Staff Profiles


Dr Simon Hoult

Faculty Director of Secondary Initial Teacher Education

School: School of Teacher Education and Development (SOTED)

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922446

Profile summary

My work at Canterbury  involves taking the academic lead for postgraduate initial teacher education in the secondary phase which includes our 11-18 PGCE, 14-19 PGCE, BSc in Mathematics and Secondary Education and a range of BSc, MSci and PGCE programmes we run in partnership with Imperial College, London for STEM subjects. I teach on Masters programmes and the 11-18 PGCE Enhanced Studies module (Intercultural Learning) which links to my research interests in learning from intercultural engagements and which was the focus of my PhD. 

Research and knowledge exchange

My research focuses on learning from intercultural engagements with the cultural 'Other'.  It formed the basis of my PhD which used postcolonial theory and a post-structuralist methodlogy to investigate student teachers' learning during a South Indian study visit

Teaching and subject expertise

My teaching at Canterbury for a number of years focussed on the 11-18/7-14 Geography PGCE  and I am a long standing member of the Geographical Association and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Association. I was seconded to the University's Learning and Teaching Enhancment Unit for two years to focus on developing research informed teaching projects across the institution. My teaching in the last few years has focussed on Enhanced Studies (Intercultural Learning) as well as on various Masters programmes which I undertake alongside my management role.

External activities

I am the editor of a jointly published journal with the CSI College of Education, Parasalla, Kerala, South India entitled JUPITER.

In 2013 I presented the PK Rajan Memorial Lecture at the Univeristy of Kerala where I discussed the use of fiction and empirical data to inform our understanding of intercultural learning.

I take a lead for our International Development Group on partnerships and activities with institutions in the Indian Sub-continent including with  institutions associated with the Church of South India and the University of Kerala.

 Until recently I was the chair of WEDG (World Education Development Group) which was a local NGO focusing on Development Education and Global Citizenship issues. In addition I am a governor of my local primary school.

Publications and research outputs

Recent publications include:

Hoult, S. and Lal, C.A. (eds.) (2015) Bridging the Gaps: Critical Reflections on Intercultural Learning. Trivandrum: Bodhi Tree Books.


Hoult, S. (2015) Geography and Citizenship, chapter in Liam Gearon (ed) Learning to Teach Citizenship in the Secondary School. Abingdon: Routledge.


Hoult, S. (2015) An Introduction to Geography, chapter in The Primary Curriculum: A Creative Approach (2nd Edition) by Patricia Driscoll,  Andrew Lambirth  and Judith Roden (eds), London, Sage Publishing.


Hoult, S. (2014) Using fiction alongside empirical data: Intercultural learning in South India, Littcrit: An Indian Response to Literature. Issue 77, Vol.40 No. 1  June 2014.


Hoult, S. and Skinner, P (2014)  Developing a Researched Informed Pedagogy for Initial Teacher Education, Journal of United Progressive Initiatives in Teacher Education Research, Vol. 2, Issue 1. January 2014.


Hoult, S. (2012) An Introduction to Geography, chapter  in The Primary Curriculum: A Creative Approach by by Patricia Driscoll,  Andrew Lambirth  and Judith Roden (eds), London, Sage Publishing.


Bryan, H, Carpenter, C. and Hoult, S (2010) Teaching and Learning at M Level, London, Sage Publishing.


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