Mr Mark Tymms

Job: Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8855




Personal profile

Mark’s educational approach has been built across a wide and diverse range of educational sectors, including adult learning, post-16 school teaching and work within FE. Building from a history of psychological teaching and study, Mark currently leads on modules associated with the psychology of learning. Following the completion of a successful Masters in the Psychology of Wellbeing this has recently been extended into learner and practitioner wellbeing, with a particular focus on the roles of autonomy and identity within engagement and motivation. These areas extend into a diverse set of academic areas, from work on adult learning, and educational leadership, to pastoral care with his tutees.

Publications and outputs

  • Tymms, M., & Peters, J. (2020) Losing oneself: tutorial innovations as potential drivers of extrinsic motivation and poor wellbeing in university students, Pastoral Care in Education, 38:1, 42-63, DOI: 10.1080/02643944.2020.1713871
  • Tymms, M. (2018) Implementing Educational Innovations: A Staff Perspective of Personal Development Planning, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 23:4, 463-478, DOI: 10.1080/13596748.2018.1526904
  • Tymms, M., Peters, J., & Scott, I. (2013) Personal Development Planning: pedagogy and the politicisation of the personal, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 18:3, 257-268, DOI: 10.1080/13596748.2013.819264

Research interests/expertise

  • Learner and practitioner engagement & motivation
  • Learner and practitioner autonomy
  • Self-Determination Theory
  • Person-centred education
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Qualitative research methods: Existential phenomenology

Areas of teaching

  • Adult & Lifelong Learning,
  • Psychological Wellbeing,
  • Psychology and Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Research Methods


  • PhD: Exploring the Impacts and Experiences of PDP at a Single UK University
  • MSc Psychology of Wellbeing
  • PGCE Lifelong Learning
  • PGCE Research Methods
  • BSc(hons) Psychology
  • BA(hons) Information Graphic Design

Courses taught

Perspectives in Education, Thinking & Learning in Higher Education, How People Learn, Researching Education, Adult Learners & Lifelong Learning, Education & Wellbeing, Dissertation, Leading & Managing Educational Change

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Psychological Society

Conference attendance

  • Worcester PDP and Employability Conference (2011) Keynote: “PDP: The Realities & The Issues”.
  • Worcester Student Learning Conference (2010)“Students as Learning Partners: Education & Dialogue”.
  • CRA 2nd International Residential Seminar; Research & Evaluating Personal Development Planning & e-Portfolio, Nottingham (2010) “Getting Up Close & Personal: Recognizing the role of personal belief, attitudes and influences on PDP formalization & presentation”.
  • Worcester PDP & Employability Conference (2009) “PDP: The Problem’s all in the Comma”.

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