“Mick’s workshop based around the concepts of engaging undergraduates in research provided an excellent basis upon which to take forward a key enhancement priority at the University of Reading. The day-long workshop provided theoretical insights, applied examples and led the 70 or so academics present through a positive, engaging and enjoyable process. All colleagues left with resources and ideas to develop, as well as actions for the short and medium term. A fantastic developmental workshop. Professor Julian Park 29 September 2011
“Thank you for your contribution to the Sydney Teaching Colloquium. Your lively and engaging session on building enquiry into the undergraduate curriculum provided a perfect starting point for the discussions that followed. Your ability to contribute international perspectives and the range of experience you draw on meant that your presentation was a rich one, a contribution evident also in your responses as a member of the panel and your participation to the Colloquium in general.” Professor Simon Barrie 6 October 2011
“… despite his international status one of Mick’s characteristics is his understated approach to this success. He will sit down with a group of people who are new(ish) to the field and will engage with them as an equal in a way that is both modest and developmental. He sees any opportunity to work with others as a personal developmental opportunity for himself.” Sue Burkill, Exeter University, 25 August 2012
Mick Healey is a HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. He obtained his bachelor and doctorate degrees in geography from the University of Sheffield and lectured at Coventry University from 1974 to 1994 before moving to Gloucestershire. Until mid-2010 he was director of the Centre for Active Learning (CeAL), a HEFCE-funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, director of the Geography Discipline Network (GDN) and Senior Advisor for Geography to The Higher Education Academy’s Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. He was co-director of a four year Economic and Social Research Council project on Enhancing the quality and outcomes of disabled students’ learning in higher education – the end of project evaluation graded the research as ‘outstanding’. He has also been co-director of a HE Academy project on Linking teaching and research through the disciplines and Academics’ Experiences and Conceptions of ‘Research’ and ‘Teaching’; co-director the University of Gloucestershire’s contribution to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Leadership Programme on Undergraduate Research; and co-director of a National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) Project entitled Leading, promoting and supporting undergraduate research in the new university sector. He also directed another NTFS project on Rethinking final year projects and dissertations: creative honours and capstone projects based at the University of Gloucestershire. In 2014 he was lead author for two HE Academy publications Developing research-based curricula in college-based higher education and Engagement through partnership: Students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education.
In 2000 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in the first round. He has twice been awarded the Journal of Geography in Higher Education Biennial Award for Promoting Excellence in Teaching and Learning (2003 and 2007). In 2004 the Council of the Royal Geographical Society conferred on him the Taylor and Francis Award for ‘contributions to the promotion of learning and teaching in higher education’. In 2012 he was one of the first 10 people to be awarded a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and in 2013 he was awarded a SEDA@20 Legacy Award for Disciplinary Development. In 2015 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Mick is an experienced presenter. Since 1995 he has given over 500 educational workshops, seminars, keynotes and conference presentations in 25 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States). For example, he has given keynotes at the launches of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s project ‘Achieving Teaching Research Connections’ in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne; the SoTL12 Commons conference in Georgia, US; the inaugural Australian Conference on Undergraduate Research in Sydney; the Australian Conference on Science & Mathematics Education in Sydney; the ISSoTL12 conference in Hamilton, Canada, the Council on Undergraduate Research Pre-ISSoTL Symposium in Raleigh, US; the Learning Innovation Network conference in Dublin; the Students as Partners conference in Leicester; the SoTL Forum on ‘Undergraduate research and inquiry for student learning’ in Calgary; the 25th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference in Cambridge, the International Teaching and Learning Conference at NUS, Singapore, the 7th Celebration Ceremony of ISCTE-Institute of University of Lisbon, and the Bürgenstock Conference of Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences and Teachers Universities. He has written approximately 200 papers, chapters, books and guides on various aspects of teaching and learning in higher education. He has 8,500 citations, 4,500 since 2013.
He is currently Inaugural Senior Editor International Journal for Students as Partners. For the last 20 years he has been editor / editorial board member of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and since 2010 he has been co-editor / editorial board member for the International Journal for Academic Development. He was the founding Joint International Editor for the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly until 2016 and the founding co-chair of the International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education (INLT). He has also been a member of the Council of The Higher Education Academy and Regional Vice-President (Europe) of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL). He developed the model of international collaborative writing groups with the INLT and co-adapted it for ISSoTL in 2012 and 2015.
