Staff profile

Dave Cunningham

Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education

Dave Cunningham at an Open Day


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



My role in Teacher Education gives me the opportunity to work with students wishing to pursue teaching careers in primary schools and also to work alongside staff who are new to university teaching.

I am also a CELT associate and provide support for the DELTA:Pathfinder scheme.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach a range of modules on both undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programmes. I also visit student teachers on placements.

I also contribute to the Academic Professional Apprenticeship/PGCertHE working with staff colleagues.

Research interests

I find most aspects of learning and teaching interesting, although I have become particularly interested in assessment and its role in the learning process. I am a strong advocate of authenticity in learning and in recent years I have explored versions of problem-based learning and professionally relevant assessments with my colleagues in teacher education.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Before joining the University of Derby I worked as a Local Authority consultant having spent many years as a primary school teacher.