Gordon Ade-Ojo

Dr Gordon Ade-Ojo BA, PGCE, MA, MIL, FIfL, FHEA, FRSA

Gordon Ade-Ojo

Dr Gordon Ade-Ojo
BA, PGCE, MA, MIL, FIfL, FHEA, FRSA

Principal Lecturer and LLS Network Coordinator

Department of Teacher Education

Faculty of Education and Health

Dr Gordon Ade-Ojo is a Principal Lecturer and Network and Partnership Coordinator, in the Department of Secondary Education, LLTE and PE & Sport at the University of Greenwich.


Gordon teaching interests include Language and Literacy development and, Teacher Education programmes He has worked in teaching and training for over 25 years, commencing his career in higher education teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and doing linguistics courses, later moving into curriculum and programme areas for a variety of further education colleges.


He joined the University of Greenwich to lead on the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course, and the literacy specialism course in the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme. He is currently lecturer for the PGCE and MA Education degree, supervising doctoral theses and as lead for the Negotiated Independent Course module. 


Dr Ade-Ojo holds holds fellowships in the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He holds memberships with the Education Committee of the Southwark Diocese and the Institute of Linguistics.

Posts held previously:

  • 2005-07, Senior Lecturer in Literacy and ESOL Programme Leader, University of Greenwich
  • 2002-05, Head of School / Programme Manager, Southwark College of Further and Higher Education
  • 2000-02, Faculty Senior Lecturer (Tutorials) Southwark College of Further and Higher Education 
  • 1999-2000, Lecturer and course leader ESOL, literacy and community programmes, College of North West London
  • 1996-99, Assessor and Trainer, South East Train Company
  • Principal Lecturer and Life Long Learning Sector (LLS) Network & Partnership Coordinator, Department of Secondary Education, LLTE and PE & Sport
  • Lecturer of Literacy on the PGCE programme
  • Lecturer on MA Education degree
  • Supervision of MA, EdD and PhD thesis
  • Lead on the Negotiated Independent Course module
  • LLS Research Cluster Leader
  • Chief external examiner LLS programmes, University of Bolton (2009-2010).
  • External examiner, LLS programmes, Anglia Ruskin University and Leeds University via Bradford College (2006-2010).
  • Member of the Education Committee of the Southwark Diocese.
  • Member of the Institute of Linguists.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Fellow of the Institute for Learning; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
  • Editor at the International Journal of Multidisciplinary Comparative Studies (IJMCS).
  • QTLS reviewer for the Institute for Learning, UK.
  • Academic Governance member of the Organization for Hospitality and Tourism (Awarding body).
  • Nominated Board Member for the Powerlist College of Further Education (Free School).
  • Reviewer for several Peer-reviewed journals including the International Journal of Lifelong Education and the Journal of Educational Psychology.

Gordon's research interest is with adult literacy in general, exploring philosophical drivers of policy and practice in the area, and the relationship between these drivers and the conceptualizations of adult literacy in theory and practice. Gordon advocates the recognition of Literacy for Specific purposes and explores research evidence to validate the claims that this is an effective model of literacy curriculum for adults.

Funded research projects

  • 2012-13, Higher Education Academy: E-peer tutoring
  • 2013-14, Grundtvig: promoting employability through specific literacy
  • 2012-14, World Bank development of Education in Nigeria projects: project management in education
  • 2008-11, NRDC/LSIS: developing the specialist route into literacy and ESOL teaching
  • 2004-05, Neighborhood Renewal Fund: BME access to resources

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