Gillian Pye



Name: Gillian Pye
Department: Children, Education and Communities
Current position: Programme Leader: BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning & Child Development
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


  • Programme Leader: BA Hons. Teaching, Learning & Child Development, Edge Hill University 2014 – present
  • Programme Leader: BA Hons. Teaching, Learning & Mentoring Practice (FT & PT), Edge Hill University 2012-2016
  • Senior Lecturer: Undergraduate Professional Education, Edge Hill University February – August 2012
  • Assistant Headteacher: Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Abraham Guest Sports College 2006 – 2012
  • Head of History: Abraham Guest Sports College 1990 – 2006
  • Head of Social & Community Studies, Abraham Guest Sports College 1987 – 1990
  • Teacher of History in 2 Secondary Schools: 1983-1987
  • Classroom teacher in 2 Primary schools: 1981 – 1983


  • MA in Education (Dist), Edge Hill University 2012
  • PGCE Primary & Middle Years, Didsbury College Manchester 1981
  • BA Hons. History & Politics, Sunderland University 1980

Interests and Achievements


  • The planning and development of outstanding teaching and learning
  • Assessment, including feedback and feed-forward models
  • Peer mentoring
  • Induction into and transition within HE
  • Consultancy work for Alite Ltd. (2003-20012) delivering Learn to Learn Programme across North west schools, with my work featuring in Smith, A (2009) Learning to Learn in Practice, Crownhouse Publishing
  • Qualifications & Assessment Authority (QAA 1996) writing of non-statutory History assessment tasks


  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy 2017
  • University Learning & Teaching Fellow 2017-19
  • Member of Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Winner of University Course Team of the Year 2016-17



Gillian is a passionate advocate for evidence-based practice in her teaching and her research.  She seeks to conduct research that will impact positively on current and future students. She believes that students should be active participants in her research, as well as ambassadors for the impact of that research.

Gillian has a number of research interests.  Her Masters Dissertation focused on the benefit of peer mentoring in higher education in raising self-efficacy of student and the demystification of academia.  This has resulted in the formation of a university wide peer mentoring network and presentation at several university conferences.

Gillian is currently working on a research project, Culture, Critique, Feed-Forward (CCFF) model, centred on higher education student engagement with feedback and feed-forward, outlined in a currently unpublished paper – Pye, G. 2015. Feedback or Feed-Forward? Semantics or significant discourse around student engagement with their assessment processes.   The work focuses on unpacking the assessment processes for students and encourages their engagement with tutor feed-forward to self-regulate their learning.  Interim results show success amongst those students engaging well with the process. This project is currently running until December 2018.

Gillian is also involved with a research project on Supporting Transitions and Transitions for students. Future work in this area has already been planned with a project in conjunction with Learning Services, filming sections of her introduction to HE Study Skills booklet to encourage new students to engage fully with this process before Frist Induction Week.  The same study skills work is being used to establish a face to face research project, initially with Hefce and ITE undergraduate students.  The analysis of the results of this research in the building of mental toughness (Clough & Strycharczyk, 2014) and academic and personal resilience is an exciting prospect for her team and her students.

Gillian is a member of the Edge Hill University Research Network Group

Published work:

Pye, G., Williams, S., and Dunne, L. (2016) ‘Student Academic Mentoring (SAM): peer support and undergraduate study’. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education ISSN: 1759-667X Special Edition: Academic Peer Learning, Part Two, April 2016.

Knowledge transfer and enterprise:

Co-presentation with Susan Williams:

Edge Hill University Teaching Learning Day (2014), CLT Conference (2015) presenting Student Academic Mentoring – Two Years On

Research Conference (2015) presenting Student Academic Mentoring (SAM): peer support and undergraduate study