Dr Marios Hadjianastasis SFHEA

Dr Marios Hadjianastasis

Principal Educational Developer (PGCHE/Birmingham Lead)

Contact details

Higher Education Futures Institute
Top Floor, Old Gym

I have worked at the University of Birmingham since 2005 in various roles. I support staff development in a number of areas, through HEFi-based programmes, as well as ad-hoc support in Colleges. My areas of specialisation are:

  • · Learning theories and scholarship of teaching and learning
  • · Critical pedagogy
  • · Research-intensive learning and teaching
  • · Authentic and formative assessment
  • · Learning outcomes and constructive alignment
  • · Theory-based learning technologies
  • · Philosophy of education
  • · Education research
  • · Programme leadership

I am a member of the Educational Development team in HEFi, and also the programme lead for the Birmingham campus-based Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. I am also leading HEFi’s Higher Education Research group. I am a member of the editorial board of HEFi’s Education in Practice journal.

I am an accreditor for Advance HE, working on their direct application pathway.

I am a member of the editorial committee of the SEDA Educational Developments journal.  

I have launched the QAA’s Programme Leaders’ Network in collaboration with Warwick University.


    • 2015: Senior Fellowship of the HEA
    • 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)


I have worked in areas of educational development since 2007, and have a broad range of expertise. I am very interested in supporting curriculum development and programme leads in particular, as there is need for more structured support and professional development.

I am also very interested in supporting colleagues to utilise research-intensive approaches to teaching and learning. At Birmingham there are numerous examples of good practice, which I showcased on a Canvas course here: https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/39296

In the past I worked as a lecturer 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 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


2022: “Authentic assessment for academics: Reflections from the University of Birmingham PGCHE”, Educational Developments, 23 (2), pp. 14-17.

2021: “Higher education as a product: A concept tested during pandemic times”, Educational Developments, 22 (3), pp. 1-5.

2021: “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