Dr Nick Allsopp
Assistant Director (Academic Practice)
During his career Nick has worked in three sectors of education. He started his teaching career in a comprehensive school in Derby before moving on to further education in Leicester. After 12 years teaching and managing in the post-compulsory sector he moved into higher education, initially to coordinate and manage further education provision within a higher education context.
In 2001 he moved to De Montfort University to be responsible for developing and coordinating the quality enhancement agenda that emerged and is still developing in HE. This included working with teams to redesign their curriculum so that they are better able to cater for the needs of the increasingly diverse nature of the student intake and highlighting and helping to disseminate examples of good practice in learning and teaching.
From 2012 Nick was Head of Academic Professional Development at DMU where he lead a team of educational developers who designed and delivered DMU’s HEA accredited PGCertHE and supported colleagues across the institution to develop their practice. He was also responsible for a range of strategic learning and teaching projects such as the development of criteria for promotion to Reader and Professor based on pedagogic research as well as the introduction of key university awards for the development of innovative teaching projects.
Nick joined Loughborough University in October 2013 as Head of Academic Practice within the Teaching Centre (now the Centre for Academic Practice) and is currently working on the key strategic priority of developing an HEA-accredited framework for continued professional development.
His doctoral research was concerned with academic professional identity and the evolution of quality improvement in learning and teaching and his current interests include the politics of assessment, on which he has recently published, and the changing nature of academic professional identity.