Julian Ayres

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Education (PCET)

Biography

Prior to beginning at Wrexham Glyndwr University I taught in a range of education settings including supporting members of the homeless community through my work in a mission in Plymouth, teaching English, maths and digital literacy in Further Education as well as supporting staff in the work place with work-based skills development. I have also worked as an assessor for teachers, teaching assistants and support staff in education both in England and Wales.

My focus in the classroom has always been on supporting individual development through effective differentiation in the classroom and assisting students to identify relevance in the learning experience; aiding with motivation and engagement in their studies.

I have worked for a number of years on digital teaching and learning methods and this has been utilised through my work as a Google Educator and now as part of the Digital Education team to support the inclusion of ALF in our classroom.

Outside of teaching, I am a keen ultra distance runner and triathlete. I help organise an open water swimming club in Ellesmere and spend a lot of my free time coaching and supporting athletes in the local area.

Prior to joining the education team at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Julian was an English and Math’s Tutor for a range of different adult education and FE settings.

He utilises his experiences of working in missions, NEET engagement projects and lifelong learning sectors to help support the continued development of all students.

He has experience of using digital technology to expand the potential of all learning establishments and their staff- supporting the future development of a range of programmes within the University.

Personal interests include ultra-marathon running, triathlon and open water swimming.

 

Qualifications

MA (Teaching and Learning)

QTLS

PG-Dip (Literacy specialism)

BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Speech and Language Therapy

Fellow of Society of Education and Training (FSET)

Fellowship Higher Education Academy

 

Research

Gamification and digital learning

Resilience and Motivation in Teaching and Learning

Critical Thinking in post-compulsory education

Mentoring and Coaching

Gamification

Motivation and learning

Critical reflection in education

 

Courses

PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education

  • Preparing to teach in the post-compulsory sector
  • The reflective practitioner
  • Connecting theories of learning and education
  • The reflective professional
  • ALN in the classroom
  • Contemporary issues in education
  • Innovation in the classroom

BA (Hons) Education and Childhood Studies

  • EDC520 Science, Technology and Creative Thinking
 

Publications

Ayres, J. (2014) ‘Critical Thinking and Education’, Intuition: A journal for professional teachers and   trainers in the FE and skills sector.16 (1) pp.23-29.

Ayres, J. (2018) Gamification: Engaging and motivating 16-19 year olds on a pre-apprenticeship programme 

Critical Thinking and Education (2014)

Published in Intuition: A journal for professional teachers and trainers in the FE and skills sector. August 1, 2014

Gamification: Engaging and motivating 16-19-year-olds on a pre-apprenticeship programme

Reflection in Education: Critical reflection blog https://reflectionineducation.wordpress.com/