Dr Andrew Holmes

Dr Andrew Holmes


Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education


  • BSc
  • EdD
  • MSc
  • PGCert
  • PGDip


Andrew has worked in higher education for over 20 years, including working with a wide range of external partner organizations, both public, NHS, private and not-for-profit sectors to develop, accredit and/or directly deliver work-based learning, training and higher education programmes of learning. Worked with both SMEs and lager organisations (e.g. Corus Cogifer, Kimberly Clarke plc) to develop programmes of work-based learning, primarily in the area of quality management systems improvement and lean manufacturing.

Andrew is a keen, friendly and enthusiastic facilitator with extensive experience and expertise in/of the design, development and delivery of higher education courses, including work-based and higher-level vocational learning and Adult education, lifelong learning and accredited Liberal Adult Education programmes. He was the network convenor for the Universities He has developed and taught on a wide-range of university programmes, including: overseas MBAs, work-based learning with private and public-sector organizations, short-courses, foundation awards, and undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

He has not inconsiderable experience of developing accredited work-based learning programmes and modules, of enterprise and entrepreneurship courses and of Adult education pedagogy/heautagogy. Andrew is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, a member of the IQA and an NGCE Enterprise Educator and holds the D32/D34 NVQ assessor/internal verifier qualifications. He has been a faculty Director of Teaching and Learning and a Programme Director and has presented at numerous Adult-Education and Lifelong-Learning conferences in the UK.

Andrew has managed externally funded research projects, including European Social Fund and, YHELLN ones. He was responsible for developing the University Foundation Award (UFA progamme) of accreditation for part-time courses, which ran for over 20 years and allowed thousands of people in our region to access part-time higher education courses and become students of the university of Hull.

He is an experienced educator and facilitator of learning, passionate about encouraging every learner's development of applied skills, theoretical and tacit knowledge for the workplace and life.

Andrew is a trustee of the charity Hull and East Riding Children's University https://www.hullchildrensuniversity.com/ and has worked with and supported their work for over 15 years.


FY Environments for Learning and Research project

UG Research methods.

UG Action research project.

UG Dissertation. plus supervise HK dissertation students

M Contemporary and Critical Perspectives

M pathway tutor - leadership and management

UG and M dissertation supervision.

Have previously taught courses including enterprise and entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, study skills, leadership and management, customer service, quality systems management, problem solving, and product/system focused problem solving, project management, key skills development.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

(How) Do Students Use Learning Outcomes? Results from a Small-Scale Project

Holmes, A. G. (2020). (How) Do Students Use Learning Outcomes? Results from a Small-Scale Project. Educational Process: International Journal, 9(2), 80-89. https://doi.org/10.22521/edupij.2020.92.1

An Unnecessary KIS? The UK's Key Information Set, was it really needed and what was its real purpose?

Holmes, A. G. D. (2020). An Unnecessary KIS? The UK’s Key Information Set, was it really needed and what was its real purpose?. Shanlax International Journal of Education, 8(2), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.34293/education.v8i2.1477

Constructivist Learning in University Undergraduate Programmes. Has Constructivism been Fully Embraced? Is there Clear Evidence that Constructivist Principles have been Applied to all Aspects of Contemporary University Undergraduate Study?

Holmes, A. G. D. (2019). Constructivist Learning in University Undergraduate Programmes. Has Constructivism been Fully Embraced? Is there Clear Evidence that Constructivist Principles have been Applied to all Aspects of Contemporary University Undergraduate Study?. Shanlax International Journal of Education, 8(1), 7-15. https://doi.org/10.34293/education.v8i1.819

Learning Outcomes -A Good Idea, Yet with Problems and Lost Opportunities

Holmes, A. G. (2019). Learning Outcomes -A Good Idea, Yet with Problems and Lost Opportunities. Educational Process: International Journal, 8(3), 159-169. https://doi.org/10.22521/edupij.2019.83.1

The Role of Interest and Enjoyment in Determining Students' Approach to Learning

Holmes, A. G. (2018). The Role of Interest and Enjoyment in Determining Students’ Approach to Learning. Educational Process: International Journal, 7(2), 140-150. https://doi.org/10.22521/edupij.2018.72.4

Research interests

My main research interest is assessment, and how assessment and assessment feedback, can impact on students' approaches to learning, particularly surface and deep approaches to learning and students' utilization of feedback. I am interested in learner autonomy and learner independence and how we can develop independence and autonomy.

Postgraduate supervision

I will consider PhD topics on assessment in higher education.

Charity role

Trustee of charity Hull and East Riding Children's University


I have worked with Hull and East Riding Children's University for over 15 years and have been a trustee for 12 years

Committee/Steering group role

Co-chair of University of Hull Project Management Coaching Network

2005 - 2015

Established and subsequently I acted as co-chair of the voluntary PMCN group of staff from across the university who were interested in, and wanted to use, project management processes, tools and techniques in their work. As well as chairing the group I regularly ran a series of project management training courses for staff over the years.

