Team

Our academic staff here at University Centre South Devon undertake current research and are thought leaders in their area of expertise.

Find out more about the wide range of experts by subject area below:

Business and Law 


Alastair Wilson
Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Tourism Marketing, Economics, Finance, Research Methodology and Data Analysis
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Andrew Faulkner
My key area of interest is in multi-dimensional area of Leadership and Management, and I am proud to have used this in the creation of the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management top up degree here at UCSD, and to have developed the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship at UCSD in conjunction with the CMI. I am an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development which is a professional association for Human Resource Management professionals.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Leadership and Management, Human Resources, Employment Relations, Business and Corporate Strategy
Contact:
01803 540425
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
CIPD
CMI
FdA Business and Management
BA (Hons) Leadership and Management
HNC Business
BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Colleen Douglas-Temple
I am interested in the criminal justice system and am looking to commence a PhD in October in this area and criminal law.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Tort, Constitutional and Administrative Law, English Legal System, Company Law, Personal and Corporate Dept Recovery
Contact:
01803 540808
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
Research Gate
LinkedIn
FdSc Law

David Chambers-White
I am an experienced lecturer and programme coordinator in law. I have a strong interest in the core intellectual skills that are required to successfully study and practice law and also in gender and sexuality issues/identity within the law.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Law, Criminal Law, Core Intellectual Skills for Law, Gender issues within Law, Pastoral Care and Support
Contact:
01803 540437
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
Association of Law Teachers
FdSc Law

Helen Hughes
Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Youth Justice, Criminological Theory, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Child Development
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Lynn Stephens
Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Leisure Industry Management, Leadership, Marketing and Business, Change Management
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Rachel Jackson
My industry background is in high end European and International Hospitality Management. I have also travelled extensively and have a sound knowledge of the tourism industry. I am currently involved in research with the local Chamber of Commerce to increase expenditure through cruise tourism and associated visitors to Torbay.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Luxury Hospitality, Events Management, Food and Beverage Management, Front Office Management, Cruise Industry, Human Resources and Employment Relations
Contact:
01803 540314
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
FdSc Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management
Level 4 Hospitality Manager with Certificate of Higher Education
Sarah BowdenMain area of teaching, practice and research:
Law, Legal Support, English Legal System, Behaviour Management, Pastoral Care and Support
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Trevor Smee
Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Licensed trade, Food and Beverage Management, Events and Conference Management, Leadership
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Computing, Electronics and Engineering


Andy Cuffe
Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Software Engineering, C/C++ Programming, C#, Server Side, Database, Hardware Systems
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Conrad Saunders
I specialise in network configuration, security and management.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Hardware Systems and Support, Network Principles, Windows Network Management, LAN Enterprise Networks, Programming
Contact:
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
LinkedIn
FdSc/HNC Computing

Construction and Civil Engineering

Alex OsborneMain area of teaching, practice and research:
Structures, Coastal Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Water Treatment
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Dave Worthington
(SFHEA)
I am an external examiner for University College of Estate Management (UCEM) for 2 programmes: FdSc Science in Construction Practice and FdSc Science in Surveying Practice.

My specialist area of previous research and current interests would be historical and sustainable building conservation.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Construction Management, Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings, Building Services
Contact:
01822 540744
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
LinkedIn
BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
Fdsc/HNC Civil and Coastal Engineering
FdSc/HNC Sustainable Construction and The Built Environment

Creative Industries


Gareth Day
Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Digital Technology, Creative Culture, Data Visualisation, Sensory Design, Convergent Technologies
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Pawel Szymanski
I am a fine artist with interests in painting, printmaking and video. My current research project is based on creating visual responses to my observations of people, who are suspended in the vacuum of hypnotic repetition. I have travelled the world interviewing and recording individuals, who genuinely struggle with their existence in the context of their survival. I have gathered substantial primary sources and evidence from destinations across the globe.Contact:
01803 540494
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
Hypnotic Repetition
Portfolio
Youtube
Instagram
Uncertainties of Tomorrow
Research Showcase

