research student

Matthew Bromley

Academic Manager – Professional Executive Education




University of Derby Online Learning



I have worked in many roles within Higher Education, as a Lecturer, Programme Leader, Subject Manager, Workforce Development Fellow and my current role as Academic Manager. In 2008 I developed one of the first online learning programmes in the University and have trialled many different approaches and innovations in teaching. Prior to my current role, I worked as a Workforce Development Fellow and was involved in the development of over 40 programmes to provide bespoke teaching, learning and assessment solutions for both organisations and Individuals. I have also worked with many professional bodies to support programmes that have a direct impact on people wishing to enhance their career.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities cover courses such as Leading for Results and Change, Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) Top-Up degree, Finance MSc and Management Accounting BSc (Hons) Top-Up degree

Research interests

My research interests are in online and work based learning and I have published research on communities and virtual practice in adult learning and written book chapters on Social Media for students and lecturers. My doctoral research is about how gamification and the application of game mechanics can improve online learning.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
  • External Examiner for the University of Chichester and Newcastle College, previously Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Higher Education, Skills and Work Based Learning.
  • School Governor


  • BSc Geography – University of Derby
  • MA Events Management – University of Derby
  • Foundation Award in ROI
  • Emotional Intelligence practitioner – EQ-i
  • Doctor of Education (in progress)

Recent publications

  • What can social media do for me? In: Helyer, R. The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Bromley, M. and Moss, C. (2015). 
  • Developing capacity and infrastructure: Support for those supporting higher apprenticeships, Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, Vol. 2 Iss: 3, pp.271 – 284. Bromley, M. Minton, M. & Moss, C. (2012)