University Fellows



The Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) manages and co-ordinates the University Learning and Teaching and SOLSTICE Fellowship schemes which are integral to Edge Hill University’s desire to develop and recognise excellence in teaching and learning within the University. The scheme is designed to:

  • enhance learning of students by the dissemination of good practice across the University
  • recognise and support excellence in teaching for learning and learning support activity
  • strengthen the implementation of the University Learning and Teaching Strategy

Fellowships provide an opportunity to achieve personal and professional development and to share good practice across the University and to contribute within a vibrant community to sharing ‘practical examples that work’. This includes contribution to the future direction of learning and teaching strategies and to the expanding base of scholarship of learning and teaching at Edge Hill University.

It is expected that Fellows will demonstrate ongoing commitment to teaching and learning development within the context of University priorities. This will be coupled with taking responsibility related to teaching and learning leadership within their subject, faculty, or service area and at University level.

Scope of the Fellowship Role

Fellowship members contribute to delivery of learning and teaching seminars and the SOLSTICE & CLT conferences which are open to the whole University Academic Staff and are practice-focused and research informed. Both branches of the fellowship have led to reputational gain in the sector through membership of national bodies, practice-based publications and to a small extent, publication in peer-reviewed journals related to learning and teaching.

Fellowship members produce an annual report on their ‘project’ activities and can reapply against the criteria after a tenure of two years. The current fellowship model allows new fellowship members to access up to £1500 for projects where there is a clear focus on outcomes related to the student experience in a rigorous project plan. This may be accessed individually, by pairs or by groups of fellows.

Alongside supporting Faculty/Area/University priorities, each Fellow is expected to follow self-defined lines of development and scholarly activity during their tenure. These will be specified in their application and will be related to the foci specified below and may include references to:

  • the University learning and teaching strategy, or information strategy/e-learning strategy
  • faculty/department/Learning Services/teaching and learning/learning support development
  • An area/areas of interest germane to their individual teaching/learning support practice context

Activity will be supported and monitored by the Dean of Teaching and Learning or his/her designates. There is an expectation that fellows will support institutional staff development dissemination activities, identification of needs, design, and delivery and also engage with the activity of the Centre for Learning and Teaching.

Benefits of being a Fellow

For Fellows this is an opportunity to:

  • gain reward and recognition for your own achievements
  • be involved in an exciting and high profile development that will enhance Edge Hill University’s reputation
  • work with a team of committed professionals who have demonstrated excellence in learning and teaching
  • enhance the student experience via curriculum development, technology, research and scholarship
  • share knowledge, expertise and skills with the higher education sector both in the UK and internationally
  • develop knowledge, skills and abilities in a stimulating and creative environment

Applications, Timescale and Parameters

  • Call for new Fellows: There are two application rounds each academic year. The first opens on 1st May (or nearest working day after), with a deadline of 15th June (or nearest working day after). The second opens on 1st November (or nearest working day after), with a deadline of 15th December (or nearest working day after).
  • Tenure: Fellowships are awarded for two years (1st Aug – 31st July for two years or 1st February – 31st January for two years)
  • Annual Report: Towards the end of the first year of tenure, Fellows must complete an interim review against objectives.  These reports are reviewed the Dean of Learning & Teaching and Associate Deans to ensure maintenance of a level of performance matching the criteria
  • At the end of the 2-year tenure: The title may be retained thereafter and while remaining a member of Edge Hill University staff, subject to making a renewed application every two years

Full details of the application process will be communicated by CLT.  As part of the application process, applicants are advised to meet with the relevant Associate Dean and line manager to discuss their application.  Decisions on applications are made by the Dean of Teaching & Learning Development and Associate Deans/Directors.  Applicants will then be informed of the outcome.


Learning & Teaching Fellows:

Photo of Chris LawtonDr. Chris Lawton

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Chris Lawton

Chris’ Details

The focus of my fellowship is around the impact of ‘quality’ on academic practice. I have previously published on this topic and have undertaken further research around early career academics’ perceptions of ‘quality’ in relation to their teaching practice. With colleagues from the Centre for Learning & Teaching, I had a lead role in redeveloping and delivering Edge Hill’s approach to the induction, training and development of external examiners, and have worked with colleagues across the university on a developmental enquiry into the experience of students on joint honours programmes. I am a member of the Academic Quality Enhancement Committee and represent the Academic Quality & Development Unit on the Graduate School Board of Studies. I have a PhD in Philosophy from Edge Hill and am a member of relevant subject organisations including the AUA (FAUA), Advance HE (FHEA), and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. I was also one of the authors of the QAA’s UK Quality Code (2018) advice and guidance on External Expertise and have presented my work at national and international conferences hosted by organisations including the Northern Universities Consortium (NUCCAT), the Association of University Administrators (AUA), the Academic Registrars’ Council Quality Practitioners’ Group (ARCQPG), and the Higher Education Institutional Research Network (HEIR).

