Tom Clark is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His main research interests are in the broad areas of research methodology, novel applications of social theory, and sport. Tom has also utilised novel sources of data in order to explore the sociology of evil (see below).
The guiding purpose of Tom’s teaching is to use his knowledge of the research process to help students to develop a flexible range of skills and techniques that will help them in future environments, whatever these may be. Rather than relying on the passive consumption of textbooks and lectures, Tom’s teaching emphasises productive but critical doing. This necessarily involves adopting an approach that develops substantive knowledge and practical skills, but also one that encourages critical reflection. Inquiry-based learning is central to Tom’s teaching.