Dr John Canning


I joined Learning and Teaching Enhancement Centre (LTEC) in October 2023. My main role is working with the AdvanceHE-accredited Kingston Academic Practice Standards (KAPS) framework where I lead the programme for experienced practitioners. I also contribute to teaching on our AdvanceHE-accredited Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILT) and Supporting and Assisting Learning and Teaching (SALT) programmes for early career academics.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching


  • PhD Geography, University of Bristol, 2002
  • MSc Society and Space, University of Bristol, 1998
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Aberystwyth, 1997
  • Senior Fellow AdvanceHE, 2014
  • Fellow, Staff and Educational Development Association, 2010

Teaching and learning

I am an experienced academic developer and educational researcher having started my career at the UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, based at the University of Southampton (2003-2013). In 2013 I went into institution-based academic development at the University of Brighton where I worked on a range of academic and curriculum development activities and led an HEA/ AdvanceHE accredited PGCert in Academic Practice. 

My work at the Kingston involves supporting individuals and teams across the university, principally in supporting those applying for Fellowships via our AdvanceHE- accredited KAPS schemes. I am also experienced in supporting course and module leaders and advising colleagues on course and module design. Over the years I have also supported colleagues in embedding employability and sustainability in the curriculum.   

I am also an experienced doctoral examiner and recently lead-supervised Jennie Jones' thesis 'Part-time PhD students' learning journeys in UK universities in changing times: Influences of academic, professional and personal relationships and life events (2023)', University of Brighton.


My early research stemming from my PhD thesis concerned issues of nationalism and national identity in Quebec. I then switched to undertaking research into teaching and learning in higher education where my interests have focused on professional identities, quality regimes and student voice. My latest work (with Emma-Louise Jay 2024) calls on researchers to take an heightened interest in social acceleration as a key concern for the study of education. 

Areas of specialism

  • Student voice in higher education
  • Quality regimes
  • Social acceleration


Number of items: 25.


Canning, John and Jay, Emma-Louise (2024) Phenomenologies of ‘social acceleration’ : some consequences and opportunities for education studies in an unknown future. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 45(1), pp. 131-145. ISSN (print) 0159-6306

Rauf, Abdul, Rostás, Kriszta and Canning, John (2023) Learning-outcomes-based assessments at universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands : perceptions of business lecturers. Quality in Higher Education, 29(2), pp. 192-207. ISSN (print) 1353-8322

Canning, John and Masika, Rachel (2022) The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) : the thorn in the flesh of educational research. Studies in Higher Education, 47(6), pp. 1084-1096. ISSN (print) 0307-5079

Canning, John (2019) The UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) as an illustration of Baudrillard’s hyperreality. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 40(3), pp. 319-330. ISSN (print) 0159-6306

Canning, John (2017) Conceptualising student voice in UK higher education : four theoretical lenses. Teaching in Higher Education, 22(5), pp. 519-531. ISSN (print) 1356-2517

Canning, John (2015) Half a million unsatisfied graduates? Increasing scrutiny of the National Student Survey's 'overall' question. Educational Developments, 16(3), pp. 18-19. ISSN (print) 1469-3267

Canning, John (2015) What’s worse than a Ref for teaching? An Ofsted for universities. The Guardian,

Canning, John (2015) Teaching in twenty-first-century higher education : reading Chekhov's 'A boring story' to stimulate reflective practice. Reflective Practice, 16(4), pp. 497-507. ISSN (print) 1462-3943

Canning, John (2015) A new measurement and ranking system for the UK National Student Survey. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 19(2), pp. 56-65. ISSN (print) 1360-3108

Canning, John (2014) Developer, financier, designer : building hybrid projects outside the university. Hybrid Pedagogy, ISSN (online) 2332-2098

Gallagher-Brett, Angela and Canning, John (2011) Disciplinary disjunctures in the transition from secondary school to higher education study of modern foreign languages : a case study from the UK. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 10(2), pp. 171-188. ISSN (print) 1474-0222

Canning, John and Gallagher‐Brett, Angela (2010) Building a bridge to pedagogic research : teaching social science research methods to humanities practitioners. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 2(2), pp. 4-9. ISSN (print) 1758-1184

Canning, John (2010) The invisible developers? Academic coordinators in the UK Subject Centre Network. Teaching in Higher Education, 15(4), pp. 461-466. ISSN (print) 1356-2517

Bernasek, Lisa and Canning, John (2009) Influences on the teaching of Arabic and Islamic studies in UK higher education : connections and disconnections. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 8(3), pp. 259-275. ISSN (print) 1474-0222

Canning, John (2009) A skill or a discipline? An examination of employability and the study of modern foreign languages. Journal of Employability in the Humanities, 3,

Canning, John (2007) Pedagogy as a discipline : emergence, sustainability and professionalisation. Teaching in Higher Education, 12(3), pp. 393-403. ISSN (print) 1356-2517

Canning, John (2005) Placing Quebec nationalisms : constructing English identities in Quebec's Eastern Townships. British Journal of Canadian Studies, 18(1), pp. 120-136. ISSN (print) 0269-9222

Canning, John (2005) Disciplinarity : a barrier to quality assurance? The UK experience of area studies. Quality in Higher Education, 11(1), pp. 37-46. ISSN (print) 1353-8322

Book Section

Kemp, Simon, Kendal, Julia, Warren, Adam, Wright, Laurence, Canning, John, Grace, Marcus and Saunders, Clare (2014) Global consensus is a dream, but Twitter is real : simulating a sustainable development goals summit through interdisciplinary classroom politics and negotiation by social media. In: Leal Filho, Walter , Brandli, Luciana , Kuznetsova, Olga and do Paço, Arminda Maria Finisterra, (eds.) Integrative approaches to sustainable development at university level : making the links. Cham, Switzerland : Springer. pp. 551-566. (World Sustainability Series) ISSN (print) 2199-7373 ISBN 9783319106892

Canning, John (2010) Translating words into action and actions into words : sustainability in languages, linguistics and area studies curricula. In: Jones, Paula , Selby, David and Sterling, Stephen, (eds.) Sustainability education : perspectives and practice Across Higher Education. London, U.K. : Earthscan. pp. 295-312. ISBN 9781849776516

Canning, John (2005) Building the Quebec nation : a geographical approach. In: Morgan, Ceri and Rolfe, Christopher, (eds.) Focus on Quebec 3 : Essays on Quebecois culture and society. Edinburgh, U.K. : British Association for Canadian Studies. pp. 20-29. ISBN 9780950906348

Canning, John (2004) Nationalism(s) as local practice(s) : Re-examining Quebec nationalisms in the Eastern Townships. In: Bryan, Christopher and Ramsey, Doug, (eds.) The structure and dynamics of rural territories : geographical perspectives. Manitoba, U.S. : Rural Development Institute, Brandon University. pp. 43-61. ISBN 9781895397765


Masika, Rachel, Gina, Wisker and Canning, John (2016) Defining and supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) : a sector-wide study : SoTL case studies. (Project Report) York, U.K. : Higher Education Academy. 9 p.

Canning, John (2014) Prospects and pitfalls of extending the UK National Student Survey to postgraduate students : an international review. (Project Report) Brighton, U.K. : Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of Brighton. 24 p.


Canning, John (2002) From Yankees to Québécois : nation-building and national identity in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. (PhD thesis), University of Bristol, .

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Leadership and management

With Laura Minogue (St Marys' University), I am co-chair of the South East Academic Development Network, an informal group of academic developers working in London and South East England.

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