Professor Mark E. Allinson
Head of Academic Practice


Professional Biography

Professor Allinson is Head of Academic Practice at Regent’s. His role is to support academics to enhance their professional practice in both teaching and research. He designs Central University policy and processes on research, working with the faculty and Institute Research Leaders in their work to promote disciplinary research. He leads on institutional learning and teaching strategy and is the programme leader for the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and the Regent's Effective Academic Practice (REAP) professional recognition scheme for fellowships of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He leads a team of seconded staff who support educational projects across the University, such as the Personal Tutor programme, Assessment and Feedback Framework, online tutor development, Graduate Attributes and Digital Literacy. He works closely with the learning technology team and with Learning and Development in planning training and development opportunities for academics. He is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and in 2016, was appointed by HEFCE as an assessor for the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) He also works internally as a leadership coach and externally as a counsellor.

Before his current role, Professor Allinson was Associate Dean for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Regent’s, overseeing the validation of eleven new programmes in the faculty. Before that, he was Professor at Leicester. At the start of his career, he founded the Department of Hispanic Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.


  • MA in Higher Education, University of Westminster, (with Distinction), 2016       
  • PG Cert in Leadership Coaching, Institute of Leadership and Management, 2015
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Mary Ward Centre, London (CPCAB), 2009
  • PG Diploma in Media Studies (Film), Birkbeck College, London / British Film Institute, 1999
  • PhD “Metatheatre in Spain: 1900-1936”, University of Leeds, 1995
  • BA (Hons) in Spanish language and literature with French. Class I, University of Leeds, 1990

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2008-2013: Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Regent’s University London
  • 2004-2008: Head of the School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester.
  • 1994-2003: Lecturer in Spanish Studies (Senior Lecturer from 1/8/01), Royal Holloway, University of London.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Accredited Mediator

Teaching & Course Development

Professor Allinson currently teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, on the MA in Creative Leadership, and as a team facilitator on the University-wide Global Perspectives module for undergraduates.

He has extensive experience of course design, most recently in leading the PGCHE development.


Research Supervision

Professor Allinson supervises students on the MA Creative Leadership programme. He has experience at other universities of supervising research students to PhD completion.

He is able to supervise students in higher education studies, on the professional development of academic staff and on curriculum design. He has a particular interest in interactive learning and simulations.


He has extensive experience of external examining at Queen Mary, University of London, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, University of Durham, University of Stirling, University of Newcastle, University College, London and Birkbeck, London.

He is currently External Adviser for the Fellowship Accredited CPD scheme at London Metropolitan University.

Research Interests

Current interests converge around pedagogy, creativity and leadership. Professor Allinson is currently involved in two projects in pedagogic research. The first is a phenomenological study of the experience of postgraduate participants in an extended leadership simulation. And the second is a case study about the Regent’s project to introduce a common module for all first-year undergraduate students.

His PhD and earliest publications were on theatre and his interests moved towards cinema and cultural studies in the 1990s. Where his initial interests were in Modernism and self-consciousness in drama, he extended this to film studies and developed new interests in more general cultural studies, including youth culture and music. Retraining in film studies informed an approach to Spanish cinema which endeavours to counter its construction as marginal to world cinema. Research into cinema has fed into and indeed, reflected the needs of student learning, culminating in a student textbook.

Another area of interest is the pedagogical use of simulations for languages, which led to the publication of a second textbook in 2002.


‘Mimesis and Diegesis: Almodóvar and the Limits of Melodrama’ in All About Almodóvar: A Passion for Cinema, eds Brad Epps and Despina Kakoudaki. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2009, pp. 141-65.

‘Almodóvar en el teatro y el teatro en Almodóvar: melodrama y tragedia’ in Escenarios compartidos: cine y teatro en España en el umbral del siglo XX. Vienna and Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2009, pp.161-170.

Spanish Cinema: A Student’s Guide. (with Barry Jordan), London: Arnold, 2005, 229pp.

‘Todo sobre mi madre / All About My Mother’ in The Cinema of Spain and Portugal. Ed. Alberto Mira. London and New York: Wallflower Press, 2005.

Un laberinto español. Las películas de Pedro Almodóvar. Madrid: Ocho y Medio, 2003, 347pp. (Updated, Spanish version of previous book.)

‘Hablando se entiende la gente’: las simulaciones como método para re-enfocar y reanimar la clase de español avanzado’ in Donaire, Num. 19, June 2003.

¡Te toca!: A New Communicative Spanish Course (In collaboration with Richard Pym). London: Arnold, 2002, 285pp.

‘Alaska: star of stage and screen and optimistic punk’ in Identity in Twentieth Century Spain: Theoretical Debates and Cultural Practice, ed. Jo Labanyi. Oxford University Press, 2002, pp.222-36.

A Spanish Labyrinth: The films of Pedro Almodóvar.  London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2001, 258pp.

‘Is the auteur dead? The case of Juanma Bajo Ulloa’ in International Journal of Iberian Studies. Vol. 15. Num. 3, 2001.

 ‘The Construction of Youth in Spain in the 1980s and 1990s’ in Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies eds Barry Jordan and Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas. London: Edward Arnold, 2000, pp.265-73

‘Comedia sin público: Metatheatre, Action and Reaction in Lorca's Comedia sin título’ Modern Language Review (October, 2000).

 ‘Pilar Miró’s last two films: history, adaptation and genre’ in Spanish Cinema: Calling the Shots, eds Rob Rix and Roberto Rodríguez-Saona, Leeds Iberian Papers, 1999, pp. 33-45.

‘Not Natural Born Killers, Not Matadors: Violence in three films by young Spanish directors’ Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, LXXXIV (1997), pp. 315-330

‘Lorca and Pirandello and not Unamuno’ for Tesserae: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1997, pp. 5-14.

Conference Papers Given

06/10   ‘The return of the actresses: Almodóvar’s Volver’, NECS Conference, King’s College, London.

04/07   ‘Tragedy and Melodrama in Almodóvar’s Talk to Her’, German Association of Hispanists Conference, Dresden, Germany.

11/06   ‘The future as seen from the past: film trailers’, Hispanic Cinemas Conference, New York, USA.

06/06   ‘Almodóvar and the limits of melodrama’ at Cinema in Europe conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

09/04   ‘Tailored trailers: Spanish cinema trailers in the DVD age’, ACIS, University of Limerick, Ireland.

11/03   ‘Manual de aprendizaje: el uso de la cámara desde Pepi, Luci, Bom… hasta Hable con ella’ International Almodóvar conference in Cuenca, Spain.

05/00   “Hispanism and Literary Studies in the UK and Spain”, University of Almería, Spain.