Photo of Tony TurjanskyAnthony Turjansky

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Tony Turjansky

Tony’s Details

My specific focus has been on enhancing student learning opportunities and using national qualification level descriptors and subject benchmarks in designing programme learning outcomes. I had a lead role in developing and implementing Edge Hill’s Taught Degrees Framework and led a working group to formulate Institutional policy on the assessment of students’ academic referencing skills at FHEQ levels 4-7. l  have also chaired several cross-faculty developmental enquiries, the most recent of which concerned the promotion of students’ ‘assessment literacy’, and worked with colleagues in the Centre for Learning and Teaching on developing a Good Practice Knowledgebase. I am a member of the University’s Learning and Teaching Committee and Academic Quality Enhancement Committee and chair the latter’s sub-committees for external examiners and validation and audit, including chairing individual validations and periodic reviews. Externally, I am Deputy Chair of Ascentis, a Lancaster-based Access Validating Agency, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a current QAA reviewer.


Learning & Teaching Fellows:

photo of John BostockDr. John Bostock

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: John Bostock

John’s Details

I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) in 2018 to recognise my commitment to educational development. I am still absolutely overwhelmed and delighted to have achieved this prestigious national award and to represent Edge Hill University as part of a highly regarded national group of colleagues who are making an outstanding impact on higher education.  I gained Senior Fellowship of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SFSEDA) in 2019 and I also secured Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA D4) in 2015 to recognise my longstanding professional interest and investment in linking scholarship with continuing professional development. I continue to lead on university-wide forums and working groups to transform and enhance student learning in a positive way, in particular around inclusive practices and student peer mentoring. These have resulted in a University Student Peer Mentoring Policy and an award-winning approach to Inclusion and Diversity. I also lead a university-wide, collaborative learning and teaching fellowship programme that promotes and maintains a high quality and transformative student experience. I continue to present and disseminate my ideas nationally and internationally. To view my publications and other outputs please visit the University’s research archive.

Linda Marron

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Linda Marron




Dr. Dawne Irving-BellPhoto of Dawne Irving-Bell

Email: Dawne Bell

Dawne’s Details

Dawne’s research interests include the formation of learner identity, with a particular focus on STEM subject disciplines. The Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoTL) and pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching,  including the use of technology (and social media) to engage and enhance learning. She also enjoys lecturing on visual thinking and advocates for technology and design education. Dawne is a member of The Staff and Educational Development Association’s (SEDA) Conference and Events Committee and was recently invited to join the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’s (ISSOTL) Narrative Inquiry Collaborative Writing Group.

Dawne is the Network Lead for the AdvanceHE Connect Social Media for Learning Group, Editor of the Journal of Social Media for Learning and a member of the Scientific Committee for EuroSoTL: Building Communities through the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching. Dawne is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and leads on the University’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching in Higher Education Programme, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education Developing Practice through Pedagogic Research Module.

In her current position Dawne chairs institutional enquiries and leads on university-wide strategies to enhance the student learning experience, including Personal Tutoring and Induction and Transitions.

Click the link to access Dawne’s University page.

To visit Dawne on Twitter: @belld17

Arts and Sciences

Learning & Teaching Fellows:

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Senior Learning & Teaching Fellowship Lead (TEF)
Email: Collette Gavan



Photo of Stephen KellyDr. Stephen Kelly

Senior Learning & Teaching Fellowship Lead (TEF)
Email: Stephen Kelly

Stephen’s Details

Dr Stephen Kelly is currently a Senior Lecturer at Edge Hill University Business School where he teaches and researches in the areas of Strategic Management, Purchasing; Supply Chain Management and Operations Management. Prior to his education career, he worked for over ten years for a number of different high profile global organisations such as Siemens, GEC and the NHS. He has a PhD in Management Science from Lancaster University, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing; Supply (CIPS), a CIPS Assessor, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), an Executive Committee member of the International Purchasing; Supply Education; Research Association (IPSERA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI). He was the co-founder and currently runs the IPSERA annual Educator’s Conference, which brings together participants from all parts of the world and focuses on increasing the impact of research informed teaching from an international perspective. He has a wide range of research interests and has published in the ABS 4-ranked International Journal of Operations; Production Management, as well as two book chapters and over ten conference papers. He has also worked on an EU ERASMUS+ funded project developing a pan-European Purchasing curriculum with the Universities of Mainz, Dortmund, Twente and Lappeenranta.

Photo of Deborah ChirreyDeborah Chirrey

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Deborah Chirrey

Deborah’s Details

Dr Deborah Chirrey is currently Associate Head of the English, History and Creative Writing Department, and her area of responsibility within the Department is teaching, learning and the student experience. In 2014, she was awarded an Edge Hill Student-Led Staff Award for Personal Tutoring, which came as a delightful surprise. As part of her current role, Deborah convenes the Department’s Learning and Teaching Forum, which seeks to ensure that best practice is communicated throughout the EH&CW Department and that innovations in teaching, learning, assessment and student support are disseminated to all colleagues.

Deborah’s research and scholarly interests cover phonetics and phonology; language, gender and sexuality; and forensic linguistics. She has delivered a number of conference papers to professional organisations (for example, IGALA 7 in Brazil and Lavender Languages in Washington DC) and has published scholarly articles in the International journal of sociolinguistics, Discourse processes and The Journal of language and sexuality, among others.

Photo of Linda KayeDr. Linda Kaye

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Linda Kaye

Linda’s Details

My current learning and teaching work involves evaluating Departmental strategies around learning community and peer mentoring. This involves leading on research enquiry and evaluation activities to monitor and disseminate the effectiveness of these L&T strategies. Additionally, I support colleagues through a number of staff development events on issues such as “Handling rejection in academia” and also have an informal mentoring role on Twitter via my blog series, to support colleagues particularly in the early stages of their careers.

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Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Lars McNaughton



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Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Allison Moore



Photo of Andrew WhittleAndrew Whittle

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Andrew Whittle

Andrew’s Details

Simulation as a method of improving the learning and teaching experience.

Andrew is interested in researching the benefits of the use of simulation on the student experience and the benefits of using this type of pedagogy as an assessment tool.

As simulation is a technique that replicates ‘real-world’ activities and provides students with the opportunity to explore their own learning in a controlled safe environment, in high quality simulation learners may become immersed within a given situation or scenario and are able to put emergent skills and knowledge into practice.

Andrew is also interested in developing simulation exercises utilising, the new University ‘Crime House’ facility, that could be used as both formative and summative assessments within modules. The simulation environment will provide the benefit of consistent, constant, and immediate feedback. If the simulation is designed to offer feedback at various points throughout the timeline, students can take the feedback, make corrections, and move forward. The best part of immediate feedback is that it leads to immediate application of knowledge. Application is, like experience, a major component of effective adult learning.

This can then be developed to further expand and research the benefits of cross discipline simulations, an area in which he has done some exploratory work with his colleagues in Health, Paramedic Medicine and the Centre for Learning and Teaching

I recently co-delivered a workshop entitled “Scoping potential future synergies; exploring simulation as pedagogic tool for inter-disciplinary learning” at the Edge Hill University Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) Conference 2018.


Photo of Andrea WrightDr. Andrea Wright

Senior SOLSTICE Fellowship Lead
Email: Andrea Wright

Andrea’s Details

I am keen to help promote good practice in TEL especially in the use of the VLE across the Faculty. Listening to what staff and students really want and need from TEL is essential in making sure that our provision is beneficial and user-friendly for everyone.

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Email: Shirley Hunter-Barnett



Learning & Teaching Fellows:

Photo of Helena KnaptonHelena Knapton

(Learning and Teaching Development Lead FOE)

Email: Helena Knapton

Helena’s Details

Helena has worked across secondary, further and Higher Education settings, with extensive experience as a PGCE Business Education Course Leader.  She is currently co-authoring a text on ‘Teaching Business, Economics and Enterprise Education’ with Jamila Gurjee, a business, law and economics teacher, and has regularly contributed to the ‘Teaching Business and Economics’ journal.

As Learning and Teaching Lead, Helena leads on Faculty wide projects as well as representing and leading on University-wide projects to enhance the student experience.

Her current research interests are around the theme of employability and the engagement and understanding of stakeholders in this, including employers, lecturers and students.

Helena is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education academy.


MA in Education (Educational Leadership) Edge Hill University

PGCE Economics (11-18) Worcester College of Higher Education (Coventry University)

BA (Hons) Theology London Bible College (now London School of Theology)

BA (Hons) Management and Business Studies University of Liverpool

Research Interests

Previous research interests centred on the development of pedagogy that supports the delivery of the Business and Economics curriculum such as problem based learning, BTEC delivery, and the place of Business Links to deliver an outstanding learning experience for business students within 11-19 educational contexts.  The engagement with employers that were integral to these areas of research – both schools/ colleges and ‘business links’ provide the grounding of her research into stakeholder concepts and engagement with employability within an HE context.

Photo of Gordon LaingDr. Gordon Laing

Senior Learning & Teaching Fellowship Lead
Email: Gordon Laing

Gordon’s Details

  • Project has been focused on employability
  • Enhance students’ perceptions of the support provided by the University in relation to improving employability rates at first or second interview;
  • Enhance the relevancy of tasks and activities that help prepare students for job applications and interviews to improve employability rates at first or second interview;
  • Enhance students’ perceptions and expectations required of them in their first year of employment (NQT);
  • Improve the quality and timeliness of ‘employability’ data captured at a programme level;

Development of pre-course ‘employability’ tasks and early student programme learning activities linked applicants / new students’ reflecting upon ‘geographical’ preconceptions of location of first teaching post.

