Staff Profiles, Research & Scholarly Activity
The University Centre at Blackburn College has an active programme of student and staff research. Many of our courses, particularly at Higher Education level, have a research component, and we place importance on the teaching of good research practice. Many University Centre staff are engaged in research projects, and have had research published in books and journals on a range of topics.
Our staff attend conferences, join networks and professional bodies, take part in training and undertake other activities that help the College to be up-to-date on subject areas and developments in teaching and learning.
Academic Web Profiles
- Art and Society
David George Urquhart
My areas of academic interest include Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, contemporary digital technologies and concepts. I am currently exploring and researching for a fut...
Dr Andrew Holden
My career in teaching and research began in 1987. Most of my career has been spent teaching at honours level, leading undergraduate programmes and undertaking academic research. I have a substantia...
Dr Philip Johnson
I have been employed as a lecturer in the College’s higher education provision since 1995 and gained my PhD in Applied Social Science (Lancaster) in 2009. I research various aspects of commun...
Dr Stephen Tate
After a 30-year career as a journalist in the provincial daily newspaper industry, I opted for a career change and have been teaching at University Centre at Blackburn College since 2011. Prior to ...
Dr Val Jessop
My specialist subject is Linguistics, and my main area of interest is reader-response theory which was the subject of my PhD research. I teach mostly Stylistics and Text analysis, Education theory ...
I studied fine art at Chelsea School of Art and Design, where I achieved both B.A. (hons) and Masters degrees. I am an artist, writer and lecturer with almost twenty years experience in delivering ...
I started my career graduating with a degree in fine art painting and later developed an interest in felt and stitch. My practice currently combines my research interests with drawing and fine art ...
I am currently a Lecturer in the School of Art and Society at University Centre at Blackburn College. I have worked as a Lecturer in higher education at Blackburn College for 19 years and duri...
I am a cognitive linguist with a background in discourse analysis and text linguistics. I advocate an interdisciplinary approach to the study of discourse and cognition with an emphasis on achievin...
- Business, Health and Technology
I have been a culinary enthusiast for the last sixteen years. I love to discover new dishes, and I am very much inspired by traveling, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. ...
Dr Adelle Waterworth
Dr Peter Shukie
My academic role includes the design and delivery of modules in Education Studies around the use of technology in teaching and learning. I led on the design of a series of modules listed in t...
Dr Tass Hussain
I joined the college in 2000 teaching law in the Higher Education Centre, which became the East Lancashire Institute for Higher Education, now known as UCBC. Over the years I have taught many diffe...
Farhan Ali Qureshi
Firew A. Biruu
BA (Hons) in Business with Management
FdA in Business
BA (Hons) in Business (Top-up)
Joanne is a lecturer for the CIPS suite of qualifications at UCBC and is the module leader for Contract Law and Problem Solving on the LLB (Hons) Law degree also at UCBC.
Joanne is also...
Lucy is the course leader for the CIPS suite of qualifications at UCBC which attracts delegates from a range of different industries and sectors with one common goal; to improve their knowledge and...
My current position is Academic Subject Leader for the Professional and Commercial courses in the School of Business, Law and Education. I am also the Programme Leader, Assessor and Lead IQA for th...
Having worked in a range of schools, businesses and colleges for over 18 years, I have had the privilege of experiencing a wide range of teaching and learning environments. During the course of the...
The College has a research ethics policy, procedure and committee, and aims to ensure that students who do research gain a sound understanding of the importance of ethics.
Library resources and support
Our library staff provide support to College staff and students engaged in research. They can assist with digital search skills, advise on copyright and plagiarism, and provide guidance on writing for publication. For more information visit our Library pages.
PRISM is the University Centre at Blackburn College academic journal. This is a peer-reviewed, open-access, journal that seeks to foster innovative approaches to the advancement of critical perspectives spanning all domains of learning and teaching. PRISM is dedicated to creating a space for researchers, educationalists and practitioners from every domain of learning and teaching. Read the current edition of PRISM.
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