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Adam Tate


Centre for Academic Development & Quality


As a Lecturer of Academic Practice in the Centre for Academic Development & Quality of  Nottingham Trent University, I teach on the Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship / Postgraduate Certificate of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education for new members of teaching staff at the University. As a member of the Academic Practice team I support scholarly activities and the work of the Trent Institute of Learning & Teaching, sharing and showcasing good practice, as well as advancing new best practices in inclusive and student-centred pedagogy.

I also have responsibility for the online Introduction to Learning & Teaching at NTU, which is a 40-hour training course available for all colleagues at NTU and mandatory for all new teaching and teaching-related staff.

Career overview

I joined NTU’s Academic Practice team in March 2021 as a Lecturer of Academic Practice to support and teach on the Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA) and the Postgraduate Certificate of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE). My passion is for effective education utilising appropriate pedagogies for the educational setting and removing barriers to participation.


BSc Geography -  Aberystwyth University - 2010-2014

MSc Nature, Society & Environmental Policy - University of Oxford - 2014-2015

PGCE Secondary - University of Roehampton - 2016-2017

Learning & Teaching in Higher Education - Associate Teacher - Oxford Brookes University - 2019

PhD Education - Oxford Brookes University - 2018-Present

My doctoral thesis is:  Being a ‘good’ student: the impact of affective influences on student behaviours and practices in the current Higher Education context. I am researching the extent to which universities’ interactions with their students reflect or embody the ‘soft power’ of the state as distinct from their own wholly autonomous actions as education providers. To that end, my research explores how student behaviours and practices are influenced by universities, and takes a post-structural approach focusing on networks of power.

In December 2021, I gained Senior Fellowship of Advance HE.

Previous Experience:

Associate Lecturer - Oxford Brookes University

I was an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University in the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development contributing to the teaching and assessment on Learning & Teaching in Higher Education Module (Associate Teacher) course for members of new staff (and partner organisations) and research students who have teaching responsibilities, the course led to Associate Fellowship of Advance HE. I also acted as a Professional Standards Framework reviewer for Associate Fellowship applications via the pathway route. In the role, I was involved in several Scholarship of Teaching & Learning projects identifying best practice around inclusivity.

Director of Education, Governance & Standards  - International Performing Arts & Theatre Ltd

For five years I was the Director of Education, Governance & Standards for a performing arts education organisation, working with a team taking it from a small London based theatre school to a larger membership and examination board operating in 12 countries with over 100 schools. In the role I led people-centred change to nurture the talent of staff, creating an engaged and effective workforce. I led the creation of systems to provide robust quality assurance and courses centred on active learning, working to ensure that the organisation met sector and regulator requirements. Furthermore, I led the development of a number of qualifications including flexible supporting resources for teachers to use in the creation and delivery of courses in their local context. My role involved me ensuring that the work the organisation engaged in remained true to the purpose of creating a safe and successful performing arts sector, this also included me sharing best practice insights with the sector.

Responsible Officer - Global Education Training & Qualifications

I led the setup of this new awarding organisation focused on creative and vocational education, this involved assembling a Board of Directors of leading industry professionals and academics. I led the development of the policy architecture and systems required for the operation and regulation of the organisation. I worked with qualification teams and the wider team to ensure that qualifications were/are robust and appropriate with quality assured assessment. I was responsible for the awarding process and ensuring that partners effectively delivered programmes with timely reporting.

Teacher of Geography - City of London Academy

I was a Teacher of Geography for students from Y7-Y12 at City of London Academy (Southwark), and I was responsible for the lead of the Y7 curriculum and the geography gifted and talented extracurricular provision. The role involved projects to support widening participation and raising the aspirations of students.

Outside of Formal Education work, I have been involved in a number of civil society organisations:

  • University of Cambridge and the Royal Commonwealth Society - acting as a mentor each year for those on the Queen's Young Leaders Programme, I provide guidance to people working in education/NGO/community groups focused on youth, governance, education and social action
  • Cabinet Officer & Step Up to Serve - a Young Social Action Ambassador working across the East Midlands public, private and community sectors to recognise the work of inspirational volunteers and refer these to the Cabinet Office as part of the Big Society recognition systems
  • The Scouts - a number of roles including: representing the World Organization for the Scout Movement at the European Parliament in 2016, having input into the World Non-formal Education Forum leading to the Rio Declaration in 2019, and most significantly I led the growth of the London Scout Region
  • Commonwealth Youth Parliament - one of two people representing the the under 30s of the UK at the Commonwealth Youth Parliament in 2020

Research areas

My areas of research are:

  • Higher Education Policy
  • Learning & Teaching in Higher Education
  • Education Theory
  • Pedagogy
  • Non-formal Education
  • Education Governance Systems
  • Post-structuralism
  • Foucault
  • Social Theory
  • Biopolitics
  • Power relationships
  • Creative Education
  • Social and Cultural Geography

External activity

I am the Founder of the charity Fahr Beyond, working to support people with Fahr's disease and their families. I remain involved in non-formal education particularly volunteering with The Scouts.


For details of my publications and selected scholarly activities please view my ORCID profile