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Miles Smith

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Education

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Miles Smith

Role Summary

Miles is a Senior Lecturer in both the Institute of Education and the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He is Programme Lead for both Primary Education BA (Hons) and for English BA (Hons). Miles has also been leading the development of our History BA (Hons), which is new for September 2022, so please contact him with any questions about this. 

At the university, Miles is invovled in various activities that sit outside his programme and school responsibilities. He is an academic representative (from the the Institute of Education) on Plymouth Marjon Ethics Panel, and he is also a member of PIF (Pedagogic Innovation Forum), and CAPE (Context, Agency, Place and Education) Knowledge & Exchange Group. 

Miles has extensive experience working in diverse sectors of education, including within English Language Teaching and also within the Primary Sector. Currently, as well as his academic role at the university, Miles is undertaking his PhD, in the area of co-constructed research with children and historical education. 


  • Miles is currently undertaking his PhD in the area of historical education (February 2021-present) 
  • Fellowship of Advance HE
  • MA (Hons) English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, King’s College, University of London
  • QTS, Norfolk & Suffolk Initial Teacher Training
  • cTESOL, Oxford House College, Barcelona
  • BA (Hons) History, University of Warwick


Miles leads and teaches on our Primary Education BA and English BA programmes. As an educator with more than twenty years experience in the education sector, Miles has considerable experience of working with a wide range of learners, ranging from very young learners, through to adults in higher education. 

In his current role, Miles leads and teaches on a wide range of modules. On our Primary Education BA programme, this includes Educational Themes and Concepts, Educational Research and the Education Project. Miles has particular interest in curriculum studies, and the value of the humanities within children's learning. On our English degree, Miles engages in a range of modules, but currently directing and teaching Discord, Disaster & Dreams, our module that focuses on dystopian literature. 

Miles' pedagogy is student-focussed. He believes that learning should be active and personalised, and that learning tasks should be meaningful and purposeful. As much as possible, he seeks to engage students in practical, community-based activities and learning experiences. 


Miles is currently undertaking his PhD through Plymouth Marjon University and the University of Chichester. He is looking at the value and purpose that children attribute to their learning experience, specifically within the area of historical learning. 

Miles is also interested in action research, and is currently invovled with Marjon's Pedagogic Innovation Forum, investigating the value of e-Learn startegies for teaching in HE. 



Expert Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellowship of Advance HE 
  • Member of Historical Association 

Other Interests


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