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Richard Sober

T:
01642 342374
Job title:
Principal Lecturer (Learning & Teaching)
E:
r.sober@tees.ac.uk
School/department:
School of Science, Engineering & Design
 
 
Research:
Science, Engineering and Design research
 
 

About Richard Sober

Richard Sober

Richard Sober
Principal Lecturer (Learning & Teaching), School of Science, Engineering & Design
T: 01642 342374
E: r.sober@tees.ac.uk
Research: Science, Engineering and Design research

After graduating in Architectural and Design History and completing post-graduate degrees in Urban Studies and Information Management, Richard worked for a number of years at Hull School of Architecture and Sunderland University before coming to Teesside where he spent ten years as Subject area leader for Spatial Design.  His current role is as a University Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer in Spatial Design and his research interests relate to both art and design and learning and teaching. 

During the last decade his research has included HEFCE-funded work into the use of innovative pedagogies in design, HEA funded research into peer support and mentoring and he has given over 20 conference papers nationally and internationally at both art and design and learning and teaching events and has presented and published most recently on aspects of student achievement and success, autonomous learning, peer learning and support and student led employability initiatives.  Many of his innovations have since been taken up and written about across the sector and in 2009 Richard was awarded an Art, Design & Media Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy. 

He is currently a Director of The Three Rivers Learning and Teaching Consortium as well as producing a number of in-house university learning and teaching materials on subjects such as course leadership and student representation. More recent research has included designs for learning spaces and he has also contributed to conferences and books on the subject.

Research interests

Richard has a broad interest in pedagogical debates and learning and teaching innovation, particularly in the art and design discipline. His current interests include: student engagement, achievement and success; autonomous learning, promoting employability in art and design; the HE learning environment, peer support and mentoring and working with students as partners and students as producers.

Publications

Selected papers and publications since 2009 

Closing the Loop: Utilising experienced students’ self reflection to support new learners’ 9th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Teesside, January 2009. 

‘Effective Learning and Assessment in Creative Team Projects’ 9th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Teesside, January 2009. 

Sober, R. (2009) Team working and Peer Assessment: The assessment process as an aid to effective learning in creative group project work. Art, Design & Media Subject Centre. http://www.adm.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/case-studies/Higher Education Academy Case Studies 

‘Self and Peer Assessment in Creative Projects’ Northern Universities Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Durham, April 2009. 

‘The Alternative Student Handbook: Bridging the gap between experienced students and new learners’ HEA Annual Conference, Manchester University, July 2009 

Art Design & Media Fellowship Paper, HEA Fellows conference, RIBA, Portland Place, Sept 2009

‘The secret of their success: From first year fears to final year achievements’ 10th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, Teesside University, February 2010. 

‘The Alternative Student Handbook: Bridging the gap between experienced students and new learners’, 3 Rivers Consortium conference, Sunderland University, March 2010 

‘Student perceptions of achievement: Fears, challenges and expectations’ 3 Rivers Consortium conference, Sunderland University, March 2010 

‘The Alternative Student Handbook’, Communities of Learning, SEDA Spring Conference, Leeds, May 2010 

‘The secret of their success: Utilising experienced students' self reflection to support new learners’ HEA Annual Conference, University of Hertfordshire, June 2010
 
‘Creativity and Student Support: A Visual Approach to Peer Mentoring’ Creative Learning & Teaching Conference, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, November 2010 

'Creativity and the Student Experience: A Visual Approach to Support and Achievement' Learning & Teaching in Art, Design and Architecture Kingston University, April 2011 

'Demystifying the student experience: A creative approach to pre induction and student support' 3 Rivers Consortium Conference, Northumbria University, April 2011 

Sober, R. (2011) 'A creative approach to peer mentoring: utilising experienced students’ self-reflection to support new learners', Networks, issue 12,pp.22-26. 

‘Demystifying the student experience: A Student led approach to pre-induction ’European First Year Experience Conference, Manchester University, June 2011 

Sober, R.G; Ng, H; Wood, J. ‘Students supporting students: A creative approach to pre-induction and peer mentoring’, Higher Education Academy's 5th Annual Art, Design & Media Creative Learning and Teaching Conference, Ravensbourne, November 2011 

Sober, R.G, Carroll, R. & Lal, A. et al ‘Embedding employability into the curriculum: Developing student led entrepreneurial skills in Design and the Humanities' 12th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, Teesside University, Jan 2012. 

Sober, R.G, McKenzie, T. ‘Enhancing autonomous learning in design courses; Across institutional perspective’, Three Rivers Consortium, North East Regional Learning and Teaching Conference, Teesside University, March 2012. 

‘Enhancing Student Representation’ 13th Annual Learning & Teaching conference, Teesside University Jan 2013 

Sober, R G. ‘Getting engaged: embedding student-led employability skills into the creative curriculum’ Conference paper given at the Group for Learning in Art & Design (GLAD) Annual conference at University for Creative Arts, April 2013 

Sober, R G. ‘Creativity and the Student Experience: A Visual Approach to Support and Achievement’ paper NACADA International Conference, University of Maastricht June 2013 

Sober R G, Hayman, R & Hogg, E.  Autonomous learning in the studio: Balancing great expectations in hard times Heroes and Monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the Arts and Humanities,  HEA’s third annual Arts and Humanities conference. The Lowry Centre, Salford, June 2014

Sober, R G, Banaszek, P, Hogg, E ‘Becoming Unstuck: Student led rescue guides as an aid to retention and success’ Festival of Learning L&T Conference, Teesside University, March 2015

Sober, R G, Hayman, R, Hogg, E  ‘Perceptions of value: independent student learning and student expectations in the age of KIS and fees’  Festival of Learning L&T Conference, Teesside University, March 2015

Sober, R G & Hogg, E  ‘Engaging with Autonomy: reconciling independent learning and student expectations’   Three River Consortium Annual Conference, Sunderland University,  March 2015

Sober, R G, Llewellyn, A & Reid P  ‘Changing Rooms:Creating spaces for learning’ Festival of Learning L&T Conference, Teesside University, March 2016

Sober, R.G, Jeffrey, H. Lainton, Z.  ‘Space for learning: Authentic practice & the Student Producer’  Learning & Teaching Enhancement Conference, Teesside University, June 2017

Llewellyn, A and Sober, R. (2017) Changing the culture of learning. In Peberdy, D. (ed) (2017) Creating the Digital Campus: Active Learning Spaces and Technology. Droitwich Net.

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