Dr Peter Wolstencroft

Liverpool Business School

After working in various roles in the public sector, I moved into education by teaching part time at the local college. My career in further education brought me experience in both Teacher Training and also the Faculty of Business where I became the Head of School for Business and Professional Studies.

I moved full time into Higher Education in 2009 and worked in a School of Education, specialising in both Initial Teacher Education and Educational Leadership. After completing my PhD at the Centre of Lifelong Learning at Warwick University I became an Associate Head of School responsible for the Student Experience. I moved to LJMU in 2020 where I am very pleased to be part of the team in Business and Management.

I have written extensively on subjects as diverse as widening participation and innovative teaching and I am the co-author of the bestselling textbook 'The Trainee Teachers Handbook'. My latest book 'Achieving Teaching Excellence: Lessons for Further and Higher Education' came out in October 2020.

Languages

English
French

Degrees

University of Warwick, United Kingdom, PhD
University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, MA in Education
Cardiff University, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Cardiff University, United Kingdom, BSc (Econ)

Academic appointments

Subject Leader, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
External Examiner, Open University, 2019 - present
External Examiner, University of Buckingham, 2017 - present
Associate Head of School (Student Experience), Coventry University, 2016 - 2020
Senior/Principal Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire, 2009 - 2016

Journal article

Wang S, Wang S, Wang H, Wolstencroft P. 2021. Growth rate of US state-level biomass consumption Renewable Energy, 179 :911-917 DOI

Wolstencroft P, Gretton G. 2021. Eyes on the Prize: Creating Lifelong Learners Through Engagement with Assessment Chartered College of Teaching - Impact, Publisher Url Public Url

Zhou X, Wolstencroft P, Orim S-MI. 2020. Please don’t put your phones away: the application of learning technology in UK Higher Education, presenting a Framework for Implementation Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 13 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Wolstencroft P, De Main L. 2020. The Role of Further Education in Widening Participation BERA Research Intelligence, Author Url

Wolstencroft P, de Main L. 2020. ‘Why didn’t you tell me that before?’ Engaging undergraduate students in feedback and feedforward within UK higher education Journal of Further and Higher Education, DOI

Wolstencroft P, Lloyd C. 2019. Process to practice: The evolving role of the academic middle manager in English further education colleges Management in Education, 33 :118-125 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Thompson C, Wolstencroft P. 2018. Trust into mistrust: the uncertain marriage between public and private sector practice for middle managers in education Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 23 :213-230 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Wolstencroft P, Thompson C. 2017. 'Chained and Engrained' – Breaking the PowerPoint Dependency Cycle in English Education Journal of Pedagogical Development, 7 Public Url

Thompson C, Wolstencroft P. 2015. Promises and lies: An exploration of curriculum managers’ experiences in FE Journal of Further and Higher Education, 39 :399-416 DOI

Thompson CA, Wolstencroft P. 2014. 'Give 'em the old razzle dazzle' - surviving the lesson observation process in further education Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 19 :261-275 DOI

Wolstencroft P, Darnell J. The best of both worlds: investigator greed, pragmatism, personality, confidence, self-identity and the multi-skills set in the choice of mixed methods research University of Warwick WRAP, Author Url

Wolstencroft P, Thompson C. A Year on the Frontline: Dispatches from New FE Teachers Journal of Pedagogical Development,

Internet publication

Wolstencroft P, De Main L, Kivits R. 2021. Finding a balance: Leadership in a time of chaos Author Url Public Url

Wolstencroft P. 2021. Knowledge is Power: The Struggle for Education for All Publisher Url Public Url

Wolstencroft P, Gretton G. 2021. Thinking like a teacher: Is the early career framework the answer to early career teachers’ prayers? Publisher Url Public Url

Wolstencroft P, De Main L, Kivits R. 2021. “Sorry about the mess” – vulnerability and authenticity in an online world Author Url Public Url

De Main L, Wolstencroft P. 2021. Value for Money or a Transformative Experience: What do students actually value about university? Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Wolstencroft P, De Main L, Cashian P. 2021. Dealing with something completely different: How further and higher education leaders responded to the unexpected Author Url Publisher Url

McGrath L, Wolstencroft P. 2021. ‘I Want to Break Free’ How Online Breakout Rooms have Become a Modern Educational Curse, Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Gretton G, Wolstencroft P. 2020. Situated professionalism and its influence on the university–school divide within initial teacher education Publisher Url

Wolstencroft P, Crossan M. 2019. Push Me, Pull You: Personalising the Learning Experience in Higher Education Author Url Publisher Url

Wolstencroft P, Zhou X. The Digital Native Myth: Not all are Natives Author Url

Wolstencroft P, Zhou X. Community in a Time of Crisis: Fostering Support for Displaced Students Author Url

Wolstencroft P, Zhou X. Digital masters? Reflecting on the readiness of students and staff for digital learning Author Url

Wolstencroft P. Peering through the looking glass: Making sense of the observation process in HE Author Url

Book

Thompson C, Wolstencroft P. 2021. Being a Teacher The Trainee Teacher′s Guide to Developing the Personal and Professional Skills You Need Learning Matters Limited 9781529751970

Wolstencroft P, Thompson C. 2021. The Trainee Teachers Handbook - A Companion for Initial Teacher Training (2nd edition) SAGE: Learning Matters

Wolstencroft P, De Main L, Cashian P. 2020. Achieving Teaching Excellence: Developing Your TEF Profile and Beyond Author Url

Thompson C, Wolstencroft P. 2018. The Trainee Teacher's Handbook A Companion for Initial Teacher Training Learning Matters 9781526448538

Conference publication

Wolstencroft P, De Main L. 2021. Clearing the Final Hurdle: Getting Students to Engage with Feedback in Higher Education SHS Web of Conferences, International Scientific Conference “Delivering Impact in Higher Education Learning and Teaching: Enhancing Cross-Boarder Collaborations” (DIHELT 2021) 99 :01008-01008 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Crossan M, Wolstencroft P. 2019. HIGHER EDUCATION - WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? KNOWLEDGE OR EMPLOYABILITY Chova LG, Martinez AL, Torres IC. EDULEARN19: 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES, 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN) :166-169 Author Url

Wolstencroft P. 'If You Stand for Nothing, You Will Fall for Anything' The maintenance of self-identity in times of change Exploring Learning Contexts: Implications for Access, Learning Careers and Identities

Wolstencroft P, Thompson C. Empowerers, Inspirers, Knowledge Providers #living the dream ­ FE Teachers' Professional Identity in Challenging Times Exploring Learning Contexts: Implications for Access, Learning Careers and Identities

Wolstencroft P, Calver K, Hall F. “You’re not like a real professor”: Informalising and personalising support in UK higher education AdvanceHE Teaching and Learning Conference Author Url

Wolstencroft P, Crossan M. Putting Students at the Heart of CPD

Chapters

Wolstencroft P. 2020. Achieving Teaching Excellence: Developing your TEF Profile and Beyond Achieving Teaching Excellence: Developing Your TEF Profile and Beyond Open University Press. London 9780335249299

Wolstencroft P. 2019. Any which way but PowerPoint: motivating and engaging learners without the use of slides Simmons C. Teaching and Learning Excellence

Wolstencroft P, Thompson C. No More Superheroes ...... only Avatars? Survival Role Play in English Post Compulsory Education Merrill B, Gilimberti A, Nizinska A, Jose Gonzalez M. Continuity and Discontinuity in Learning Careers

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