Eri Mountbatten OMalley – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Eri is the newly appointed Senior lecturer in education policy at Bath Spa University (May, 2021). Eri has a breadth of local and national experience working within the Third sector and student union movement, in particular researching and campaigning for social equality and disability rights. He has almost 10 years’ experience conducting social policy research in areas such as well-being, mental health, higher education policy and practice, and social welfare. In particular, he has been active via his policy work for national organisations such as Citizens Advice, NAWRA and NASMA. In recognition of the impact of his advice and research-led campaigns “going above and beyond” the call of duty, he was awarded NASMA Student Money Adviser of the year 2016.

Eri’s central pedagogical interest is in nurturing critical thinking and complex concept development in his students, enabling greater and greater independence and insight. His recent academic teaching experience includes co-teaching on modules across the three main faculties of Edge Hill University. He taught on a breadth of modules including Introducing the Justice Sector context (Faculty of Healthcare & Medicine), Mind, Brain and Behaviour: The Foundations of Psychological Explanation (Faculty of Arts & Sciences), and Conceptions of education: the UK in context (Faculty of Education). Using problem-based learning pedagogical approaches he also led teaching on the Applied & Integrated Studies module. Informed by dialogical methods and social constructivist theories, the course aims to support undergraduates with progressively sophisticated analytic and academic skills to develop learner autonomy and agency.

Eri’s current research interests are in using philosophical skills to better understand common social problems. His concern with how we often conceptualize and operationalize concepts such as “well-being” and “happiness” led him to his current PhD research (a conceptual analysis of "human flourishing"). He has had the opportunity to share his research and read papers at numerous international conferences on the problems of reductionist accounts of normative concepts such as “wonder” and “human flourishing”, “meaning” and “happiness”, as well as on the possibilities for insightful ways of thinking about student-agency, learning and development.

Specialising in the areas of education policy, equality and inclusion, Eri will be drawing on these applied and eclectic strands of research and teaching experience to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students through their student journey at the School of Education at Bath Spa University.

Academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCertTHE, Edge Hill University, Distinction)
  • BA Honours: International Politics & English (Aberystwyth University, Double First class)

Professional qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Generalist Certificate in Advice (Citizens’ Advice)
  • ILM3, MTQ & Leadership in the advice sector programme (City University, London)
  • MBTI advanced (Aberystwyth University)
  • ASIST suicide intervention certification (Mind Cymru)

Other courses

  • Principles of positive psychology (Aberystwyth University)
  • Counselling skills for non-counsellors (Aberystwyth University)
  • Belbin team roles

Professional memberships

  • Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)
  • British Philosophical Association
  • Irish Philosophical Society
  • Royal Institute of Philosophy
  • British Wittgenstein Society
  • British Dyslexia Association

External roles

  • Development committee member – Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
  • Student trustee/ Director – Edge Hill Students’ Union
  • Fellow – Centre for Welfare Reform

Teaching specialisms and interests

  • Education Policy (Higher Education)
  • Social Policy
  • Equality rights
  • Philosophy
  • Student academic development

What can Bath Spa staff and students contact you about?

  • Supervision, teaching & research (philosophy/policy), student pastoral support.

Research supervision

  • Policy, philosophy.

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