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Professor Geoff Timmins

Emeritus professor
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Geoff is a local and regional historian with a particular interest in the development of the built environment, especially in the Lancashire textile districts, and its impact on the way people led their everyday lives. He also researches and publishes on learning and teaching history at degree and pre-degree levels. His particular interest is on developing key skills through active forms of learning, not least with the employability of students in mind, and on achieving progression in curriculum design. Geoff is a National Teaching Fellow.

In his role as an emeritus professor, Geoff has provided occasional teaching inputs as opportunity has arisen. But his main contributions have been concerned with research activities, including post-graduate supervision. The emphasis has been on investigation developments in industry, housing and transport, making use of contextualised case studies. As well, he has been involved in the preparation of local history teaching resources for use in primary and secondary schools. He has worked on various funded research projects, including Every Student Counts, which involves the development of numeracy teaching in undergraduate history courses.

Geoff’s career began as a secondary school teacher of economics and history and progressed through lecturing appointments in initial teacher training; in-service education for primary and secondary teachers; and BA and MA History teaching. He gained research degrees through part-time study. He has lectured widely on his research interests in Britain and in overseas countries, including the United States and Australia, and is highly experienced as an external examiner and for history undergraduate and post-graduate courses, as well as for history research degree submissions. His administrative experience at the University of Central Lancashire has included periods as History subject co-ordinator and co-ordinator of in-service courses for teachers.

  • PhD Economic History, Lancaster University, 1990
  • MA (by thesis) Economic History, Sheffield University, 1976
  • Dip.Ed., Sheffield University, 1967
  • BA(Econ) Hons, Economics and Economic History, with Politics and World History, Sheffield University, 1966
  • History Subject Centre National History Teaching in Higher Education Award, 2003
  • Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship, 2004
  • Vernacular and polite architecture
  • Industrial archaeology