Dr Simon Pratt-Adams

Associate Professor in Academic Development

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Allied Health and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford, Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Leadership and management

Research Supervision:Yes

Simon is Director of the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education and Associate Professor in Academic Development  He divides his time between Anglia Learning & Teaching and Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care.

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01245 683 520
Twitter: @simonprattadams


He works closely with Anglia Ruskin staff as well as partner colleges, to ensure that good practice in Learning and Teaching is shared across our University and among our partner colleges. Simon works with colleagues from all faculties in developing our community in the field of Pedagogic Research in Higher Education across Anglia Ruskin. In the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care, his focus is on operationalising the strategic development of doctoral education.

His management and leadership style is based upon his values and philosophy, being both people and task-oriented and incorporating teamwork, facilitation, commitment and integrity. Previous roles in higher education have included Deputy Dean for international and external income in FHEMS, Head of Department of Education, Head of Teacher Education, Director of Research, Director of Masters Programmes, Learning, Teaching & Quality Adviser and Education Studies Course Leader. He has taught on a wide range of education courses in the areas of school leadership and management, professional development of teachers, and sociology of education. 

He is external examiner for the professional doctorate in education at Manchester Metropolitan University and BA Education at Roehampton University. He is also education advisor for the Open University. From 2016, Simon was appointed as Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Youth College of Management. He has previously developed and run Masters programmes at the State University of New York.

Simon has proven expertise in conducting qualitative research. His funded PhD research, A Study of the Significance of the Same-Sex Peer Group on the Development of Young Males, was a longitudinal study and involved four individual research projects. He's also worked as a research colleague with professors from King's College, London, Goldsmiths College, University of London, and Roehampton University.

Simon has published approximately 25 academic publications. From 2009 to 2013, Simon had a contract with Continuum International Publishers as series editor for the Contemporary Issues in Education Studies; seven books were published in this series. In 2006, Simon's book, The Urban Primary School, was published by OUP/McGraw-Hill and was TES book of the week. His second book, Changing Urban Education, was published by Bloomsbury in 2010, and by the East China University Press in 2017. He has published a co-authored book with Dr Elizabeth Burn in 2015 entitled Men Teaching Children 3-11: Dismantling Gender Barriers.

Research interests

Urban Education
International Education
Male Primary School Teachers
Education of Boys
Mobile Learning Technologies
Educating Young People about Chronic Pain


Doctoral Supervision
Undergraduate and postgraduate education courses
CPD in education


MA Urban Education
PG Dipl Information and Communication Technology
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
PGCE (Primary)
Dipl Youth and Community Work
BA (Hons) Theology

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Visiting Professor, Shanghai Youth College of Management (2016–present)
External Examiner, BA Education at Roehampton University (2016­–present)
EdD Awards External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University (2015–present)
External Examiner, Goldsmiths College (2008–2012)
External Advisor, MA Advanced Professional Practice, Liverpool John Moores University (2016)
External Assessor, Middlesex University (2015)
External Panel Member, Periodic review MSc Practice-based Research, University of Hertfordshire (2015)
External Assessor, Newman University (2016)
Education Advisor, Open University (2016–present)
University Representative at Cambridge Assessment/Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) Examinations HE Consultative Forum (2015–present)
Member of Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board (2014–present)
Member of Harlow Strategic Partnership Education Trust (2014–present)
Trustee and Director of Learning Pathways Educational Academic Trust (2014–present)
Trustee Ann Johnson Educational Foundation (2015–present)
Chair of Governors, Braiswick Primary School, Colchester (2015–present)

Selected recent publications

Pratt-Adams S., and Gilbert J. (2020) Transforming Higher Education Culture: Teacher Education in Kosovo. International Journal of Educational Reform.

Pratt-Adams S., and Tschirhart C., (2019) Closing the loop: An evaluation of student-led module feedback at one UK higher education institution. International Journal for Students as Partners. 

Pratt-Adams S., Maguire M. and Burn E. (2017) Changing Urban Education. Shanghai, East China University Press. 

Burn E. and Pratt-Adams S. (2015) Men Teaching Children 3–11: Challenging Gender Barriers. London, Bloomsbury.

Pratt-Adams S. and Race R. (Eds.) (2011–15) Contemporary Issues in Education Studies – seven books in total. London, Bloomsbury.

Pratt-Adams S., Maguire M. and Burn E. (2011) Changing Urban Education. London, Bloomsbury.