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University of Stirling


Professor John Gardner


Faculty of Social Sciences Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

Professor John Gardner

About me


Professor of Education

ResearchGate Profile:

Professor John Gardner is a professor of Education. He has over 150 academic publications and has authored, co-authored or edited nine books, the most recent being: Public Understanding of Assessment (Editor, 2017, Routledge), Assessment and Learning (Editor, 2014, Sage, 4x volumes), Assessment and Learning 2nd Edition (Editor, 2012, Sage), The Classroom X-Factor (Co-author, 2011, Routledge) and Developing Teacher Assessment (Co-author, 2010, McGraw-Hill/Open University). He has presented numerous international keynote addresses and has been principal investigator for research projects exceeding £2.5million in total funding.

Posts Held (2000 to date)

  • Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Principal, University of Stirling, 2015-17
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Principal, University of Stirling, 2012-15
  • Dean of Faculty and Head of School, Queen’s University, 2000-11

Fellowship of Learned Societies

  • (Elected) Fellow, British Computer Society, 1984 to date (FBCS)
    • BCS Chartered IT Professional (CITP)
    • BCS Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • (Elected) Fellow, Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, 2005 to date (FCIEA)
  • (Elected) Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences, 2003 to date (FAcSS)

Honorary Award

  • Master of Education, Plymouth Marjon University (for contribution to Education), October 2015

Honorary Posts

  • Visiting Research Associate, University of Oxford, Department of Education, 2009 to date
  • Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, Department of Education, 2009-13
  • Adjunct Professor, Dublin City University, Institute of Education, 2017 to date
  • Visiting Professor, Queen’s University, Education, 2018 to date

Key Academic Roles

  • President and Vice-President, British Educational Research Association (2008-12)
  • Member of the UK Research Excellence Framework Education Panel (REF 2010-14)
  • Member of the UK Research Assessment Exercise Education Panel (RAE 2004-08)

Recent Representative Roles

  • Welsh Government: Chair of Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board (ministerial advisory committee) (2017 to date)
  • QAA-S: Member of Quality Assurance Agency Scotland’s Strategic Advisory Committee (Universities Scotland nominee) (2014 to date)

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