Learning Development Tutor

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Steve Dixon-Smith

Following his undergraduate degree in Law, Steve Dixon-Smith studied MSc Social and Political Theory at Birkbeck College and MA English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics at King’s College, London.

Steve Dixon-Smith


Before joining UCA Steve designed and delivered context-specific language and learning development provision for a number of institutions, including the University of Sussex, BPP University and University of Qatar. He also worked as a corporate language instructor, designing and delivering bespoke in-house language programmes for finance and marketing companies based in the City of London.

Steve has a particular research interest in socially inclusive Higher Education and issues of language and identity. His approach to Learning Development and Linguistics focuses on the role of sociocultural context and identity in learning, language and academic practices.  

Conference Papers:

2016 Badger, I. & Dixon-Smith, S. 'Bridging a gap with a window: Interactive screencasts for transparent assessment practices.' Paper presented at: APT 2016: Mind the gap, exploring institutional practice in the post-digital age. University of Greenwich, 5 July 2016. 

2016 Badger, I., Dixon-Smith, S., Hatfield, E., Kupper, C., Rowan, J., Sutter, J. & Wallis, M. (2016) 'Critical collaboration: a narrative account of a newly established professional team' In: Schneider, M. et al. (ed.) Connecting the dots: Collaboration across learning support professions in higher education to enhance student learning. Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries.

2014 & 2015 Badger, I. & Dixon-Smith, S 'Integrating Sources and Specialisms Paper presented at: ALDinHE 2015: The Learning Development Conference. Southampton Solent University, 30 March 2014.

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Steve is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has spoken at conferences on issues surrounding language, learning development and academic practices in Higher Education, and has contributed to a book chapter on critical collaboration in learning enhancement and support.

In a consultative role, Steve has worked as an external advisor to the University of Plymouth and runs staff development workshops on embedding language and learning development for foundation courses delivered at Birkbeck College, University of London; University of Coventry and University of Central Lancashire.