Iain Kitchener BSc Hons, PGCE, MA, SFHEA, MInstLM

Deputy Head of School (Student Experience)

Key details

Iain Kitchener

Iain Kitchener

Deputy Head of School (Student Experience)

Iain Kitchener became a deputy head in the School of Education in 2019 when the new school formed. His main responsibility is for the student experience across the range of programmes.

Since 2007 Iain has held a range of leadership and teaching responsibilities at the university of Greenwich. These include programme leadership and transformation of the successful accelerated degree in primary education; two years as acting head of the Department of Teacher Education, and work across a range of QTS and MA programmes. He teaches on such diverse modules as critical perspectives on contemporary issues, child psychology and development, as well as art in education.

On leaving school Iain completed a BSc (Hons) in sociology and psychology and then after graduation worked in community mental health in south London. In 2003 he completed a PGCE at the University of London Institute of Education and went on to work as primary teacher in South London. In 2007 Iain took up a post in teacher training at the university where he completed his MA.

In addition to his role in the school of education Iain is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was previously a University Associate Teaching Fellow in recognition of his teaching excellence. He is an external examiner and a member of the UCET primary and early years committee.
Iain's main motivation is to impact positively on the experience of learners of all ages and he is committed to developing the highest quality teaching through deep subject knowledge and pedagogy.

Posts held previously:

  • 2018-2019 Acting Head of Teacher Education, University of Greenwich
  • 2017-2018 Deputy Head of Teacher Education, University of Greenwich
  • 2013-2017 Deputy Head of Primary Education, University of Greenwich
  • 2007-2013, Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich
  • 2003-2007, Class Teacher, Valley Primary School, Bromley
  • 2000-2002, Deputy Manager, Community Options
  • 1998-2000, Support Worker, Bromley Care Service

Responsibilities within the university

  • Member of the faculty leadership and management group
  • Deputy head of school responsible for the student experience
  • Academic portfolio lead for primary education
  • Phase leader for primary education ITE and member of UCET
  • Teaching on various modules including Child Psychology and Development, Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues, and Art in Education
  • Member of the GOLD recognition panel assessing staff HEA award applications from across the institution


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Professional Affiliate Member of The Chartered College of Teaching
  • Member of the Institute for Leadership and Management
  • Member of The Association for Information Technology in Initial Teacher Education
  • Member of the British Education Studies Association

Research / Scholarly interests

Iain's work has been on the themes of: blended learning, change management and technology, choice in modes of assessment, control technology in primary education, e-portfolios, digital literacy and the future of accelerated degrees.

Key funded projects

  • 2011, TDA: Developing Digital Literacies
  • 2009, TDA: Review of the impact of control technology on the skills and confidence of trainee teachers
  • 2008, TDA: Review of e-portfolio pilot in primary ITE

Recent publications

Conference item

Kitchener, Iain and , Headington, Rita (2011), Learning from the students: it’s time to move on!. In: The Sixth International Blended Learning Conference: "From Innovation to Institutional Enhancement: Operating in Challenging Times", 15-16 Jun 2011, University of Hertfordshire , . , (doi: ).

Headington, Rita , Kitchener, Iain, Morgan, Robert, Newman, Sarah (2010), Towards self-regulation: breaking the deadlock. In: 3rd Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: Inspiring Learners: Equipping the Next Generation of Graduates, 6 Jul 2010, University of Greenwich, London, UK , . , (doi: http://web-dev-csc.gre.ac.uk/conference/conf64/eventdetails.php?wId=497&pId=2465).