The Blue Angel has been adapted to script form by Piers Britton and was used as the basis of a course at the University of Redlands in Southern California in 2007. On 29 April 2016, Hoad admitted in an interview on Manchester's All FM to having very limited involvement in the writing of the novel, and stated that his role was largely limited to proof reading.
Hoad is also an occasional journalist having written for a variety of print and online media in the UK such as The Guardian, The Times, the Times Higher Education Supplement and The Independent newspapers and the British Council among others. Hoad is currently working on a biography of television presenter Lorne Spicer.
Hoad has built a career managing representative organisations within the education sector most recently as chief executive officer of the British Educational Research Association (BERA). This role entailed the management and administration of an eminent UK charity in the field of education research. Hoad played a leading role in building links with partners across the UK in government and other stakeholders and represented the organisation both nationally and internationally in Europe, Australia, Asia and the USA. In his time at BERA Hoad worked to create a new global organisation for education research (World Educational Research Association) and jointly led a Framework 7 European project (EERQI) as well as advising on the good governance and management of BERA as a national charity including the recruiting new staff for BERA and establishing a new office located in London in partnership with the Institute of Education, University of London.
He was General Secretary of the National Postgraduate Committee (1998–2000) and dramatically changed the profile and standing of the organisation, building links across the university sector and contributing to many policy papers and discussions. He wrote the NPC Postgraduate Resource Folder with Ewan Gillon as an evolving resource for postgraduate students, students' unions and others interested in the support and management of graduate education. The Folder provides detailed information on postgraduate choices including funding, types of degrees and reasons why people undertake postgraduate study. Advice on areas such as establishing postgraduate societies and identifying ways in which institutions can provide better provision is also included. In addition to new information, the Folder also acts as a central reference source for any postgraduate activity and information and presents responses to various policy reviews which affect postgraduate life such as the Harris and Dearing Reviews. A comprehensive listing of publications that may be of use to postgraduates is also provided.
As Executive Officer of the Association of Heads of University Administration (2001–2005) his knowledge and experience of the higher education sector in the UK is wide-ranging. This role focussed on higher education management and governance, working with the heads of university administration (typically known as University Registrars and Secretaries) across the UK.
His move into education management followed a period of academic training and research in the social sciences and human geography having studied at the University of Oxford, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the University of Edinburgh. He has taught and lectured at both Napier University and the University of Edinburgh while studying for a PhD in human geography (not submitted).
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- Brown, Chris (28 October 1999). "Post Graduate Listings: Charting the right course – A postgraduate degree can improve your career prospects or just expand your horizons". The Independent. London. p. 19.