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Tom Burns

Tom Burns




London Metropolitan University

Job Title

Senior Lecturer: Education Development


  • CeLP - Awarded: 2019

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Areas of Expertise

Academic Literacies | Academic Reading | Academic Writing | Assessment, Feedback and Course Design | Critical Pedagogies and LD | Digital Education | Inclusive Teaching | Induction, Transition and First Year Experience | Learning Spaces & Learning Communities | Peer Assisted Learning and Peer Mentoring | Playful and Creative Learning | Publishing in LD and Collaborative Writing | Research Methodologies and Data Collection | Study Skills | Visual Literacy and Multimodal Practices | Widening Participation


is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Centre for Teaching Enhancement at London Metropolitan University, developing innovations with a special focus on praxes that ignite student curiosity, and develop power and voice. Always interested in theatre and the arts and their role in teaching and learning, Tom has set up adventure playgrounds, community events and festivals for his local community, and feeds arts-based practice into his learning, teaching and assessment practices. Tom is a co-producer of the innovative #Take5 blog that shares great practice with LondonMet staff – and also nationally and internationally as part of the Association for Learning Development in HE (ALDinHE). He is co-author of Teaching, Learning and Study Skills: A Guide for Tutors and Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University (5th Edition) and co-editor of the book Collaboration in Higher Education: A New Ecology of Practice, just published by Bloomsbury (summer 2023). Tom is a CeLP and University Teaching Fellow and was part of the #creativeHE collective that won the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (​​CATE) by AdvanceHE 2022. Tom is a member of the ALDinHE Mentoring Group, taking part in the Mentoring pilot – and happy to mentor where he can.

How can I help learning developers?

Tom Burns  is co-author of Teaching, Learning and Study Skills: a guide for tutors and Essential Study Skills: the complete guide to success at university (5th edn 2022) – and as such is interested in helping people find their feet in the field of Learning Development.

Tom is also interested in writing as a learning process, collaborative writing as a method of enquiry and creativity as liberatory practice.

Last modified: 17/04/2023

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