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Dr John Francis

Lecturer in Higher Education

I have worked at Kingston University since April 2016 and I am currently a Lecturer in Higher Education. I work as part of the Kingston Academic Practice and Standards (KAPS) team, and also contribute to the Introduction to Teaching and Learning (ILT) programme for staff new to teaching and learning in higher education. My current teaching focuses on pedagogic innovative pedagogy, large and small group teaching, public speaking, feedback, feedforward, inclusive learning environments, transition and evaluation.

I have been working in higher and further education for many years and have previously held a number of academic and advisor posts with the University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, Sains Malaysia University, Penang, Arts Institute Bournemouth, Kingsway Westminster College London, East Devon College, LSIS/Nord Anglia and more recently Brunel University, London.

These appointments afforded for me opportunities to teach and research into a variety of pedagogic and media arts arenas. Having trained as a painter and film maker in the UK and the USA I have taken a multidisciplinary and blended approaches to research and pedagogy.

As an artist and film maker I have exhibited widely in the UK and US. Selected exhibitions and video commissions include the Brooklyn Museum, San Diego El Centro Museum (with Border Art Workshop), University of Texas at Austin and Arts Council GB.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Senior Fellow HEA
  • Ofsted Inspector (ITE)
  • Society Researchers in Higher Education

Research interests

Research interests in British and European Cinema have led to research funding from the British Council on Czech Film and Animation Industry. I have been invited to lecture at FAMU Prague and Beijing Film Academy. As a visiting Exchange Fulbright Professor, I very much enjoyed teaching video, art and printmaking at Southwestern College, San Diego, California, USA.

More recently I have been engaged in two pedagogic research projects. The ‘Personas' project seeks to explore the notion of life experiences and their relationship with lecturing performance and pedagogy. The research is informed by Erving Goffman's ideas of the presentation of self in everyday life. ‘Personas' considers how strategic encounters are used to ‘sell' a particular self-image during learning and teaching interactions. My other research project looks at the effectiveness of learner evaluations. ‘Picture card' evaluation successfully uses a wide range of images to illicit feedback from participants. The research has been presented at several conferences and used in a number of funded research activities. Recently I was invited to use the ‘Picture cards' by UCL Eastman in an ongoing project on the student experience. The two research projects have been delivered at conferences and learning institutions.

Conference presentations – read more in Kingston University's Research Repository (a digital archive of published research produced by Kingston University staff and researchers).

Contact details

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Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
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Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

Contact us

Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice