Staff profile

Alan Bazeley

Lecturer in International Education


Education, Childhood and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education



I am a part-time lecturer in International Education at the University of Derby, having joined in September 2022. 

I have taught in many different types of schools in the UK and internationally in Botswana, Zambia, and Egypt and I have studied in France. I also lecture in Chemistry at a nearby FE College part-time, in addition to working for one of the UK exam boards.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the module leader for "Professional Practice" on the IPGCE with iQTS course and also tutor the online modules for the iPGCE course. I deliver all modules for the online iPGCE course, having started in the academic year 2022-23. I am also involved in preparing teaching resources for the International Education modules for BEd and MEd courses.

Professional interests

I am particularly interested in International Education, the pedagogy of online and blended learning, assessment in all its forms, STEM, and the role of homework in improving student progress. I see the role of teacher training as crucial for the development of the profession as technology advances and the world becomes increasingly connected.

Research interests

My research interest lies in the role of AI in assessment, focusing initially on level 3 courses. I am a strong advocate in using, and teaching uses of AI positively, treating new technologies as an opportunity for purposeful change, rather than a threat. 

I have previously carried out small-scale research projects into the role of homework and the design of summative assessments. 

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

I have taught for 30 years in schools encompassing UK state comprehensives, UK state grammar schools, rural government schools in Botswana and independent international schools in Zambia and Egypt. 

My experience with exam awarding bodies includes marking, team-leading assessors, question writing and reviewing and as a science practical monitor.

International experience

Following studying for one year of my Chemistry degree in France, my teaching career began in a rural government school in Botswana for 3 years between 1992 and 1995.

I then worked in the UK, predominantly in middle leadership, until 2007, when my family went to Lusaka, Zambia for 2 years at Baobab College, followed by 2 years at the highly prestigious British International School, Cairo. 

I currently lecture part-time in a local FE College which serves a very multi-national community.

Additional interests and activities

I am very interested in sustainability, having co-ordinated climate conferences for local clusters of schools and having worked on making one of my schools "plastic-free". I really enjoy my position as a Duke of Edinburgh Award team leader and assessor.

Outside of work, I am a keen runner and a follower of football and cricket. My sense of humour is derived from being an ardent Wigan Athletic fan.