Portrait of Dr Michael Snowden Dr Michael Snowden

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m.a.snowden@hud.ac.uk | 01484 474264


I joined the University in 1997 and during my time at Huddersfield I have fulfilled a number of roles including module and course leadership of several health related courses. I have special interest in flexible learning and Mentoring. I am an Active member of The Universities Association for Life Long Learning, in which I am the convener for Flexible Learning and Pedagogy, I am also active within the European Mentoring Coaching Council where I fulfill the role of Special advisor.

Research and Scholarship

I have recently completed a number of funded pedagogical projects and published reports that explores and illustrates the use of flexible learning to enhance the learning experience of students. My co-edited volume “the Pedagogy of Social Sciences” and the Higher Education Academy’s “Flexible Learning Practice guide” has proven to be popular to inform curriculum development across the sector. I am currently also  leading a NHS England funded  project that explores governance, mentoring and its impact within Dental Health Care.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Snowden, M. and Halsall, J. (2017) ‘Exploring the Application of a Self-Determined Approach to LearningInternational Journal of Innovation and Learning , 22 (3), pp. 293-303. ISSN 1471-8197

Edwards, J., Snowden, M. and Halsall, J. (2017) ‘The example of coaching in the public sector: a quantitative case studyInternational Journal of Society Systems Science , 9 (2), pp. 89-104. ISSN 1756-2511

Snowden, M. and Ali, G. (2017) ‘How can spirituality be integrated in undergraduate and postgraduate education?’. In: Spiritually Competent Practice in Health Care. London, UK: CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group. . ISBN 9781138739116

Snowden, M., Ellwood, F., McSherry, R., Halsall, J. and Hough, D. (2017) ‘Clinical governance : a friend or foe to dental care practice in the UK?International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health , 1 (2), pp. 112-120. ISSN 2399-8164

Snowden, M., Davitt Jones, S. and Arnold, C. (2017) HEA Flexible Learning Practice Guide York, UK: Higher Education Academy


Snowden, M., Halsall, J. and Huang, Y. (2016) ‘Self-determined approach to learning: A social science perspectiveCogent Education , 3 (1). ISSN 2331-186X

Halsall, J. and Snowden, M. (2016) ‘Where we are now’. In: The Pedagogy of the Social Sciences Curriculum. : Springer International Publishing. pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-3-319-33866-8

Snowden, M (2016) ‘Heutagogy in an Emerging Curriculum’. In: The Pedagogy of the Social Sciences Curriculum. : Springer International Publishing. pp. 25-38. ISBN 978-3-319-33866-8

Halsall, J. and Snowden, M. (2016) The Pedagogy of the Social Sciences Curriculum . : Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-33866-8

Snowden, M. and McSherry, R. (2016) ‘Establishing Excellence: Where Do We Go From Here?’. In: The Pedagogy of the Social Sciences Curriculum. : Springer International Publishing. pp. 107-118. ISBN 978-3-319-33866-8

Halsall, J., Powell, J., Snowden, M. and Serpa, S. (2016) ‘Determined learning approach: Implications of heutagogy society based learningCogent Social Sciences , 2 (1), p. 1223904. ISSN 2331-1886

Snowden, M., Ellwood, F., McSherry, R., Halsall, J. and Hough, D. (2016) ‘Mentoring and YouDental Nursing , 12 (7), pp. 386-391. ISSN 1749-6799

Snowden, M., Daley-Yates, S. and Halsall, J. (2016) ‘On Demand: Exploring the Potential of Electronic Feedback on Assessment PerformanceResearch Journal of Education , 2 (5), pp. 90-99. ISSN 2413-8886

Edwards, J., Snowden, M. and Halsall, J. (2016) ‘Coaching works! A qualitative study exploring the effects of coaching in a public sector organisationThe Journal of Social Sciences Research , 2 (5), pp. 88-92. ISSN 2411-9458

Barker, C., King, N., Snowden, M. and Ousey, K. (2016) ‘Study Time Within Pre-Registration Nurse Education: A Critical Review Of The LiteratureNurse Education Today . ISSN 0260-6917


Ali, G., Wattis, J. and Snowden, M. (2015) ‘Why are Spiritual Aspects of Care so hard to Address in Nursing Education?’ A Literature Review (1993-2015)International Journal of Multidisciplinary Comparative Studies , 2 (1), pp. 7-31. ISSN 2059-4976

Snowden, M (2015) ‘Use of Diaries in ResearchNursing Standard , 29 (44), pp. 36-41. ISSN 0029-6570

Barker, C., King, N., Snowden, M. and Ousey, K. (2015) ‘Directed study time or my time: student nurses' experience of directed study time in an undergraduate nursing curriculum’. In: RCN Education Forum national conference 2015, 10th-11th March 2015, Nottingham, UK

Snowden, M (2015) ‘Self-Determined Learning (heautagogy) and the Flexible Curriculum.’. In: UALL Annual Confernce 2015: Making the Lifeling Learning University a Reality, 12th March 2015, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow


Snowden, M. and Halsall, J. (2014) ‘Community Development: A Shift in Thinking Towards HeutagogyInternational journal of Multi Disciplianary Comparative Studies , 1 (3), pp. 81-91.

