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Dr Richard Craggs

Lecturer in Computing, Dean of Personal Tutoring, Deputy Head of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

School/Department: Computing and Mathematic Sciences, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3440

Email: richard.craggs@leicester.ac.uk

Profile

I joined University of Leicester in 2014 after a decade in the software industry as a developer and project manager. Before that I completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics at The University of Manchester.

At University of Leicester I have led or contriuted to projects that have improved the opportunities and outcomes for our students including The Leicester Award and Leicester Award gold improvements to our Mitigating Circumstances processes and module reviews.

As Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Informatics I led and supported colleagues to significant improvements in in quality of our teaching and student support. Our achievements included a 21% increase in student satisfaction (measured by the National Student Survey) and a 10% increase in the number of students to successfully completed their first year.

As Dean of Personal Tutoring for our university I lead and support tutoring throughout all of our acadmic schools. Successes in this role include the development of a clearer role for tutoring improved guidance and digital tools for personal tutoring and training in Mental Health Awareness.

Research

As a teaching focussed lecturer my research focuses on enhancement of teaching practices. My particular areas of interest are the role of assessment and feedback on student learning and ways in which we can improve learning while reducing student stress through changes to how we assess.

Teaching

I teach on our Computer Science and Software Engineering Courses.

Currently I teach:

CO2201: Software Engineering Project

CO3201: Computer Science Project

Press and media

Assessment and grading

Student wellbeing in Higher Education

Awards

University Distinguished Teaching Fellow

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Finalist Teaching Excellence in 2019 Discovering Excellence Awards

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