Professor of Sociology

This announcement has been posted today on the University of Lincoln’s internal website:

Professor Mike Neary: change of role

After seven years as Dean of Teaching and Learning and three years as Director of the Graduate School, Professor Mike Neary has decided to relinquish both roles in order to allow him to focus on his research and teaching.

Mike will join the School of Social and Political Sciences as Professor of Sociology and will make a major contribution to the development of the School’s new Sociology degree, which recruits its first students in September this year. Mike will also continue to supervise his PhD and EdD students, working closely with colleagues in the Centre for Educational Research and Development.

Mike joined Lincoln in 2007 from the University of Warwick where he had been the Director of the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research, a collaborative Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning between the Department of Sociology at Warwick and the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University.

On moving to Lincoln Mike established the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD) to provide leadership in developing a new vocabulary of teaching and learning within the institution. As Dean of Teaching and Learning, Mike led a number of projects which have had a transformative effect on teaching and learning. Two of these deserve special mention. The first was the Learning Landscapes project, a HEFCE-funded, Lincoln-led project which explored the relationship between space, spatiality and radical participative pedagogies. The lessons learnt from this project can be seen in many of the University’s new and existing buildings.

Mike’s second major institutional project, which has been adopted as the central organising principle of the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy, is Student as Producer. This Lincoln-led project was  HEA-funded and has gained considerable recognition not only nationally but internationally, and contributed significantly to the University achieving a commendation for its enhancement of student learning opportunities in its QAA institutional review in 2012.

After devoting so much time and commitment to these and other teaching and learning projects, as well as chairing three of the University’s important academic committees, Mike has decided that it is time to reclaim his academic roots. I am delighted that Mike has chosen to remain at Lincoln to lend his considerable expertise in the field of Sociology to our new venture in this field. I would also like to record my thanks for Mike’s continued commitment to the Lincoln project and his legacy which has provided the foundations for the future.

I am sure colleagues will wish to join me in thanking Mike and wishing him well in his new role with us.

Professor Scott Davidson

Deputy Vice Chancellor

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