I am the Learning Gain Project Manager in the Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute (LHERI).
The Learning Gain Project is one of 12 projects funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Its purpose is to pilot various mechanisms, including student self-assessment and situational judgement tests, in order to determine which methods are best suited to track the development in a student’s ‘learning gain’ during their three years of undergraduate study. HEFCE defines Learning Gain as the ‘distance travelled’ by students during their studies, as demonstrated through an improvement in knowledge, skills, work-readiness and personal development between two points in time.
The project is informed by the 2015 Rand Report on Learning Gain in Higher Education, which can be viewed here: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR996.html
I am also an historian of British Antarctic exploration. My last two books focused on major expeditions of the ‘post-Heroic’ phase of polar exploration, c. 1922-62.
“ICY GRAVES: EXPLORATION & DEATH IN THE ANTARCTIC” (Stroud: The History Press; due for publication June 2018)
“OPERATION TABARIN: BRITAIN’S SECRET WARTIME EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA” (Stroud: The History Press, 2014) - with Alan Carroll
“SHACKLETON’S DREAM: FUCHS, HILLARY & THE CROSSING OF ANTARCTICA” (Stroud: The History Press, 2012)
“ICE CAPTAIN: THE LIFE OF J.R. STENHOUSE” (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 2008)
“BORN ADVENTURER: THE LIFE OF FRANK BICKERTON” (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 2005)
“CHARLES LEVER: THE LOST VICTORIAN” (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe Ltd, 2000)
ANREW TAYLOR: “TWO YEARS BELOW THE HORN: A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF OPERATION TABARIN” (Norwich: The Erskine Press, due for publication Winter 2017)
IVAN MACKENZIE LAMB: “TAKE THE WINGS OF THE MORNING: A TALE OF OPERATION TABARIN, 1944-46” (London: Greenhill Books, due for publication Winter 2018) - with Dr Ronald Lewis-Smith,
I am currently working on a voluntary basis with the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as Director of Project South Ice, an initiative which plans to locate and excavate the forward base of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, situated close to the foot of the Shackleton Mountain Range in Antarctica.
I regularly give public lectures and talks on my research and writings. Recent events have included talks on the history and legacy of Operation Tabarin (1943-45) given at the British Antarctic Survey and at Waterstone’s, Trafalgar Square, and on the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1956-58) given at the Science Museum.