Professional Services

I can arrange the following professional services. These are offered by a network of experienced colleagues in the specialist areas of teaching/learning, research and administration. These are not 'consultants' but people actually working day-to-day at the coal-face of higher education. Given the nature of advice sought and guidance, strict confidence is ensured. If you want to find out more, please contact me:


Telephone: 07437007947

Managing Academic Value

The student experience depends on the delivering of ‘academic value’, which is the sum total of the contribution from all ‘angles’ of the organisation, principally between academics and administrators, but involving everyone within the university. We understand the structural nature of these organisational processes and the need to develop and manage effective strategies to optimise academic value. We can help individual universities, and other providers of higher and further education, coal-face experience and expertise to achieve full academic value.

Listed below are some of the way we can help you do just that.

1. Academic Publishing

All forms of academic publishing (journal articles and books), from manuscript preparation, submission and acceptance. This includes  proof-reading to improve the quality of your written work in order to increase its chances of acceptance for publication. It is especially valuable to have insight not only in to the specific requirements of publishers but also their tacit expectations of authors and their manuscripts.

2. Scientific Advice

Advise on scientific content and the design and analysis of data, and other matters scientific and academic.

3. Academic Coaching and Career Development

The career development of new and junior members of staff can benefit enormously from advice, guidance and more formal coaching. This can be provided on an individual tailored basis.

4. Teaching/Learning and Assessment

Effective learning and teaching does not come naturally to most people, and the requisite skills need to be learned and, then, strengthened by experience. The same is true of assessment types, both formative and summative. Even among more experience staff, a refresh of existing skills can enhance academic value.

5. Academic Quality Enhancement and Accreditation

The mangement of academic programmes is challenging in fast-paced higher education, and for this reason it is valuable (and cost effective) to have independent advise from professionals who have developed and managed successful undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Advice, guidance and support are available from professionals with expertise and experience in the development of high-quality academic programmes.

Where once academic and administrative services were seen as entirely different functions in higher education, there is now a growing awareness of their overlap and the need for synergies to release the full potential of academic delivery and excellence - this is not longer merely desirable, but essential.

6. Complaints and Appeals

Complaint and appeal procedures can be fraught with complexity and from the student's point of view, stress. Advice can be offered to universities and students to deal most effectively and fairly with these matters. Independent guidance and advice provides a fresh perspective; and, if needed, sometimes mediation is all that is required to prevent an escalation of the problem. However, sometimes more formal action is required and this is where an understanding of university regulations, and wide-ranging experience of these procedures, are paramount either to make or defend a complaint.

7. Professional Administrative Services

The administration of academic programmes and the student experience are vital functions in higher education, and they are essential to support and complement the academic side of university life. Colleagues in professional services with many years experience of managing adminstrative functions, across a wide variety of institutions, are available to advise, support and the share their knowledge and experience.

More about Philip 

Prior to joining City, University of London, in 2013, Philip held Professorial positions at the University of East Anglia (2009-2013; where he was Head of Psychology) and Swansea University (2004-2009; where he served as Head of Department); and previously, he was Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. His professional affilations include: Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol.) of the British Psychological Society (BPS; and also an Associate Fellow); Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA); and a Chartered Scientist of the Science Council (CSci). Philip is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Philip has been external examiner on undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programmes in leading UK universities; and over the years has developed and directed successful Master's level courses. Currently, he is Programme Director for the MSc in Behavioural Economics at City, University of London.

 Professional activities

Philip is one of the Co-Founding Presidents (along with Professor Eammon Ferguson, Nottingham University) of the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences (BSPID).
He was honoured to be elected to the offices of President-Elect (2013-2015) and President (2015-2017) of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID).

Philip holds editorial positions with several scientific journals in the field of personality and individual differences, and regularly reviews for top-tier international journals. In 2017 he founded and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Personality Neuroscience, published by Cambridge University Press.

Although Philip is first-and-foremost an academic and scientific researcher, he is committed to effective university administration to ensure academic quality. He recognises that these are complex matters and independent advice and guidance are important to share best practice in all areas of higher education. For this reason, he has coordinated a network of university professionals to offer independent, timely and knowledgeable advice.

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