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Jim Phillips MA, PGCE, BDes(Hons)

Deputy Head: School of Education and Arts. Programme Leader.


I am passionate about supporting the development of an effective workforce, that can meet the needs of the diverse range of children and young people. As such, I am keen to ensure all our students feel well supported as they develop into the professionals of the future.

I love being actively involved in teaching and learning, lecturing across a range of programmes and supporting the strategic leadership of the School of Education and Arts.


From the age of 12 I knew I wanted to be involved within the teaching sector, observing my Art teacher and thinking, “That’s the job for me”. I completed my degree in Illustration and progressed onto a PGCE (Secondary) teaching qualification. This led me into secondary school education, where I taught/ led departments for over 12 years. Throughout this time, I became a teacher training mentor within my settings and completed my MA studies.

Over time, my professional perspective changed and I became more heavily involved with special educational provisions, developing knowledge and experience with relevant professionals, provision and policies. This led to me lecturing on a range of education programmes upon joining University Campus Doncaster, including developing and programme leading the SENCO qualification (NASENCO) and BA Education Studies courses.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, I am a keen musician and enjoy martial arts.


At University Campus Doncaster, I lecture on a range of programmes, mainly revolving around the curriculum and supporting children and young people with SEND.

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In addition to my work at UCDon, I am an external examiner for the University of Hertfordshire and a governor at a local special school.