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Dr John Butcher BA, MA, PGCE, MEd, EdD, SFHEA

Associate Director (Curriculum and Access)

As Associate Director (Curriculum and Access) in LTI at the OU, I am responsible for the development, enhancement and implementation of the portfolio's teaching curriculum. This includes leadership of the university’s UK-wide Access provision (three 30 credit Level 0 interdisciplinary Access modules). I am also Deputy Director on the Open Programme and support the Masters in Online Distance Education. I lead the Access Observatory and through that, evaluation and reporting of Widening Participation initiatives: internally via implementation and evaluation of the university’s Widening Access and Success Strategy; and externally, via Accessand Participation plans to  OfS. I am Academic Lead for the Access Student Support Team. I have supervised 13 doctorates to successful completion and I am currently supervising three Doctorates in Education.

I represent the OU as an Executive member on the Forum for Access and Continuing Education. I am Managing Editor for the international journal Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning and I am also a Review Coordinator for the Quality Assurance Agency. . I have gained funding, as Principal Investigator, for a number of research projects, most recently'Understanding the impact of outreach on access to higher education for disadvantaged adult learners' (OFFA, 2016-17), and  'Part-time higher education in the UK' (HEA, 2014-15).

Dr John Butcher is Associate Director (Curriculum and Access) in Learning and Teaching Innovation at the Open University,He is responsible for the development, enhancement and implementation of the portfolio's teaching curriculum, particularly leadership of the university’s UK-wide Access provision (three 30 credit Level 0 interdisciplinary modules).  He is Deputy Director on the Open Programme, and supports the Masters in Online Distance Education. He leads the Access Observatory and through that, evaluation and reporting of WP initiatives: internally via implementation and evaluation of the university’s Widening Access and Success Strategy; and externally via the OU's Access and Participation plan to OfS. He is Academic Lead for the Access Student Support Team.

John is an active researcher. He has gained funding, as Principal Investigator, for a number of research projects. These include: "Understanding the impact of outreach on access to higher education for disadvantaged adult learners" (OFFA, 2016-17); "Part-time higher education in the UK" (HEA, 2014-15); "Employability and WBL in art, design and media" (ADM subject centre, 2007-08); "Web portal for progression from foundation degrees in ADM" (NALN, 2006-08); “The Coordinator role in ITE” (TDA, 2004-5); "Bilingualism and Initial Teacher Education" (TTA, 2002-04). He has also gained internal scholarship funding for projects on the assessment of reflection, the language of assessment on Access modules and progression from STEM Access modules to L1 Science.

He has supervised 13 doctorates to successful completion and is currently supervising three doctorates in education.

John is  Managing Editor of the international journal Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning and regularly review for others. He was the founding editor of the open access international journal Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education, and is on the Advisory Board for the Journal of Further and Higher Education.

He is a Review Coordinator for the Quality Assurance Agency and represent the OU on the Executive of the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE).

His previous roles include: Head of Academic Practice & Learning Innovation at University of Derby; Senior Academic Development Advisor at University of Northampton; Director of Learning & Teaching at University College Falmouth, and before that Staff Tutor in Education at the Open University. He began his career teaching and managing in post-16 education (FE and sixth form).

 His main areas of expertise are:

  • widening participation.
  • mentoring;
  • strategic academic/ professional development;
  • teaching skills in post-compulsory education;

His publications include: Developing Effective 16-19 Teaching Skills and Leading Professional Development in Education (both Routledge) and many journal articles, including those in: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, Journal of Further and Higher Education, International Journal of Academic Development, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, The Curriculum Journal; Journal of Education for Teaching; Teacher Development; Research Papers in Education; Open Learning; Mentoring and Tutoring. He has externally examined at the universities of Winchester, Northampton, Canterbury Christchurch, Oxford Brookes and Newport. He is currently External Adviser to the EdD at Leeds Beckett University.


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Open University Teaching award

For promoting equality