A cup of tea with…Rick Millican


For the next of our series, we go for a cup of tea with one of the School of Education team from the University of Gloucestershire. Today we have a cuppa and natter with Rick Millican.


Hi, how are you? How do you like your tea?

I’m fine thanks and am appreciating the sun that’s currently streaming through my office window!! Don’t mind if I do – black please, or herbal (mint or turmeric?)

I didn’t even know that tumeric tea existed! Every day’s a school day…

What is your role within the School of Education?

I am course leader for the BA (Hons) Education, but also get involved in other things like researching, writing and project work.

What does your typical day involve?

Not sure I have a typical day as they are all different! However, they are usually a mixture of teaching, meetings with students, marking, preparing lectures, answering emails, planning for the next semester/year/course and meeting with colleagues. I am also involved in an Education for Sustainability project which sometimes means I get to travel and meet with European colleagues. Oh and somehow I’m also trying to squeeze in some writing!

How long have you been working at the University of Gloucestershire and what attracted you to the role?

I can’t believe it’s 10 years! Lots of things attracted me – the variety, the challenge of the job, the opportunities it might bring and the environment.

Richard Millican University of Gloucestershire

Would you like a biscuit? Custard cream?

No thanks, unless you have any flapjacks??

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?

Lots of things! For example, hiking, cycling, travel, playing badminton and playing the guitar.

What is the best thing about working in the School of Education?

I am lucky to have a great bunch of colleagues who are very committed, intellectually stimulating, supportive and a lot of fun! I also enjoy getting to know and working with the students.

Is that the time? Let’s go for dinner. Where do you recommend we go?

Preferably somewhere small, independent and with a good vegan option?

We’ll do a quick Google and let you know!


Rick Millican is course leader for BA (Hons) Education.