Before coming to Canada, Prof. Hall had twenty-three years of experience teaching at university level at King's College London (KCL), where he consistently received good student evaluations of his teaching. His broad educational background has enabled him to teach topics ranging from microprocessors to quantum mechanics. He has developed all his own courses, organised and delivered intensive courses for industry on 'Optical Information Processing' and for schoolteachers on 'A-level Electronics', as well as delivered internal workshops on microprocessors and has organised a number of staff training events. He has also brought an international dimension to his teaching activities through participation in the European programs ERASMUS, a student exchange network, and SOCRATES, an education network for European cooperation and mobility.
He initiated the setting up of a 'Teaching Innovations Task Force' in the Division of Engineering and a whole staff away-day devoted to raising standards of achievement. A new student-centred focus to the staff's teaching activity became apparent. Both of these innovations were mentioned in dispatches in the HEFCE teaching quality audit (TQA) of the Department of Electronic Engineering.
He has participated in curriculum development in both Physics (Teaching Committee, new MSci degree and a new MSc) and Engineering (a new MEng Degree), and contributed towards the preparations for a HEFCE QA assessment through my membership of a TQA task force. The Electronic Engineering courses are accredited by the IEE and an industrial advisory panels is consulted on curriculum development.
In 1996-1997 as the Chair of the sub-board of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Examiners, he introduced measures to ensure the quality and smooth running of the examination process from paper preparation to marks compilation. Much of the administrative work was successfully transferred from academics to the office and registry deadlines were met for the first time in years.
He was also a member of the School of Physical Sciences and Engineering Academic Policy Committee (APC), -the front line of the KCL's Course Approval and Review System (CARS)-, and curriculum design and development received a TQA score of 4/4.
Additionally, he was the External Examiner of the MSc. in Laser Communications at Essex University from 1994/95 to 1998/99.
Undergraduate Teaching (MEng., BEng., BSc.)
Postgraduate Teaching (MSc.)