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Prof Michael Bradford - personal details

Contact details

Role: Emeritus Professor

Tel: 0161 275-3650

Location: Humanities Bridgeford Street-1.62
School of Environment, Education and Development
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Michael Bradford

BA, PhD (Cantab). Professor of Geography

Awards and distinctions

  • 2008: Taylor and Francis Award for excellence in teaching and learning in geography in higher education, Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
  • 2006: HEFCE-funded National Teaching Fellowship, Higher Education Academy
  • 2005: Distinguished Achievement Medal Teacher of the Year, University of Manchester

Leadership experience

  • 2001-2004: Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning
  • 2004-2005: Associate-Vice-President
  • 1996-2000: Head of the School of Geography
  • 1997-2005: Co-ordinator of the Teaching and Learning Course for New Academics
  • 1992-1996:Undergraduate Dean of the Faculty of Arts

Outside the University of Manchester

  • 1999-2000:President of the Geographical Association
  • 1993-2009: Editorial Board of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • 2005- : Joint Leader of Change Academy for the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation
  • 2006-2007: Senior Associate of the Higher Education Academy: academic leadership and change academy
  • 2004-2010: President of Manchester Branch of Geographical Association. Made Hon Vice-President 2011

After an undergraduate degree at St Catharines College Cambridge, I did postgraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and completed a PhD at Cambridge. My first post was as a Lecturer at the University of Manchester (1971) where eventually I became Professor of Geography. My research interests have been on the geographies of education, the geographies of children and urban policy evaluation. The underlying themes that tie the work together are inequalities, social exclusion and social polarisation. Similar themes featured in my teaching. I have also completed some pedagogic research and published papers on learning and teaching, and earlier in my career written texts for school geography.