Simon Leggatt

Simon Leggatt BA Hons, PGCE, MA

Simon Leggatt

Simon Leggatt
BA Hons, PGCE, MA

Director of Student Experience and Employability

Department of Secondary, LLTE and PE & Sport

Faculty of Education & Health

Simon Leggatt is Head of Department of Secondary Education, LLTE and PE & Sport at the University of Greenwich.

Simon spent the first 10 years of his professional life working in the information technology industry for IBM (UK and overseas) where he held a number of technical and quality assurance roles. In the last two years at the company he was heavily involved in staff training.

Simon returned to full-time education as a mature student graduating with a BA Humanities Art History with English from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1994. 

After his degree he completed a Further Education (FE) teacher training programme at the University of Greenwich. He began working as an FE lecturer in 1996, as Head of Media and Performing Arts at Sir George Monoux sixth form college where for the last nine years taught Information and Communications Technology (ICT), video and print production programmes. Simon then left to take the post of Head of Service: Quality Improvement and Staff Development at South Thames College before coming to the University of Greenwich in 2007.

Simon joined the university as Senior Lecturer on the PGCE: Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) programme, before becoming Head of Department in 2009 and graduating that same year with an MA Education from the University of Greenwich.

Simon's teaching interests include teacher education for the Secondary and Lifelong Learning (FE) sectors, pedagogy, technology assisted learning, curriculum development, partnerships and franchising.

Partnership working continues to be a key aspect of his role at the University of Greenwich; he works closely with national partners in relation to teacher training and has been involved in European Commission project work around transnational education. Simon is a Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and certified in eLearning, Teaching & Training (CeLTT). Simon is also a regional Link tutor for a cluster of network colleges in the south and south-west of England.



Posts held previously:

  • 2007-09, Senior Lecturer on the PGCE: Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)
  • 2006-07, Head of Service, Quality Improvement and Staff Development, South Thames College
  • 1996-2006, Head of Media Studies, Performing Arts and Music, Sir George Monoux College
  • 1982-91, IBM (UK) Ltd
  • Director of Student Experience and Employability
  • Head of Department, Department of Secondary Education, LLTE and PE & Sport
  • Lecturer on the PGCE: Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) programme
  • Link tutor: regional colleges
  • Faculty Director of Employability
  • Fellow of the Institute for Learning (FifL)
  • Approval and review panels
  • Revalidation events
  • Programme franchising

Simon has a keen interest is technology assisted learning and has carried out research into the impact of technophobia on the acquisition of ICT skills in pre-service trainee teachers for the FE sector. He is currently working with colleagues in the faculty on the development of a peer education project, to promote positive aging for older adults approaching retirement. His other research interests include differential attainment and hidden discrimination in education.

Funded research projects

  • 2012, HEA teacher development grant: Investigate the potential of group video conferencing software and tablet computing (on an Apple iPad) to facilitate collaborative feedback, moderation and the dissemination of best practice in the context of a higher education-led LLS initial teacher training partnership.