Dr Marios Hadjianastasis SFHEA

Educational Developer (PGCHE Lead)

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I have worked at the University of Birmingham since 2005 in various roles. My areas of specialisation are: learning theories and scholarship of teaching and learning, critical pedagogy, learning outcomes and constructive alignment, theory-based learning technologies and the philosophy of education. I am a member of the Educational Development team in HEFi, and also the programme lead for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. I am a member of the Staff and Educational Development Association, and a member of the editorial committee of its Educational Developments journal.  


    • 2011: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Birmingham)
    • 2004: PhD in Ottoman History, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (University of Birmingham)
    • 1997: BA in Turkish Studies (University of Cyprus)


In the past I worked as a teaching fellow in history at the University of Crete and the University of Birmingham. I also worked as a learning skills specialist and a learning technology consultant in the College of Arts and Law. I have been involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning since 2009. My engagement with the PGCert programme at Birmingham has fuelled my interest in pedagogy in HE, and since 2011 I have been working as an academic practice advisor in HEFi.

I completed a Doctorate in Mediterranean History at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2004.


My current research focuses on critical pedagogy and philosophy of education in an era of marketisation of higher education. I am specifically interested in consumerism and its impact on the curriculum, teachers and students. I am also interested in the areas of:

  • Research-intensive learning and teaching
  • Programme leadership and professional development
  • Educational development
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Emotions of learning
  • Compassionate pedagogy and empathy


2021 (forthcoming: manuscript accepted): “Quality and Qualifications: the value of centralised teaching courses for postgraduates who teach”, International Journal for Academic Development (with Els Van Geyte).

2016: “Learning outcomes in higher education: assumptions, positions and the views of early-career staff in the UK system”, Studies in Higher Education, 2016, pp. 1-17.

2016: “Podcasting in the STEM disciplines: The implications of supplementary lecture recording and ‘lecture flipping.’”, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Published online January 2016.

2015: (with Petia Petrova) “Understanding the varying investments in researcher and teacher development and enhancement: implications for academic developers”, International Journal for Academic Development, 20 (3), pp. 295-99

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