Dr Christopher Hutton
My academic background is in environmental science, with BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Technology, MSc Biological Research Methods, and a PhD in "Modelling the biogeochemical mobility of arsenic". Following this, I completed a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training and recently achieved Senior Fellowship of the HEA.
I worked for over 10 years in a large "Outstanding" tertiary college; my work and responsibilities were diverse, and included: programme leading a number of science Foundation Degrees, teaching A-level Chemistry, co-ordinating staff development, supervising final year degree dissertations, and teaching/observing and co-ordinating mentors on the PGCE programme. I was a member of the college's HE management team (focussing on quality assurance), and was delighted with the successful outcome of the QAA "Higher Education Review".
I joined the OU in April 2017 as a Staff Tutor in Earth and Environmental Sciences.
I am presently working on the development of two new modules (S112 and SDT306) with a focus on the tuition strategies and ensuring accessibility of module resources. I also have a Staff Tutor role in three modules: S111, S(XF)206 and U316.
I have contributed to degree approvals as an external academic advisor, and was involved in writing the Royal Society of Biology's Foundation Degree Accreditation Criteria (currently being piloted). I also hold an External Examiner post with the University of Ulster.