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Professor Richard Hall

Job: Co-Director of the Institute for Education Futures, Professor of Education and Technology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Institute for Education Futures, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 207 8254




Personal profile

Richard Hall is the Head of Enhancing Learning through Technology (ELT), based in the Directorate of Library and Learning Services. He manages DMU's Centre for ELT, and he is responsible for the academic implementation of educational technologies with the aim of enhancing the student learning experience and underpinning it with critical pedagogy.

Richard is also a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow (awarded in 2009), and a Professor of Education and Technology (awarded in 2013 after being a Reader for three years). He is a Research Associate in the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at DMU.

In 2014 Richard founded the DMU Centre for Pedagogic Research, which is a self-critical scholarly community that aims to support the Scholarly DMU Educator.

Richard also holds PRINCE2 and Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner status. He has worked extensively on research projects and with MA/PhD research students.

Richard has been involved in a range of voluntary, educational activities. He is an original member of the Social Science Centre in Lincoln, an unincorporated co-operative of scholars developing a new form of higher education based upon the social sciences. He has been involved in sessions at the Really Free School and Tent City University in London, and was at the inaugural discusson about the London Free University. He was also involved in Leicester’s Third University and its development of an unemployability curriculum. He is now involved in discussions about a UK Co-operatives Free University.

Research group affiliations

  • Centre for Pedagogic Research
  • Education Research Group
  • Centrefor Computing and Social Responsibility

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • The idea of the University and radical alternatives to it
  • The University and the secular crisis of capitalism
  • Technology, pedagogy and critical social theory
  • Co-operative education and the place of co-operative practice in overcoming disruption in higher education, including peak oil and the impact of technology on climate change and energy sufficiency
  • Mass intellectuality

Areas of teaching

  • Politics of Education and Technology
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • Education Practice
  • Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education
  • Philosophy of History


  • B.A. Hons
  • M.A.
  • Ph.D.

Courses taught

  • M.A. Education Practice, M.A. Independent Study, and Ph.D. supervision
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, EDUC5003: Assessment and Feedback

Honours and awards

  • Higher Education Academy, National Teaching Fellowship, 2009.
  • Readership in Education and Technology, June 2010, De Montfort University.
  • Research Associate, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, June 2010, De Montfort University.
  • Head of the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology, September 2011, De Montfort University.
  • Professor of Education and Technology, 2013.
  • The Digital Literacy Framework Project won the Reclaim Open Learning Challenge, an international contest sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, the Digital Media and Learning Hub, and MIT Media Lab.
  • Head of the Centre for Pedagogic Research, June 2014, De Montfort University.

Membership of external committees

  • Beyond the Neoliberal University: Critical Pedagogy and Activism, Organising Committee (a symposium hosted by Coventry University UCU in 2015).
  • European Conference on e-Learning (since 2005).
  • European Conference on Social Media (since 2013).
  • The Association for Learning Technology Conference, Programme Committee (since 2013).
  • Computer Assisted Learning, International conference 2011 [CAL11], Learning Futures: Education, Technology and Sustainability.
  • International Association for Development of the Information Society, e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2010.
  • Plymouth e-Learning Conference (since 2009).
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for ICICTE (the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education, since 2011).
  • Member of the Co-operatives Free Universities Group (since 2012).
  • Member of the Social Science Centre, Lincoln (since 2012).
  • Member of the Steering Group for the DMU Volunteerism Project, which is a partnership between the DMU Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre and We are Macmillan Cancer Support.
  • Chair of the Association for Learning Technology Politics, Activity and Critical Theory Special Interest Group (2010-13).
  • Co-convenor of the Education for the Crisis network (2011-13).
  • Co-convener of the Leicester City Council/De Montfort University, Learning Resource Centre Connect network (2011-13).
  • Co-convenor of the Learners in the Co-Creation of Knowledge Research Interest Group (2008-10).

Professional licences and certificates

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • PRINCE2, Practitioner
  • Managing Successful Programmes, Practitioner


A full list of projects is available at:

Forthcoming events

Hall, R. (2016). On the abolition of academic labour: the relationship between intellectual workers and mass intellectuality. Conference of Socialist Economists, Midlands group.

Conference attendance

A full list of papers is available at:

All presentations are available at:

Hall, R. (2015). Critically questioning educational innovation in higher education. 4th International Studies of Management and Organisations International Research Conference. IDRAC Business School, Nice, France.


Hall, R. (2015). Educational innovation and the future of higher education. The Northern Universities Consortium Annual Conference. The Manchester Conference Centre.

Hall, R. (2015). Anxiety in the academy: the dehumanisation of educational possibility. Invited participant, Resisting Neoliberalism and Education Symposium, at the University of Brighton, Faculty of Education.

Hall, R. (2015). Enhancing Learning through Technology. The De Montfort University Teaching and Learning Conference. Leicester, UK.

Hall, R. (2015). Dismantling the Curriculum in Higher Education. The Bishop Grosseteste University Learning and Teaching Conference. Lincoln, UK.


Hall, R. (2015). Critically questioning educational innovation in economics and business: Human interaction in a virtualising world. Educational Innovation in Economics and Business Association conference. The University of Brighton, UK.

Hall, R. (2015). School staff digital literacy: what we learned from the DigiLit Leicester Project. 6th Teacher Education Advancement Network Conference. Aston University.


Alotaibi, A, Ayesh, A. and Hall, R. (2015). Managing Admission in Saudi Universities: a System Approach. 6th International Conference on E-Education, E-Business, E-Management and E-Learning- IC4E 2015.

Hall, R. (2014). Beyond Open Education. Open Education: Condition Critical. Coventry University, Centre for Disruptive Media seminar.

Invited participant, Resisting Neoliberalism and Education seminar, at the University of Brighton, Faculty of Education.

Hall, R. (2014). 2+2=5: The University and the Secular Crisis. De Montfort University, Professorial Lecture Series.

Hall, R., Fraser, J., and Atkins, L. (2014). The Digilit Leicester Celebration Event. Crown Hills Community College, Leicester.

Hall, R. (2014). Invited panelist: Changing the Learning Landscape programme.18th International ALT Conference. University of Warwick.

Hall, R. (2014). Social sustainability, mass intellectuality and the crisis of higher education. Building Sustainable Societies International Conference. University of Leeds.

Hall, R., and Atkins, L. (2014). The Digilit Leicester Project: implications for higher education. Centre for Educational Research and Development seminar. The University of Lincoln, Lincoln.

Atkins, L., Hall, R., and Fraser, J. (2014). Supporting staff development in Digital Literacy: the DigiLit Leicester Project. 18th International ALT Conference. University of Warwick.

Hall, R. (2014). Academic Labour and Co-operative Struggles for Subjectivity. Governing Academic Life conference. London School of Economics.

Hall, R. (2014). Friction, co-operation and technology in the neoliberal university. Friction: An interdisciplinary conference on technology and resistance. University of Nottingham.

Winn J., and Hall. R. (2014). A Contribution to the Critique of the Political Economy of Academic Labour. Academic Identities Conference 2014. Durham University.

Hall, R. (2014). The crisis of teaching forward and the need for academic activism. Higher Education Academy Social Sciences Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. Aston University.

Hall, R. (2014). Education for sustainability and the triple crunch. Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory Annual Conference. University of Plymouth.

Atkins, L., Hall, R., and Fraser, J. (2014). Supporting pre-service teachers' digital literacy development: the DigiLit Leicester Framework. 5th Teacher Education Advancement Network Conference. Aston University.

Hall, R. (2014). Technology and co-operative practice against the neoliberal university. Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE), 9th Annual, International, Interdisciplinary Conference. Neoliberalism and Everyday Life. University of Brighton.

Hall, R., and Winn, J. (2014). For a co-operative University. Discourse, Power and Resistance 14 Conference. The University of Greenwich.

Hall, R. (2013). On Autonomist Marxism and the affective economy. ESRC Seminar Series, Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights. Seminar 11, Affective Digital Economy: Intimacy, Identity and Networked Realities. The University of Leicester.

Hall, R. (2013). Responsible Innovation in ICT, E-Teaching/E-Learning. ICT 2013 - Create, Connect, Grow. Vilnius, Lithuania.

Fairweather, B., Rogerson, S., and Hall. R. (2013). Is the Automation of Plagiarism Detection Disturbing the Trust Trinity in Academic Assessment? ectc2013 The Inaugural European Conference on Technology in the Classroom. The University of Brighton.

Bixley,M., DMU4, Hall, R., Weale, R., Collingwood, J., Marshall, F. & Hamilton, C. (2013). People with aphasia creating an aphasia friendly website: The DMU4 experience. British Aphasiology Society International Conference. The Universityof Manchester.

