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Dr Vincent C H Tong
  • Principal Teaching Fellow (Connected Curriculum)
  • UCL Arena Centre
  • VP: Education

2015-present Principal Teaching Fellow (Connected Curriculum), University College London

2012-15 Senior Lecturer in Geophysics, Birkbeck College, University of London

2007-12 Lecturer in Geophysics, Birkbeck, University of London

2007-present Honorary Lecturer in Geophysics, University College London

2005-06 Research Geophysicist, Geoscience Research Centre, Total

2001-05 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London

1997-2000 PhD in Geophysics, University of Cambridge/ Trinity College Cambridge

1994-97 BSc in Physics, Imperial College London

Research Summary

Higher Education Pedagogy

I am interested in research-teaching nexus and disciplinary education research, particularly in STEM and related subjects.  I have edited two research volumes on higher education pedagogy in geosciences (Tong, Springer, 2014) and a hybrid textbook-research volume on linking cutting-edge research in seismology across astrophysical, planetary and earth sciences (Extraterrestrial Seismology, Tong & Garcia, Cambridge University Press, 2015).

I am passionate about advancing “students as partners” as a way to shape higher education pedagogy, and am the lead of the R=T consortium (www.RequalsT.org).  We use participatory action research approaches in our initiative.  Our findings have been published in the book "Shaping Higher Education with Students: Ways to Connect Research and Teaching" (UCL Press, open access).  It can be downloaded here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/shaping-higher-education-with-students.

I am currently serving as the founding Secretary of the new Education Section of the American Geophysical Union (www.agu.org).

Earth Sciences

I am a geophysicist interested in cross-disciplinary applications of seismic imaging.  

I am the UCL Principal Investigator of OSCAR (2014-18), a UK-led research consortium in Earth Sciences funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.  We are investigating the interactions between underwater volcanoes and ocean circulation - by developing a novel integrated crust-ocean model of the Panama Basin in the East Pacific.  

I served as an Associate Editor of Annals of Geophysics (2013-16).

Teaching Summary

The Connected Curriculum

I am a Principal Teaching Fellow at the Arena Centre for Research-based Education, and I am the strategic lead of the Connected Curriculum, UCL's research-based education initiative.  I was awarded the Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) in 2015.

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