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Chris has worked as an Academic Skills Tutor in the University of Huddersfield since 2002.

Previously, Chris was a Tutor of English for Academic Purposes at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Chris started out as a secondary school teacher, working in Surrey, Spain, the UAE and Brunei. He moved into teacher education when studying at Exeter University in 1996 and later worked for Leeds University as a tutor in Oman on the BA (Hons) Educational Studies for three years. In his role as a teacher educator he became particularly interested in the skills that the students require for successful study at University.

Chris gained a first degree in Economics from Kingston Polytechnic and a PGCE in Economics and Social Studies from Thames Polytechnic in the 1980s. He later studied for a Master of Education at Exeter University for which he was awarded a distinction.

He is a member of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Plagiarism 
  • Student oral presentations with a focus on public speaking anxiety, peer assessment and self efficacy 

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Student oral presentations: developing the skills and reducing the apprehension

Ireland, C., 9 Mar 2016, INTED2016 Proceedings: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference Valencia, Spain. 7-9 March, 2016. Gómez Chova, L., López Martínez, L. & Candel Torres, I. (eds.). IATED Academy, p. 1474-1483 10 p.

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