About

David Mossley BA(hons), MPhil, PhD, MBA, MCMI, AFHEA taught philosophy at the University of Durham and Birkbeck College, University of London before joining the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies in 2001. The Centre was part of the Higher Education Academy and promoted developments in learning and teaching and staff development in higher education. He was Centre Manager there and worked with colleagues across the UK managing high-profile projects, including work on ethics in applied contexts. He later worked at the Higher Education Academy in York as Senior Advisor for all subject centres and as Academic Lead for On-Line Learning and for Open Education leading multiple development projects and programmes across the UK. He holds four degrees, including a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Durham and an MBA from the Open University. He is a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner in Project Management, and holds data analysis and other management qualifications.

David led a successful multi-million-pound project in the development of open practice and open resources in higher education across the UK.

David is an experienced manager with a particular insight into the processes, pressures and problems of change management where the values of organisations may be most severely tested. He has worked on the restructuring of a nationally distributed organisation while supporting staff using action learning.

His previous consultancy work involved clients across the UK, helping to improve the way large organisations think about their needs, processes and systems in contexts that are ethically demanding.

He has published on a number of education topics, the environment and philosophy (see below). He occasionally writes fiction.

He is currently a civil servant.

He is also a trustee and board member of Rochdale Mind, the mental health charity.


When not at work, David enjoys photography, writing fiction, and running marathons very slowly (perhaps ‘enjoys’ isn’t the right word for that). You can find more about his self-published fiction on Amazon


Selected Professional Publications

MOSSLEY, D. 2017b. ‘Bashō, 1644–94’ in Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment. (2nd edn.) Eds. PALMER, Joy A., COOPER, David E. London: Routledge.

MOSSLEY, D. 2017a, Reflecting on threshold concepts: an introductory tool https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/reflecting-threshold-concepts-introductory-tool Higher Education Academy.

MOSSLEY, D. 2016, Retention and attainment across the disciplines: Philosophy and Religious Studies https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resource/retention-and-attainment-across-disciplines-philosophy-and-religious-studies Higher Education Academy.

SAUNDERS, C., MOSSLEY, D., MACDONALD ROSS, G., LAMB, D. & CLOSS, J. 2013a. Doing Philosophy: a practical guide for students. 2nd edn. London, Bloomsbury.

MOSSLEY, D. 2013b. ‘Open Educational Resources and Open Education’ in New to Teaching Toolkit. http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/new-to-teaching/oer/introduction Higher Education Academy (accessed Nov 2013).

MOSSLEY, D. & SAUNDERS, C. 2013c. ‘A revolution in philosophy teaching?’ The Philosophers’ Magazine 3rd quarter, 40-45.

MOSSLEY, D. & SMITH, S. 2010. A Guide to Buddhism. Leeds: The Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies.