Nick Pilcher

Nick Pilcher

Dr Nick Pilcher

Lecturer

Biography

Dr. Nick Pilcher is the programme leader for the MSc in Intercultural Business Communication and the MSc in Intercultural Business Communication with TESOL. He has taught in Japan, Singapore, Argentina and in the UK since 2001. He completed a PhD in 2007 entitled 'Mainland Chinese students and UK supervisors; perceptions and experiences of completing Masters Dissertations.' He teaches on the MSc and on the in-sessional academic English workshop programme. His areas of study are languages and culture, qualitative research, and education policy.

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Contextualising higher education assessment task words with an ‘anti-glossary’ approach

Journal Article
Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2014)
Contextualising higher education assessment task words with an ‘anti-glossary’ approach. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27(5), 604-625. doi:10.1080/09518398.2013.805443
Key ‘generic’ assessment task words such as ‘discuss’ and ‘critically evaluate’ are integral to higher education assessment. Although sources such as study skills guides give ...

Deconstructing 'Mono'-Lingualism: considerations of value for 'English' 'language' education in a global setting.

Book
Pilcher, N., & Richards, K. (2014)
Deconstructing 'Mono'-Lingualism: considerations of value for 'English' 'language' education in a global setting. In L. T. Wong, & A. Dubey-Jhaveri (Eds.), English language education in a global world: practices, issues and challenges, 81-90. Nova Science Publishers
Traditionally, language speakers are categorised as mono-lingual, bilingual, or multilingual. It is traditionally assumed in English language education that the ‘lingual’ is s...

National Qualification Frameworks: developing research perspectives.

Journal Article
Fernie, S. & Pilcher, N. (2008)
National Qualification Frameworks: developing research perspectives. Quality in Higher Education. 15, 221-232. doi:10.1080/13538320903343099. ISSN 1353-8322
Arguments for National Qualification Frameworks (NQF) are compelling. Indeed, such frameworks are now an international phenomenon. Yet, few studies take a critical perspective...

Hunt the shadow not the substance: the rise of the career academic in construction education.

Journal Article
Tennant, S., Murray, M., Forster, A., & Pilcher, N. (2015)
Hunt the shadow not the substance: the rise of the career academic in construction education. Teaching in Higher Education, 20, 723-737. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2015.1070342
Construction education is context-laden, navigating and reflecting the byzantine influences of period, place and person. Despite considerable rhetoric, in UK higher education ...

A study of the potential of shore power for the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan: To introduce or not to introduce?

Journal Article
Tseng, P., & Pilcher, N. (2015)
A study of the potential of shore power for the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan: To introduce or not to introduce?. Research in Transportation Business and Management, 17, 83-91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2015.09.001
To reduce ship emissions in port and city environments, cold ironing, or shore power has been suggested and implemented in many global advanced ports. Shore power is a land-to...

The paradigmatic hearts of subjects which their "English" flows through

Journal Article
Pilcher, N., & Richards, K. (2016)
The paradigmatic hearts of subjects which their "English" flows through. Higher Education Research and Development, 35(5), 997-1010. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1138455
Much research into the use of corpora and discourse to support higher education students on pre-sessional and in-sessional courses champions subject specificity. Drawing on th...

The impact of National Qualifications Frameworks: by which yardstick do we measure dreams?

Journal Article
Pilcher, N., Fernie, S., & Smith, K. (2017)
The impact of National Qualifications Frameworks: by which yardstick do we measure dreams?. Journal of Education and Work, 30(1), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2015.1122178
National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) are a global phenomenon. This is evidenced by their scale, coverage and intrinsic link with education policy across Europe and beyond...

Avoiding dialogues of non-discovery through promoting dialogues of discovery.

Journal Article
Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2015)
Avoiding dialogues of non-discovery through promoting dialogues of discovery. Dialogic Pedagogy, 3, 43-64. https://doi.org/10.5195/dpj.2015.101
International students and direct entrants—those entering a higher year of a degree—often come from socio-economic or cultural backgrounds different from traditional students,...

Dialogues: ‘QUANT’ researchers on ‘QUAL’ methods.

Journal Article
Pilcher, N., & Cortazzi, M. (2016)
Dialogues: ‘QUANT’ researchers on ‘QUAL’ methods. Qualitative Report, 21(3), 450-473
Qualitative researchers commonly perceive that positivist hard-science researchers and policies of governments deprecate qualitative methods and approaches. Curiously though, ...

An individual subjectivist critique of the use of corpus linguistics to inform pedagogical materials.

Journal Article
Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2016)
An individual subjectivist critique of the use of corpus linguistics to inform pedagogical materials. Dialogic Pedagogy, 4, https://doi.org/10.5195/dpj.2016.163
Corpus Linguistics, or the gathering together of language into a body for analysis and development of materials, claims itself an assured, established method (or field) that v...

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