Socially-constructivist learning. Assessment literacy.
Peter returned to WBS in October 2003 as Principal Teaching Fellow in Finance. He was promoted to Professorial Teaching Fellow in October 2010, the first such appointment in WBS and at the time only the second of its kind in the University.
Peter is a National Teaching Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is an external examiner at Alliance Manchester Business School and at the Foundation Year Centre, Keele University.
Peter has an exemplary teaching record. He has won an award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching on the WBS UG Programme every year since the awards were first introduced in 2006-07, and prior to that on the MBA Programme every year from 2003-06. He was awarded a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010, having received a WATE commendation in 2006.
Peter has held a number of senior administrative roles in WBS: Course Director of the BSc Accounting and Finance degree from 2004-09; Associate Dean (UG Programme) from 2010-13 and Associate Dean (Widening Participation) from 2013-14.
As Course Director, Peter played a lead role from 2004-06 in the root-and-branch review of the WBS UG curriculum. The Financial Management module that he introduced in 2006-07 was the first in WBS to incorporate online group discussions. Peter also represented WBS in negotiations with Manchester and Cardiff Business Schools, and the ICAEW, that resulted in the creation of the Undergraduate Partnership Programme, launched in 2009-10. The UPP offers selected students the opportunity of a year-long paid work placement with a professional services firm in-between their second and third years of study. UPP students return from their placement year with a heightened awareness of key connections between the real world and what they are learning in the classroom, and perform significantly better in their final year.
As Associate Dean, Peter launched the WBS Multicultural Scholars' Programme in 2012-13 for students from ethnic backgrounds that are under-represented in UK higher education; the first cohort of MSP scholars graduated in July 2016, all with good degrees. He also brought The Big Deal business and social enterprise competition for gifted and talented Year 10 pupils from WP schools to WBS in 2012-13.
Peter led the team that designed and developed the new Foundation Year entry route to the WBS UG Programme for students from disadvantaged backgrounds that admitted its first cohort of 25 students in October 2015. This achievement was Highly Commended in the Community Contribution category of the annual University Staff Awards in March 2016. All 25 students have now successfully completed their Foundation Year and six of them have been awarded MSP scholarships.
Peter was previously Director of Studies at the ICMA Centre, University of Reading, from 2000-03; and Senior Teaching Fellow at WBS from 1996-2000. He has also held positions as Associate Director, Education, Swiss Banking Corporation; Principal Research Scientist, Gillette; Senior Geochemist and Team Leader of Integrated Reservoir Description, British Petroleum; and Teacher of Mathematics, Fettes College, Edinburgh.
As a student, Peter was a Tait Medallist and a Carnegie Scholar at Edinburgh, and a Graduate Scholar at both Oxford and Cambridge.