Christos Petichakis

Job Title: Educational Developer

Telephone: 0151 794 1168

Fax: 0151 794 2512


Job Role:

My main role is to lead on the implementation of the University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition and Accreditation (ULTRA) Framework for academic staff across the University. This includes supporting academic departments/schools and individuals to engage with the process for staff to apply for recognition of their teaching at an appropriate Fellowship category of the Higher Education Academy.

In addition, I coordinate the implementation of the Peer Observation of Teaching policy at the University.

I am also a module coordinator for module EDEV311 (Approaches to Student Learning) of the Certificate in Professional Studies (CPS) and module EDEV403 (Influencing change: contemporary issues in HE) of the PGCert.

I am currently involved in 2 first supervisions and 3 second supervisions in the Organisation and Management research cluster of the online Doctor of Education programme in Higher Education (EdD).

I am a member of various University committees including the Academic Quality and Standards Committee for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.


I completed my PhD in 2003 and I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool. For two years I taught in the department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics multimedia subjects and high level programming. I also coordinated the year two labs for undergraduates. Since 2005, I am the academic organiser for the Information Technology programme in Continuing Education at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. In 2011 I completed a PGCert in Higher Education and later on I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014).

In 2014 I completed an MBA in Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, University of London. My dissertation explored processes of organising effective research collaborations between academia and industry.


I am interested in researcher related development initiatives and previously I received funding to explore the use of Social Media to promote collaborative research. I am also interested in the role of teaching in the career development of research staff relating to their progression and development in academia or elsewhere.


S. McGugan, C. Petichakis, “The career development of tenure track fellows through teaching: an interpretative phenomenological analysis”, Pedagogic Research Conference, Liverpool, 2016

Kahn, P.E, Petichakis, C. and Walsh, L. (2012) Developing the capacity of researchers for collaborative working, Submitted to International Journal of Researcher Development

C. Petichakis, "Teaching for Researchers: an accredited development opportunity" Realising the potential of researchers, Vitae, Manchester, September 2010

J Hutchence C. Petichakis, “Creating a thriving research environment, Preparing for the Research Excellence Framework (REF)”, Vitae good practice event, Manchester, 2012

McGugan. S., and Petichakis, C. (2009) Messengers of the extraordinary: the role of souvenirs in academic development International Journal of Academic Development

McGugan, S. and Petichakis, C. (2008) Using reciprocal peer learning to underpin workshop aftercare in professional Engaging with Student Expectations, SEDA, London, May

McGugan, S. and Petichakis, C. (2008) Becoming legitimate: promoting the use of reciprocal peer learning for early career academics Preparing for Academic Practice: Disciplinary Perspectives, University of Oxford, April

Vitae Overview Magazine for Supervisors and Principal Investigators, Winter 2010/11, Teaching for Researchers, a discussion paper by C Petichakis, University of Liverpool

HR Excellence in Research Badge – Implementation Plan, 2010, the report led to the University being awarded the Badge for compliance and ongoing commitment to research staff development (available at:

Careers in Research Online Survey – report and data analysis, 2007 & 2011, findings disseminated to PVC for Research, Director of HR and Concordat Implementation Group

Grants and Consultancy
C. Petichakis (in collaboration with the Centre for Recording Achievement), A professional and career development needs analysis with newly appointed cohort of Birmingham Research Fellows, University of Birmingham, 2012 (£7,500)

C. Petichakis, Managing collaborative research in the digital age; the use of web 2.0 tools, Research & Development eLearning Steering Group, 2011 (£876)