Dr John P. Wilson

University Teacher


C16, Western Bank Villa,

300-302 Western Bank,

Sheffield, S10 2TN

Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3355
Email: J.P.Wilson@sheffield.ac.uk
John Wilson  


My main focus is on teaching and encouraging successful learning in my classes. I have consistently received high teaching grades from students and delegates in the institutions where I have worked and am the first and only tutor to achieve 100% scores from all course delegates for a programme at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. I was also a Continuing Professional Development Manager at the University of Oxford where I continue to be a tutor.

I began my career as a teacher and then taught in Sweden for a number of organisations including: Volvo, Alfa Laval, State Railways, and FFV Defence. I then taught in Saudi Arabia for an oil company and have since worked in many countries.

Experiential learning underpins my teaching philosophy and I have jointly authored (with Colin Beard) four editions of the core text: Experiential Learning: A Practical Guide for Training, Coaching and Education. The application of these principles translates into student-centred learning involving: competitions, questionnaires, discussion, Socratic enquiry, problem-based learning, and the provision of core knowledge.
My teaching is underpinned with wide practical work and consultancy experience in many sectors including: aerospace engineering, airlines, banking, defence, health, law, oil, pharmaceuticals, retail, transportation, and for the United Nations Development Programme in Ethiopia and Nigeria. The result of this ongoing experience is that my teaching connects grounded academic theory with practical relevance to real and current business operations. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I also recently set up a not-for-profit organisation.


Although my main focus is on teaching I have also conducted a wide variety of applied research and have written numerous academic articles, blogged for the CIPD and authored and edited ten books:

Research Funding

I have been involved with many successful grant applications including the following:

Higher Education Academy – Discipline Workshop and Seminar Series: Using experiential learning to ensure Business and Management departments successfully survive national and international competition. 30 October 2013. £750

Heritage Lottery Fund: All Our Stories: Home of Football: £7,400. This award helped enable an additional £40,000 to be awarded from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. (2012)

Leonardo da Vinci: Training and Educators Academy for Contact Centres; €396,269 (2008/9)

Leonardo da Vinci Call Centre Training and Knowledge Transfer – €463,616 (2004)

Department for Education and Skills - Accelerated Learning - £12k (2004)

West Yorkshire Learning and Skills Council - Work-based Learning - £100k (2002)

Department for Education and Skills - Research of DfES labour market initiatives £35k (2001).

European Commission DGIX - Training programme - £15k (1998/9).

European Regional Development Fund: £75k, plus £75k matched funding (1996).

Management Update Programme 9 x 12 week programmes (1994 - 1997) Training for Work, Sheffield TEC Income (c. £200k)

Management Update Programme Six courses (1987-8) Adult Training, Manpower Services Commission: Income (c. £23k)

PHD Supervision

I am jointly supervising (with Prof. Simon Jobson, University of Winchester) Dominic Irvine who is researching: A comparison of mental fatigue between ultra-endurance cyclists and senior business leaders. I have previously supervised Nasir Mohammed – An examination of the Malaysian Education System
I am particularly interested in supervising in the areas of: learning and development; strategic foresight, and knowledge management.