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Iain Cross

Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching
Deputy Head of the Centre for Teaching Excellence and Student Success

Iain Cross

About Research

Email: iain.cross@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4017

Biography

Iain is Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and Deputy Head of the Centre for Teaching Excellence and Student Success. He leads the university’s Academic Development Framework, teaches and supervises students on the PgCert in Academic Practice programme. Iain works with colleagues developing their applications for HEA Fellowship and is Chair of the HEA Fellowship Panel. He works alongside staff throughout the university to develop their academic practice, developing and delivering CPD events and resources. He has particular interests in curriculum development, quality enhancement, assessment and feedback, and personal tutoring. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Research

Research profile

Iain has an active research profile. He is currently researching the implications of the ‘climate crisis’ on UK higher education and has published research into how climate change is taught in geography degree programmes. His work is currently exploring climate change teaching in a range of other subject areas where it is not traditionally taught (such as business, fashion, languages and chemistry). He has recently completed research into the experiences of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students participating in the Be SMART project which aims to enhance the employability outcomes of BAME students. Iain has also published research relating to his disciplinary background in geography, focusing on the management of water resources, citizen science and ecosystem services.

Prior to his current role, Iain was the Programme Director for Geography at St Mary’s and a lecturer in Physical Geography. He taught across the geography programme, including glaciology, geomorphology, ecology and research methods. He organised and ran field trips to international destinations and throughout the UK.

Iain holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham and a BSc in Environmental Geography from University College London.

Publications:

  • Cross, I. D. & Congreve, A. (submitted) Conference reflection: The climate emergency in higher education - working together to meet the challenge of student activism. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching.
  • Cross, I D. & Congreve, A. (in press) Authenticity: From a popular buzzword to a meaningful concept. Educational Developments.
  • Oputa, O. and Cross, I. D. (in press) A black, Asian and minority ethnic staff-student partnership to enhance graduate employability. The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change.
  • Congreve, A. & Cross, I. D. (2021) Responding to climate change in teaching. WonkHE. https://wonkhe.com/blogs/responding-to-climate-change-in-teaching/
  • Cross, I. D. & Congreve, A. (2020) Teaching (super) wicked problems: authentic learning about climate change. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2020.1849066
  • Cross, I. D. (2019) ‘Changing behaviour, changing investment, changing operations’: using citizen science to inform the management of an urban river. Area. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12597
  • Congreve, A. and Cross, I. D. (2019) Integrating ecosystem services into decision making. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13341
  • Jones, M. D., Cuthbert, M. O., Leng, M. J., McGowan, S., Mariethoz, G., Arrowsmith, C., Sloane, H. J., Humphrey, K. and Cross, I .D. (2016) Data based models of lake d18O variability. Quaternary Science Reviews 131: 329 – 340. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.09.012
  • Cross, I. D., McGowan, S., Needham, T. and Pointer, C. (2014) The effects of extreme hydrological events on ex-gravel pit lakes: implications for management. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 185 (1): 71 – 90.

Selected Presentations

  • Cross, I. D. & Congreve, A. (forthcoming) The climate emergency and student activism. SEDA Spring Conference, Glasgow. (postponed from April 2020)
  • Congreve, A. & Cross, I. D. (2021) Climate in the university curriculum: developing authentic approaches in diverse disciplines. Process, Practice, Environment Conference, University of York / White Rose College of the Humanities / Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • Cross, I. D. & Congreve, A. (2021) The climate emergency in higher education: working together to meet the challenge of student activism. SHIFT2021: Radically reimagining Higher Education for a new era: working together for a just and sustainable future, University of Greenwich.
  • Cross, I. D. & Congreve, A. (2020) The climate emergency: meeting the challenge of student activism in uncertain times. European RCE Online Conference on Local/Regional Climate and Sustainability Action and Learning, De Montfort University, Leicester. November
  • Cross, I. D. & Congreve, A. (2020) Teaching super-wicked problems: authentic learning about climate change. ‘Engaged Pedagogies Track’, UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, hosted by Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (with Dr Alina Congreve).
  • Cross, I. D. & Congreve, A. (2019) Integrating ecosystem services into environmental decision making. Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Autumn Conference, ‘Planning for Success: Maximising biodiversity through planning and strategic land use’, Llandudno, Wales. (invited presentation).
  • Cross, I. D. & Congreve, A. (2019) Authenticity: From a popular buzzword to a meaningful concept. Workshop at Advance HE Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, Newcastle. Session organiser.
  • Cross, I. D. (2018) Citizen Science for informing urban river management. Natural England Scientific Advisory Committee ‘Science into Practice’ seminar, Birmingham (invited presentation).
  • Cross, I. D. (2017) The potential of citizen science to inform expert understanding: a case study of an urban river in London. Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London.

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