Staff Profiles, Research & Scholarly Activity

Research & Scholarly Activity2.jpgThe University Centre at Blackburn College has an active programme of student and staff research. Many of our courses, particularly at Higher Education level, have a research component, and we place importance on the teaching of good research practice. Many University Centre staff are engaged in research projects, and have had research published in books and journals on a range of topics.

Staff Profiles

Our staff attend conferences, join networks and professional bodies, take part in training and undertake other activities that help the College to be up-to-date on subject areas and developments in teaching and learning.

Academic Web Profiles

Art and Society

Dr Andrew Holden

My career in teaching and research began in 1987. Most of my career has been spent teaching at honours level, leading undergraduate programmes and undertaking academic research. I have a substantia...

Dr Philip Johnson

I have been employed as a lecturer in the College’s higher education provision since 1995 and gained my PhD in Applied Social Science (Lancaster) in 2009. I research various aspects of commun...

Dr Stephen Tate

After a 30-year career as a journalist in the provincial daily newspaper industry, I opted for a career change and have been teaching at University Centre at Blackburn College since 2011. Prior to ...

Dr Val Jessop

My specialist subject is Linguistics, and my main area of interest is reader-response theory which was the subject of my PhD research. I teach mostly Stylistics and Text analysis, Education theory ...

Joanna Neil

I started my career graduating with a degree in fine art painting and later developed an interest in felt and stitch. My practice currently combines my research interests with drawing and fine art ...

Sandra Nichol

I am currently Course Manager for the BA (Hons) Public Service Management programme and a lecturer in the School of Art and Society at University Centre at Blackburn College. I have worked as a lec...

Terry McDonough

I studied English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University. I later returned to Lancaster to work towards my

William Card

I am a cross-disciplinary visual arts practitioner and researcher. I have a background and education in fine art and have taught on a wide range of courses at UCBC since 2008. My current artistic r...

Business, Health and Technology


Research ethics

The College has a research ethics policy, procedure and committee, and aims to ensure that students who do research gain a sound understanding of the importance of ethics.

Library resources and support

Our library staff provide support to College staff and students engaged in research. They can assist with digital search skills, advise on copyright and plagiarism, and provide guidance on writing for publication. For more information visit our Library pages.


PRISM is the University Centre at Blackburn College academic journal. This is a peer-reviewed, open-access, journal that seeks to foster innovative approaches to the advancement of critical perspectives spanning all domains of learning and teaching. PRISM is dedicated to creating a space for researchers, educationalists and practitioners from every domain of learning and teaching. Read the current edition of PRISM.