Peter Scales. I have extensive experience of teaching and development in both higher and

further education. I am a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Derby and have been central to the development and teaching of teacher education programmes for the Lifelong Learning Sector and the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.  I was the Senior Teaching Fellow for the Faculty of Health, Education and Science. Following restructure, I became the Learning and Teaching Adviser for the School of Education and Social Sciences. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training.


I began my teaching career in 1980 as a part-time Liberal Studies lecturer in a further education college (just like the fictional Wilt, but truth is stranger than fiction!) teaching day-release students in a wide variety of courses including: hairdressing; plumbing; carpentry and joinery; electrical installation; thick-plate welders; nursery nurses and bricklayers. My career developed through teaching A-Levels in English Language, Communication Studies and the much-maligned Media Studies, as well as the full range of teacher training courses from City and Guilds 7307 to P/C/DTLLS.


In 2013 Open University Press published the 2nd edition of my book ‘Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector’ (Turkish edition published in 2015). In 2011 I was the lead author of ‘Continuing Professional Development in Lifelong Learning Sector’. I am currently working on textbook for teaching and learning in higher education, based around the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework.


I am now retired from teaching but continue to maintain this website, write and be involved in various education-related activities.



NEW BOOK 'An Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Supporting Fellowship' by Peter Scales (Open University Press October 2017)


NEW (August 2018) Educatiion and 'the artist'. Ideas that all teachers, and students, can learn from the arts.

NEW October 2019 Is 'curriculum' relevant to higher education?

NEW June 2019 The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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