Education and Teaching


Alison Milner
Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Education Policy, Sociology of Education, Social Pedagogy, Reflective Practice, Identity Work
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
Research Showcase
Anna NealeMy main focus is Developmental/ Social Psychology.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Aggression, Gender Studies, Child Development, Self Concept, Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Criminal Psychology
Contact:
01803540536
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
BA (Hons) Child Development and Education
BA (Hons) Education, Development and Society

Dr Estelle Tarry
My research interests include comparative and international education; international schools and intercultural education; education in developing countries; learning and teaching; assessment and achievement; international students and academic staff in higher education; teaching assistants; parental choice.Contact:
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
BA (Hons) Education, Development, and Society
Research Gate
Research Showcase

Issy Hallam
My teaching and research centres on the application of psychological theory and research to education. I am interested in how positive psychology can be used to support all learners to flourish, particularly those with learning or mental health disabilities or difficulties. My PhD research focuses on how different psychological factors impact on students’ capacity to persist with their studies when things are tough.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Psychology, Special Educational Needs and Disability, Inclusion, Research Methodology, Pastoral Care and Tutoring
Contact:
01803 540727
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
PhD researcher profile
Research Showcase
ResearchGate
FdA Teaching and Learning

Jo Button
Within Early Years Education outdoor play in the natural world encourages curiosity, challenge, magic and adventure. Children’s feelings of fear, exhilaration and fun are associated with ‘risky play’ activities. This type of play is often seen at Forest School, when tree climbing, lighting fires, and whittling. I love to inspect the benefits of this play, however within a ‘risk-averse’ society, there are often barriers from teachers, parents or practitioners. Looking at the perspectives and views that we all hold about what is ‘too risky’, can inform practice to ensure consistency across staff, and a clear message to parents and children about the culture and ethos of a setting’s views on the value of play.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Play, Autism, Forest School, Early Years Care and Education, Outdoor Education
Contact:
01803540874
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
ORCID
Twitter
FdA Early Years Care and Education
BA (Hons) Child Development and Education
BA (Hons) Education, Development and Society
Exploring practitioners’ perceptions of risk when delivering Forest School for 3- to 5-year-old children

Katrina Perkins
My teaching and research interests are centred around class inequality, poverty, globalisation, mass media and qualitative research. Since supporting the student voice is at the heart of my pedagogy, my Masters research focussed on widening participation in higher education. My passion for quality assurance has led me to take on the role of safeguarding governor at a local school and curriculum area moderator for three colleges across the country.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Widening Participation, Social Justice, Education Inequality and Achievement, Social Policy, Globalization
Contact:
01803 540415
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

BA (Hons) Education, Development, and Society
FdSc Psychology and Sociology
FdA Teaching and Learning
Katy JoyI am an educator in the FE and HE sectors with a research focus in Outdoor and Adventure Education, Sports and Education. I am involved in multiple research projects that span across each of my research fields. I have particular interest in research in the social sciences and the use of theory to support analysis of social phenomena.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Education, Teacher Training, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Social Science
Contact:
01803 540772
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
Published research – The effectiveness of post-16 pathways for gaining employment associated with undergraduate degree study
BTEC Diploma in Education and Training
Pearson Certificate in Education and Training
Research Showcase

Lauren Beamish
Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Social Psychology, Psychology of Sex Offending, Attachment Theory, Working with Looked After Children, Integrating Sociological and Psychological Perspectives.
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Lisa Rogers
Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Professional Practice, Child Development, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Communication, Early Years Education and Care
Contact:
01803 540656
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
FdA Early Years Care and Education
FdA Teaching and Learning
FdA Working with Children, Young People and Families
Sam SmithMy main research interest is in supporting social mobility through education. I am researching how to enable this by improving the ‘classroom climate’ through supporting students to develop tolerance and reduce prejudice and conflict. Key areas of concern are developing classroom-based interventions to reduce some of the unconscious psychological biases we all hold; investigating how students respond to peer disclosures when discussing sensitive issues and how co-operative learning can be used to reduce peer prejudice.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Social psychology: Adolescent Mental Health, Cognitive Bias and Prejudice, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodologies, Attachment, Classroom Climate, Unconscious Bias; Co-operative Learning; Peer Disclosures; Teaching Emotive Subjects
Contact:
01803 540612
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
Research Showcase
Research Gate
FdA Teaching and Learning
FdA Early Years Care and Education
FdSc Psychology and Sociology
FdSc Psychology and Criminology
BA (Hons) Education, Development and Society
BA (Hons) Child Development and Education

