Susan Williams



Name: Susan Williams
Department: Children, Education and Communities
Current position: Course Leader: BA Hons. Teaching, Learning & Child Development
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


  • Course Leader BA Hons. Teaching Learning and Child Development, Edge Hill University 2014-present
  • Course Leader BA Hons. Teaching Learning and Mentoring Practice Edge Hill University 2013-16
  • Associate Tutor Professional Education, Edge Hill University 2012-13
  • Associate Tutor Secondary Education, Edge Hill University 2010-2013
  • External Examiner and Science Consultant, 2008-2010
  • Head of Science and Gifted & Talented Lead, 1 North West School 2000-2008
  • Head of Biology & KS3 Science Coordinator, 1 Oxfordshire School, 1996-2000
  • KS3 & KS4 Science Coordinator, 1 Wiltshire school, 1990-1996
  • Science Teacher, 1 London School, 1987-1990


  • PGCTHE, Edge Hill University, 2013
  • NPQH, National College of School Leadership, 2005
  • MEd, Oxford University (Westminster College) 1995
  • PGCE, Secondary Biology with Integrated Science Surrey University (Roehampton Institute of Education) 1987
  • BSc Hons. Applied Biology, Liverpool 1996

Interests and Achievements

As part of the course leader role Susan has responsibility related to the student Work Based Learning (WBL) experience. She liaises with Mentors in Partner schools and the team of University WBL Visiting Tutors. She delivers high quality WBL and Professional Development Modules to students to prepare them fully to make excellent contributions to the settings within which they are placed. She is also Personal and Module Tutor to students across Programmes. She is committed to good quality transition and induction experiences for students to ensure they participate and engage in their university studies to the best of their ability and fulfil their potential as outstanding and employable graduates.

Winner of University Course Team of the Year 2016-17
Member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013)


Whilst working in Oxfordshire Susan was involved in practitioner research around Assessment for Learning and Formative Assessment strategies working with the King’s College team led at the time by Paul Black, Dylan William and Christine Harrison on their work ‘Beyond the Black Box’.

Since joining the University she has become involved in the research already underway within the degree programme related to Student Academic Mentors and has contributed to this being embedded within the degree programme for which she is Course Leader.

Susan is presently researching with Gillian Pye the Culture, Critique, Feed-Forward (CCFF) model of formative assessment based on the currently unpublished paper ‘Pye, G. 2015. Feedback or Feed-Forward? Semantics or significant discourse around student engagement with their assessment processes’.

Susan is also interested in how student mental health affects learning and how a student centred approach linking the University academic and support teams could impact this.

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 Gillian Pye at Edge Hill University Teaching Learning Day (2014), CLT Conference (2015) and Research Conference (2015)