Dr Jim Pugh

Director - Inst. Of Ed. - Assoc Prof.

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

As the Director of the Institute of Education at Staffordshire University I lead an innovative collection of academics and professional staff. I am a member of the University's Executive Board and I work across several cross organisational projects.

Previously working as a primary school teacher, and also an Advanced Skills Teacher in further education, I joined Staffordshire University in 2006 and have been instrumental in the development of the Institute of Education which now incorporates the Staffordshire Centre of Pedagogical Practice and the Woodlands Day Nursery and Forest School. The Institute to recent achievements of being ranked 15th in the Guardian subject guide 2021, and judged as OFSTED Good in all areas of Initial Teacher Education (2017).

I am proud to be an Associate Professor and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I remain an activate researcher, currently working on European and British Council research projects.

I am active member of the wider Education community. I have been a member of a range of local strategic boards which develop policy and practice. I chair the Stoke on Trent Senior Steering Group for the National Literacy Trust, am a Director of both a local Multi-Academy Trust and an international charity board.

Professional memberships and activities

Member of Chartered College

2021-Present - Board of Examiners - Co-Deputy Lay Chair – Institute for Actuaries

2020 – present – Chair – National Literacy Trust Senior Steering Group Stoke-on-Trent

2020 – present – Member [Director] of Talentum Learning Trust (Nine schools based in North Staffordshire)

2019 – present – Member of Maths Excellence Project Advisory Board Stoke-on-Trent

2019 – present – Member of Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG UUK)

2019 – present – Member of Staffordshire Education and Skills Strategy Group

2019 -present – Director -Nisai Education Trust (International charitable trust)

2018 -present – External Examiner – (CP and Postgraduate Teacher Training in Dubai) Liverpool Hope University

2017-2020 – UCET Executive Committee

2015-2018 – Director TILT – Schools Academy – Stoke on Trent

2015-present – Member West Midlands Deans of Education Forum

2015- present – Member Million+ Deans of Education Group

2013-2017 – Member of Staffordshire University’s Academic Board

2013-2017 - External Examiner (Undergraduate Teacher Training) Cumbria University

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

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

2009- 2010– TDA/fdf Endorsement Consultant for undergraduate awards within the TDA footprint

2003- 2008   Local Authority Governor Church Coppenhall Junior School - Crewe

Academic qualifications


MBA (Education)

PG Certificate in Research

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

Principle Fellowship of the HEA (PFHEA) 


(2020) £2,000 QR GCRF Staffordshire University, Home-schooling in the Covid-19 shutdown; changes to parental commitment. A comparative study in the UK and Vietnam.

(2019) £21,000, - Staffordshire Count Council, An investigation into the aspirations and perceptions of future selves of young learners in Staffordshire.

(2019) €39,930 – Erasmus+, DIGItal innovative Strategies for PArental and Civic Engagement (Using digital apps to support parental engagement in schools)

(2018) £8,500 – Stoke on Trent Opportunity Area, To carry out an audit of outstanding local practice in supporting children in attaining the “Understanding the World” early learning goal.



Tiwari, R. and Pugh, J. (Submitted 2021) Developing Human Capital for Industry 4.0 in India: A Case of Integrated Fusion Teaching for Undergraduate Business Students Journal of Education, Sage

Forrester, G.; Hudson-Gill, R.; Pugh, J. and Rowley, J. (Accepted 2021) Understanding the World in the Early Years Foundation Stage: practitioners’ perspectives of best practice and effective provision Education 3-13, Taylor Francis

Forrester, G. and Pugh, J. (2020) An investigation into the aspirations and perceptions of future selves of young learners in Staffordshire. Presentation to Staffordshire Education and Skills Strategy Group

Forrester, G.; Hudson-Gill, R.; & Pugh, J. (2019). “Understanding the World”: A Pilot Study of Effective Practice and Provision in Early Years Settings. In V. Chiou, O. Holz, N. Oruç Ertürk & F. Shelton. International Insights: Equality in Education. Münster: Waxmann, pp. 95-110.

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. (2009) Extending the Extended Workforce Extended Schooling Impact’s Upon Primary Teaching Assistants Presented at BERA Conference 2009

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

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

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

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021