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Dr Peter Fitch
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Education and Practice Development
  • Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience)

I am a Lecturer (Teaching) at UCL's Arena Centre for Research-based Education. I teach across the UCL Arena Centre’s professional development provision for PhD students, research staff and early career academics. I have responsibility for Personal Tutoring staff development across UCL. I work closely with the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences to enhance their education provision.

Before joining the Arena Centre, I was a Senior Teaching Fellow in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering at Imperial College London. I taught across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate settings, and have had roles as deputy course director, undergraduate personal tutor and Senior Postgraduate (Taught) Tutor. 


Lecture (Teaching), UCL, June 2020
Senior Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London, 2015 - 2020
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Imperial College London, 2012 – 2015
Research Intern, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, 2012
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London, 2010 – 2012
Physical Properties Specialist, University of Leicester & IODP Expedition 320, 2009
Intern, Baker Hughes INTEQ, 2007


MEd in University Learning & Teaching, Imperial College London, 2019
Ph.D., University of Leicester, U.K., 2010.
M.Geol (Geology) Degree, University of Leicester, U.K., 2004.

Research Summary

My educational research interests focus on personal tutoring in higher education, PGT students’ learning approaches, digital communities of learning, and peer support networks.

My geoscience and engineering research integrates petrophysical properties, geologic modelling and flow simulation to investigate the impact of geological heterogeneities on flow in complex subsurface reservoirs.

Teaching Summary

I currently teach across the range of Arena seminars and professional development programmes, supporting and recognising colleagues who are involved in learning, teaching and supporting the student experience at UCL. 

Prior to joining the Arena Centre I taught across a range of lecture, practical and fieldwork settings. I have been a personal tutor to undergraduate students, Senior Postgraduate Tutor for four MSc programmes, and supervised a number of PhD and MSc research students in field of petroleum geoscience and engineering. 

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