Dr Tim Herrick


School of Education

Senior University Teacher

Senate Award Fellow


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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Dr Tim Herrick
School of Education
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH
Research interests

My research interests cross-pollinate with my teaching, and are concerned with several of the same areas. For example, I am exploring the philosophical grounds on which civic universities should play an active role in working with members of migrant communities to enhance their access to higher learning.

My (many and varied) classroom experiences have led me to research the emotional aspects of learning and teaching, with a particular interest in theories and practices grounded in psychotherapies.

I am interested in the history of radical pedagogies, especially the crop of ideas from the late 1960s and early 1970s about alternatives to compulsory schooling. Finally, I have a particular engagement with the ideas of Paulo Freire, and a commitment to broader-based notions of education for democracy.


Journal articles


Website content

  • McKay RR, Herrick T & Kitchen W The Academic Skills Hub. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I am involved with a range of programmes within the School, primarily the BA in Education, Culture, and Childhood, and the MEd in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. On the former, I co-ordinate teaching at Level Three, act as Admissions tutor, and support part-time students at all levels.

On the latter, I direct the programme overall, teaching on both the face-to-face and independent study routes, happily working with colleagues across and beyond the university in developing excellent teaching practice.

Alongside these responsibilities, I also contribute to teaching on the full-time MA and the EdD, support PhD and EdD students working on their dissertations, and act as Director for Learning and Teaching for the whole School. Since August 2014, I have been a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in 2019, I won two Academic Awards from the Students' Union - one for outstanding feedback and assessment, and one for overall contribution to learning and teaching.

Teaching is the most important part of my work, and a privilege that I try to carry responsibly. In 2016, I was lucky to be involved with a University project interviewing "inspirational academics" about their teaching practice.

In previous years, I have contributed to institutional projects to enhance learning and teaching, including CILASS, the Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in Arts and Social Sciences, where I was an Academic Fellow; served three years as Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching Enhancement; and led a cross-institutional team in developing TASH, The Academic Skills Hub. This online study skills resource supports students at all levels, and is now incorporated within 301, the Student Skills and Development Centre.

The underlying ethos of my teaching is enabling access to higher education for all who have the potential to benefit, with a special interest in widening participation for non-traditional students. In particular, I am interested in enhancing opportunities for people seeking asylum in this country to engage in formal education. This forms part of a living tradition of hospitality and support in which Sheffield and this University play a proud part, and is underpinned, like all my work, by my Quaker faith and practice.

Teaching activities

Outstanding Feedback and Assessment award (Academic Awards 2019)

Overall Contribution to Learning and Teaching award (Academic Awards 2019)

Professional activities and memberships

Tim discusses the impact and value of scholarship of teaching and learning-led (SoTL)-led professional development in higher education (HE), with a focus on practitioner wellbeing in this video. It was made by Faculti, and also features Jenny Louise-Lawrence, the co-researcher on the project.