Photo of Carl SimmonsDr. Carl Simmons

Senior Learning and Teaching Fellowship Lead
Email: Carl Simmons

Carl’s Details

Since 2005 I have worked with Edge Hill students to construct learning experiences that build academic and personal skills and extend their aspirations. My approach to teaching and learning has been largely pragmatic – taking a mixture of research evidence about what’s likely to “work”, observing and talking with colleagues, taking risks to try to new approaches and reflecting on student feedback and outcomes. In particular I have been successful in trialling many forms of e-learning informed by my background in computer science, my former role leading E-learning in an FE college and my MSc in E-Learning and subsequent research.

My current research and pedagogy interests include the impact of technology enhanced formative assessment, particularly the development and use of screencast feedback rather than traditional written feedback comments. This appears to have a substantial impact on the quality of tutor feedback, an improvement in trainees use of tutor comments and their perception of the course overall.

I have also recently embarked on a project to examine the role of maker education in schools and the impact that partnerships between maker-entrepreneurs and teachers might have.

My main curriculum areas are Education and Computing and I am co-author of the textbooks Hello App Inventor!: Android programming for kids and he rest of us (2014) and Teaching Computing (2014).

Photo of Nichola GrimshawNichola Grimshaw

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Nichola Grimshaw

Nichola’s Details

My role within the Department of Children, Education and Communities centres on the quality of learning, teaching and assessment across our programmes and my interest focuses as a Learning and Teaching Fellow have grown from that work:

  • students’ perceptions of academic ‘challenge’ in higher education and what often appears to be a very ‘passive’ attitude to learning which contradicts the graduate attributes of independence, curiosity and proactivity;
  • developing approaches to authentic peer review for academic staff;
  • assessment feedback and students’ perceptions of its ‘quality’.

During 2017-18 I will also be involved in a research project in collaboration with Tate Liverpool and Liverpool primary schools – ‘My School is at the Gallery’. This project will explore children’s and teachers’ perceptions of gallery and museum spaces as contexts for learning and aims to develop a pedagogical model for schools’ residencies where classes move their whole curriculum to the gallery for a week.

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Learning and Teaching Fellow
Email: Louise Hawxwell



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Learning and Teaching Fellow
Email: Shirley Hindley



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Learning and Teaching Fellow
Email: Anne McLouglin



Photo of Claire NorcottClaire Norcott

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Claire Norcott

Claire’s Details

I am a Senior lecturer for Primary English in the Department of Children, Education and Communities. In addition, I am the Employability lead and also the Primary Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) lead.

I have a PGCert in Understanding and Managing Children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and am in the final year of study for my Master’s in education.

Currently I am interested in exploring the ways we can support our students who are parents to ensure they are able to engage in University life. I am also keen to research strategies that can promote and develop resilience within our students to ensure they are equipped with the skills to succeed both at University and beyond.

Photo of Sjay Patterson-CravenSjay Patterson-Craven

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Sjay Patterson-Craven

Sjay’s Details

My current role is as the RE PGCE Course Leader, leading and supporting trainee Postgraduate RE teachers to achieve their Postgraduate award and the necessary criteria for QTS. Prior to this, I taught on several non-QTS courses, utilising my expertise and experience gained from my time as Head of Department/Faculty in Secondary schools.

Throughout my teaching career, both in school and HE, I have been committed to supporting students’ success in assessment. Making use of supportive intervention and T&L strategies I am keen to ensure that students can fulfil their academic potential and develop the necessary skills for life-long academic achievement.

In addition to my wider research interest in teacher agency, I am interested in ways in which TEL, assessment literacy strategies and creative approaches to assessment, can all be utilised to ensure that assessment practices are authentic and that assessment criteria is transparent, accessible and able to be utilised effectively by students.

Photo of Natalie ReynoldsNatalie Reynolds

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Natalie Reynolds

Natalie’s Details

Enhancing the learning experience to increase engagement and progress.

Throughout her teaching career, Natalie has incorporated creative and innovative approaches within ‘everyday’ learning in order to foster higher levels of engagement and progress from her learners.

Her current research interests include the experience and engagement of learners on the periphery, and Natalie continues to develop this alongside strategies and approaches to enhance engagement and progress in the work that she undertakes with Postgraduate English trainee teachers.  Natalie is passionate that both learner and tutor should have regular opportunities to incorporate creative approaches into their work to foster and maintain a mutual love of learning.

Photo of Pinar RobinsonPinar Robinson

Learning and Teaching Fellow
Email: Pinar Robinson

Pinar’s Details

I have 13 years’ teaching experience in inner-city London schools where I held senior leadership positions including; mathematics leader, phase leader and assistant headteacher.

I am interested in;

  • Education Policy and Planning
  • Education Management
  • Teaching Principles and Methods
  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Teacher Education

Currently, I am studying a PhD in trainee teachers’ competence and confidence in mathematics teaching. To gain an international perspective into teacher training, I visited 3 university led teacher training schools in Finland and Hungary.

