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Dr Richard Marsden 

I hold a PhD in Modern History from the University of Glasgow and a Masters degree in Medieval Studies from Cardiff University, so I like to think that I’ve got the last thousand years or so pretty well covered. In addition to my role coordinating Exploring the Past, I work in the university’s Centre for Lifelong Learning developing similar progression pathways in other subject areas across the university. My previous job was as a Regional Manager for the Open University where I was responsible for the coordination of Arts and Humanities modules across the South West of England. I also spent several years teaching History and Heritage Studies for the OU as well as teaching on the Exploring the Past pathway itself. Before that I had a pretty varied academic career, having been a History Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, a researcher at the University of Glamorgan and a tutor at Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning. Prior to that I was an Academic Skills Advisor at Cardiff Met and also worked in that university’s Academic Registry. In addition, I spent four years as a Senior Examiner with the OCR Examining Board. At the moment I am External Examiner (Humanities) at Aberystwyth University’s School of Lifelong Learning and also a Research Affiliate in the OU’s Department of History.


PhD in History – University of Glasgow, 2010

MA in Medieval British Studies – Cardiff University, 2001

BA (Hons) in History – Cardiff University, 1999

Current Employment

Academic Development Officer – Cardiff University (2013-present)

Pathway Coordinator – Cardiff University (2012-present)

Career History

Regional Manager (Arts) – Open University (2011-2013)

University Teacher - Cardiff University (2010-2013)

Postdoctoral Research Assistant – University of Glamorgan (2010-2011)

Associate Lecturer - Open University (2009-2013)

Senior A-Level Examiner - OCR Examining Board (2008-2010)

Lecturer in History – Cardiff Metropolitan University (2008-2009)

Academic Skills Advisor - Cardiff Metropolitan University (2007-2008)

Lifelong Learning Tutor - Cardiff University (2006-2009)

Assistant A-Level Examiner - OCR Examining Board (2006-2008)

Registry Officer - Cardiff Metropolitan University (2005-2008)