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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 national identity 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 course leader for the PG Certificate in Academic Practice in  which is taken by most early career teaching staff. I am also the CLT's Employability lead.

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

Award Date: 31 Oct 2002

Master, University of Bristol

Award Date: 31 Oct 1998

Bachelor, Aberystwyth University

Award Date: 31 Jul 1997


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • student voice
  • professional identity
  • interdisciplinary teaching
  • quality cultures
  • F1001 Canada (General)
  • Quebec
  • Nationalism
  • National identities
  • HA Statistics
  • G Geography (General)
  • Quebec
  • Political geography
  • JL Political institutions (America except United States)
  • Quebec
  • Canada

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Research Output

Conceptualising student voice in UK higher education: four theoretical lenses

Canning, J., 27 Dec 2016, In : Teaching in Higher Education. 22, 5, p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Assessment in Higher Education: The anatomy of a wicked problem

    Canning, J. & Eve, J., 17 Apr 2020, Research Matters: The Pedagogic Research Conference and Articles 2019. Masika, R. (ed.). Brighton: University of Brighton, p. 51-60

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

    Open Access
  • Open Access


    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences

    John Canning (Visiting lecturer)

    30 Sep 2017 → …

    Activity: Visiting positionVisiting an external academic institution

    University Alliance Mission Group (External organisation)

    John Canning (Member)

    30 Sep 2017 → …

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesRepresentation of University on boards and bodies

    Studies in Higher Education (Journal)

    John Canning (Reviewer)

    1 Jan 2017 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

    Higher Education Academy, UK (External organisation)

    John Canning (Fellow)

    20 Aug 2014 → …

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body