I joined the University of Warwick's History Department in 1988, appointed as the first ever lecturer in History and Computing in the UK. Since then, I've encouraged innovative practice across the department and university both in my own work and supporting that of others. I have embedded e-learning techniques and resources throughout the Department so that the application of technology to the teaching of History is considered common practice. My work has included developing processes to deliver timely and effective feedback to students; the creation of digital videos to support research students through the formal procedures to upgrade their status from MPhil to PhD and through their viva voce examinations; and the use of annotated Google maps to allow students to explore the spatial dimensions of the Victorian city. I encourage my students to collaborate actively in improving teaching and learning by collaboration in curriculum design, assessment and feedback. My teaching practice is strongly grounded in my research on British political history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I strongly believe that academic scholarship in History should interact with as wide an audience as possible and therefore I have a wide-ranging portfolio of public engagement activities which include theatre, exhibitions, media and policy work. From 2008-11 I was the Director of the Higher Education Academy's History Subject Centre. This enabled me to work with historians across the UK and to drive forward change at a national level. I received a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006 and a National Teaching Fellowship in 2010.
- e-resources and e-learning in the Department of History and the School of Comparative American Studies
- It's Good to Talk: Feedback, Dialogue and Learning
- King's-Warwick Project - Academic Literacy Strand
- MPhil to PhD Upgrade Support Website
- Online MA in History
- PhD Viva Support Website
- Gender, History and Politics, 1760-1939 (HI253)
- British Parliamentary and Electoral Politics, 1688-1832 (HI254)
- Georgian Britain (HI145)
- The Victorian City (HI371)
I also support teaching on the Making of the Modern World and the interdisciplinary module Forms of Identity.