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Earle Abrahamson

Earle Abrahamson is an award-winning educator passionate about inspiring students and enabling them to achieve their full potential. He is a strong advocate for widening participation and access in higher education. He has pioneered student engagement through his award-winning and internationally recognised peer mentoring programme that develops students holistically.
University of East London
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Programme Leader for Sports Therapy

Earle Abrahamson is Programme Leader for Sports Therapy at the University of East London.

Born in South Africa, Earle has worked across cultural, institutional and international contexts to inspire learning. Throughout his career he has championed the student voice and advocated for student-centred learning partnerships that move beyond the curriculum to develop students holistically.

Through his key areas of influence and pedagogical practice (students as partners, mentorship, and employability) underpinned by Vaile’s (2017) flourishing student model, Earle has pioneered innovative approaches to student learning and development.

Celebrating the importance of student-centred learning and transitions into higher education, he founded the Sports mentoring project which has received significant funding, to promote social justice, access and participation, inclusion and student confidence. The success of the project has enabled him to disseminate best practice at national and international conferences resulting in collaborative international publications.

His sustained leadership in teaching excellence has earned him Principal Fellowship of Advance HE and an inaugural International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning fellowship. Earle has been described by international scholars as a “leader and innovator” who places the learner at the heart of his teaching philosophy.

Building on this, he embeds a range of innovative teaching practices into his sports therapy curriculum and encourages his students to own their learning through online learning technologies, collaborative writing groups and practical learning applications. His investment in his scholarship of teaching and learning has culminated in co-founding the Journal of Impact Cultures, reviewer for teaching and learning Inquiry, lead for an international collaborative writing group and regular invitations to review abstracts for ISSoTL conferences.

Earle’s passion for teaching and learning coupled with his ability to inspire and transform student learning, ensures that his numerous publications and texts serve to augment and enrich the student learning experience.

In addition to his academic roles, he is national chair of the Massage Training Institute, elected chair of the General Council of Soft Tissue Therapies and elected board member to the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. Through these roles he leads on national agendas around educational standards and governance.

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