I make an active contribution to teaching programmes and I have sustained performance at national or international level demonstrating a significant contribution to teaching, learning and assessment related activity in the University through distinction in leadership of a major teaching team; leading teaching collaboration with other institutions; publications on teaching and learning; teaching grants and contracts secured; external examinerships; regular teaching visits to other university departments; invited presentations at national/international teaching and learning conferences, lectures, seminars and membership of professional groups; awards; membership of national or international committees relating  to teaching and learning; acting as adviser/consultant and  keynote addresses at teaching-related  conferences. These activities demonstrate my leadership in teaching programmes including teaching and curriculum design.

 

(i) At the University of Salford, UK  

  • 200 – 2014 – Advanced research methods , Doctoral research programme, School of the Built Environment
  • 2008-2012  - Module leader (module development and delivery) “Participatory disaster mitigation and reconstruction”, in MSc in Disaster Mitigation and Reconstruction degree programme.
  • 2006 – 2010  - Module leader (module development and delivery) “Strategic Facilities Management”, in MSc in Facilities Management.
  • Leader, “Research Knowledge into Teaching (ReKnowiT)”  aimed at developing principles to enable transfer of research knowledge into teaching. 2003 – 2010. This study is different from previous approaches in that it looks into the research and teaching link as a two-way knowledge transfer process in the light of growing knowledge management viewpoints.
  • 2001-Present  - Supervision of undergraduate dissertations at the School of the Built Environment.
  • 2000-Present  - Delivered presentations at training events (e.g. case study research methodology, data management) to postgraduate students and researchers as part of the BuHu Research Workshop series.
  • 2000 – 2007 - Occasional lectures to various Masters programme including MSc IT in Construction 
  • From 2002 until 2007  - organiser andprincipal input to research methodology workshops associated with the Research Institute’s Postgraduate Programme of Research. 1999 to 2007. 
  • 2000 – 2003 - Module Leader “Construction Economics” CombinedUndergraduate Degree Programme, Level 2.
  • 2002 Module Leader  - “Procurement and Administration” Combined Undergraduate Degree Programme, Level 2.
  • 1999 – 2003 Module Leader - “Measurement and Estimating”, Combined Undergraduate Degree Programme, Level 1. 
  • 1999 – 2003 Module Leader “Quantification of Construction 1” Combined Undergraduate Degree Programme, Level 2.
  • 1999 – 2003 Module Leader “Quantification of Construction 2” Combined Undergraduate Degree Programme, Level 2.
  • 2001 – 2003  Module Leader “Measurement with IT”, Technician Programme 
  • 2001 – 2003  Module Leader “Tendering and Estimating with IT”,  Technician Programme 
  • 2001 – 2003 Module Leader “Quantity Surveying Applications”, Technician Programme 
  • 1998 – 2000 Module Leader “Quantification of Construction 1” Combined Undergraduate Degree Programme, Level 2. 

 

(ii) At University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (RICS Accredited BSc in Quantity Surveying Degree Programme)  

  • 1995 – 1997 Module Leader “Building Economics”, Level 4 
  • 1995 – 1997 Module Leader “Post contract management”, Level 4 
  • 1995 – 1997 Module Leader “Pre contract practice”, Level 3  
  • 1994 – 1996 Module Leader “Procurement Methods”, Level 2.
  • 1994 – 1996 Module Leader “Management Principles”, Level 2 
  • 1994  - 1995 Module Leader  “Management Processes (Production)” , Level 3
  • 1994  - 1995 Module Leader  “Management Processes (Human Resources)” , Level 3 
  • 1994 Module Leader, “Building Design and Construction”, Level 1 
  • 1994 – 1997 Supervision of 18 Undergraduate dissertations   

 