Hall, R. (2013). Educational technology and the enclosure of academic labour inside public higher education. Critical Pedagogies: Equality and Diversity in a Changing Institution: Interdisciplinary Symposium. The University of Edinburgh.

Stahl, B., Hall, R., Flick, C. (2013). Evaluating Research Quality and Publications in Ethics and Technology. Ethicomp13. The University of Southern Denmark.

Traxler, J., Beetham, H., Hall, R., Holley, D., and Royle, K. (2013). TEL: crisis and response. A symposium at the 18th International ALT Conference. The University of Nottingham.

Hall, R. (2013). National and International dissemination of pedagogic work. HEA STEM: Developing pedagogic interests and outputs in Technology. De Montfort University, Leicester.

Hall, R. (2013). Moving the Goalposts: some realities of democratic football governance. The Social Science Centre, Public Seminar. Lincoln.

Atkins, L., Fraser, J., and Hall, R. (2013). The Digilit Leicester Project. Jisc Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group. Birmingham.

Fraser, J, Hall, R., and Atkins, L. (2013). The Digilit Leicester Project. Reclaim Open Learning Symposium. University of California, Irvine.

Hall, R. (2013). Educational technology and the war on public education. Critical perspectives on educational technology. University of Brighton.

Hall, R. (2013). For a resilient education. University of the West of Scotland Learning and Teaching Conference. UWS Hamilton, Scotland.

Traxler, J., Belshaw, D., Cunningham, H., Facer, K., Hall, R., and Specht, M. (2013). Technology-Enhanced Learning, the Crisis and the Response. Alpine Rendez‐Vous 2013. STELLARnet: Grenoble, France.

Hall, R. (2013). Making the Cloud work for you. Technology in Higher Education Summit, The BETT Show 2013. Excel, London.

Hall, R. (2013). Invited Conference Chair. Innovative Learning. Public Service Events: The Barbican Centre, London.

Recent research outputs

Hall, R. (2015). The University and the Secular Crisis. Open Library of the Humanities. DOI:

Hall, R., and Stahl, B. (2015). Against Commodification: The University, Cognitive Capitalism and Emergent Technologies. In Marx and the Political Economy of the Media, ed. C. Fuchs and V. Mosco, pp. 65-97. Leiden, NL: Brill.

Hall, R. (2015). The Implications of Autonomist Marxism for Research and Practice in Education and Technology. Learning, Media and Technology, 40(1), 106-22.

Hall, R. (2015). For a Political Economy of Massive Open Online Courses. Learning, Media and Technology.

Hall, R. (forthcoming, 2015). Technology-enhanced learning and co-operative practice against the neoliberal university. Interactive Learning Environments, special issue on TEL and the crisis.

Hall, R. (forthcoming, 2015). Another world is possible: the relationship between open education and mass intellectuality. In The Philosophy and Theory of Open Education, ed. M. Deimann and M.A. Peters. New York: Peter Lang.

Key research outputs

Hall, R. (2015). The University and the Secular Crisis. Open Library of the Humanities, 1(1). DOI:

Hall, R. (2014). On the abolition of academic labour: the relationship between intellectual workers and mass intellectuality. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 12 (2), 822-37.

Hall, R., Atkins, L., and Fraser, J. (2014). Defining a self-evaluation digital literacy framework for secondary educators: the DigiLit Leicester Project. Research in Learning Technology, 22.

Atkins, L., Fraser, J. and Hall, R. (2014). DigiLit Leicester: 2014 Survey Results. Leicester: Leicester City Council.

Hall, R. (2013). Educational technology and the enclosure of academic labour inside public higher education. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 11(3), 52-82.

Hall, R. (2011). Factors impacting institutional change in technology-enhanced learning. Campus Wide Information Systems, 28(4), 234-49.

Hall, R. (2011). Revealing the Transformatory Moment of Learning Technology: the Place of Critical Social Theory. Research in Learning Technology, 19(3), 273-84.

Hall, R., and Winn, J. (2011). Questioning Technology in the Development of a Resilient Higher Education. E-Learning and Digital Media, 8(4), 343-56.

Hall, R., and Hall, M. (2010). Scoping the pedagogic relationship between self-efficacy and Web 2.0 technologies. Learning, Media and Technology, 35(3), 255 - 273.

Hall, R. (2009). Connecting Transitions and Independent Learning: an evaluation of read-write web approaches (CoTIL): Final Report. Higher Education Academy.

