Staff profile

Professor Malcolm Todd


Provost (Academic)

Department

Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

M.Todd@derby.ac.uk

About

I am committed to enabling an excellent student learning experience and seeking out opportunities for growth and enhancement. I have research, publishing, and grant-funding credentials and widely recognised on a national and international scale for contributions to the discipline of Sociology and the wider social sciences and to the study of learning, teaching and assessment. I am Provost (Academic) at the University of Derby, UK and member of the University Executive Team.

I have a particular interest in how to best support the student learning experience. I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2014. I have published widely on learning and teaching matters, especially around the themes of learner autonomy, work-based learning and the teaching of 'race' and ethnicity. I was, until 2010, the Associate Director of the national Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, part of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I am a TEF Pilot Subject Assessor, appointed by the Office for Students.

Professional interests

I am a UK National Teaching Fellow with a particular interest in how to best support student transition into HE.  I have published widely on learning and teaching matters in the social sciences, especially around the themes of learner autonomy, work-based learning and the teaching of 'race' and ethnicity. See some examples of my publications below.

 

Research interests

What motivates me, as a Sociologist, is the need to better understand the ‘super-complex’, multifaceted and fluid world that surrounds us. My vision for excellent teaching and learning in higher-education was inspired, early in my academic career, by CW-Mills who famously called for an awakening of the ‘Sociological Imagination’. In this sense, I take as a starting point to pedagogy the creation of structured learning landscapes that foster and enable a deep, critical, sociological curiosity. Students are expected to ask, and then seek answers to, important ontological and epistemological questions about a world of ever-rapid change, challenge and uncertainty. I am a fervent advocate of learning through the social scientific research and inquiry process. I have been influenced by writers like Wilhem von Humboldt who called for the incorporation of research-based study for all undergraduate students. I see learning in higher-education as a dialogical process where my role is to work in collaboration with students to develop new knowledge of sociological importance in a post-modern, dynamic, society. There are a number of overarching objectives that distinguish my deep commitment to achieving individual excellence in my practice. I aim to:

Membership of professional bodies

I was, until 2010, the Associate Director of the national Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, part of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Currently, I am leading on a national project for the HEA and HEFCE on teaching about Islam in the Social Sciences. I was a Trustee of the British Sociology Association and member of the Heads and Professors of Sociology.

 

Qualifications

International experience

I have been actively involved with transnational education, developing strong partnership relationships with HEIs in Hong Kong, the Netherlands and the USA. I have chaired validation and institutional approval events in the UK, mainland Europe, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.

 

Blog Posts

Professor Malcolm Todd, Provost of the University of Derby, talks about the role higher education plays in promoting skills and employability.

University of Derby is working closely with colleges and the D2N2 local enterprise partnership to develop the higher level skills required in the job market

With the release of the National Student Survey results, Professor Malcolm Todd, Provost (Academic) at the University of Derby, discusses student feedback.