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Dr Andrew Roe-Crines BA (Pol.), MA (Acad. Pract), PhD (Poli. Sci.), FHEA, FRHistS

Political Scientist | Senior Lecturer in British Politics | HLC Chair of the Board of Examiners Politics


I hold three postgraduate professional qualifications relating to teaching practices in higher education. These are an MA in Academic Practice (2023), a Diploma in Academic Practice (2021) and a Certificate in Higher Education Practice (2013). These examined framework implementation; leadership; professional development, amongst other concepts. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).

My undergraduate teaching relates to various aspects of political communication in British Politics. The focus is on political ideologies, leadership, and how these relate to the range of audiences faced by a political actor. In the second year I teach students the practical skills, methods, and applications of rhetorical theories and how these can affect political change. In the third year I teach students how to use the ancient rhetorical theories of effective oratory to analyse contemporary British political actors. In turn, students are able to improve their own communication styles both within the module, and beyond.

My postgraduate (MA) teaching looks at British Foreign Policy and how history continues to impact on Britain's role in the modern world today. This includes looking at the British Empire(s), the impacts of the Empire globally (particularly on the African continent), conflict, decolonisation, and imperial regret. The module also discusses the processes of the UK finding a new role post-1960 (culminating in membership of the Common Market), and again post-2020 (Global Britain). The module also looks at how the UK's position in the world is impacted by globalisation and the role of institutions of international governance such as NATO, the United Nations, and the Commonwealth.

Undergraduate Teaching

* POLI101 British Politics.

I will be taking on the first year required module 'British Politics' from September 2024. The module provides an introductory overview to British political parties and related concepts. In the interim, the module will be included in a review process designed to look at structure and assessment to ensure they reflect contemporary political issues and learning methods.

* POLI252 Political Communication and Public Speaking

This is a second year module that looks at the techniques of communication and the structure of speechmaking as a technical skill. The module revolves around students using these skills through practical activities (such as a 'mock Parliamentary debate') whereby students are able to enhance their confidence as convincing individual speakers.

The module is assessed using a reflective logbook of seminar activities (40%) and the delivery of a speech to an audience of student peers (60%). NOTE - this module is suspended for 2023/24 due to research leave.

* POLI323 Theory and Practice of Rhetoric in British Politics

This is a third year module that examines the ancient theories of rhetoric and oratory and applies them to contemporary British political themes and actors. The module discusses the contemporary significance of the ancient skills and how they enable us to see how political ideologies are communicated to audiences in the 2020s. Topics included are Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA); narratology; persona construction; Labour & Conservative Paty thematic rhetorical drivers; religion, values, and faith; identity; and imperialism.

The module is assessed using a written conference speech for a party leader in British Politics (100%) (alongside a formative plan).

Postgraduate Teaching

* POLI511 British Foreign Policy

This module places British Foreign Policy into its deep historical contexts (1600s onwards), covering topics such as the first and second British Empires; the impact of the World Wars on Britain; the role of the UK in the Middle East (covering the Palestinian Mandate, Suez, the Iraq Wars, amongst other issues); and the process of imperial decline and decolonisation. The module places decolonisation into its political and historical contexts as a response to shifting attitudes to imperialism in the post-war world. The module also examines various theories of foreign policy, including liberal conservatism, interventionism, and pragmatism.

The module is assessed using a Foreign Office Briefing Report (100%) (alongside a formative plan).

* Doctoral Supervision

* Mr Daniel Bowman (Current)
First Supervisor (40%) with Dr David Jeffery (30%) and Dr Luca Bernardi (30%).

* Dr Steven Daniels (Alumni)
Second Supervisor (50%) with Prof Stuart Wilks-Heeg (50%).

Student Comment

Comment on POLI252 Political Communication and Public Speaking

“Andrew's seminars and lectures were some of the most enjoyable experiences of my second year. He is both informative and engaging. The seminars especially were enjoyable, with the group tasks and development of oracle skills.”

“Andrew is one of the greatest lectures... This module is one of the best I have chosen, and I look forward to choosing Andrew's module for my third year.”

“The seminars were the most enjoyable out of all my modules.”

“Andrew was extremely helpful in providing support where needed. He was especially useful in organising exterior events that were linked to the module of sorts.”

“The options of being able to do a podcast was great. As sometimes my anxiety gets the better of me, and I wouldn't want this to effect my speech the day. So, having the option of podcast relaxed me. The reflection piece I feel got me more involved with the seminar activities to as we needed to be able to write about them.”

“Andrew is very very very fast in responding to emails and provides constructive feedback which has being instrumental in my success of the module.”

“The module was taught very well. I liked the fact that the seminar groups were larger as there were more ideas to bounce around which I feel was crucial for the topics we looked at. I think having organised readings, such as one or two a week would be beneficial, as I found myself a bit lost with the long list or readings, so more organisations there would be appreciated I think.”

Comment on POLI323 Theory and Practice of Rhetoric in British Politics

“I thoroughly enjoyed this module. The content was really interesting and Andrew delivered the lectures/seminars with passion and enthusiasm. The assessment methods were appropriate for the module and I was really happy that the 60% component came first, thus placing less stress towards the end of the academic year. I would highly recommend this module for a student wanting to try something new.”

“This is possibly one of my favourite modules I’ve done over my degree and would definitely recommend to second year students.”

“Teaching delivery and quality of lectures and seminars excellent”.

“Andrew is very engaged and enthusiastic with the delivery of the module. i felt very supported when it came to assessments, receiving very quick email replies and feedback on draft assessments as allowed through my support plan. he also checked my support plan to make sure that the module provided for me properly as suggested in my plan which was very much appreciated”.

“Teaching delivery was excellent, when I had questions, I had useful and clear answers. The module is organised well, with resources in clear order”

“Andrew Roe-Crines is one of the better lecturers at this university, a unique and interesting module and it is clear a lot of hard work and dedication has gone into this module.”

“I really enjoyed writing the speech as a method of assessment, it was creative and required me to think outside the box to our usual essays. It was really enjoyable.”

“The teaching was great and helpful.”

“The module is set out clearly on canvas, everything is in logical order”.

“The canvas page contains lots of good and easy to use resources. Thank you to Andrew for putting so much time and effort into the page, it made the learning process a lot easier.”

Comment on POLI511 British Foreign Policy

“Module was a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience. As always Andrew Roe-Crines delivered a great modules, in which student engagement was exceptional. The extra effort given to helping each student is great and I couldn't ask for more. I wish each module were delivered as well as his modules. I always look to take his modules whenever I can”

“Wide variety of topics and enthusiastic teaching, good seminar discussions and well laid out lectures, helped to push the content in a streamlined manner”

“I can't suggest an improvement the feedback was thorough and beneficial.”

“No improvements, feedback was very detailed with lots of useful information.”

“1. Great feedback. 2. Manageable weekly readings. 3. Enthusiastic and well led lectures and seminars.”

“The module was very fun, engaging, and beneficial. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I have taken modules ran by Andrew Roe-Crines before and I would highly recommend them to anyone who would want to take them. The academic literature put together was great and the access to resources was well put together. As always, the assessments (particularly the foreign office brief) are engaging, fun to research (and write), and is beneficial for future career prospects. I couldn't be more highly supportive of this module and its coordinator.”

Modules for 2023-24


Module code: POLI511

Role: Module Co-ordinator


Module code: POLI101

Role: Teaching


Module code: POLI102

Role: Teaching


Module code: POLI323

Role: Module Co-ordinator