Photo of Rachael Sackville-JonesRachael Sackville-Jones

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Rachael Sackville-Jones

Rachael’s Details

I am a senior lecturer in the Early Years Education and also Inclusion lead for the department.

I have previously worked as an Early Years and primary teacher and also as a Specialist Inclusion teacher for a Local Authority.

I have an MA in Autism Spectrum Conditions in Children and Young People from MMU.

My research interest is Special Educational Needs and Disability and Inclusion, with a particular focus on Autism.

Photo of Justine SmithJustine Smith

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Justine Smith


Justine’s Details

Justine has worked at Edge Hill University since 2013 and within that time has worked across all 3 faculties, teaching modules as diverse as Positive Behaviour Support in the Faculty of Health, Food Technology and Nutrition in the Faculty of Arts and Science and is the Early Career Teaching (NQT) CDP Secondary Lead in the Faculty of Education.

Coming from a background in Secondary School Teaching, Justine has worked within the Secondary and FET Department of FoE as the PGCE D&T Course Leader and now a Senior Lecturer in FET. Her interests lie in teaching within diverse learning environments and the behavioural impacts on students, pastoral and personal tutoring, and how being an effective reflective practitioner aids student/ trainee progression. She is also looking at CPD opportunities for recently qualified trainee teachers within Secondary and Further Education Training linking to the Governments Early Career Framework (2019) and the development opportunities that this can bring.

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Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Mike Stoddart



Photo of Dawn WarrenDawn Warren

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Dawn Warren

Dawn’s Details

Effective personal and academic tutoring is a highly recognised inclusive and supportive system, which plays an important role in a student’s transitional experience into HE, and throughout their higher education experience. Substantial research evidence supports the view that challenging students to make the most of their abilities and to empower students to shape their own learning, is a crucial part of the role of the personal tutor.  I am particularly interested in supporting academic transitions through personal academic tutoring; aligning, developing and further enhancing academic and learning literacy opportunities across programmes and levels to support key moments of academic transition, and in doing so, fostering independent and academically robust learners.

Photo of Annabel YaleAnnabel Yale

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Annabel Yale

Annabel’s Details

My main research interest is the first year student experience of personal tutoring and I completed my PhD in June 2018 on this. My findings offer further support for the difference a personal tutor can make to students, particularly through the first year challenges of negotiating independence. Personal Tutoring is positively linked to many student outcomes, for example, an increase in academic ability which contributes to successful transition (Brinkworth et al., 2009), higher academic self-concept and motivation (Cokely, 2000), and improved retention (Thomas, 2012). I am therefore fully committed to improving the student experience of personal tutoring and building the confidence and competence of personal tutors themselves.  I am currently working on a funded project which extends my research to a wider sample and includes both the personal tutor perspective and first year students.

Photo of Sarah WrightSarah Wright

Senior SOLSTICE Fellowship Lead
Email: Sarah Wright

Sarah’s Details

Sarah has a strong interest in innovation in teaching and learning in higher education.  This has seen her develop projects on the use of social media and online teaching, as well as lecture engagement and seminar design.  Sarah is an Apple Distinguished Educator and enjoys collaborating with a global network of educators, reflecting on research informed pedagogies which she can disseminate within the University.

Sarah is a TES columnist contributing on a range of educational issues and sits on the Board of Management for NAACE, the national association for educational; technology.

Sarah’s role within the CLT team focuses on the TEF, where she is committed to capturing the excellent practice that occurs within her Faculty and empowering the student voice.

Photo of Mark AndertonMark Anderton

Email: Mark Anderton

Mark’s Details

  • Mark has always had a passion for technology and mathematics and was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship by Nord Anglia Education PLC (DfE) to carry out some research into the impact of technology in relation to developing and challenging learning.
  • In addition to this, he has also been involved with the development of Educational Studies from a technology perspective, in association with Oxford University and Intel, in relation to the benefits of using technology within the classroom. This was then rolled out to other educational establishments within the area in order to develop further effective strategies.
  • Since joining the University, Mark’s research project has been focused on the impact of technology on mathematics, specifically; “In how far does technology (iPads) enhance subject knowledge within mathematics?
  • Mark is currently involved in how this research can and is supporting/enhancing modules across a number of undergraduate degree programmes and subsequently is an area which he is very interested in publishing within.

Photo of Claire HawkinsClaire Hawkins

Email: Claire Hawkins


Claire’s Details

I have an interest in developing blended and online approaches for learning and teaching. I have prior experience of designing and implementing online learning using Blackboard, from my experience in the Secondary Department in FoE. I have an MA E-learning and PhD TEL and E-research.

I have experience of productively using tools on Blackboard, some of which can be problematic for engagement, e.g. discussion boards. Being clear about our rationale for using these tools and how students’ own engagement with them supports their learning, can help to increase engagement. I am looking forward to exploring the pedagogical benefits of these tools further.