(iii) Teaching Programme Development activities    

  • Leadership in teaching and learning development – BSc in Quantity Surveying in full in country delivery. I successfully led a partnership with Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT) in Sri Lanka to deliver our BSC Hons. in Quantity Surveying degree programme fully in Sri Lanka (full franchise mode). (The School of the Built Environment has a long standing presence in Sri Lanka, reaching back over 30 years and encompassing a diverse array of teaching and research activity). There are no other current collaborative programmes delivered overseas of this nature by the university. This initiative helps us to implement our Learning and Teaching Strategy incorporating an international, globalised learning experience, a focus on employability and support for student exchange/placements; increase international student recruitment; significantly increase international partnerships concerned with international student recruitment to off campus programmes (including articulations, joint programmes, exchanges and work placements); develop brand and communications strategy incorporating key messages and benefits for partners, prospective students and employees; and review the student experience with a focus on improving the international student experience. Students have already been recruited to this programme commencing September 2011.
  • Strategic leadership in new programme development - MSc in Quantity Surveying (Flying Faculty mode) . In September 2013, we launched a Flying faculty mode MSc Quantity Surveying programme in Sri Lanka (RICS Accredited) We are launching this new MSc on the back of a very successful BSc QS programme, which was launched in 2011 and now coming to its third year of operation.
    • University of Salford has a long history of working in Sri Lanka, dating back to my time as a Quantity Surveying undergraduate at the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa. With that context, I am delighted to see our School of the Built Environment partnering with Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT) to deliver entirely in-country, our prestigious MSc in QS programme. Good reconstruction and positive planning comes from professionals who have been trained by the best in their subject area and from a University which produces graduates with tried and tested qualifications. As of September 2013, University of Salford became the first foreign university to offer a full MSc degree programme in quantity surveying (QS) in Sri Lanka, with the aim of increasing the number of professionally accredited QS graduates. This new one-year MSc programme enables us to cater to the acute skills shortage of quantity surveyors in Sri Lanka. While it is still attractive for Sri Lankans to study in the UK, many people who wish to develop existing careers need to stay more local. Many prospective students will therefore benefit from this new MSc course in Quantity Surveying, which is the first of its kind ever to be developed outside UK.
  • Internationalising the University curriculum initiative - Internationalisation of the curriculum is the process of designing a curriculum that meets the needs of an international student body. This is: “the process of transforming our curricula to empower & equip our students to make a difference as active global citizens”. Accordingly, Internationalising the curriculum includes all aspects of the learning process and promotes activities that will help students develop international understanding and intercultural skills to respond to the intellectual, social and personal challenges they will face as graduates. I have been instrumental in encouraging colleagues to incorporate these principles within my school in making sure that:
    • Curriculum is inclusive;
    • Culturally responsive;
    • Curriculum helps students to understand the global context of their studies;
    • It creates effectively in international professional environments;
    • Irrespective of whatever their discipline or level of study, students should gain an international perspective on their subject, its application and themselves as global citizens; and
    • It ensures academic involvement in internationalisation of curriculum and teaching and internationalisation of research and research links
  • I provided the leadership in developing the world’s first MSc programme in Disaster mitigation and reconstruction within the school. The programme team were commended by the Faculty Programme Approval and Review Sub-committee on the quality of the documentation provided and also for demonstrating how a programme can be approved quickly if the programme team produce the documentation professionally. 2007 – 2008
  • Strategic Review of Undergraduate Teaching, School of the Built Environment, 2001 – 2002.
  • MSc in Project Management conducted by the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa. Sri Lanka. 1995 – 1996.
  • Dissertation Guide. MSc in Project Management. Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa. Sri Lanka. 1995 – 1996.
  • Degree Programme Documentation for RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) accreditation (Initial versions). Department of Building Economics. University of Mortuwa, Sri Lanka. 1996 – 1997
  • Architectural Education. Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. 1996 – 1997
  • National Certificate of Technology (Quantity Surveying and Civil Engineering) Programmes. Department of Technical Education and Training, Sri Lanka. 1994 – 1997.

 

(iv) Teaching-related professional services toother universities/organisations  

  • Humanitarian Architecture research Bureau, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT, Australia
  • International course, for executives, in urban resilience management, 2014. Partnership with IQS Business and Engineering schools, Barcelona, in collaboration with many different institutes, intergovernmental agencies and enterprises (DRIFT, Virginia Tech, Brown, Stockholm Resilience Centre, UN HABITAT, UNESCO-IHE, CISCO, SIEMENS etc).
  • External Examiner, MSc in Emerging Economies, School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading, from 2012 to date
  • Visiting Professor, UTM Razak School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor,
Malaysia. 2012
  • Country representative – UK. Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka, 2009 - to date
  • External Adviser, Masters of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction, The University of Newcastle, Australia , 2011
  • Appointed International Faculty: “Transformation of University of Moratuwa to International Level”, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. This scheme is a fully Government funded scheme managed by Sri Lanka’s University Grants Commission, 2012 to date.
  • MSc Taught/by Research, MPhil examiner - Bangladesh, Malaysia, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, UK, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Austrila etc.
  • PhD examiner - Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Finland, Norway, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Estonia, Lithuania, UK etc.
  • MSc in commercial management in construction, external reviewer, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. 2009
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. 2006 to date
  • Consultant on the development of disaster management teaching programmes, Department of Environmental Science and Disaster Management Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh. 2007 - to date
  • Expert Reviewer – Development of RICS Accredited BSc in Facilities Management, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. 2006 – 2007.
  • External expert. Appointment of professoriate. UMIT, Malaysia . 2008 – to date
  • Expert reviewer, BSc in Building, University of New Castle, Australia. 2003 – 2004
  • Examiner. Board of Architectural Education. Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. 1996 – 1997
  • Examiner. National Certificate of Technology Programme. Ministry of Technical Training. Sri Lanka. 1996 – 1997.
  • Examiner. National Certificate of Technology (Quantity Surveying and Civil Engineering) Programmes. Department of Technical Education and Training, Sri Lanka. 1994 – 1997.
  • Examiner for Building Economics, Level V, Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA), 1997.
  • Examiner. Building Economics, 2nd year, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. 1996 – 1997
  • Visiting Lecturer (Part-time). Centre for Housing, Planning and Building, Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Construction, Colombo, Sri Lanka. This is the construction professional training body attached to the above government ministry. October 1996 – September 1997.
  • Visiting Lecturer (Part time). Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. Colombo School of Architecture. 1996 – 1997.
  • Visiting Lecturer. Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. 1996 – 1997. Conducted Lectures on Building Economics 

