Mike James


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA340

+44 (0) 1772 89 3471

Subject Areas: Health and Social Care, Web and Multimedia

Mike joined UCLan in November 2012 as a part-time lecturer in Social Care and IT. He contributes to teaching but spends much of his time supporting staff colleagues in the development of IT skills and the use of a wide range of technologies used to support teaching, learning and research. Mike has a background in nursing and nurse education but, more recently, has worked in managerial and advisory roles in HE support services.

Full Profile

Mike trained as both a general and psychiatric nurse and, following an early career in clinical nursing entered nurse education where he worked as a tutor and senior tutor for a number of years. Entranced by the potential of computer-assisted learning in the early 1980s Mike spent a great deal of time developing and implementing strategies for the use of computers in the nursing curriculum and was a centre leader for the English National Board Computer Assisted Learning Project between 1987 and 1989.

Leaving nurse education in the mid-1990s, Mike was appointed as Head of Learning Resources at Harper Adams University College and, in 2003, joined the University of Salford to establish and manage their Learning Technologies Centre. Mike subsequently worked as an advisor in learning technologies in the Academic Development Unit before retiring in 2012. Following a short retirement, Mike returned to work part-time in the School of Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire. Returned from retirement and re-invigorated, he looks forward to working with colleagues in the School to help develop the potential for the use and embedding of ICT.


MA, University of East Anglia, 1997
Dip. LR, South Thames College, Wandsworth, London, 1988
Cert. Ed. (FE), Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1983
Dip.N (Lond.) Part B., Liverpool Polytechnic, 1981
Dip. N (Lond.) Part A., Aston College, Wrexham, 1980
RMN, North Wales School of Nursing (Denbigh), 1976
RGN, North Wales School of Nursing (Wrexham), 1974


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Individual member of the Association for Learning Technology.


James, M.P. and Turner, P., Computer Assisted Learning – any progress? Information Technology in Nursing, 1992. Vol: 4.4, pp. 10-11

James, M.P. and Turner, P., Manymedia or is it Multimedia? Information Technology in Nursing, 1993. Vol: 5.1, pp. 8-9

James, M.P. and Turner, P., Multimedia – doing it, not just talking about it. Information Technology in Nursing, 1993. Vol: 5.4, pp. 5-7


Mike is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate (EdD) at the University of Huddersfield. His research is entitled: Performance in the Classroom – how do we come to know it, and the relevance it might have for future staff development and learning space design? and looks at the possible resonance between performance in the higher education classroom and that which takes place in other live venues - theatres, clubs etc. - where audiences attend for a performance.


Mike currently teaches on the Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice (Foundation Entry), BA(Hons) programme and undertakes staff development and support in the area of ICT and digital technologies.


James, M.P. and Verrill, M.I. ‘Nuggets’ – a presentation to the Blackboard User Conference in Barcelona 2004.

James, M.P. ‘Vanilla Content – as good as it gets?’ – a presentation to the University of Salford Education in a Changing Environment Conference in 2009.