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David Hay is Reader in Higher Education at King’s College London. His research focuses on adult teaching/learning in a range of higher education disciplines, from the arts to sciences. David has an international reputation for research of student learning process, using concept mapping, drawing, choreography and the course of writing to explore learning trajectories, making sense from teacher’s explanations and emotional as well as cognitive development.

David is the program lead for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice for the MOD. This sixty credit masters level teacher education program focuses on adult teaching/learning in the classroom and the wider field of military work.  David has expertise in adult learning theory and a recognizes authority on higher education teaching and assessment and curriculum design. 


Research Interests:

  • Cognitive development
  • Concept mapping
  • Drawing to learn
  • Knowledge-making practices
  • Emotional development


PhD Supervision

David Hay is happy to accept PhD Students in the subject area of Higher Education.



Dr David Hay Research Gate profile

Dr David Hay PURE Profile