Paul studied Sociology at Staffordshire University and graduated in 2001. He then studied MA Social Research Methods at the University of Birmingham and joined the Centre for Research into Quality (CRQ) at Birmingham City University before graduating in 2003. He worked there as a researcher for over five years and was heavily involved in the annual Student Satisfaction Survey and coordinated numerous qualitative research projects looking at quality improvement at the university.
He joined CLIPP in January 2009 and for the first 18 months helped to coordinate a national project looking at the benefits of peer mentoring, a project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Paul has worked on numerous projects for the university, including looking at the effectiveness of personal tutoring, the impact of ‘Lecture Capture’ on student learning, the impact of CDIO principles on student engagement, and how peer assessment influences student learning. He also developed the University's 'Personal Tutor's toolkit' to assist them in their role and created materials for students to better understand what they can expect from the Personal Tutoring scheme.
When working for CLIPP, Paul delivers sessions on 'quantitative research methods' and 'responding to the student voice' on the Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (PGCPP).
Paul was fundamental in researching, designing and implementing the new student satisfaction survey at Aston University and continues to analyse and report on the findings each year. In addition, Paul oversees module evaluation for all Schools at the University.
He continues to work closely with staff and students at the University to enhance the student experience and is also working on a part-time PhD, looking at the impact of HE reforms on student learning.
Paul is interested in learning and teaching research, quality improvement, the student experience and morals and ethics in research.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
EAIR The European Higher Education Society.
Publications and conference presentations
Gorman, P. and Cocklin, N. (2013) CDIO principles and student learning: A comparison between first and second year undergraduates at a UK university. The European Journal of Engineering Education, submitted.
Gorman, P. (2013) Track chair: 'Student learning and the student experience'. EAIR 35th Annual Forum 2013, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 28-31 August 2013.
Gorman, P. (2013) The impact of CDIO principles on student learning. 6th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network: Progressive Partnerships: Engaging stakeholders in Institutional Research. Birmingham City University, 11-12 July 2013.
Gorman, P. and Kane, D. (2012) Students at the heart of the system – how UK universities are responding to a new era of rising expectations and increased competition. 34th Annual EAIR Forum in Stavanger, Norway - 5-8 September 2012.
Gorman, P. (2011) Chair: Special Interest Group (SIG) 'Quality in Higher Education'. EAIR 33rd Annual Forum - Bridging cultures, promoting diversity: higher education in search of an equilibrium, Warsaw, Poland, 2011.
Gorman, P. and Kane, D. (2010) Chair and Co-Chair: Special Interest Group (SIG) 'Exploiting Data Repositories'. 32nd EAIR Forum - Linking Society and Universities: New Missions for Universities, Valencia, Spain, 2010.
Gorman, P., Andrews, J. and Clark, R. (2010) Peer Mentoring in Higher Education: Transition, Experiential Learning and Student Success. 3rd International Pedagogical Research in Higher Education Conference Research-teaching linkages to enhance student learning. Liverpool, 2010.
Kane, D. and Gorman, P. (2009) Teaching, Learning and the Impact of New Technologies at HE. 31st EAIR Forum - Fighting for Harmony - students, society and the academy in tune, Vilnius, Lithuania, 23-26 August 2009.
Kane, D. and Gorman, P. (2008) Assessment & feedback - a perennial problem? Analysis in a UK context.30th EAIR Forum - Polishing the silver: Are we really improving higher education? Copenhagen, 2008.
Smith, E, Gorman, P (2008) What’s in a name? The impact of institutional branding.30th EAIR Forum - Polishing the silver: Are we really improving higher education? Copenhagen, 2008. Macdonald, M. Williams, J., Gorman, P. Kane, D. and Sagu, S. (2008) The 2008 Report on the Student Experience at Birmingham Vity University (BCU). Birmingham. Centre for Research into Quality, BCU.
Gorman, P. (2007) Maintaining Quality: Students’ Views on Quality Improvement Systems. 29th EAIR Forum - In search of identity; dilemmas in higher education. Innsbruck, 2007. Macdonald, M. Williams, J., Cappuccini-Ansfield, G., Gorman, P. Kane, D. and Sagu, S. (2007) The 2007 Report on the Student Experience at Coventry University. Birmingham. Centre for Research into Quality, UCE Birmingham. Macdonald, M. Williams, J., Cappuccini-Ansfield, G., Gorman, P. Kane, D. and Sagu, S. (2007) The 2007 Report on the Student Experience at UCE Birmingham. Birmingham. Centre for Research into Quality, UCE Birmingham.
Gorman, P. (2006) The Impact of a Widening Participation Project at UCE: The Walsall Schools Project. 28th EAIR Forum - Who runs higher education in a competitive world? Rome, 2006. Macdonald, M. Williams, J., Cappuccini-Ansfield, G., Schwarz, J., Gorman, P., Kane, D. and Sagu, S. (2006) The 2006 Report on the Experience of Research Postgraduate students at UCE Birmingham. Birmingham. Centre for Research into Quality, UCE Birmingham. Macdonald, M. Williams, J., Schwarz, J., Gorman, P. (2005) The 2005 Report on the Experience of Research Postgraduate students at UCE Birmingham. Birmingham. Centre for Research into Quality, UCE Birmingham.
Gorman, P. (2004) Suicide and Self-Harm prevention in Approved Premises. 4th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Amsterdam, 25th- 28th August 2004. Macdonald, M. Williams, J. Schwarz, J. Gorman, P. Mena, P. Rawlins, L. (2004) The 2004 Report on the Student Experience at UCE. Birmingham. Centre for Research into Quality, University of Central England.
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