Portrait of  Chris Ireland Chris Ireland

c.j.ireland@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473023


Position: Academic Skills Tutor - Huddersfield Business School
Qualifications: BA, MEd, PGCE, FHEA

Chris has worked as an Academic Skills Tutor in the University of Huddersfield since 2002.

Previously, Chris was a Tutor of English for Academic Purposes at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Chris started out as a secondary school teacher, working in Surrey, Spain, the UAE and Brunei. He moved into teacher education when studying at Exeter University in 1996 and later worked for Leeds University as a tutor in Oman on the BA (Hons) Educational Studies for three years. In his role as a teacher educator he became particularly interested in the skills that the students require for successful study at University.

Chris gained a first degree in Economics from Kingston Polytechnic and a PGCE in Economics and Social Studies from Thames Polytechnic in the 1980s. He later studied for a Master of Education at Exeter University for which he was awarded a distinction.

He is a member of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research and Scholarship

As a senior lecturer in Academic Skills in the Business School’s Learning Development Group, Chris works with both students and academics in supporting the development of study skills. In this role he has helped colleagues integrate approaches in areas such as academic writing development and assessment as well as providing study skills tuition to students directly.

Chris is a member of the Business Education Research Group and recently completed a project which focused on the development of audio-visual assessment feedback on written assignments.

He has conducted research into student perceptions of plagiarism and published on his work helping students learn about plagiarism. He is also conducting research into student oral presentations in accountancy, focusing on peer feedback and student apprehension.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Ireland, C (2016) ‘Student oral presentations: developing the skills and reducing the apprehension’. In: Proceedings of 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference Valencia, Spain. 7-9 March, 2016. Valencia, Spain: IATED. pp. 1474-1483. ISBN 978-84-608-5617-7


Folley, S. and Ireland, C. (2014) ‘Use of GradeMark to Improve Student Achievement’. In: 9th University Teaching and Learning Conference. Building our learning cultures: Putting the Teaching and Learning Strategy into practice, 23rd June 2014, University of Huddersfield

Potter, M., English, J. and Ireland, C. (2014) ‘How far can peers go in supporting student learning? A Student’s Perspective’. In: 11th ALDinHE Conference: Learning Development Spaces and Places, 14-16 Apr 2014, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

English, J. and Ireland, C. (2014) ‘Graduate Employability in the Curriculum: Student 'expectations v outcomes'. Is it a bridge too far? - a real conundrum!’. In: Shift 2014: Enhancing Employment Outcomes: What Works?, 10 Jan 2014, University of Greenwich


Drozynska, A., Hill, P., Jabbar, A., Ireland, C. and Woods, P. (2013) ‘Analysing feedback on written assignments to produce reusable audiovisual feedback’. In: Teaching Writing Across Languages and Cultures, 7th Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, 27-29 June 2013, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Ireland, C. and English, J. (2013) ‘Student oral presentations: incorporating peer e-assessment’. In: 10th ALDinHE Conference 2013: Celebrating Learning Development, 25-27 March 2013, Plymouth University


Ireland, C (2012) ‘Peer e-assessment of oral presentations’. In: E--Assessment Scotland 2012: Feeding Back, Forming the Future, 31 Aug 2012, Dundee

Jabbar, A. and Ireland, C. (2012) ‘Audiovisual formative feedback in online quizzes and essays’. In: Enhancing the Quality of Student Blended Learning through Integrative Formative Assessment Methods, 10 Jul 2012, The Business School, University of Huddersfield

Ireland, C. and Jabbar, A. (2012) ‘Exploring mobile technology in the classroom’. In: 9th ALDinHE Conference: University of Leeds "Learning Development in a digital age: emerging literacies and learning spaces", 03-04 Apr 2012, University of Leeds


Byrne, G. and Ireland, C. (2011) Using Technology to Prevent Plagiarism: Skilling the Students Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Ireland, C. and English, J. (2011) ‘Let Them Plagiarise: Developing Academic Writing in a Safe EnvironmentJournal of Academic Writing , 1 (1), pp. 165-172. ISSN 2225-8973

Ireland, C. and English, J. (2011) Challenging and developing conceptions of plagiarism held by first year Accountancy undergraduates iParadigms Europe

Ireland, C. and English, J. (2011) ‘Engaging Students in the Topic of Plagiarism by Using a Student Response System’. In: European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing Conference 2011, 29th June – 1st July, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

English, J. and Ireland, C. (2011) ‘Accountants in Organisations – a module delivering impact’. In: Graduates with Impact: through excellence in business education, BMAF Annual Conference, 10th - 11th May 2011, Bournemouth

Byrne, G. and Ireland, C. (2011) ‘Using a student response system to help students learn about plagiarism.’. In: EAP within the HE Garden: Cross Pollination between Disciplines, Departments, Research & Teaching. The BALEAP Biennial Conference, 10th - 12th April 2011, University of Portsmouth

Ireland, C. and English, J. (2011) ‘Plagiarism: Let's start as we don't mean to go on.’. In: Assessment matters – original assessment for original student work, 31 March 2011, The Higher Education Academy, York


Catterall, S. and Ireland, C. (2010) ‘Developing Writing Skills for International Students: Adopting a critical pragmatic approachPractice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education , 5 (2), pp. 98-114. ISSN 1750-8428

Ireland, C. and English, J. (2010) ‘Supported practice and feedback: uncovering students’ understanding of plagiarism through using varied activities’. In: Supporting academic integrity: Approaches and resources for higher education. : The Higher Education Academy. pp. 35-36. ISBN 9781907207259

English, J. and Ireland, C. (2010) ‘Employability – A Question of Responsibility’. In: ceth Conference 2010 - Employability in the Curriculum; Beyond the Bolt-On?, 22-23rd June 2010, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Ireland, C. and English, J. (2010) ‘Accounting for learner differences in the classroom means some students have to plagiarise’. In: BMAF Annual Conference 2010. Assessment & Assessment Standards: Challenges for Business Education, 20 - 21 April 2010, Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne


Ireland, C. and English, J. (2009) ‘Let Them Plagiarise: Developing academic writing in a safe environment’. In: European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing Conference 2009, 30 June – 2 July 2009, Coventry University, England


English, J. and Ireland, C. (2008) ‘Let them Plagiarise!’. In: Teaching and Learning Conference 2008: Enhancing Learning: Technology by Design, 15 September 2008, University of Huddersfield

English, J. and Ireland, C. (2008) ‘Developing the tools of the trade: reconciling vocational and academic demands’. In: Doing University: Student Transitions and Skills in Higher Education, 19 March 2008, University of Huddersfield


Catterall, S. and Ireland, C. (2007) ‘Writing support for overseas students: quick fix or responsive solution?’. In: 4th International Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, June 30th - July 2nd 2007, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany


Member of the Advisory Board for the 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2016) in Sevilla, Spain

Keynote address at Shift 2014: Enhancing Employment Outcomes: What Works? 10 Jan 2014, University of Greenwich.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Chris is responsible for learning development support on first year Accountancy and Finance and Events Management degrees and all final year undergraduate provision.

Chris is the Business School’s representative on the University’s Peer Mentoring Steering Group.