Health


Andrew Hall
I am a Lecturer in Clinical Education and have extensive experience in clinical practice as a Research Nurse and higher education research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals. My current research interests involve the potential applications of artificial intelligence, augmented reality and emerging technologies blended with Socratic delivery to create a more immersive learning experience and enhance clinical teaching.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Nursing, Microbiology, Digital Health, Research Methods, Critical Care
Contact:
01803 540616
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
Published research
Research Showcase
South Devon College Digital Showcase
FdSc Assistant Practitioner
Leader in Adult Care – Diploma level 5
BSc (Hons) Enhanced Integrated Care

Claire Langman
Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Audiological Science, Medical Pedagogy, Pathophysiology, Clinical Decision Making, Effective Communication
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]
Paul HindleAs a practising Chiropractor, Sports Masseur and Personal Trainer since 2003, I have years of experience in the field of improving and maintaining wellbeing.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Research, Sports Science, Medical Philosophy, Genetics, Hypermobility/Strength, Speed and Power Training/Epigenetics and Training

Research Areas
Musculoskeletal Diagnosis, Treatment and Management (area of expertise)
Contact:
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
FdSc Assistant Practitioner
HNC Enhanced Care Work
Leader in Adult Care
Sam BassettI am a Registered Nursing Associate and BSc (Hons) graduate who currently teaches within the Clinical Education team. I have over 10 years experience in healthcare and nursing. My areas of interest and expertise include: clinical skills, philosophy of healthcare, mental health and effective communication.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Nursing, Mental Health, Long Term Conditions, Patient Centred Care, Effective Communication
Contact:
01803 540616
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
FdSc Assistant Practitioner

Life and Environmental Science


Ben Roper
The areas of focus within my teaching include: coaching behaviours, pedagogy, context, skill acquisition, the coaching process, power and ethics in coaching, professional judgement and decision making, and the application of methods to improve performance.

I consider myself a practicing academic (pracademic) and retain positions within basketball to continue to improve and hone my craft of coaching. These positions include the Basketball England South West Talent Manager and Head of Coaching and Player Development for Plymouth Raiders. I am also a board member for Plymouth Raiders 83 Foundation.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Sports Coaching, Coaching Pedagogy, Performance Analysis, Games Based Approach, Skill Acquisition, Power and Ethics in Coaching, Professional Judgement and Decision Making
Contact:
01803 540672
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
LinkedIn
Basketball England
Plymouth Raiders
BSc (Hons) Coaching (Sports Performance and Development)
BSc (Hons) Coaching (Outdoor Leadership)
FdSc Sports Coaching and Fitness
FdSc Adventure Leadership

Dr Andrea Gaion
I am a marine ecotoxicologist and I have a strong interest for multidisciplinary research in the field of Marine Biology and Environmental Science. I am currently the principal investigator of the UK Blue Shark project. I am actively involved in different research projects aimed to study the impact of contaminants and climate change on marine wildlife.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Marine Biology, Ecotoxicology, Experimental Design, Data Analysis and Environmental Science
Contact:
01803 540339
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
Research Showcase – UK Blue Shark Project
ResearchGate
UK Blue Shark Project website
FdSc Animal Science
BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science

