Paul has taught in higher education for 25 years and this period has included delivering sessions at all levels from Doctoral to HND. His principle focus of teaching for the majority of this time has been at postgraduate and final year undergraduate level.
His teaching has incorporated a variety of styles of delivery covering large lecture settings along with smaller tutorial classes. Along with the traditional class structure at postgraduate and undergraduate level, Paul is experienced in delivering classes ranging from 3-hour masters tutorials to weekend block delivery. The longer sessions have been excellent opportunities to develop a more informal style that enables activities to break up the class in order to allow the students to explore the themes being covered. Paul’s management of the class is fundamental in keeping up the energy of the students and providing a structure that gives them the chance to work in groups. This provides an opportunity for students who are not as comfortable in speaking in front of the class to contribute to the discussions that then inform the summarising of key points from the activity.
Most of Paul’s teaching has been to a mixed cohort of domestic and international students and this has been invaluable in developing awareness of teaching styles and thus the improvement of teaching skills. His use of activities for students to work in groups is an effective way for students studying in a second language to feel more comfortable engaging in the session. This is particularly the case for Chinese students where the style of learning is significantly different to their experience in the UK.
Alongside the on-campus delivery, Paul’s teaching experience includes a range of modules overseas, including:
- Strategy modules on the MBA course delivered in Bahrain for a number of years
- 2 weeks teaching in China as part of a relationship between USW Business School and SUST in Suzhou
- MSc Management modules in Germany & Romania
- Final year strategy modules in Hong Kong