Professor Paul Blackmore
Paul Blackmore is Professor of Higher Education at The Policy Institute at King’s College London, having joined the College in 2007 as Director of King's Learning Institute. Previously he held a Chair in Higher Education at Coventry University and was for ten years Director of the Centre for Academic Practice at the University of Warwick.
Paul’s expertise is in strategic leadership and change in higher education, particularly in relation to curriculum change and to the nature and role of professional expertise, and he has published widely on related higher education issues.
Paul co-edited “Towards Strategic Staff Development” in 2003. He also led many other development and research studies at this time, including a Leadership Foundation for Higher Education-funded project resulting in a 2005 publication “Developing capability in the university” which dealt with key strategic decisions in organizing development provision.
In 2011 Paul directed a major HEFCE-funded international study of curriculum change in twenty-six research-intensive institutions in the UK, US, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Holland. A book drawing on the study “Strategic Curriculum Change in Universities: Global Trends”, written with Camille Kandiko, was published by SRHE/Routledge in 2012
From 2009 to date prestige in academic life has been a major research focus, with a series of funded studies, making use of the idea of a prestige economy operating at a number of levels, and investigating issues such as academic leadership and interdisciplinarity. A current research project, funded by LFHE, is examining Vice-Chancellors’ perspectives on prestige, within and beyond institutions. A book on prestige in academic life is in preparation, with a strong international dimension, for publication with Routledge in 2015.
Paul is a member of the International Council of the Free University of Berlin and also a member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education. He has convened the Standing Conference on Academic Practice for eighteen years since its inception. He speaks internationally and nationally on strategic curriculum change and on academic prestige. Recent keynotes and other presentations have taken place at: the European Commission, Brussels; University of Utrecht, Holland; EDIN network, Dublin; Erasmus conference, Copenhagen; Ministry of Education, Tokyo, Japan; Ehime University, Masuyama, Japan; and King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Nationally at Universities of Edinburgh, Leicester, Westminster, Leeds, Northumbria, Kingston, Durham, Exeter, Sunderland and Oxford. Paul supervises PhD students and teaches at Master’s level on educational leadership and management issues. Paul was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2013.