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Geoff Timmins

Emeritus Professor of History

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Fylde Building, FY413

+44 (0) 1772 89 3043

JGTimmins@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: History

Full Profile

Geoff has worked in secondary education, initial teacher training and in-service teacher education, as well as teaching on BA and MA history courses and supervising post-graduate students. He has been particularly concerned with developing active and independent forms of learning; with devising learning approaches that enhance students’ key skills and hence their employability; and with promoting the use of ICT as a learning medium.

Geoff’s main academic interests are in local and regional history, especially in relation to industrialisation. He is also involved in research related to history teaching and learning, He has published extensively from his research findings and has given numerous conference papers relating to them, both in Britain and overseas.

Qualifications

B.A. Econ, MA, Dip Ed(Sheffield), Ph.D (Lancaster) ILTM


Publications

Four Centuries of Lancashire Cotton (Lancashire County Books, 1996)

Made in Lancashire: a History of Regional Industrialisation (Manchester University Press, 1998)

(with Steven King) Making Sense of the Industrial Revolution (Manchester University Press, 2001)

(with K. Vernon & C. Kinealy), Teaching and Learning History in Higher Education (Sage Publishers, 2005)

Research

Geoff’s research is based in three main areas:

Regional industrial and transport history
History of 18th and19th century housing
Progression and differentiation in HE history teaching

He has published extensively in these areas, his major books being:
The Last Shift: the Decline of Handloom Weaving in Nineteenth Century Lancashire (Manchester University Press, 1993)

Made in Lancashire: a History of Regional Industrialisation (Manchester University Press, 1998) (with Steven King) Making Sense of the Industrial Revolution (Manchester University Press, 2001)

(with K. Vernon & C. Kinealy), Teaching and Learning History in Higher Education (Sage Publishers, 2005)

Working with colleagues at UCLan and fellow historians at Sheffield Hallam University and Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoff is contributing to a major research project,

funded by the National Teaching Fellowship scheme, dealing with numeracy in undergraduate teaching.

The results of his individual National Teaching Fellowship research project, which deals with the ways in which more challenging provision is made for degree-level history students as they progress through their programmes of study.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Awards

In 2003, Geoff’s outstanding contribution as a history teacher was recognised when he became one of the first recipients of a National Award for History Teaching in Higher Education.

In 2004, his contribution as a teacher was more widely recognised by the higher education community when he was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.

External Activities

2002- Panel Member, Council of British Archaeology: North West Industrial Archaeology Panel

2003- Committee Member, Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

2006- Steering Committee Member, International Society for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching in History

2007- Committee Member, British Association for Local History

1993 £24,000 DFE Funding for INSET Dedicated Courses (with St Martins College)

1987-97 c.£150,000 from other INSET income

1988-97 c.£2,500 from reproduction map sales

1993 UCLAN research studentship in regional industrialisation

1995 £1,500 TLTP grant for on-line tutorial preparation (with S.King)

1995-97 c.£2,000 from sales of teaching packs

1992-02 c.£6,000 from annual local history conferences and other Saturday conferences

2000 £5,000 from UCLAN Learning Development Fund for e-leaning module conversion

2002 £450 from Sage Publications for research assistant costs

2003 £1,000 from the History Subject Centre (National award to further teaching development)

2003 £1,000 from History Subject Centre for developing on-line seminars

2003 £400 from CLASS Faculty Learning and Teaching Fund to give a paper at the annual History, Classics and Archaeology Subject Centre conference

2004 c.£1,000 from Social History Society to give conference paper at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

2003 £1,000

2004 £50,000 from the Higher Education Academy (National Teaching Fellowship award)

2005 Leading contribution in achieving UCLan’s £4.5 million Centre of Employability through the Humanities (CETH)

2007 Member of project team securing £200,000 award for the National Teaching Fellowship research project into undergraduate numeracy