Unit for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching


Tom is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of the MA and PGDip in Higher Education.  His research focuses on global disparities in access to opportunity and resources in higher education, and in the relationship between higher education, society, the individual and the state.   

Tom is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has served as an external examiner or expert validator at University College London (UCL), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), The University of Chichester and KM Conservatory, Chennai.  Tom chairs the academic development steering group and regularly leads workshops for the Council for At Risk Academics (Cara) Syria Programme, which supports Syrian academics living in exile in the Middle East.  

Tom’s background spans literature, music and education.  He is interested in exploring interdisciplinary synergies and keen to collaborate with like-minded colleagues from across the disciplinary spectrum. ​

Contact Information


Room 1, Ground Floor, UELT Building

01227 82 6526

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Parkinson, T. and Muslu Gardner, O. (2020) "Protectionism and rapprochement in Turkish higher music education: An analysis of the mission and vision statements of conservatoires and university music departments in the Republic of Turkey", Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. SAGE. doi: 10.1177/1474022220983255.
Abdullateef, S., Alajaj, N., Anis, R., Shaban, F., Belluigi, D. Z. and Parkinson, T. (2020) "Sharing the burdens of responsibility for a better future in transnational academia: Reflections of displaced Syrian academics on an atypical academic development event", ETH Learning and Teaching Journal. ETH Zurich, pp. 393-397. Available at: https://learningteaching.ethz.ch/index.php/lt-eth/article/view/171.
Heron, M., Parkinson, T., Alajaj, N. and Khuder, B. (2020) "Interdisciplinary collaborative writing for publication with exiled academics: the nature of relational expertise", Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. Routledge. doi: 10.1080/03057925.2020.1845953.
Belluigi, D. and Parkinson, T. (2020) "Building solidarity through comparative lived experiences of post/conflict: Reflections on two days of dialogue", Education and Conflict Review. UCL Press.
Abdullateef, S., Parkinson, T. and Sarmini, I. (2020) "Cross Border Connected Learning in Northern Syria: An Agricultural Pilot Study", International Journal of Education Research (Open). Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.ijedro.2020.100005.
Parkinson, T., McDonald, K. and Quinlan, K. M. (2019) "Reconceptualizing Academic Development as Community Development: Lessons from Working with Syrian Academics in Exile", Higher Education. Springer, p. 183. doi: 10.1007/s10734-019-00404-5.
Parkinson, T., Zoubir, T., Abdullateef, S., Abedtalas, M., Alyamani, G., Al Ibrahim, Z., Al Husni, M., Alhaj Omar, F., Iboor, F., Allito, H., Jenkins, M., Rashwani, A., Sennou, A. and Shaban, F. (2018) "'We are still here': The stories of Syrian academics in exile", International Journal of Comparative Education and Development. Emerald, pp. 132-147. doi: 10.1108/IJCED-06-2018-0013.
Parkinson, T., Brewer, S., Camps, C., Turner, J., Jenkins, M., Whiteside, K. and Zoubir, T. (2018) "Supporting Syrian Academics to be Agents for Change: The role of UK universities", Educational Developments. SEDA. Available at: https://www.seda.ac.uk/educational-developments.
Parkinson, T. (2018) "A Trialectic Framework for Large Group Processes in Educational Action Research: The Case of Academic Development for Syrian Academics in Exile", Educational Action Research. Taylor & Francis, pp. 798-814. doi: 10.1080/09650792.2018.1532803.
Parkinson, T. (2017) "'Indiestanbul': counter-hegemonic music and third republicanism in Turkey", Popular Music. Cambridge University Press, pp. 40-62. doi: 10.1017/S0261143017000563.
Parkinson, T. (2017) "Dilemmas of purpose in higher popular music education: A critical portrait of an academic field", Journal of Popular Music Education. Intellect, pp. 133-150. doi: 10.1386/jpme.1.2.133_1.
Parkinson, T. (2016) "Being punk in higher education: subcultural strategies for academic practice", Teaching in Higher Education. Taylor & Francis, pp. 143-157. doi: 10.1080/13562517.2016.1226278.
Parkinson, T. and Smith, G. D. (2015) "Towards an Epistemology of Authenticity in Higher Popular Music Education", Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education. Mayday Group, pp. 93-127. Available at: http://act.maydaygroup.org/articles/ParkinsonSmith14_1.pdf.
Parkinson, T. (2014) "Mastery, enjoyment, tradition and innovation: A reflective practice model for instrumental and vocal teachers", International Journal of Music Education. Sage, pp. 352-368. doi: 10.1177/0255761414563196.
Book section
Parkinson, T. and Muslu Gardner, O. (2021) "Nation, Memory and Music Education in the Republic of Turkey: A Hegemonic Analysis", in Wright, R., Johansen, G., Kanellopoulos, P., and Schmidt, P. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook to Sociology of Music Education. London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429504631.
Dylan Smith, G., Dines, M. and Parkinson, T. (2017) "Presenting Punk Pedagogies in Practice.", in Dylan Smith, G., Dines, M., and Parkinson, T. (eds.) Punk Pedagogies: Music, Culture and Learning. New York, USA: Routledge Taylor & Francis, pp. 1 -10. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Punk-Pedagogies-Music-Culture-and-Learning/Smith-Dines-Parkinson/p/book/9781138279889.