Consultancy work

As an NTF mentor, I have supported successful applications from three DMU and three external candidates (2010-12). I am active in the DMU NTF/Teacher Fellow network.

I am an invited member of the JISC Pedagogy Experts group since 2009.

Between 2008-13, I was External Assessor on the Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching at Glasgow Caledonian University.

I was a consultant on the University of Surrey’s VLE Review (2010).

I reviewed the use of technology in post-graduate teaching and learning curricula at Buckingham New University (2010).

I advised the British Council with Moscow Bauman State Technical University on the development of a Masters in Design Innovation (2006, 2011 and 2012).

I advised Te Wānanga o Aotearoa University in New Zealand in developing technology solutions for distance learners (2008).

I was consulted as part of the UK JISC Mobile and Wireless Technologies Review (2010).

I have also lead workshops on ELT for the following UK HEA subject centres: Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance; Escalate [Education Studies]; and History. I am on the register of expertise for the latter.

I was also a critical friend on the 2010, HEA-funded national scoping study of sustainable practices in technology-enhanced learning in universities.

In 2010, I was asked to be an expert on the HEA’s "Best Practice Criteria for e-Learning" workshop, held at Bradford University.

I contributed to the resource-bank that emerged from a joint Universities and Colleges Union/Centre for the Study of Global and Social Justice workshop ‘For a Public University’ that was held at Nottingham University (2012, see:

I am a National Teaching Fellowship Reviewer, since 2013.

Current research students

Lucy Atkins, Ph.D. on secondaryeducators' continuing professional development and digital literacy (1st supervisor)

Awad Alotaibi, Ph.D. on admissions systems in Saudi Higher Education (2nd supervisor).

Isaack Okwaro, Ph.D. on activity theory models for shared services in UK local government (2nd supervisor).

Shireen Saifuddin, Ph.D. on digital literacy in Saudi Higher Education (2nd supervisor).

Yusufu Gambo, Ph.D. on mobile learning pedagogy in Nigeria (2nd supervisor).

Externally funded research grants information

Courseware for History Implementation Consortium project, HEFCE TLTP3, 1999 – 2002, PI

e-Learning Capital Investment funding, HEFCE, 2005-2006, PI

e-Learning Benchmarking project, Higher Education Academy, 2006 – 07, PI.

e-Learning Pathfinder Project on Web 2.0 cultures, Higher Education Academy, 2007 – 08, PI

Connecting Transitions and Independent Learning, Higher Education Academy, e-Learning Research Observatory, 2008 – 09, PI

Mobilising Remote Student Engagement, JISC, eLearing Curriculum Delivery Project, 2008-2010, PI, Kingston University

Deliberative User Approach in a Living Lab project, JISC Greening IT Project, 2010 – 11, CI

Sickle Cell Open: Online Topics and Educational Resources project, JISC Open Educational Resources programme, 2010 – 2011, CI

New Dimensions of Security in Europe project, European Commission, Lifelong Learning Programme, 2009 – 10, Project evaluator

Open to Change project, JISC, Greening ICT programme: technical development, 2010-11, CI

HE Leadership Foundation-funded, Changing the Learning Landscape project, 2013-14, PI.

Internally funded research project information

Building capacity to impact on policy and practice project, Revolving Investment Fund for Research Round 2, 2010-2011, CI

EARS II Pedagogical Project, HEIF5, 2012-13, CI

Knowledge Exchange Digital Literacy Framework Project, HEIF5, 2012-14, PI, Leicester City Council.

Professional esteem indicators

I have examined ten Ph.D candidates, one at M.Phil.,and one at M.Res..

I am a Trustee of the Open Library of Humanities.

I was Associate Editor of the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics (2011-15).

I am a member of the Review Board for the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics (since 2010).

I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (since 2012).

I am a member of the TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique Editorial Board (since 2015).

I am a member of the Teaching in Higher Education Editorial Board (since 2015).

I am a member of the Research in Learning Technology (formerly ALT-J) Editorial Board (since 2009).

I am a reviewer for: the Journal of Learning, Media, and Technology (since 2010); the Interactive Learning Environments journal (since 2010); Computers and Education (since 2010); and the Electronic Journal of e-Learning (since 2005).

I am a member of the Editorial Board for the DMU HE pedagogic research journal, Gateway Papers (since 2010).


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