 

(v) Teaching-related research activities

  • Research Knowledge into Teaching (ReKnowiT): 2004 – 2006

I led a project titled Research Knowledge into Teaching (ReKnowiT) which was aimed at developing principles to enable transfer of research knowledge into teaching. This study is different from previous approaches in that it looks into the research and teaching link as a two-way knowledge transfer process in the light of growing knowledge management viewpoints. Based on the findings of this work, a University wide Teaching and Learning and Research Working Group was set up to take this forward including to derive policy and process suggestions based on the following criteria: that this is valuable research, which draws out the interconnection between research and teaching; that it is important to recognise how research informed teaching can enhance the curriculum and student learning; and that this is a HEFCE priority.

  • “Guidelines for improving social outcomes gained through distance learning (DL) tools”; Teaching and learning Quality Improvement Scheme, (Phase II) The University of Salford; 2004
  • “Improving Dissertation Assessment”. Teaching and learning Quality Improvement Scheme, (Phase II) The University of Salford. Improving Dissertation Assessment. Joint investigators – Dr Richard Haigh & Dr Dilanthi Amaratunga. Other team members – David Baldry & Catherine Green. £ 5000. Funded in 2004.

 

(vi) Member of Professional Groups

  • I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK. From 1995 – 1997
  • I was the Commonwealth Teaching Counterpart at the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka.
  • I frequently get the opportunity to have input towards influencing higher education policy and strategies. I have also been the Commonwealth Teaching Counterpart at the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka. During my academic career

 

(vii) Other Teaching Related International Collaborations

In taking forward my passion in this important area, currently I’m leading several EU Life Long Learning projects which looks into “Fostering excellence and innovation in HE: Supporting activities addressing the knowledge triangle of education-research-innovation” with the focus of Linking teaching and on-going research; Providing opportunities for students to work in research settings; and stimulating innovative and entrepreneurial mind-sets for students. Further details on these initiatives are detailed within the research projects section.

 

(viii) Publications on Teaching

My publication record includes teaching oriented publications. A paper I wrote titled "Principles of Integrating Research into Teaching in Higher Education: Built Environment Perspective" received the Best Paper Award, awarded by the Associated Schools of Construction, USA. My teaching based publications are included within the publications section of this CV.

 

(ix) Other teaching related activities

  • Presentations at National and International conferences (I am a regular attendee of teaching and learning conferences, most recent event being my key note on dissemination mechanisms at the EU Life Long Learning Conferences ; 2010 – 2014; Brussels, Belgium.
  • Acting as an Adviser (HEFCE adviser - Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs) – 2012-2013. And also I was a steering committee member of the UK Higher Education Disaster Relief project and a Committee member of Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Disaster Management initiative, UK.
  • Adviser/Evaluator. European Union Life Long Leaning Programme ; 2008 to date
  • External examinerships and memberships of various validation panels (University of Ulster, BSc in Commercial Management Degree Programme, University of Reading, MSc in Emerging Economies) – 2012 to date
  • Visiting Professor, University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM) ; 2012 to date
  • Regular Teaching visits to other Universities (e.g. University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; RMIT University, Australia; Newcastle University, Australia; Durham University, UK)
  • Leadership (and mentor) for (former) Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment’s Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) community. I was actively involved in policy development in introducing this scheme across the university . 2004 – 2007
  • Mentor for several newly appointed members of academic staff at the School of the Built Environment; 2004 – to date
  • Short course on how to develop a balanced scorecard (together with Prof. Marjan Sarshar). NHS Estates in Leeds. 2001
  • Building Economics teaching contract, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa. 1996 – 1997.
  • Building economics teaching contract, Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, Colombo Sri Lanka. 1997
  • Short Course in Quantity Surveying Post Contract. Centre for Housing, Planning and Building, Ministry of Housing, Construction & Public Utilities, Sri Lanka. 1996 – 1997