• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Brian trained as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse and cared for children and their families in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. He developed his career into education based on experience and interest in learning and teaching and currently works as a lecturer in higher education practice.
Brian is interested in all aspects of pedagogy and the influence it has on the student experience. He is particularly interested in, (academic), self-efficacy, what enhances or erodes it and the contribution it makes to confidence, decision making and practice.


Research Interests

Brian's research interests centre upon all aspects of pedagogy, academic self efficacy and the effect it has on student experiences of inclusion and success. 

Teaching Interests

Brian's teaching interests focus upon pedagogy, learning and teaching methods, curriculum design, learning outcome construction, assessment design/redesign, understanding and enhancing student engagement and evaluation techniques. He is particularly interested in enabling engagement through the development of inclusive practice.

He teaches on the PGCHEP and the MEd programme about enhancing assessment through redesign and leadership in higher education.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 15 Dec 2022

Award Date: 2 Nov 2015


Award Date: 1 Nov 2002

Bachelor, University of Manchester

Award Date: 10 Jun 1999

External positions

External Examiner, University of Manchester

1 Oct 201731 Dec 2021

Learning and Teaching Consultant, The Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development

2015 → …

External Examiner, University of Northampton

1 Sep 20121 Sep 2016


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Student engagement
  • Constructive alignment
  • Inclusion


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