Conference organisation

Conference organiser

2004 - 2010

Organized the UALL (Universities Association of Lifelong Learning) annual Administration Network conference. Held each year at a different university campus venue, including Newcastle, Bath, Scarborough, Oxford, Cambridge, Hertfordshire.

Consultancy/Industry advisory role

External validation panel advisor

2015 - 2015

Bishop Grossetesse University. Advisor/consultant for new degree programme.

External examiner role

External Examiner

2012 - 2015

University of Coventry

External Examiner

2009 - 2012

University of Lincoln.

External Examiner

2006 - 2010

Sheffield Hallam University.

External Examiner

2003 - 2006

Manchester Metropolitan University.

External examiner

1999 - 2004

University of Newcastle.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2007 - 2015

I became a Fellow of the HEA when it was first established, subsequently became Senior Fellow.

Member of the Institute of Quality Assurance


Member of IQA. Have published articles in the IQA journal.

National/International learned society/body role

Chair of UALL (Universities Adult and Lifelong Learning) Administration Network

2005 - 2013

I was voted in as chair of the Chair of UALL (Universities Adult and Lifelong Learning) Administration Network. Arranged the annual conference, attended national policy meetings, disseminated information to members, attended government/HEFCE briefings about adult and continuing education policy, conducted surveys of UALL network members. I presented at each UALL conference.


Faculty Director of Teaching and Learning,

2013 - 2014

Acting role as Faculty director of teaching and learning, for Faculty of Education.

University of Hull Prince's Trust Volunteers franchise manager

1995 - 1999

Manager (as 50% of job role) for the University's Prince's Trust Volunteers franchise. The franchise did receive a visit from HRH Prince Charles when he visited Hull, and he met some of the young people we worked with.

Scholarship role

Course developer

2019 - 2021

Wrote and developed a number of online courses for Qedex a private sector organisation global community for higher education professionals to continue lifelong learning.

Validated programmes academic representative


Validated programmes academic representative for Hull college MEd.

Member of Hull university management group for Enactus


Active member of the Hull university staff group that advises the student Enactus group. https://enactus.org/

Validated programmes academic representative

2011 - 2019

Validated programmes academic representative for Doncaster college BA.

Consultancy/industry advisory role

2011 - 2013

Facilitated project management training courses for cohorts of Hull NHS staff

Externally funded research project

2010 - 2011

Secured £10K external funding from ESCALATE/YHELLN research project ‘Conceptualising learning and teaching for the new lifelong learning sector’. Data set produced, and subsequent conference presentations of findings

NGCE Enterprise Educator


I was on the very first cohort of enterprise education students - university lecturers who gained a qualification in facilitating the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship education. https://ncee.org.uk/

Developed online postgraduate project management course

2007 - 2010

Secured £10K from Roberts fund to set up an online postgraduate project management course which was mapped out against vitae.ac.uk criteria.

Externally funded project Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

2003 - 2005

Secured £15K external grant funding for the development and roll out of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship modules. These were subsequently delivered by myself to entrepreneurs involved in new business start ups.

Development of continuing education interuniversity teaching observation scheme

2003 - 2004

In 2003 I secured external funding from ESCALATE for a project developing a peer teaching observation scheme for continuing education tutors. This involved work with the CE departments of Essex and Aberystwyth and the delivery of training sessions to part time tutors. Subsequent roll out and conference presentations

Managed ESF funded project

1999 - 2001

Successfully managed and delivered within budget a £130K European Social Fund project under the PESCA initiative. Providing accredited education and training to people experiencing under-employment or unemployment due to the decline of the north sea fishing industry, so they could secure jobs in the tourism industry. Open and distance learning materials used along with face-to-face teaching through part-time lecturers.

Co-ordinator for City & Guilds Senior Awards programme

1998 - 2003

University contact and manager/coordinator for City and Guilds Senior Awards. Developed and delivered personal and professional management development courses that were validated by City & Guilds. I used to Senior Awards Licentiate award to develop staff training courses for university PSS staff. I used the Graduateship award to develop free electives including 'Volunteer for Prison' which involved UoH students conducting research projects at a local HMP Everthorpe.

Major Programme Development

1995 - 2005

In response to HEFCE 3/94 (the requirement to accredit liberal adult education courses or lose all funding) and at the request of the Registrar I proposed, developed and implemented the University Foundation Award (UFA) of accreditation for part-time courses in the Department of Adult Education (later to become the Centre for Continuing Education , Development and Training and then the Centre for Lifelong Learning. The programme rapidly established itself with courses throughout our region, covering Whitby to the North, Leeds, and North East Lincolnshire. It proved to be an immensely flexibly programme that allowed thousands of part-time learners to access a university level education, including work with the WEA and the TGWU.

Manager of Graduate Enterprise Scheme

1992 - 2003

I acted as the University’s manager of/co-ordinator for the Graduate Enterprise scheme, a HE version of Young Enterprise.