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Paul Blacklock


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Lecturer in International Initial Teacher Training

I am a Lecturer on PGCE Education (DL) in the Faculty of Education and Society.

I have worked in education for over 17 years in a variety of teaching and management roles and have taught in the UK and Japan. I commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an Army Education and Training Services Officer. My last role in the regular army was managing the day-to-day running of a large Army Education Centre supporting the educational needs of over 10,000 soldiers across the north-east. Additionally, I mentored newly commissioned officers completing their PGCE qualifications. During this time I completed my MEd, my dissertation focusing and coaching in the military, and a Level 7 Coaching and Mentoring qualification through ILM.

Since leaving the regular army I have worked with the Army Reserves. I am currently a Group Leader/Assessor at the Army Officer Selection Board assessing candidates applying to train to be an army officer.

When I first left the regular army I worked as part of Teach First in the north-east.  Teach First is a national charity focused on ending inequality in education. I worked with headteachers and wider senior school leadership teams in the region to place trainee teachers across the region. While working in the NHS as an Organisation Development Practitioner, I developed a trust-wide coaching programme available to 4,500 staff and line managers.

Before starting at University of Sunderland, I worked at Northumbria University on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme. I worked closely with police colleagues to contribute to the effective partnership between the University and the workplace to best support student officers.

The driving force in my career is service and encouraging students' personal development; I'm here to support and challenge the students I work with.



Teaching and supervision

Research interests for potential research students

  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Online/digital learning
  • CPD
  • Critical thinking

Last updated 30 September 2022