A New Vocationalism

About the Authors: Tom Bourner, Sue Greener & Asher Rospigliosi

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Tom is Emeritus Professor of Personal and Professional Development at the University of Brighton.  Until he took early retirement from the university he was Head of Research at the Business School and before that he headed up the Management Development Research Unit.  He was also a committed and successful teacher being featured in the Times Higher Education Supplement's 'Star Turn' series.

Tom was trained as an economist and taught economics in polytechnics for nearly 15 years.  Then he became increasingly concerned about what happened to his students after they graduated, which led to an interest in graduate destinations more generally and then other outcomes of HE.  At this stage his research mostly involved developing and analysing HE statistics.  For example, in the 1980s he led the team that developed the transbinary database of HE outcomes for the Council for National Academic Awards.  Increasingly, his interest turned to the educational processes that were generating these large numbers, including teaching and learning methods and then to ways of including personal and professional development within HE. He has published about a hundred articles in academic journals and half a dozen books in these areas.  Nowadays, Tom's research is largely focused on university education and learning and teaching methods (pedagogical research), reflective learning, graduate employability, action learning, student-community engagement and ways of identifying talents/strengths.  He is on the editorial boards of a number of journals for whom he regularly reviews books and referees submitted articles.

Tom lives in Kemp Town in the heart of Brighton, which he loves  He is married to Jill, who has just completed a fine art degree in sculpture, and they have two wonderful daughters, Katie and Sally. Tom's other interests include staying fit and healthy, spending time with Jill, reading (especially works on 'big history', HE, happiness and human development), free-form dance (especially Biodanza), enjoying the delights of Brighton and otherwise living a simple life.

Tom's publications are listed here

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