Dr Jim Pugh

Director - Inst. Of Ed. - Assoc Prof.

Institute of Education

I am very proud to be Head of Education at Staffordshire University.

I am currently the Head of Education at Staffordshire University. A hands-on background in teaching and management in the compulsory school sector, Further Education and Higher Education has provided me with a range of experiences and knowledge of education policy and sector demands. In addition to being part of the School of Life Science and Education’s Senior Leadership Team I work both nationally and internationally in supporting partner institutions to development educational leadership and management; teaching and student experience.

Professional memberships and activities

Member – Million+ Deans of Education Group
Member – UCET Management Forum
Member – West Midlands Deans of Education Forum
2017 - present – Elected Member of UCET Executive
2016 - current – Link Tutor – GXUN and GIST - China Staffordshire University
2014 - 2016 - International Programme Advisor – GTUC Ghana Staffordshire University
2010 – 2014 – International Programme Advisor – APITT SD India Staffordshire University

Academic qualifications

2018 University of Birmingham - PhD

2010 Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods – Staffordshire University

2006 Masters in Business Administration Education – Keele University

2000 B.A. (Hons) Primary Education and Mathematics

2000 Q.T.S. 5-11

Research interests

My PhD was titled “University tuition fee increases: the influence of increasing fees on students entering Higher Education; student and staff expectations; and the potential revolution in the culture of Higher Education. A case study within an English post 1992 University”

In house developments on the effective use of virtual learning environments and how they can be used to support non-traditional learners in HE is both a research and learning and teaching interest.

In addition my research interests include school culture, leadership, management and workforce remodelling. Furthermore approaches to learning, cooperative learning and learning study.

Enterprise and commercial interests

2018 - External Reviewer for PGCE awards based at University of Bedford

2017 onwards – External Examiner at Liverpool Hope University (Initial Teacher Training in Dubai)

2015 – External reader for EYTS validation awards at University of East London

2015 - External panel member for EYTS programmes at University of Bedford

2013 – External Reviewer for Education based programmes at University of Bedford

2013 – External panel member for Education based programmes at Leeds Metropolitan University

2012 – External panel member for Education based programmes at University of Bedford

2011 - External Adviser at University of Wolverhampton: FD(A) Supporting Children in Primary Education; FD(A)s Learning Assistants in Secondary Schools (Mathematics and Education) and (English and Education)

2010-2013 - External Examiner at Liverpool John Moores University (Education and Learning Support)

2009-2012 - External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam University (Education and Learning Support)

2009 - Validation materials external consultant – University of Worcester

2008 onwards - Member of Stoke Local Authority Continual Professional Development Strategy Group

2008 - Member of TDA Reference Group for Teaching Assistant Foundation Degree sector endorsement.

2009 onwards - TDA/fdf Endorsement Consultant for Foundation Degrees within the TDA footprint

2008 - Working with Nisai, a technology company, to developing Masters Level module for staff development. Module titled ‘Leading Learning with Hard to Reach Learners’


Pugh, J. Forrester, G. Rowley, J. Hudson-Gill, R. Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area Programme Improving Outcomes for Early Years ‘Understanding the World – Area of Learning’ 4 May 2018 (2) Research Team

Marshall, D. McCarthy, L. Kelly, S. and Pugh, J. (2018) A Case Study on the use of Meditation Techniques to Develop Mindfulness in MBA Supply Chain Management Students A chapter within The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Fulfilment

Pugh, J. (2016) Embedding active learning strategies across a multi-discipline Faculty of Business, Education and Law Presented at Lilly Conference, USA 2016

Pugh, J. (2014) Have higher tuition fees changed student perceptions and higher education choices? Presented at SRHE Annual Conference 2014

Pugh, J. (2013) Comparing expectations of undergraduate business students studying at an English university who are subject to differing tuition fees Presented at ICACCT (India) Conference 2013

Pugh, J. (2012) The Student Learning Experience
Presented at Staffordshire University Business School Colloquium

Pugh, J. (2011) Summative Assessment through Work Based Activities
Presented at Staffordshire University Business School Colloquium

Pugh, J. (2009) Extending the Extended Workforce Extended School
Impact’s Upon Primary Teaching Assistants
Presented at BERA Conference 2009

Pugh, J. (2007) FDTA and BA Education VLE usage –
meeting the needs of non-traditional students and IT users. Presented at
Staffordshire University ILT Conference

Pugh, J. (2007) How are primary school teaching assistants
being managed, motivated and led since the implementation of the
National Workforce Agreement in 2003? Presented at BERA
Conference 2006

Lowe, M. and Pugh, J (2007) Teaching Assistants’ Perception of Power
Management in Education, Vol. 21

Hammersley-Fletcher, L., Lowe, M. and Pugh, J. (2006) The
Teaching Assistants Guide London Routledge

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020