Peter Wolstencroft


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Research Interests

My research focuses on leadership and management within an educational context. The objective is always to learn more about this area with a view to ensuring that those coming into the area are better supported. To help this process, I have co-authored the bestselling texbook 'The Trainee Teacher's Handbook' and my latest book, which looks at innovation within Higher Education, will be out later this year.

Key themes that run though my work are the importance of putting the people rather than the processes at the centre of education, the necessity of creating a culture in education that removes unnecessary barriers to learning and also how innovation can be used to motivate and to inspire both students and teaching.

The final research area of interest I have is improving the digital literacy of students and staff. There is sometimes an assumption that students have advanced digital literacy skills and whilst that may be true for some people, it is often not the case for everyone. 


Education/Academic qualification

Lifelong Learning, Doctorate, University of Warwick

Education , MA, University of Bedfordshire

External positions

External Examiner , Open University

1 Sep 2019 → …

External Examiner , University of Buckingham

1 Nov 2016 → …

External Examiner, Canterbury Christ Church University

1 Oct 20151 May 2019

External Examiner, Teesside University

1 Oct 20151 May 2019

Principal Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire

1 Sep 201414 Aug 2016

External Examiner, University of Chester

1 Sep 201431 Aug 2015

External Examiner, Sheffield Hallam University

1 Sep 201331 Aug 2016

Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Bedfordshire

1 Sep 200931 Aug 2014


  • L Education (General)
  • Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Self identity

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Research Output 2012 2019

Any Which Way but Powerpoint: Motivating and Engaging Learners without the use of slides

Wolstencroft, P., 25 Jun 2019, Teaching and Learning Excellence: The Coventry Way. Simmons, C. (ed.). Coventry: Coventry University, p. 18-20 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

learning theory

Higher Education: What is it good for? Knowledge or employability

Crossan, M. & Wolstencroft, P., 1 Jul 2019, EDULEARN19 Proceedings. IATED, p. 166-169 4 p. (EDULEARN Proceedings; vol. 2019).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding


Peering through the looking glass: Making sense of the observation process in HE

Wolstencroft, P., 8 Mar 2019

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchWeb publication/site

Open Access
21 Downloads (Pure)

Process to practice: The evolving role of the academic middle manager in English further education colleges

Wolstencroft, P. & Lloyd, C., 1 Jul 2019, In : Management in Education. 33, 3, p. 118-125 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
further education

Push Me, Pull You: Personalising the Learning Experience in Higher Education

Wolstencroft, P. & Crossan, M., 7 Aug 2019, 1 p. Chartered Association of Business Schools.

Research output: Other contribution

cognitive development


BELMAS MiE Board Choice Award 2019

Peter Wolstencroft (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)