About me

From brief encounter – April 2005
_Warwick Welcomes (back) Dr Rob Johnson who is working alongside Academic Departments and the Warwick Skills Team as the Personal Development Planning Co-ordinator.

The Government’s 2003 White Paper, the Future of Higher Education, the QAA and the Dearing Report have all recently highlighted the importance of Personal Development in HE and Rob joins Warwick to consolidate and build upon our current offering._

PDP Co-ordinator

Which means
Enthusiast (and Motivator!) for helping people plan their future, their training needs and their skills to make them more effective as a student or as a staff member in the workplace. You’ll find me in the Skills Team and Careers Team area in University House.

Favourite phrase
If you’re not fast – you’re last or Action This Day (Churchill)

Least favourite phrase
Let’s tease out the details or any of the naff phrases used in The Office

Magazines read
Summit (British Mountaineering Council), History Today, Economist

Life before Warwick
Course Manager of History in a Sixth Form College in the South West of England, Expedition Leader to jungles, mountains and other remote places (Indiana Jones?); author, lecturer, and a national FE E-Learning Advisor. Worked for a year in a Hogwarts-like school in Dorset but you can have just too many cream teas. Was a Captain in the army (where I got my Sandhurst accent) and before that a student at Warwick doing History (1986-89).

Lifelong ambition
Climb previously unclimbed mountain (fulfilled)
Parachutist (fulfilled)
Explorer (ongoing)
Work in Developing World locations to help others (on going)
Write a book (fulfilled)
Enthuse people about learning and personal development…

As a young child what did you want to be as a “grown-up”?
A tin soldier outside Buckingham Palace

Now that you are grown-up what would be your “dream job”?
The chief of an international educational establishment that develops people, not for examinations, but as a whole person

Any hidden talents?
I can blow bubbles any size you want and I like to build fun things for children out of rubbish

If you could change one thing in the University overnight, what would it be?
That everyone creates a Personal Development Plan and implements it (thus doing my job for me!)

Which person inspires you most, and why?
Dr Iain R. Smith (Warwick, History Department) – generosity of spirit and inspirational teaching.