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Scholarly biography


I studied Geography at the University of Aberystwyth before going to the University of Bristol where I completed a masters, then a PhD examining at national identify and nation-building in Quebec.   

From 2003-13 I worked at the University of Southampton, mainly for the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies where I organised and managed UK-wide educational development activities.

I joined the Centre for Learning and Teaching in 2013. I am currently Course Coordinator for the PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education which is taken by most early career teaching staff. I also design and deliver workshops for colleagues undertaking Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy.   

I am an active researcher and have published work on identity in Quebec, disciplinary academic identities, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, teaching quality regimes and student voice in higher education.

Research interests

My research interests include student voice, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, the professionalisation of teaching and learning in higher education.

Supervisory Interests

I would be interested in supervising doctorates with a higher education focus, especially concerning academic identity, student voice, disciplinary identity and teaching and learning policy. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Bristol

Master, University of Bristol

Bachelor, Aberystwyth University


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • student voice
  • professional identity
  • interdisciplinary teaching
  • F1001 Canada (General)
  • Quebec
  • Nationalism
  • National identities
  • HA Statistics
  • G Geography (General)
  • Quebec
  • Political geography

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student Social Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
pedagogics Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
professionalization Social Sciences
pupil attitude Social Sciences

Research Output 2002 2017

The UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) as an illustration of Baudrillard's hyperreality

Canning, J., 19 Apr 2017

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Conceptualising student voice in UK higher education: four theoretical lenses

Canning, J., 27 Dec 2016, 22, 5, p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Defining and supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL): A sector-wide study, SoTL Case Studies

Masika, R., Wisker, G. & Canning, J., 13 Jan 2016, 8 p.

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A new measurement and ranking system for the UK National Student Survey

Canning, J., 19 Mar 2015, 19, 2, p. 56-65 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Half a million unsatisfied graduates? Increasing scrutiny of National Student Survey's ‘overall' question

Canning, J., 1 Sep 2015, 16, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

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