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John Knight

My role is to support the professional development of staff and develop learning, teaching and assessment practices across the university.

I am module convenor for Introduction to Academic Practice (EDMAP1), which forms the first part of Reading's AdvanceHE-accredited FLAIR professional recognition framework and leads to D1 (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am currently working towards becoming an assessor on the FLAIR CPD scheme. In addition to my work in Reading, I also support the development of teaching colleagues at the NUIST-Reading Academy in Nanjing, China.

I support the assessment and feedback strand of the Curriculum Framework, contributing to Teaching and Learning Development sessions. I also work closely with Schools across the university to develop and enhance curriculum design and assessment and feedback practices.


I have been involved in teaching in higher education in a wide range of contexts since 1989. Initially, I worked as a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at universities in Turkey and Qatar before returning to the UK to study for a Master's degree at the University of Brighton. While studying for my MA, I became interested in learning technologies and subsequently worked on a number of technology-enhanced learning projects at the University of Brighton and City, University of London, before moving to Oxford Brookes University, where I worked as a Senior Lecturer in ICT and e-Learning in their School of Education. I then worked at Bucks New University, initially as a Learning Developer, developing students' academic literacies, and ultimately as an Academic Developer, with responsibilities for curriculum development and supporting both taught and CPD routes of the Bucks professional recognition scheme. I joined the Academic Development and Enhancement team at Reading in September, 2019.

  • Assessment and feedback
  • Curriculum development
  • CPD
  • Technology-enhanced learning

Awards and recognition:

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2019, I was awarded an AdvanceHE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) for my work as part of the Academic Enhancement team at Bucks New University on the development of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.


Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (2008)

MA in Media-assisted Language Teaching (1998)

Certificate in the Advanced Study of Education (CASE) in TEFL (1989)

BA Hons. English Literature (1987)

Irwin, J. and Knight, J. (2017) 'Developing an understanding of why students do not engage', Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 5(1), pp.198-203.

Rochon, R. and Knight, J. (2015) 'The view from the fence: a dual perspective on assignment briefs', Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 1(1).

Knight, J. and Rochon, R. (2013) 'Using social networking to enable students to engage with the university prior to entry'. In: Clark, R. and Andrews, J. (eds.) Compendium of effective practice in higher education retention and success. 2nd Vol. York: Higher Education Academy

Knight, J. and Rochon, R. (2012) 'Starting online: Exploring the use of a Social Networking Site to Facilitate transition into Higher Education', Electronic Journal of e-Learning. 10 (3), pp.257-261.

Edwards. V., Pemberton, L., Knight, J. and Monaghan, F. (2002) 'Fabula: a bilingual multimedia authoring environment for children exploring minority languages', Language Learning and Technology, 6(2), pp.56-69.

Conference Presentations

Rochon, R. and Knight, J. (2019) 'Metrification of learning as a risk factor to innovative practice', Advance HE Learning and Teaching Conference 2019, Northumbria University, 2-4 July.

Knight, J. (2018) 'Developing an assessment workload toolkit', Staff Development Conference, Bucks New University, 14 September.

Irwin, J. and Knight, J. (2017) 'Understanding why students do not engage', REACT Conference, University of Winchester, 2-3 May.

Knight, J., Carter, M. and Hughes, W. (2016) 'Re-ExAM (Real Examples of Assessed Material): exploring the use of a repository of authentic examples of student work as a tool for academic literacy development', Association of Learning Developers in Higher Education Conference, Heriot Watt University, 21-23 November.

Knight, J., Rochon, R. and Hailey, B. (2015) 'Lessons learned from four years of using social media to support transition to higher education', European Conference on Social Media, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal, 9-10 July.

Knight, J., Rochon, R. and Lee-Price, S. (2014) 'Understanding and improving students' experience of assessment: exploring the affordances of assessment design' [Poster], PedRIO/HEA Inclusive Assessment in Practice Conference, Plymouth University, 24 November.

Knight, J. and Rochon, R. (2013) 'Improving students' experience of assessment: a role for learning developers?' Association of Learning Developers in Higher Education Conference, University of Plymouth, 25-27 March.