gibbs, Mita Vagji and Ifan Shepherd, round table on Transdisciplinarity in professional studies.
A return, a year later, to issues raised in the Transdisciplinary symposia organized by Paul Gibbs and attended by Besarab Nicolescu through invitations to Paul Gibbs, Mita Vagji and Ifan Shepherd to participate in a round table discussion.

11th May 2016
Sussane van Rossenberg will introduce a discussion on intersectionality as a research methodology and how this could relate to the range of practice-based insider research.

12th April 2016
Professor Davide Nicolini “Expertise as Practice: the case of TAVI”

7th March 2016   
Dr Mehmet Ali Dikerdem “practice theory and WBL”
Ruth Miller “Impact of WBL projects”

24th February 2016
Professor Karen Evans “Can lifelong learning reshape life chances?”

4th February 2016 
Dr Mike Mimirinis on ‘The conception of e-assessment in academics’
Anna Klesse (RKTO) workshop on funding opportunities

3rd December 2015
Dr Linda Robinson “The ‘love triangle’: an exploration of the ‘up close’ experience of learning in the context of a professional doctorate”

12th November 2015
Opportunity for colleagues within the Institute to present their own research in progress and receive feedback.

23rd October 2015
Professor David Coghlan – ‘seeking “doctorateness” in insider action research’

15th October 2015
An introduction to open access publishing and REF. chaired by Nico Pizzolato (NP).

14th April 2015
Dr Alan Page “Engaging the pragmatic practitioner in research: How do you develop a culture of research within modern professions”

26th Feb 2015
Professor Sarah Corrie ‘Evidencing our Practice: Voyages of Discovery and the Quest for Credibility’

4th December 2014
Professor David Plowright “Frameworks for an Integrated Methodology: Re-thinking Social and Educational Research”

9th October 2014
Professor Jan Fook “Reflexivity in Research: What it means in theory and practice”

27th March 2014
Dr Kate Maguire ‘Exploring the different uses of ‘I’ in practitioner research’

20th Feb 2014 Professor Sarah Corrie ‘Deconstructing the Concept of Evidence: Diverse     Perspectives on the Quest for Legitimate Knowledge’

28th June 2019
Work and learning network of UALL annual conference
University of the Arts (Holborn),-at-and-through-work-capturing-workplace-learning-for-transformative-higher-education

14th-15th June 2018
University of Leuven, Belgium
The Work and Learning network annual Conference in collaboration with EURASHE

23rd June 2017
UALL Work and Learning Network Conference, Middlesex University

12th April 2017
Gill Clarke and Carol Costley, ‘The quality and reputation of UK doctorate’, Middlesex University

18th November 2016
Coaching @MDX conference, Middlesex University

4th May 2016
The future of Professional Doctorates in England: evidence, perceptions, strategy, impact

24th June 2016
UALL Work & Learning Network Annual Conference 2016

8th July 2016
Innovative Pedagogies in Practice Doctorates – International Association for Practice Doctorates

15th and 16th March 2016
5th International Conference on Professional Doctorates jointly hosted with UKCGE at the Titanic Centre, Belfast ‘Candidate and Graduate Experiences, Outcomes and Achievements’.

21st July 2015 ‘An Audience with Basarab Nicolescu’ Executive Boardroom   3.30 – 5.00

26th June 2015 Work and Learning network (UALL UK) conference, London

5th June 2015 Workshop/seminar with UKCGE in London ‘Doctoral Advising; some fresh perspectives’

26th July 2014 UALL Work & Learning Network Annual Conference, University of Westminster keynote speakers, workshops, discussion groups and a networking event.

4th July 2014 Doctorates, Practice and Entrepreneurship; some challenges for research
Colleagues from across the UK attended. The first speaker, an entrepreneur who had undertaken the IWBL DProf stated that his personal journey and academic guidance for an innovative research and development project was the crucial aspect of his achievement. The second speaker, an academic at UCL had undertaken an Eng D and found key elements of entrepreneurship were building networks and trusted relationships with a creativity that ‘shifts ideas to market’. Delegates discussed the nature of impact and how it can be of benefit to people, methodologies that incorporate personal transformation and tangible outcomes that demonstrate impact, industry representation on peer review and a wider definition of ethics that bring morals and values into greater significance.  It was concluded that there is a change in the habitus of academics that takes them further into practice and ‘real world’ data.  The event was held in the iconic art deco building, 80 The Strand

2nd and 3rd April 2014
UK Council for Graduate Education/ IWBL jointly hosted conference series:
‘International Conference on Professional Doctorates’ no. 4 was held in Cardiff.  International speakers were from University of Queensland, Prof. Ingrid Lunt, University of Oxford, Prof. Andrew Brown, Institute of Education, University of London. Over 150 delegates attended. Some full papers from the conference will be published in the Work Based Learning e-journal. Extended abstracts can be found on