Tom Ironmonger

Principal Lecturer
Deputy Head of the School of Business and Accounting
Foundation Year Course Leader

tom.ironmonger@bil.ac.uk

As an original member of Bloomsbury Institute’s Foundation Year team, it has been affirming to witness the progress that has been made over the past few years, and a point of pride to have played a part in helping to create a course which, I believe, offers a valuable and progressive introduction to the world of tertiary study.

In my new role, as Deputy Head of the School of Business and Accounting, and Foundation Year Course Leader, I am keen to nurture Bloomsbury Institute’s commitment to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for its students, whilst doing what I can to help invigorate and enhance pedagogy and practice.

I am regularly surprised by the truth of the cliché that teaching is a place of learning. It is therefore a privilege to be able to carry over some of the insights that have been gifted to me by some unforgettable people during my life. My BA was in Social Science, and I have an MA in Creative Writing.

The contrast of these subjects, as well as experience in a range of different industries and settings, provides me with an unusual perspective on the capacities of education. CELTA and FHEA qualifications, combined with experience teaching English in Latin America, have also encouraged me to reflect on the craft of educating in close observation of context.

Interests

My interests are to inspire lifelong reading practice and develop independent educational communities, whilst harnessing innovation to create opportunities for deep learning. This approach has been most recently informed by research into educational neuroscience, permaculture, and the philosophy of ecology.

Qualifications, Affiliations and Memberships

  • BA Social Science
  • MA Creative Writing
  • CELTA
  • FHEA
  • MCMI

Research and Publications

  • Ironmonger, T. 2019. Friends of the Lento: an ethnographic study of Foundation Year reading groups at the Bloomsbury Institute, London.
  • Krajewska, A. and Ironmonger T. 2018. Confession Tapes: What We Have Learned From Academic Integrity Interviews. LSBM Teaching and Learning Conference 2018 Beyond metrics: Measuring the immeasurable in Higher Education, 10th July, London.