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Dr Nicholas Grindle
Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 02076798282
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Education and Practice Development
  • Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience)

An art teacher with a passion for Hogarth and for teaching inspired me to study History of Art at UCL. I did an MA at the University of Essex and PhD back at UCL, and taught History of Art at many universities including Oxford Brookes, Birkbeck, and the Open University. 

I loved teaching and wanted to learn more about education, so I started to research my teaching, and then completed a PG Cert in Academic Practice with the OU in 2009-11. Shortly afterwards I moved to UCL’s Arena Centre for Research-based Education to teach on the MA in Adult Education. I gained my Senior Fellowship of the HEA in 2017. I’m married to Ying Hwei and live under two small children in south London.

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research focuses on the relation between education and research in research-intensive universities. By helping lecturers close the gap between these two spheres of their work, I want to improve the student experience by giving lecturers creative ways of sharing not only the content of their research, but also the skills and resilience that underpins research, that students would benefit from having too. 

Teaching Summary

I contribute to research-based development and innovation in many areas, including:

  • Mentoring PhD students who are new to teaching; I co-created UCL’s first pathway to AFHEA for Postgraduate Teaching Assistants, in the faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences.
  • Introducing Lecturers and postdocs to education at UCL; I created the first pathway to FHEA for lecturers who were new to UCL.
  • Leading experienced supervisors through the UK Council for Graduate Education’s Good Supervisory Practice Framework.
  • Initiating two successful development programmes for staff at all levels from across UCL. With UCL and external colleagues I’ve contributed sessions on a range of topics, including Teaching with Emotions, Capstone Assessments, and Teaching with Metacognitive Strategies. 
  • Enhancing the design of new degree programmes via a workshop that I run with colleagues, which supports UCL’s Programme and Module Approval process.
  • Co-ordinating 15-credit module for MRes students titled ‘Connecting Writing with Research’, designed to demystify academic writing, and help students understand how it supports good research.

Academic Background
2017   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow  
2011   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow Open University
2010   Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Open University
2001   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1997   Master of Arts University of Essex
1996   Bachelor of Arts University College London
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