Dr Roger Hopper
Roger is the outdoor education development manager at Heatree Activity Centre and lectures at the University Centre South Devon on the FdSc Adventure Leadership, FdSc Yacht Operations and BSc (Hons) Coaching (Outdoor Leadership) degree programmes. Prior to working at Heatree and South Devon College, Roger had 25 years experience of working in outdoor learning as a multi-activity instructor, coach, trainer, residential centre manager, deputy headteacher in a pupil referral unit and outdoor learning teacher in a special needs school. His passion is the use of the outdoors to enable transformational learning. Roger is a Lead Practitioner with the Institute for Outdoor Learning and regularly publishes articles in their Horizons magazine. Roger is the creator of the National Outdoor Learning Award and he is currently supporting the development of Outdoor Trailblazer Apprenticeships.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Outdoor Learning, Special Educational Needs and Behavioural Management in the Outdoors, Professional Outdoor Standards , National Outdoor Learning Award
Contact:
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
Heatree Activity Centre
FdSc Adventure Leadership
FdSc Yacht Operations
BSc (Hons) Coaching (Outdoor Leadership)
Institute for Outdoor Learning
Horizons Magazine
National Outdoor Learning Award
Outdoor Trailblazer Apprenticeships
Janet EllisMy main area of interest is cell biology, cell signalling in particular. I am a member of the Biochemical Society and have been lucky enough to attend several conferences. My first degree was in Agricultural Botany so I have expertise in the area of botany and crops. My teaching career has developed my expertise in human physiology.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Agricultural Botany, Cell Biology, Signalling Pathways, Physiology of Body Systems, Plant Form and Function
Contact:
01803 540503
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
FdSc Biosciences
Kenneth ArmstrongMain area of teaching, practice and research:
Biochemistry, Biological Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Oxidative Stress
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
Research Showcase

Luke Peakman
I teach across several undergraduate modules including genetics and immunology and I have particular expertise in a range of laboratory practical skills and research and working with students in their development of these skills. I am particularly fascinated by the impact of genomics on understanding different aspects of human disease and also the evolution of our species and how that understanding impacts upon the human condition.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Molecular Genetics, Human Evolution
Contact:
01803 540668
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
Research Gate
LinkedIn
Royal Society of Biology
FdSc Biosciences
Matt RossinMain area of teaching, practice and research:
Ecology, Evolution, Environmental Science
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Mike George
I am a qualified Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Research Methodology and Projects, Training and Fitness, Fitness Testing, Personal Training, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology
Contact:
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
BSc (Hons) Coaching (Sports Performance and Development)
BSc (Hons) Coaching (Outdoor Leadership)
FdSc Sports Coaching and Fitness
FdSc Adventure Leadership
FdSc Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management
Paul HallasMain area of teaching, practice and research:
Marine Biology, Genetics, Statistics, Ecology
PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Simon Holden
I lecture in both Further Education and Higher Education sectors, across a range of qualifications at South Devon College and University Centre South Devon, with particular interests in Health, Exercise and Nutrition. I manage and deliver on a number of the professional fitness qualifications here at South Devon College and still actively practice as a fitness professional in order to remain current with the fitness industry. My background and experience gained from both time spent in the Royal Marines and working for the NHS, has allowed me to develop professionally my passion for fitness and physical exercise. In which time I was lucky enough supporting new health and wellbeing incentives and research, such as the get healthy challenge and NHS smoke free. Alongside my lecturing role, I manage a group called Extreme Bootcamp, where we deliver both group and 1-1 training. This has allowed me to work with a wide range of individuals from novice to the seasoned athletes, thus supporting my role here as a lecturer in sport and fitness.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Human Anatomy and Physiology, Fundamentals of Exercise and Training, Personal Training, Fitness Testing, Nutrition for Exercise
Contact:
01803 540381
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
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Links:
Facebook
Instagram
LinkedIn
Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Level 4
Personal Training and Fitness Instructing Level 3
Instructing Outdoor Fitness (Bootcamp) Level 3
Gym Instructor Level 2
Instructing Water-Based Exercise Level 2
Instructing Circuit Training Sessions Level 2

Marine


Matthew Prowse
Studied HNC/HND Boat Design and Production in Falmouth, followed by a BSc (Hons) Marine and Composites Technology at Plymouth University, graduating in 2006. Accumulated 10 Years of industry experience in Boat Design and Composites Engineering, including companies such as Princess Yachts PLC, Pipex PX and Babcock. Now a lecturer at South Devon Marine Academy in Boat Building and Marine Technologies since 2011. Studying towards PhD/M.Phil in Mechanical Engineering with Plymouth University based on “Automation and Fishing” commenced October 2018, complete approximately 2024.

Main area of teaching, practice and research:
Naval Architecture, Engineering Design, CAD, Production Management, Composites

Contact:
01803 540638
[email protected]

PR enquiries:
01803 540563
[email protected]

Links:
Research blog
Project 15
Research Showcase
FdSc/HNC Marine Technologies
FdSc Yacht Operations
FdSc/HNC Manufacturing and Mechatronic Engineering

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