He has advised students, academic staff, support staff, educational developers and senior management in a large number of research intensive, teaching intensive, and comprehensive higher education institutions and government bodies in UK and internationally, including the Canadian Federal Government, Higher Education Funding Council for England, HE Academy, Irish National Academy for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning, League of European Research Universities, and QAA Scotland. He has been an evaluator / advisor to several NTFS and Australian Learning and Teaching Council / Office for Learning and Teaching funded projects. He was an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland and a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University and the University of South Wales (Newport). He is currently a Visiting Professor University College London, The Humboldt Distinguished Scholar in Research-Based Learning at McMaster University, an adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, an International Teaching Fellow at University College Cork, a Visiting Fellow at University of Queensland, and an Advance HE (formerly HE Academy) Accreditor and Consultant. He is co-director of the annual International Institute on ‘Students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education’ led by McMaster University.
Member of ESRC Human Geography Panel Evaluating Applications for Postgraduate Studentships and Advanced Course Bursaries (1997-99)
Advisor to HEFCE on treatment of pedagogic research in the RAE (1999)
Member of HEFCs’ Advisory Group advising on development and selection of Learning Teaching Support Network (LTSN) Subject Centres (1999-00)
Member of HEFCE Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Assessment Panel (2003-04)
Advisor to The Higher Education Academy on Linking Teaching and Research and Pedagogic Research (2004-05)
Member of ‘Expert Panel’ advising HEFCE on ‘Development of research-informed teaching environments’ (2005)
Advisor and Team member in US National Science Foundation Geography Faculty Development Alliance project ‘Improving teaching and learning geography in HE’ (2001-06) Principal Investigator: Foote K
International Visiting Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship, Edith Cowan University, Perth to assist them with development of scholarship of teaching and learning (July 2005)
International Advisor on HERDSA project for Carrick Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education on Discipline based teaching (2005-06). Principal Investigator: Debowski S
International Reviewer Griffith University Institute for Higher Education, Australia (March 2006)
Advisor Canadian Federal Government on Research, Teaching and Learning in post-Secondary Education (April 2006)
Visiting Fellow Charles Darwin University, Darwin Teaching and Learning (June 2006)
Visiting Scholar HERDSA (New Zealand) (July-August 2006)
Visiting Speaker and Advisor University of Queensland, (October-November 2006; October 2008)
Advisor to New Zealand Teaching Matters Forum Project on ‘Inquiry-based learning in undergraduate education – documenting and sharing good practice’ (2006-08), Principal Investigator: Spronken Smith R, Otago
Advisor to Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Project on ‘The academics’ and policy maker’s guides to the teaching-research nexus’ (2006-08), Principal Investigator: Krause K-L, Griffith University, Brisbane
Co-Chair of Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning Group producing new University Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy (with K Mason O’Connor) (2007)
Advisor to QAA Scotland project on Enhancement Themes: Research-Teaching Linkages – Enhancing Graduate Attributes (2007-08) Principal Investigators: Land R, Gordon G, University of Strathclyde
Member of Advisory Committee of (Irish) National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (2007-11)
Advisor to University of Teesside on Development of learning and teaching research strategy (2007-08)
Member of Steering Committee for the Reinvention Centre, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Warwick and Oxford Brookes University (2008-10)
Advisor to University of Plymouth on their Teaching and Learning Strategy (2008)
Member of International Team of Experts advising Professor Angela Brew (Sydney) in her Australian Learning and Teaching Council Senior Fellowship Project on ‘Enhancing undergraduate engagement through research and inquiry’ (2008-09)
Advisor to HE Academy Wales on Strategies for strengthening teaching and research links in Wales (2009)
International member of Science Advisory Board of Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen (2009- )
Advisor to League of European Research Universities Vice-Rectors of Teaching and Learning on research-based teaching (2009)
Advisor to Welsh Universities on Learning and Teaching and Widening Participation Strategies on behalf of HE Academy Wales (2011)
International advisor to ALTC Senior Fellowship Project Dr Les Kirkup Inquiry learning in science: Transforming practice through forging new partnerships and perspectives (2011-12)
International Advisor and Consultant to University of Prince Edward Island Canada, in implementing Student as Scholar Model across the institution (2012)
International Advisor to HE Academy Australian and UK Benchmarking project on promotion policies and processes (2012-13)
International Advisor to Office on Learning and Teaching project ‘Student leadership in curriculum development and reform’ (2013-15). Principal Investigator: Professor Elizabeth Deanne, University of Western Sydney
International advisor to McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL) (2014- )
External advisor to University College London on research-based learning and their Connected Curriculum Initiative (2014-17)