Smith, G. D., Dines, M. and Parkinson, T. (2017) "Preface", in Smith, G. D., Dines, M., and Parkinson, T. (eds.) Punk Pedagogies: Music, Culture and Learning. New York: Routledge, p. ix-xvi.
Smith, G. D., Dines, M. and Parkinson, T. (2017) "Preface", in Punk Pedagogies: Music, culture and Learning. New York: Routledge, p. ix-x. doi: 10.4324/9781315276250-1.
Parkinson, T. (2017) "Teaching the Devil's Music: Some Intersections of Popular Music, Education and Morality in a Faith School Setting", in Smith, G. D., Moir, Z., Brennan, M., Rambarran, S., and Kirkman, P. (eds.) The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education. New York, USA: Routledge, pp. 382-394. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Research-Companion-to-Popular-Music-Education/Smith-Moir-Brennan-Rambarran-Kirkman/p/book/9781472464989.
Parkinson, T. (2013) "Canon (Re)formation in Popular Music Pedagogy", in Stakelum, M. (ed.) Developing the Musician. Contemporary Perspectives on Teaching and Learning. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, pp. 155-170. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Developing-the-Musician-Contemporary-Perspectives-on-Teaching-and-Learning/Stakelum/p/book/9781409450177.
Boden, L., Abdullateef, S., Aldakhil, M., Alkhaddour, A., Alkhalil, A., Almohammad, A., Atik, O., Calia, C., Iannizotto, M., Keulertz, M., Kizildeniz, T., Kleinermann, C., Parkinson, T., Reid, C., Robertson, K., Simm, G., Suilmi, M., Taha, A., Velioglu Melis, I. and Yao, A. (2019) Global Health and Food Security in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS): Syrian Academics and their Role in the Future of Food Security for Syria. University of Edinburgh. Available at: https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/ghafs_fullreport_eng_jan20.pdf.
Parkinson, T., Hunter, M., Campanello, K., Dines, M. and Dylan Smith, G. (2015) Understanding Small Music Venues: A report by the Music Venues Trust. UK Music. Available at: https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Files/Reports/Industry/Understanding-Small-Music-Venues.
Parkinson, T., Hunter, M., Dines, M. and Campanello, K. (2015) Understanding Small Music Venues: An interim findings report. Music Venue Trust. Available at: http://musicvenuetrust.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Understanding-Small-Music-Venues.pdf.
Conference or workshop item
Parkinson, T. and Muslu Gardner, O. (2019) "National Identity, Official Culture and Music Education in Turkey", in. 11th Research in Music Education (RIME) Conference. Available at: https://www.bathspalive.com/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=RiME2019&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=.
Abdullateef, S. and Parkinson, T. (2017) "Securing Syria's academic knowledge and industrial future through participatory action research: a case study of agricultural engineering education", in. Higher Education Rising to the Challenge: Balancing expectations of students, society and stakeholders. Society for Research in higher education Annual conference. Available at: https://www.srhe.ac.uk/conference2017/abstracts/0323.pdf.
Smith, G. D., Parkinson, T. and Dines, M. (2017) "Punk pedagogies in practice (symposium session)", in. 10th Research in Music Education conference, Bath Spa University. Available at: https://www.bathspalive.com/ArticleMedia/Files/RIMEProgrammeApril2017.version%202.pdf.
Smith, G. D., Dines, M. and Parkinson, T. (2017) "Perspectives on Punk Pedagogies", in. 10th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Available at: https://www.icmp.ac.uk/events/issme-2017.
Parkinson, T. and Smith, G. D. (2015) "Hybrid Authenticities of Popular Music Education", in. 4th International Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Creativity and Changing Cultures, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London: UK: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, pp. 180-181. Available at: https://rcconference.wordpress.com/.
Parkinson, T. (2014) Values of Higher Popular Music Education: Perspectives from the UK.
Parkinson, T. and Vyner, L. (2021) "Maximising English language acquisition through music: Composing Songs for Second Language (SL) Learners". Practice Portfolio.
Edited book
Parkinson, T. (2017) Punk Pedagogies: Music, Culture and Learning. Edited by T. Parkinson, G. D. Smith, and M. Dines. New York, USA: Routledge Taylor & Francis.
Parkinson, T. (2019) "Banana Punk Rawk Trails: A Euro-fool's Metal Punk Journeys in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia, Marco Ferrarese (2016)", Journal of Popular Music Education. Intellect, pp. 161-163. doi: 10.1386/jpme.3.1.161_5.
Total publications in KAR: 32 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Tom’s research interests are higher education in conflict, post-conflict and refugee contexts, internationalisation of higher education and music education. He is currently nearing completion of a historical study of Turkish music education funded by the British Academy. ​

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Areas of doctoral supervision

  • Subculture and counterculture in higher education
  • Music education
  • Values in higher education
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • International higher education


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