I am Dean of Education for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities providing strategic academic leadership for learning teaching and the student experience. I have considerable involvement with quality assurance, programme development and education policy and strategy. I represent the College on a number of relevant University-level strategic bodies. I have a keen and ongoing interest in learning and teaching quality assurance and on the student experience. Many of the initiatives I have instigated and led on or have been a part of are related to improving the student learning experience.
I gained a BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology from the University of East Anglia and completed my MA in Criminology in 1999 at the University of Leicester and have worked here since 2001. I have considerable experience of managing and working on distance learning programmes - most specially our MSc/PgD/PgC Security and Risk Management programme as well as teaching on our BSc (Hons) Criminology programme.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Previously I have researched on a Home Office funded community safety project relating to fear and concern about crime, working with the police and local communities as well as conducting research relating to the Licensing Act 2003.
My current areas of interest focus on educational research and evaluation. I have worked on several education-related projects (three of which were internally funded) relating to how students interpret and undertake guided independent study, what constitutes 'effective' feedback in the provision of feedback on assessed work, and reviewing the international student experience.
(0) Dodman, T., Bird, T. & Hopkins, D. (2015) A Case Study of Developing Suitable Mobile Learning Technology for a Distance Learning Masters Programme. In J. Keengwe, & M. Maxfield (eds.) Advancing Higher Education with Mobile Learning, Cases, Trend, and Inquiry-Based Methods, Hershey: IGI Global.
Report submitted (with colleagues) to the University of Leicester's Teaching Enhancement Project (2015): what goes on in guided independent study.
Report submitted (with colleague) to the University of Leicester's Teaching Enhancement Fund (2009):
Developing good practice in the provision of effective feedback for distance learning students
I supervise Masters students on a range of topics including alcohol-related crime and disorder, crime and the media, fear of crime but focusing more recently on security training and the professionalisation of the private security industry.
CR1001 Theories of Crime
MSc Security and Risk Management programme director