Ben Walker

Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education (HE)

Ben smiling wearing a navy jumper and gingham shirt


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education (HE). I teach on the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Academic Professional Apprenticeship and BA (Honours) English programme. I facilitate workshops for academic staff and contribute to the university's personal tutoring provision.

My doctoral research is focused on academic and pastoral support of students informed by critical pedagogy. As an author of several publications on personal tutoring, including being co-author of the highly regarded Effective Personal Tutoring in Higher Education (2018), I am at the forefront of research and development in this field. I am Vice-Chair for the UK Advising and Tutoring Association (UKAT), the sectoral voice and leading association for personal tutors and academic advisors.  I have been a keynote and invited speaker at several national and international conferences.  

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Recent publications


Forthcoming - Lochtie, D., McIntosh, E., Stork, A. and Walker, B.W. (2021) The Higher Education Personal Tutor’s Companion: Theory into Practice. St Albans: Critical Publishing

Lochtie, D., McIntosh, E., Stork, A. and Walker, B.W. (2018) Effective Personal Tutoring in Higher Education.  St Albans: Critical Publishing

Stork, A. and Walker, B. (2015) Becoming an Outstanding Personal Tutor: Supporting Learners Through Personal Tutoring and Coaching. St Albans: Critical Publishing.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Walker, B.W. (2020) Professional Standards and Recognition for UK Personal Tutoring and Advising. Frontiers in Education.

Walker, B.W. (2020) Tackling the Personal Tutoring Conundrum: A Qualitative Study on the Impact of Developmental Support for TutorsActive Learning in Higher Education

Walker, B.W. (2018) A Defining Moment in Personal Tutoring: Reflections on Personal Tutoring Definitions and Their Implications. IMPact: The University of Lincoln Journal of Higher Education, 1(1): 104-118.

Other publications

Walker, B. and Stork, A. (2015) Measure Learner Performance on a scale of 1 to 10. Intuition: The Journal for Professional Teachers and Trainers in the Further Education and Training Sector 22: 21.

To access my publications, view them in UDORA.