Coming from a background in Fish-Farming, Youthwork and Teaching, I came to the Ambleside Campus in 1987 when it was the then Charlotte Mason College and I continued through many versions of the outdoor degrees, including the first ever outdoor degree, until 2010. I returned in 2016 as a part time lecturer and in an advisory capacity.
I believe that outdoor and experiential education involves using cognitive and affective domains that go beyond those of formal education. These complement each other to make profound contributions to people's development, group development and most of all, environmental understanding. The contribution that outdoor learning can make to mental and physical health and our responses to climate change are timely and in serious need of expansion.
Qualifications and memberships
MA Lake District Studies - Lancaster University.
PGCE Biology and Outdoor Pursuits - Liverpool University.
BSc Applied Biology(Ecology) - Liverpool Polytechinc
PGC - Encouraging Classroom Success - Newcastle University
Certificate in the Diseases of Salmonids - Sterling University
Academic and research interests
Tree Planting preferences in the Lake District
Life Histories of Outdoor Practitioners
Stakeholder requirements of Outdoor Graduates