Snowden, M. and Lancer, N. (2014) ‘Coaching and Mentoring in HE: Its place and purpose...or the story so far!’. In: EMCC: Exploring Mentoring in Education, 16th September 2014, Park Crescent Conference Center London

Snowden, M. and Halsall, J. (2014) ‘Community Development: A shift in thinking towards heautagogy’. In: International Conference: Multi Disciplinary and Comparative Studies, 4th-6th September 2014, University of Greenwich London

Snowden, M. and Daley-Yates, S. (2014) ‘A SMART START: A case study exploring the use of a structured academic skills support programme’. In: UALL Annual Conference. Transforming pedagogy? Flexible Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century, 11th April 2014, University of Westminster, London

Snowden, M (2014) ‘Mentor Assissted Learning’. In: Higher Education Academy Curriculum Development in Built Environment Workshop, 27th March 2014, Higher Education Academy York, UK

Snowden, M (2014) ‘Evaluating Mentoring’. In: The Second Mentoring E-Conference Book. Wiltshire, UK: European Mentoring and Coaching Council. .

Snowden, M (2014) ‘Curriculum Frameworks: A model for change’. In: HEA Curriculum Development Workshop, 13th February 2014, York, UK


Snowden, M (2013) ‘Mentorship a powerful and neglected instrument’. In: NHS Northern HCA Conference, 17/09/2013, Cedar Court Bradford, UK

Snowden, M. and Daley-Yates, S. (2013) ‘Formative assessment works - A Case study exploring the use of on line formative assessment and formative feedback.’. In: HEA/SEEC Conference Recognising promoting and developing flexible learning in HE., 22nd-23rd July 2013, University of Westminster, London


Snowden, M. and Hardy, T. (2012) ‘Peer mentorship and positive effects on student mentor and mentee retention and academic successWidening Participation and Lifelong Learning , 14, pp. 76-92. ISSN 1466-6529

Barker, C., King, N., Snowden, M. and Ousey, K. (2012) ‘How do nursing students utilise directed study time within an undergraduate nursing curriculum?’. In: RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference 2012, 23rd-25th April 2012, London, UK

Snowden, M. and Hardy, T. (2012) ‘Peer mentorship: yes it does have a positive effect on student retention and academic success’. In: ‘What Works? Student Retention and Success, 28th - 29th March 2012, University of York


Hardy, T. and Snowden, M. (2010) ‘Familial impact of imprisonment and the community specialist practitionerCommunity Practitioner , 83 (8), pp. 21-24. ISSN 1462-2815


  • Member, European Mentoring and Coaching Council (2012)
  • National Convenor - Universities Association for Lifelong Learning - Flexible Pedagogies group. (2013 – present)
  • Special Advisor to European Mentoring and Coaching Council - policy, standards and research (2015 to present)
  • Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council - Mentoring in UK Higher Education Working group. (2013 to present)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, January 2010
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring
  • Journal Reviewer: International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring in Education; Journal of Mentoring and Tutoring
  • Reviewer for research bids to the Higher Education Academy’s "Mike Baker" Doctoral Programme
  • Subject Reviewer (Health and Education) for a number of HE institutions
  • External Examiner experience in a number of institutions including subjects such as Nursing; Community Nursing; Community Health; Community Development and Public Health
  • University of Huddersfield Award for “Exceptional Assessment and Feedback” 2013
  • Barnsley Metropolitan Council “learning and achieving services award” July 2010

Research Degree Supervision

  • Mentorship, coaching and support; applied pedagogy; governance; equality and access in education.
  • Currently supervising doctoral studies associated with problem based learning; clinical governance frameworks; curricula models and emotional needs of students in Higher Education.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Michael Snowden


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Teaching and Professional Activities

I teach mentorship and coaching across a number of modules within the university and act as Course Leader for BSC (hons) Counselling Studies and Mentoring. I also supervise a number of post graduate students at MSc/MRes and doctoral level where learning, curriculum, mentoring and coaching is a theme.