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Supervision

Thomas Ehrl; Engineering

Design for Ride Quality - Knowledge Transfer of Advanced Dynamics of Passenger Transportation Systems in Buildings for a Multi-cultural/Multi-discipline R&D Environment.

Biography

Jonathan Adams left school when 16 years old, and undertook a time-served apprenticeship in the lift making insutry where he progressed to a resaech and development engineering working on developing and programming state of the art electrical/electronic motion control systems.  Following 10 years in industry, he went onto taking a place in education, delivering national and international lift engineering programmes.  He subsequectly led these programmes for several years as Head of Lift Engineering at The University of Northampton.

He is currently Head of Engineering at The University of Northampton, where he has been for the past 27 years, with oversight of a team of academic and technical staff developing and delivering a range of sub-degree, accredited underdraduate and post-graduate (including PhD) programmes.  This responsibility extends to facilitating research undertaken by the engineering team.

Research Interests

Jonathan's research intestests are in education, and in particular adult and continuing education, and engineering education in which he holds his Masters and PhD.

Holding a PhD in Engineering Education, the focus of which was developing problem solving and critical and creative thinking in technological contexts, his interests are strongly in pedagogic research.

He is also interested in developing and researching educational programmes and opportunities for 14-19 year olds, and has worked for many years with national examination boards developing, accrediting and managing qualifications for this sector.

Industry Connections

Jonathan has strong connections with the lift making industry in the UK through the lead body (The Lift & Esccalator Indurstry Association), and also with local employers through the Northants Engineering Training Partnership (NETP).

Teaching Interests

Jonathan is intersted in teaching electrical and electronic engineering, analgue and digital electronics, power electronics and problem solving theory for engineers.

External Roles

Jonathan has been involved with 14-16 engineering education on a national level for many years.  He has acted as a consultant to Pearson Education, and is currently a Senior Subject Specialist and Advisor to  Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) Examination Board.  He is a prinicpal moderator for a major 14-16 engineering award, and subject expert and visitng moderator for a 16-19 A level equivalent engineering qualification.  He continues to play a lead role with the future development of these engineering qualifications nationally, against changing national education policies and standards.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Northampton

1 Jan 200626 Jun 2010

Award Date: 26 Jun 2010

Master, University of Warwick

30 Sep 199427 Jul 1996

Award Date: 27 Jul 1996

Bachelor, University of Bradford

30 Sep 198628 Jul 1994

Award Date: 28 Jul 1990

External positions

Senior Subject Expert - Engineering, Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) Examinations Board

1 Jan 2016 → …

Principal External Examiner, Coventry University

1 Jan 20151 Jan 2018

Principal Moderator, Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) Examinations Board

31 Jan 2013 → …

Extarnal Examiner, University of Central Lancashire

1 Jan 20111 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • L Education (General)
  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

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Research Output

Open Access
  • The optimization of Learning Environment and Training Portfolio at a Multinational Lift Manufacturer

    Ehrl, T., Adams, J., Kaczmarczyk, S. & Meier, B., 19 Sep 2018, In : Lift and Escalator Symposium. 9, p. 21-1 - 21-8

    Research output: Contribution to JournalConference Article

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Problem solving and creativity in engineering: conclusions of a three year project involving reusable learning objects and robots

    Adams, J., Kaczmarczyk, S., Picton, P. & Demian, P., 15 Dec 2010, Engineering Education. p. 4-17 14 p. (Engineering Education; vol. 5).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

  • Problem solving and creativity in engineering: conclusions of a three year PBL project involving reusable learning objects and robots

    Adams, J. P., Kaczmarczyk, S., Picton, P. & Demian, P., 1 Sep 2010, Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE 2010). 2 ed. Vol. 5. p. 4-17 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportConference Contribution

    Open Access
  • Problem solving and creativity in Engineering: turning novices into professionals

    Adams, J., Kaczmarczyk, S., Picton, P. & Demian, P., 15 Dec 2009, Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education. p. 4 (Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education; vol. 1).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

  • Robots in problem solving in programming

    Turner, S. J., Hill, G. & Adams, J. P., 6 Apr 2009.

    Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

    Activities

    • 2 Participating in a conference or workshop
    • 1 Workshop

    Robots and problem solving

    Scott John Turner (Speaker), Jonathan Paul Adams (Speaker)
    1 Jan 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsWorkshopResearch

    The University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Conference 2010: Learning Dialogues

    Stefan Kaczmarczyk (Participant), Jonathan Adams (Participant), Philip Picton (Participant), Peter Demian (Participant)
    13 May 2010

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

    Engineering Education 2010 (EE 2010)

    Jonathan Adams (Participant), Stefan Kaczmarczyk (Participant), Philip Picton (Participant), Peter Demian (Participant)
    7 Jul 2010

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch