Paul Thomas

Position: Dean of Cardiff School of Education

School: Cardiff School of Education​

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Telephone: 029 2041 6513

​Room No: C215​


Coleman, P., Thomas P., Watkins, S. and Jezerski, G. (2004). Study skills and support: towards an institutional framework to support widening access. In, Jordan, S. (ed.) Learning and Teaching Projects 2000-4. Supporting Research and Development in Learning and Teaching. Cardiff: Cardiff Met Press

Professional/non-refereed publications:
Thomas, P. and Wright, R. (2004). Walking Away-Why are so many pupils turning their backs on GCSE music? Music Teacher. London: Rhinegold Publishing 83, 31

Conference papers:
Is there a future for music education in the UK? Research in Music Education International Conference. Joint paper with Wright, R. (April 2003)

The UWIC graduate: towards a student support framework. Cardiff Metropolitan University, Learning and Teaching Conference. Joint presentation with Watkins S. (July 2003)

Other publications:
Piacentini J. and Thomas P (2001, reprinted 2003) NOW Let’s Make Music! 10 Popular Songs for the Secondary School Classroom. Cardiff: Cardiff Met Press

Thomas, P. (2002) Using the Internet – Music by Daniel Herbert. Cambridge: Pearson, 2000. 66 pp. ICT in Music by Derek Mill. Cambridge: Pearson, 2001. 61 pp,. C.A.T.S. Computer Aided Theory Skills. Lingfield: Take Note Publishing, 2000. 2 CD-ROMs. Vol. 1 (Beginner to Grade 2), Vol. 2 (Grade 3 to Grade 5) British Journal of Music Education: Cambridge University Press 19, 305-322


Reconfiguration of Initial Teacher Education and Training in South East Wales; Manager [Cardiff Metropolitan University (then UWIC)] (2006-2011) funded by the Welsh Assembly Government

Author and Project Manager of the HEFCW project Developing ICT in Learning and Teaching Strategies (2000-2002)


Paul Thomas joined Cardiff Met as a senior lecturer in 1989 following a successful secondary school teaching career. At that time, his main responsibilities were to direct and develop the secondary Initial Teacher Education and Training (ITET) programmes for aspiring music teachers. To this end, he was responsible for authoring and delivering the PGCE secondary music programme, the BA (Hns) Secondary Music Education programme and music education modules on the MA (Ed) programme. Since then, he has lectured on a wide variety of other programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, both in the UK and internationally.

Following his appointment as Director of Learning and Teaching in the Cardiff School of Education in 1999, he had a significant impact in developing the use of ICT in the School. He has considerable experience of working as an Estyn inspector of secondary schools. He was awarded a Teaching Fellowship by Cardiff Met in 2003

Since 2004, he has worked as the Head of the former Cardiff School of Education and he was appointed as Dean of the Cardiff School of Education as part of Cardiff Met re-structure, in 2006.

Outside his musical interests, he is a keen skier during the winter months.

External Links

External examiner:
University of Huddersfield (1999-2004): PGCE 1 year, PGCE 2-year, and BEd Schools pathway(s)

External Memberships:
Member of UCET (UK) Management Board
Member of UCET Cymru

Further Information

Extensive experience of University programme development, validation and review, both in the UK and abroad

Musical Director/Composer
Saxophonist (soprano, alto, tenor, or baritone)

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