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Dr Jon Robinson

Principal Lecturer/Teaching Fellow

Department: Humanities

I came to Northumbria University as a mature student in 1999 and have been here in one form or another ever since. My undergraduate degree is in English and History and I went on to specialise in sixteenth century English and Scottish literature at postgraduate level.

After completing my PhD in 2005 I was fortunate in obtaining a position within Northumbria’s CETL (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) whose remit is AfL (Assessment for Learning) that allowed me to teach in both the subject areas of English and History, as well as on the Academic Practice Programme. I was also provided with an opportunity to develop and undertake teaching and learning research during this period and maintain an interest in this area of research in relation to English. During this period I also taught with the Open University.

In 2008 I moved into the English Division to take up a position as a Senior Lecturer responsible for English Admissions and the BA Programmes: English Language and Literature; Film and English Literature. In 2010 I became a Programme Director in the Department of Arts responsible for BA and MA programmes in Fine Art, Contemporary Photographic Practice, Conservation of Art, Cultural Management and Film Studies.

I again changed my role in 2010 to become the Director of Northumbria Language Centre responsible for the areas of Modern Foreign Language and the English Language Centre, supervising 22 full time and 8 part time academic staff. This included managing the provision of pre-sessional English, and in-sessional English and Academic Skills across the University. 

In 2010 I also took on the responsibility for international development of partnerships in the USA and China. My first monograph was published in 2008 and I have since produced articles and given papers in both my specialist subject related area and also on teaching and learning. I am also a Fellow of the HEA and reviewer for the several academic journals.

Jon Robinson

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 411


  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL October 05 2006
  • English PhD October 31 2005
  • English BA (Hons) September 01 1999
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2004

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Teaching sixteenth century studies in the mid-twenty-first century, Robinson, J. 2009, In: Sixteenth Century Journal
  • Court politics, culture and literature in Scotland and England, 1500-1540, Robinson, J. Jul 2008
  • Feedback workshop, Graham, L., Robinson, J. 2008
  • The slippery truth of George Buchanan's autobiography, Robinson, J. 2008, In: Sixteenth Century Journal
  • Putting assessment for learning into practice, McDowell, L., Gibson, M., Penlington, R., Robinson, J., Sambell, K., Smailes, J. Jul 2006


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