Portrait of Dr Ian Rushton Dr Ian Rushton

i.rushton@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478222



Qualifications: IEng, MIRTE, MSOE, AAE, MIMI, PhD, BA(Hons), PGCE, MA, FHEA, FSET

Ian left secondary modern school at the age of 16 and, after completing an indentured apprenticeship as an HGV engineer, worked extensively in the road haulage industry culminating in the role of Fleet Engineer for an international road haulage company. After completing his pre-service training, Ian taught a range of motor vehicle and engineering courses for nine years.  He then moved to teacher education and the Advanced Practitioner role in the same further education college for another five years before joining the University of Huddersfield in 2009. Ian successfully completed his doctorate in July 2014.

Research and Scholarship

Teaching cultures and practices; professional identities; alternative and emancipatory pedagogies.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Rushton, I. and Walker, M. (2014) ‘Identifying learning needs’. In: Learning, Teaching and Development: Strategies for Action. London, UK: Sage. . ISBN 9781446282113

Pearce, C., Patterson, R. and Rushton, I. (2014) ‘Re: Silences--: The Sensing of SoundQualitative Inquiry , 20 (5), pp. 690-698. ISSN 1077-8004

Rushton, I (2014) Acting like teachers: re-thinking educational identities in the Lifelong Learning Sector Doctoral thesis, Manchester Metropolitan University.


Rushton, I (2012) ‘The Trainee now standing: notions of individual “otherness” in a performative place.’. In: International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ESSEI) Conference, 2-5 July 2012., University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus , pp. 1-6

Rushton, I. and Suter, M. (2012) Reflective Practice for Teaching in Lifelong Learning . Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780335244010


Rushton, I (2011) ‘How shall we know them? Trainee teachers’ perceptions of their learners’ abilitiesTeaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 3 (1), pp. 16-28. ISSN 2040-0993


Rushton, I (2010) ‘Mentoring in the Lifelong Learning Sector: a critical heuristic accountTeaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 2 (2), pp. 15-23. ISSN 2040-0993

Rushton, I (2010) ‘Managing Meat One: perceptions and anxieties of trainee teachers as they enter the Learning and Skills Sector for the first timeTeaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 2 (1), pp. 15-22. ISSN 2040-0993




  • Fellow of the Society for Education and Training
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Engineering Council
  • Member of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers
  • Member of the Society of Operations Engineers
  • Member of the Institute of the Motor Industry

Research Degree Supervision

  • Teacher identity, education and development.
  • Learning theories, cultures and improving teaching & learning.
  • Education policy.
  • Student-Centred Learning

Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.

Administrative Responsibilities

Centre Manager for In-Service Initial Teacher Education (Lifelong Learning)

Admissions Tutor for In-Service Programmes for the Education and Training Consortium

Designated Academic Liaison Officer for four ETC Partner Institutions

Teaching and Professional Activities

Teaching and assessment on:

Year 2 In-Service Certificate in Education, PGCE and PGDipE (Lifelong Learning) programmes.

MA Lifelong Learning.

BA Year 1 module “Improving Teaching and Learning” (and Module Leader).

BA Year 2 module “Major Study”.