The level of support we offer students as they transition is important. In 2020/21 students will need to adapt to learning in HE, while also learning how to learn online. Existing students will need to adapt to predominantly online and blended learning requiring more independence and resilience. I look forward to exploring how we can support students to do this effectively.

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Email: Dawn Hewitson



Health and Social Care

Learning & Teaching Fellows:

Photo of Toni BewleyToni Bewley

Senior Learning & Teaching Fellowship Lead (TEF)
Email: Toni Bewley

Toni’s Details

Service User and Carer involvement is a mandatory part of professional undergraduate programmes. As such it is a requirement of many professional bodies including those representing nursing, midwifery, paramedics, operating department practitioners and social workers.

Since 2015, I have been the Chair of the Service User and Carer Council and Group in the Faculty of Health and Social Care.

As a Teaching and Learning Fellow my project aims to address the integration of Service Users and Carers across all professional and non-professional programmes in the Faculty of Health and Social Care.

The proposed project objectives are as follows

  • Implement a Service User and Carer Strategy across the FOHSC
  • Introduce strategies for teaching staff to develop inclusive practices which embrace ways of including Service Users and Carers within their programmes
  • Evaluate the impact of Service User and Carer input into curricula from teaching staff, Service Users and Carers and Students.

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Senior Learning & Teaching Fellowship Lead
Email: Elizabeth Cooper



Photo of Peter LeadbetterDr. Peter Leadbetter

Senior Learning & Teaching Fellowship Lead (TEF)
Email: Peter Leadbetter

Peter’s Details

As a Senior Learning & Teaching Fellow (TEF), my aim is to develop and support projects and initiatives within the Faculty that support our vision to maintain teaching excellence (TEF Gold). Central to this role is supporting and leading projects that enhance the “student experience”.

My research aligns to this aim, as I am currently involved in funded pedagogic research that includes understanding the impact of visiting course related sites (such as Auschwitz) on student’s emotional development and group identity. This role also directly aligns to my new role in the Faculty as Postgraduate Research Student Teaching & Learning lead.

Photo of Anna BussuAnna Bussu

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Anna Bussu

Anna’s Details

Dr Anna Bussu BSc (Hons), Ma, Med,  MSc,  Ph.D., MBPsS CPsychol, FHEA
Lecturer in the Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour

As a Teaching and Learning Fellow, my aim is to develop and support projects and initiatives within the Faculty that support our vision to maintain teaching excellence (TEF Gold) and to promote student retention. I would like to develop projects that enhance the “student experience” in the areas of peer mentoring and outdoor experience in order to develop the active learning and skills development of students. I would like to work collaboratively with the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) along with the Learning and teaching fellows in my Faculty and other Faculties in order to promote useful activities that support students and colleagues. I would also like to disseminate teaching and e-learning strategies among colleagues. My action plan includes two action research projects: (1) peer mentoring and (2) the impact/evaluation of a course related holocaust visit (and teaching) on students’ emotional intelligence and social relational life skills.

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Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Eleanor Fenney



Photo of Jayne GarnerJayne Garner

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Jayne Garner


Jayne’s Details

As a Learning and Teaching Fellow, my aim is to enhance, share and develop our student support services. I am keen to further explore what support our students need and require, and how we can best tailor our provision to address this. A range of issues such as relationships on campus and online with peers and staff, addressing anxieties in the campus and virtual classroom and managing expectations as regards clinical placement are some challenges I hope to address. It is also important to acknowledge what struggles students have experienced managing their own learning and understanding how their motivations may have changes and fears they may have about working in frontline health care. Specifically during my Fellowship tenure I hope to:

  • Conduct research investigating student experience and support following lockdown.
  • Create resources with students such as pod casts, checklists and Q&A sessions to ensure we understand and address their issues or concerns.
  • Produce guidance and training for staff to help them support students and prompt any concerns or issues.

I look forward to working with colleagues in the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT), Central Services and the Learning and Teaching Fellows across Faculties to enhance our student support services and share this with other staff.

Photo of Andrew KirkAndrew Kirk

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Andrew Kirk

Andrew’s Details

Since becoming a Teaching and Learning Fellow I have focused on a number of small projects to enhance the student experience. I am a firm believer in active learning and have developed a number of methods and strategies within the paramedic curriculum that I have also disseminated across the wider faculty, to good effect. Students enjoy active learning and always feedback very positively when these methods are incorporated into lessons.

Simulation based learning is another area of focus and is crucial in order to help bridge the theory-practice gap that exists in health and social care programmes. I have helped integrate a range of innovative technologies and strategies to simulation based learning in the paramedic programme. This has been expanded across professional boundaries and inter-professional collaboration with the midwifery department has enabled students from two programmes to work together in real-time simulations.

