Rev Professor Peter S Neil
MA (Hons.) MEd (Edin.), MDiv, PhD (Belfast), MPhil (Cardiff) FHEA FRSA
vicechancellor@bishopg.ac.uk

Vice Chancellor

Professor Peter Neil began professional life as a teacher of French and German in Scotland, having trained at Jordanhill College of Education and Glasgow University. He entered Higher Education in 1991 when he was appointed to a post in Queen's University, Belfast. There he held various posts including director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Language Teaching and Research, director of the PGCE course and Assistant Head of the School of Education. During that time he completed a PhD in Education, looking at the use of German in the classroom by secondary school teachers. Following that he began studying theology at Union Theological College. He then took up post as Professor and Director of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth University. He returned to his native Scotland in 2009 when he was appointed Head of Education and, latterly, interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland. He studied theology at Cardiff University from 2006 and trained for the Anglican priesthood at St Michael's College, Llandaff, Cardiff. He was ordained in the Church in Wales in St David's Cathedral in 2008 and 2009. He holds the Bishop's General Preaching Licence for the Diocese of Lincoln. His main research interests in the past were language education and he is currently engaged in a study of lay theological education in the context of the DMin course at St Mary's and St Giles' Centre, Wales, validated by Glyndŵr University. He is honorary visiting professor at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham. He took up post as Vice Chancellor at Bishop Grosseteste in 2013.


Selected Publications:

Books

Neil, P and Murphy, C (2005) Enhancing the Partnership: the work of the teacher tutor. Belfast: Blackstaff Press [pp 147 + appendices and references. ISBN 0-85640-768-2]

Neil, P and Morgan C (2003) Continuing Professional Development for Teachers: from induction to senior management, London: Kogan Page [pp 218 + appendix and references. ISBN 0-7494-3741-3]

Morgan, C and Neil P (2001) Teaching Modern Foreign Languages. London: Kogan Page [pp 200+ references. ISBN 0-7494-3347-7]

Neil, P S (1997a) Reflections on the Target Language. London: CILT [pp 84+ references and appendices. ISBN 1-874016-82-8]

Book Chapters

Morgan, C and Neil, P (2004) Continuing professional development. In Nicholls, G (ed.) Introduction to Teaching: A Handbook for Primary and Secondary Teachers, 220-232, London: RoutledgeFalmer [ISBN-415-335-31-0]

Journal articles

Neil, P. S. (in press). Ordinary sacramental theology in rural Wales. Rural Theology, 11

Milligan, L, Chalmers, D, Danson, M, Danson, E and Neil, P (in press) Initial Teacher Training for medium of instruction education: lessons from Gaelic in Scotland. Current Issues in Language Planning

Neil, P (2011) Approaches to education in rural churches. Rural Theology, 8,2, 115-30

Murphy, C, Neil, P and Beggs, J (2007) Primary science teacher confidence revisited: ten years on, Educational Research, 49, 4, 415-30


Conference Presentations

Cowan, C, Winter, E and Neil, P (2011) Face-zine the Future: tutors' strategies in on-line teaching, BERA, September 2011 London

Neil, P, Cowan, P and Winter, E (2011) Face-zine the Future: Moving into Digital Spaces, ECER September 2011 Berlin

Harris, D and Neil, P (2007) Evaluating AV resources across Europe. Paper presented at PAVE conference, University of Malta, 5-9 November, 2007