James Underwood is a Principal Lecturer and is the ‘Subject Leader for Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development’. This means that he has oversight of all the masters’ courses in education at the University of Northampton as well as a range of other shorter courses at masters’ level. He leads and teaches on the MA Education and the MA Education Leadership and Management.
James taught for 19 years before becoming a lecturer here at the University of Northampton. The majority of this time was in the British state sector, in secondary schools. He was the vice-principal of a state secondary school (students aged 11-18) and subsequently of a private sixth form college (students aged 16-18). He completed his doctorate in education at the Faculty of Eduation, at the University of Cambridge. He also worked at the University of Cambridge as an associate lecturer, whilst still teaching in schools.
The title of James’ doctorate is: ‘Building communities and sharing knowledge: a study into teachers working together across national boundaries’. His research interests include: the nature of professional communities, non-positional leadership, methodologies for teacher research, and teaching approaches in higher education among others.