Director of Learning and Teaching

Dr Russell Crawford joined Falmouth University in July 2020, coming from Keele University where he was a Senior Lecturer in Academic Development. In 2017, he received the National Times Higher Education ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ award and was also recognised as a 2018 National Teaching Fellow for his sustained impact on positive student outcomes and higher education teaching across a range of national projects.  At Falmouth, he is leading projects to transform our curriculum to become team-based, challenge-focused and market-aligned as set out in their 2030 Portfolio Strategy. He co-leads Falmouth`s pedagogical research themes, ensuring their research strengths are integrated into undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
2010 MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Keele University
2000 PhD University of Dundee
1997 BSc (hons) Pharmacology University of Dundee

Honors and awards

Year Description

National Teaching Fellow


Time Higher "Most Innovative Teacher of the Year" Winner


Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Membership of external committees

External Examiner - Hull York Medical School

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Gamification for Learning
Impactful pedagogies in practice

Research Topics

  • Gamification and playful learning
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Action Research

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

Externally funded research grants information

Collaborators Currency Funder HESA Category Project title Value Year ending Year starting

University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh

Live - ending 2022 QAA Social Induction Framework £9000 2022 2021



Areas of teaching

  • Education
  • Bioscience
  • Staff Development

Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

Advance HE

Professional esteem indicators

Year Description