Activism as Leadership with Dr Jan Etienne

‘Activism as Leadership: Black feminist politics of resistance, impact and change’

About this event

How do Black women at the sharp end of activist struggle propel, collaborate, and inspire?

Dr Etienne will be speaking on the topic of leadership, referring to Chapter 2 ‘Black women academics: Politics of representation and community activism in the African diaspora’ by Patricia Daley from her recent edited book Communities of Activism: Black Women, Higher Education, and the Politics of Representation (2020) London: UCL Press.

Please see this invitation for our online research seminar with Dr Jan Etienne who will be presenting ‘Activism as Leadership: Black feminist politics of resistance, impact and change’ on the 25th October 2022, 2-4 pm.

Please follow the link below to book your place on Eventbrite

The seminar is a part of this year’s Specialist Pathways DProf LED5001 Leadership session and the Work and Learning Research Centre SIGCERS Expert Seminar series for Middlesex University doctoral students and staff.

We will send you the Zoom link for the seminar after you book your place. Any questions please email or

Sponsored by the Special Pathways DProf and Work and Learning Research Centre SIG/CERS

Please go to our Work and Learning network site for a brief review and Jan’s presentation.

Please follow the link for more information about the Womanism Higher Education Research Network:

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.