Internationalisation is another key focus of mine and I am exploring strategies to enhance the integration of both EHU and international students into respective programmes in the UK and abroad.

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Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: David Lawson



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Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Deborah Mayne-Semple



Photo of Helen McNeillHelen McNeill

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Helen McNeilll

Helen’s Details

My Learning and Teaching Fellowship is focussed on enhancing the learning experience for part-time Postgraduate Taught (PGT) students in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine. The students I work with are healthcare professionals from a diverse range of clinical settings who undertake postgraduate studies for professional development and career advancement. These students face the challenge of balancing postgraduate academic study with demanding professional roles in healthcare and medicine and it is essential that curriculum design and delivery is flexible and tailored specifically to their needs.

The strategic importance and growth in numbers of PGT students in this university must be embraced as an opportunity. My project will focus on:

  • Enhancing student success through carefully designed teaching strategies used in online/blended learning environments to ensure that we motivate early online engagement and sustain this momentum throughout the duration of students’ PGT studies.
  • Creating a ‘community of practice’ for colleagues with the shared aim of delivering excellent teaching and learner support for PGT students.
  • Engaging with the scholarship of learning and teaching to explore ‘what works’ for PGT students.

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Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Charlotte Moen



Photo of Sameera Naz-ThomasSameera Naz-Thomas

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Sameera Naz-Thomas


Sameera’s Details

My interest focuses on student induction experiences and their transition into higher education, to provide a supportive role to integrating students onto the Operating Department Practice Programme. As a Learning and Teaching Fellow I aim to formulate engaging study skills to support students transition into undergraduate learning in their first year. I have already collaborated with Learning Services to develop a bespoke study skills package. 

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Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Paul Rawling



Photo of Alexandra SwiftAlexandra Swift

Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Alexandra Swift

Alexandra’s Details

The overarching aim of my learning and teaching fellowship is to embed creative arts within nursing and health education. Arts based pedagogy can help learners value the uniqueness of another person, develop their own self knowing, promote critical thinking and remind us that caring is more than just a set of tasks (Jack, 2016) My current focus is to employ creative arts to strive to diminish the taboo surrounding death and dying, and to encourage greater openness amongst student nurses and nurse lecturers about this sensitive topic.

The recent All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report on Arts health and wellbeing released July 2017 also emphasises how arts engagement has a role to play in the self-care of health and social care professionals (APPG, 2017) Utilising arts based pedagogy will, therefore, also assist in fostering resilience and well-being amongst healthcare students when dealing with the many complexities associated with end of life care.

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Learning & Teaching Fellow
Email: Richard Williams




Photo of Kevin HenshawKevin Henshaw

Senior Solstice Fellowship Lead
Email: Kevin Henshaw

Kevin’s Details

I believe that the growth in digital technology can help to provide opportunities to support students and colleagues on many levels of teaching and learning. As part of my role as the Senior SOLSTICE Fellowship Lead, I actively embrace new technologies and Practices. I aim to promote those technologies that will enrich pedagogical practice. My foci of research includes the use of digital recordings to enhance feedback for ‘soft skills’ such as presentations and simulated clinical scenarios.

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Email: Sarah Crosby



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Email: Chris Keily



Photo of John MorganJohn Morgan

Email: John Morgan


John’s Details

I have been working collaboratively with the institutions Digital Learning Manager and Learning Technologists at identifying, mapping and embedding digital capabilities within the new portfolio of recently validated professional programmes within the Department of Nursing and Midwifery Education. This has involved the development of a TEL strategy which was commended as the Nursing programmes validation event. I have also developed a digital capability curriculum mapping tool, based on the JISC capability framework for learners, which maps the JISC learner profiles against academic levels within undergraduate nursing. As part of my SOLSTICE fellowship, my aim is to continue my work on mapping and then monitoring how digital capabilities are embedded and monitored within the portfolio of programmes within the department.

I have also led, departmentally on the development of a ‘new look’, standardised, departmental VLE for the portfolio of nursing programmes within the department. The aim of this development is to ensure that the use of the VLE is maximised to support teaching, learning and assessment within a ‘Year of Study’ approach to programme delivery. This has led to the development of a contemporary looking VLE which maximises the use of the existing available functions in order to enhance teaching. Learning and assessment within a virtual platform. The work undertaken has been in collaboration with senior SOLSTICE fellows from within the institution, the institutions Digital Learning Manager and Learning Technologists along with the Programme Development Team for the new programmes within the department. My SOLSTICE fellowship will allow me to continue my work on the development of the departmental VLE for Years of Study. I would like to develop strategies which support staff in using and engaging with the VLE as a tool in order to enhance teaching, learning and assessment using the VLE.


