Alumnus Dr Geoff Baker returns to Liverpool Hope as Visiting FellowWednesday 27 May 2015
Liverpool Hope alumnus and education leadership expert Dr Geoff Baker has returned to the University as a Visiting Fellow.
Dr Baker graduated with a first class honours degree in History and Theology from Liverpool Hope in 2002, winning the Mary Rose Prize in his final year. He is now Principal of Cromer Academy in Norfolk, having previously help the positions of Executive Vice Principal and Deputy Director of Teaching for the Inspiration Trust, and specialises in leadership in education.
After Liverpool Hope, Dr Baker went on to study for a Masters and PhD in Early Modern History at Keele University where he also lectured. He then turned his interest to the education sector, completing two further Masters degrees and pursuing a second doctorate in education at Leicester University. He became Senior Academic Advisor at the Centre for Integrative Learning at the University of Nottingham. Since moving into secondary education he has worked as a history teacher and held senior leadership posts at three secondary schools.
Dr Baker delivered a seminar to Liverpool Hope staff and students on the topic of 'Teacher development through professional partnership: Harnessing the power of professional learning communities’, the topic of which is pertinent to staff across the Faculty.
Dr Baker said: “It is wonderful to be back at Liverpool Hope. My experience as an undergraduate fuelled my love of learning and I have fantastic memories of my time here. I was particularly grateful to Fiona Pogson and John Appleby during my undergraduate degree. Whilst I learned a lot about History from them, I also learned from them what it meant to be an educator, and how to educate myself. The notion of care for students at Liverpool Hope is unlike anywhere else I have worked or studied. I am very much looking forward to being part of Liverpool Hope again.”