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Dr Simon Pratt-Adams

Associate Professor in Academic Development
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Leadership and management
Research Supervision:

Simon is Director of the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education (CIHE) and Associate Professor in Academic Development. He divides his time between Anglia Learning & Teaching and Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

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Simon is the Director of the Centre of Innovation in Higher Education and Associate Professor in Academic Development at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. A published academic with research interests that include Pedagogic Research, Urban Education and Primary Education. Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with an excellent understanding of teaching, learning and research within HE and school sectors. 

A people and task-oriented leader with the ability to achieve under pressure and identify, set, and deliver to deadlines. Worked in senior leadership and management positions as Deputy Dean with responsibility for international developments and external income, Head of Education, Head of Teacher Education and Director of Research. Committed to and experienced in educational quality and UK and international partnership working ensuring the highest staff/student experience. Consultant, external examiner, and validation assessor and works with external stakeholders including Advance HE, Society of Research in Higher Education and Ofsted.

Research interests
  • Pedagogic Research
  • 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
  • PhD
  • MA Urban Education
  • PG Dip Information and Communication Technology
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PGCE (Primary)
  • Dip 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)

Latest publications

Thomas, L.; Warnes, W. & Pratt-Adams, S. (2023) Addressing the challenges of evaluating curriculum enhancement and learning development: an institutional case study using programme theory evaluation, Innovations in Education and Teaching International doi: 10.1080/14703297.2023.2293958

Warnes, M. & Pratt-Adams, S. (2023) Developing a Centre for Innovation in Higher Education and a pedagogic research community of practice, ICERI2023 Proceedings, pp. 100-109 doi: 10.21125/iceri.2023.0059  

Stavrianos, A., & Pratt-Adams, S. (2023) Experience as the Sought Outcome: From Foundational Skills to Inclusive and Holistic Learning. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 11, 19-35 https://doi.org/10.4236/jss.2023.1110002

Selected recent publications

Tsegay, S. M., Wheeler, L., Kirkman, P., & Pratt-Adams, S. (2023) Teacher Perspectives on Primary-Secondary School Transition Projects During the COVID-19 Pandemic. SAGE open, 13(2), 21582440231181382

Stavrianos, A., & Pratt-Adams, S. (2022) Representations of the Benefits of Outdoor Education for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Thematic Analysis of Newspapers. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 10, 256-268 https://doi.org/10.4236/jss.2022.106020

Gilbert, G., and Pratt-Adams, S. (2022) Soft Systems Methodology in Education: Applying a Critical Realist Approach to Research on Teacher Education. Springer Cham https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99225-5

Pratt-Adams, S. and Warnes, M. (2022) The Impact of Pedagogic Writing Retreats on Participants' Identities and Writing Habits. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. Vol. 4, (3), April https://journals.staffs.ac.uk/index.php/ipihe/article/view/8

Holmes, G. and Pratt-Adams, S. (2021) The Role of the Head Teacher in the Church of England Primary School: leadership, Values and Ethos, Journal of Research on Christian Education DOI: 10.1080/10656219.2021.1930304  https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/SKTIN4PSVPNBTZTJHVN2/full?target=10.1080/10656219.2021.1930304

Middleton, A.; Pratt-Adams, S. and Priddle, J. (2021) Active, inclusive and immersive: Using Course Design Intensives with course teams to rethink the curriculum across an institution. SEDA Educational Developments, Issue 21.1, pages 9-13

-Adams, S. Richter, U. and Warnes, M. (Eds) (2020) Innovations in Active Learning in Higher Education. University of Sussex/Fulcrum https://doi.org/10.20919/9781912319961

Longcroft, A. and Pratt-Adams, S. (2020) Enhancing The Supervision of Undergraduate Major Projects Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice 8(1):135-146 http//doi:10.14297/jpaap.v8i1.385] 

Gilliam, P. H., Pratt-Adams, S., & J. P. Kerrigan, M. (2020) Re-Examining the Value of UK University Business Studies Courses for Post- Graduation Nepalese Graduates. Journal of Education and Research, 10(2), 52-75 https://doi.org/10.3126/jer.v10i2.32719

Gilbert, J and Pratt-Adams, S (2020) Transforming Higher Education Culture: Teacher Education in Kosovo. International Journal of Educational Reform, Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 256-274 https://doi.org/10.1177/1056787919892007

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.