Ph.D. Research

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Wil Vincent Portfolio / Ph.D. Research

I am an Assistant Lecturer, Programme Leader and Ph.D researcher at Birmingham City University. I have been involved with the university since 2009 studying both an Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree in the field of Planning, and working as a Student Success Advisor between 2014 and 2017.


I draw heavily upon my time in industry as a Planning Consultant in teaching, which focuses on Planning and Development based modules. I have been involved in supporting the University’s ‘Transforming the curriculum’ programme, and aim to combine practice and theory, with the use of real life scenarios to create innovative, diverse, and most importantly interesting scenarios for students to explore.


I also have a track record in supporting Student Learning Experience. Whilst completing my Masters Degree I co-authored a HEA paper entitled ‘Student Academic Partners in Built Environment Education’. I have since presented work on a number of student engagement initiatives such as ‘Level Up’ on a national and international scale. I currently support students who struggle academically through a range of support and development programmes.

Summary of Topic
  • Bsc (Hons) Planning and Development (1st Class)
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • MA Environmental and Spatial Planning
Area of Study

Morton, N. Vincent, W. Curzon, R. Schiessel Harvey, N. (2017) ‘“Thank You for Taking the Time to Understand”: A Critical Reflection on Peer-led Interventions in Early Experiences of Higher Education’, International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 13(3). doi: 10.1080/15578771.2017.1316801.

Morton, N., Vincent, W. and Curzon, R. (2014). Student academic partners in Built Environment education. Higher Education Academy.

Expected Milestones

Vincent, W. “Five Years of What Works: Successes and Challenges in Developing a Whole-institutional Transition Support Programme” NACADA International Conference in Sheffield, July 2017.

Vincent, W. “Keynote: Supporting belongingness, inclusivity, and success through transitional support into HE” SAILS (The Swansea Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success) Conference 2017 – The Student Journey: Keeping on Track, May 2017.

Schiessel Harvey, N. Vincent, W. Morton, N. “How the What Works journey has transformed staff roles – and careers” Higher Education Academy What works? Student retention and success change programme, April 2017.

Vincent, W. Saunders. S. “Thanks for taking the time to understand’: enabling positive interventions in the student learning experience at Birmingham City University” European First Year Experience Conference – Ghent, Belgium, April 2016.

Supervisory Team
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)