Professor Paul Bartholomew

As a key member of the leadership team at Ulster University, Paul is responsible for leading, developing and overseeing the University’s strategies relating to the Education portfolio, including innovative approaches and new initiatives in educational opportunity, standards and development of taught programmes and a rewarding student learning experience.

Paul joined Ulster University from Aston University in Birmingham, where as Professor of Learning and Teaching and Director of Learning Innovation and Professional Practice, he has led a portfolio that includes delivery of an MEd Learning and Teaching in HE programme and academic staff development, a team serving academic quality needs and programme approval, a Learning Development Centre supporting students with their academic writing and mathematics skills, and support for programme teams in relation to learning and achievement analytics.

In his previous posts as Head of Curriculum Design and Academic Staff Development and Professor of Learning and Teaching at Birmingham City University, Paul led and facilitated the redesign of all taught programmes and introduced the MEd programme.

Originally from Kent, Paul graduated from Nottingham School of Radiography and commenced his clinical career as senior radiographer at University Hospital Nottingham before becoming a clinical lecturer, moving into radiography education as a lecturer in radiography at Birmingham City University.

Paul is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. His academic interests include curriculum design, programme approval, technology enhanced learning, student engagement and all aspects of academic professional development. His research interests have been centred on video-based discourse analysis, and computer supported collaborative learning and academic professionalism.

Paul is an external assessor for both Keele and City Universities and a member of the JISC Student Experience Expert Group.