Dr Simon Pratt-Adams

Principal Lecturer in Academic Development

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Location: Chelmsford, Cambridge

Simon is Principal Lecturer in Academic Development at Anglia Learning & Teaching. His work involves collaborating with academic staff in faculties and partner colleges on maximising student success.

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Simon is Principal Lecturer in Academic Development at Anglia Learning & Teaching. His focus is on working with partner colleges on maximising student success.

He works closely with Anglia Ruskin staff as well as partner colleges, to ensure that good practice in Learning and Teaching is shared across our University and among our partner colleges.

Simon works with colleagues from all faculties in developing our community in the field of Pedagogic Research in Higher Education across Anglia Ruskin. 

He also works in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education where his focus is on operationalising the strategic development of doctoral education in the faculty.

He has held a number of management posts across Anglia Ruskin including Deputy Dean in FHSCE, Head of the Department of Education, Head of Teacher Education, and Director of Research. Previously Simon led BA Education Studies and was the MA Education course director at London Metropolitan University and the State University of New York. He has taught on a wide range of education courses in the areas of school leadership and management, professional development of teachers, and sociology of education. 

Research interests

Urban Education
International Education
Male Primary School Teachers
Education of Boys
Mobile Learning Technologies


Doctoral Supervision
Undergraduate and postgraduate education courses
CPD in education
Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA)


MA Urban Education
PG Dipl Information and Communication Technology
PGCE (Primary)
Dipl Youth and Community Work
BA (Hons) Theology

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Visiting Professor, Shanghai Youth College of Management
External Examiner, BA Education at Roehampton University (2016-present)
EdD Awards External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University (2015–present)
External Examiner, Goldsmiths College (2008–2012)
External Advisor, MA Advanced Professional Practice, Liverpool John Moores University (2016)
External Assessor, Middlesex University
External Panel Member, Periodic review MSc Practice-based Research, University of Hertfordshire (2015)
External Assessor, Newman University 
Education consultant, Open University (2016–present)
University Representative at Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) Examinations HE Consultative Forum (2015–present)
Member of Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board (2014–present)
Member of Harlow Strategic Partnership Education Trust (2014–present)
Trustee and Director of Learning Pathways Educational Academic Trust (2014–present)
Trustee Ann Johnson Educational Foundation (2015–present)

Selected recent publications

Burn E. and Pratt-Adams S. (2015) Men Teaching Children 3–11: Challenging Gender Barriers. London, Bloomsbury
Pratt-Adams S. and Race R. (Eds.) (2011–15) Contemporary Issues in Education Studies – seven books in total. London, Bloomsbury
Pratt-Adams S., Maguire M. and Burn E. (2011) Changing Urban Education. London, Continuum