Photo of Nicola RelphNicola Relph

Email: Nicola Relph


Nicola’s Details

As a SOLSTICE Fellow, my intended aim is to support staff in moving towards a blended learning approach to delivery using technology enhanced teaching methods. I will provide development sessions to staff that outline the capabilities of the University’s technology platforms including Panopto, Collaborate and Blackboard.  I have used Collaborate to teach students on a blended learning programme and completed assessed student presentations in this environment. I would like to develop the area of using online tools for assessments across the Department. I can reflect on my previous online teaching experience to influence learners positively in their potentially new online learning environment. I have explored different methods to engage students and consider the social, cognitive and teaching presences, following the work on the “Community of Inquiry” by Fiock (2020). I look forward to working with staff and students in my fellowship role.

FIOCK, H. 2020. Designing a Community of Inquiry in Online Courses. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. 21(1), 1-19.

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Email: Liam Southern



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Email: Eoanna Stathopoulous



Learning Services

Learning & Teaching Fellow:

Photo of Louise SpeakmanLouise Speakman

Learning and Teaching Fellow

Email: Louise Speakman

Louise’s Details

An Academic Librarian by profession working as Academic Skills Advisor within Library and Learning Services at Edge Hill University with extensive experience in education. I have worked across many education sectors including prisons, schools, health, FE and HE.

Working in these sectors I am passionate about the impact of the service and my current research interests are around the value and impact of Uniskills and the relevance of Community of Practice for professionals, exploring what students and staff say.

Uniskills is a package of workshops, online resources, embedded classroom sessions and face to face support to help students develop a range of essential academic skills throughout their time at University.  There is no clear evidence of the value and impact of the Uniskills packages, yet our provision of academic skills support has a key role in the retention of students.  The work academic libraries undertake contributes directly to the institutional overall strategic development and equips students with life learning skills for academia and employability.

To encourage the collaborative teaching practice in Library and Learning Services I have initiated and developed an internal Community of Practice (CoP) group for the Student Engagement Team to share resources and discuss academic skills as practitioners. The creation of the CoP is a new approach for colleagues to share, develop and collaboratively enhance teaching.

I am an active member of the Northern Collaboration Value and Impact group and The User Experience group.  Both groups explore initiatives that demonstrate the value and impact of learning services that work towards institutional goals and sector wide rankings and assessments. Identifying impact is challenging; it is multi-dimensional and the context needs to have the same meaning for all involved, therefore the framework used for learning services would need to be adapted for other departments.

Fellow of the HEA.


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Email: Martin Baxter


Photo of Peter BeaumontPeter Beaumont


Email: Peter Beaumont

Peter’s Details

I am a Learning Technologist working in the Learning Technology Development team, acting as the team contact for FHSCM. My role primarily involves working with academic staff to give advice on the use educational technologies including the University’s online learning environment, to design and deliver sessions and create online resources to introduce staff and student to aspects of technology enhanced learning, and to help resolve problems that occur.

Recently I have been working on a VLE review and am interested in looking at how possible future learning environments might meet the needs of teachers and learners. Over the last few years I’ve done staff development sessions on, and supported staff use voting systems and interaction apps in the classroom, and I am interested in looking at how these may work differently within online and blended learning. As part of my PGCTLHE I did some research on barriers to learning technology adoption, as one way of looking at our role is seeing it as helping to remove these barriers. I would also be interested in looking how the recent move to more online activities has impacted academic staff perspectives on barriers to adoption, and how the changes impact the support they need from Learning Technologists in overcoming the barriers.

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Email: Adrian Cain


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Email: Carol Chatten


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Email: Sonia Edwards


Photo of Laura RiellaLaura Riella


Email: Laura Riella

Laura’s Details

As the Digital Capabilities Coordinator at Edge Hill University, I act as a specialist member of staff within Library & Learning Services to coordinate a diverse programme of staff development. My role centres around supporting and developing staff’s digital skills, ensuring that staff at Edge Hill feel confident and knowledgeable about using a range of technologies. A Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator and Apple Teacher, I support new developments, strategies and activities across the University regarding digital advancements in teaching and learning. I regularly attend internal committees, departmental meetings and strategy groups in order to provide expertise relating to learning technologies, seeking to ultimately support staff in enhancing their online learning and teaching methods for students.

As a SOLSTICE Fellow my project aims to develop e-learning packages for staff, aimed at supporting digital transformation, staff confidence and digital skills. The e-learning staff development packages aim to upskill and enhance staff’s digital skills, whilst striving to motivate, empower and support staff with using new technologies. Using a practice informed approach, they will be key in supporting staff to adapt their working practices, i.e. moving teaching, learning and student support online.

The proposed project objectives are as follows:

  • To design, develop and disseminate e-learning packages focused on upskilling staff’s digital skills, digital proficiency and confidence
  • To provide a greater awareness of digital pedagogies, blended learning approaches and TEL
  • To provide models/examples of good professional practice and teaching and learning within the workplace
  • To increase the visibility of Library & Learning Services staff development offer and work in collaboration with other departments
  • To disseminate good practice and diverse teaching methods

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Email: Mike Robinson


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Email: Mark Wilcock