Chris Rust

Chris is Professor of Higher Education and Associate Dean (Academic Policy) at Oxford Brookes University for two days a week, managing a number of cross-university projects. Chris joined Oxford Brookes in 1989 and was head of OCSLD for ten years until taking flexible retirement in September 2011. For six years he was Course Leader for the initial training course for new teaching staff. In the 90s he contributed to the design and delivery of a national programme of staff development in higher education on the issue of teaching more students and between 2005 - 2010 he was Deputy Director for two Centre’s for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange) and the Reinvention Centre for undergraduate research (led by Warwick University). He has researched and published on a range of issues including:

  • the experiences of new teachers in HE - the positive effects of supplemental instruction
  • the effectiveness of workshops as a method of staff development
  • many aspects of student assessment, including improving student performance through engagement in the marking process.
  • Over the years has also run numerous workshops around the country and internationally on a range of issues including teaching large classes, developing assessment strategies, and engaging students with assessment and feedback.
He achieved a PhD by publication in 2003, and became a professor in March 2010. He is a Fellow of the RSA, a Senior Fellow of SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) and was one of the original 14 Senior Fellows of the UK Higher Education Academy, for whom he was also an accreditor.

Recent blog entries

Tenth Anniversary Issue of BeJLT — now online

This year, we are celebrating two anniversaries – Brookes’ 150 years as an institution and BeJLT’s more modest 10 years – and we are marking both events in this special edition of BeJLT by...

What we know: Conclusions

The ‘What we know’ theories are going to be published here as a series of blog posts over the coming weeks but are also available now collected as a free eBook from the OCSLD shop, where there are...

What we know: One possible tension

The ‘What we know’ theories are going to be published here as a series of blog posts over the coming weeks but are also available now collected as a free eBook from the OCSLD shop, where there are...