Staff profile

Dr Chris Ribchester

Associate Professor: Learning and Teaching

Chris Ribchester in discussion with a colleague


Learning and Teaching




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As an Associate Professor in Learning and Teaching, I have strategic responsibilities at the University, all ultimately focused on maximising the success of our students. I lead the University’s Pathfinder Scheme, which provides opportunities for Derby staff to gain Fellowship professional recognition. I am the Pedagogic Lead for Education for Sustainable Development and I also have oversight of the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS).

Teaching responsibilities

My Associate Professor role is not primarily a teaching one. However, I do lead continuing professional development workshops on a range of topics, including Education for Sustainable Development, and I work closely with colleagues in small groups or on a one-to-one basis. For the majority of my career prior to joining the University of Derby, I was a Lecturer in Geography.

Research interests

I have a longstanding interest in the processes of learning, teaching and assessment. I have led and collaborated with others on projects exploring different aspects of the student experience (eg. induction and the transition to university, employability, the use of scenarios to support ethical thinking skills and the role of social networking tools). I have a strong personal and professional interest in sustainable development, and this has also been reflected in my research (eg. nature connectedness, assessing the carbon footprint of fieldwork).

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I have spoken about different aspects of learning and teaching, often in collaboration with research colleagues and students, at a range of recent conferences and workshops including at the Universities of Surrey, Newcastle, and Glasgow Caledonian, and have spoken at multiple online events including those hosted by Advance HE.

Recent publications