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Our Mission

The Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) is an academic centre created to support teaching quality, embed innovative teaching methods and lead on university-wide strategic projects.  We are committed to fostering and celebrating a culture of teaching excellence. Through effective and collegial partnership we will enable ongoing professional development for the teaching aspects of your role, supported and tailored to meet your needs.

Meet the team

The Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) is supported by the Division of Teaching, Learning and Student Development (TLSD). You can contact our core ITL team if you have any queries around programmes or events, or if you would like to discuss the development opportunities and support available to you.

Prof Judy Williams, Director of the Institute of Teaching and Learning

Judy Williams

Professor Judith Williams is the Director of the Institute of Teaching and Learning for the University and a Professor of Academic Enhancement. She is also Associate Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students with a portfolio that covers engagement and inclusivity. Within these roles Judy drives forward strategic change projects that focus on enhancing the quality of our teaching and generating transformative student experiences.  

Judy has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her work on academic development and holds an AdvanceHE Principal Fellowship. She has been awarded both a Distinguished Achievement Medal for Teacher of the Year and the University of Manchester, and a Teaching Excellence award. These awards celebrate the difference that Judy has made to teaching, learning and the student experience.

Judy is Director of the University of Manchester's AdvanceHE accreditation scheme, and is the Deputy Chair of the AdvanceHE Fellowship & Accreditation Expert Advisory Group.  

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Patricia Clift Martin, Teaching and Learning Manager

Patricia Clift Martin

Patricia has worked at the University of Manchester since 2002, following graduation from the University of Leeds with a Masters (by Research) in decision making models. Since 2002 she has worked on a wide range of internally and externally funded projects including student retention, learning dispositions, developing Higher Education Achievement Reports, and online personal development resources for students.

Since 2014 Patricia’s work has focused on academic development firstly through the Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Learning (CHERIL) and now through the Institute of Teaching and Learning which she helped to establish from idea to implementation. Patricia’s interests are in whole programme design, assessment models and effective academic leadership.

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Emma Sanders, Teaching and Learning Officer

Emma Sanders

An interest in quality assurance and teaching policy led Emma to the Faculty of Humanities’ Teaching and Learning Office (2005 - 2017), where she worked on a variety of teaching and learning-related projects as well as taught programme development, approval and review. Between 2017 and 2019 Emma managed the University’s Differential Attainment Project, where she enjoyed working with staff and students from across the institution to explore this complex issue. Within the Institute of Teaching and Learning she is interested in Academic Integrity, Academic Advising, and working with student partners on these topics. She supports the Senior Advisors' Network and several Institute Fellows.  

She holds PGCEs in Professional Practice (AUA/The Open University) and Higher Education (The University of Manchester), as well as a Trinity College Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

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Lisa McDonagh, Teaching and Learning Officer

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Lisa joined the University in October 2019 having worked in academic skills teaching and academic development in other institutions, supporting students and staff across a range of disciplines. These roles included a particular focus on widening participation and supporting transition to HE. She also has a background in student support and in careers guidance.

Lisa is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, a Certified Practitioner in Learning Development (ALDinHE) and holds Postgraduate Certificates in Higher and Professional Education and in Careers Guidance.

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Holly Dewsnip-Lloyd, Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator

Holly Dewsnip

Holly began working at the University in August 2013 after completing her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University. Holly supports and coordinates the delivery of the Institute’s training and development programmes and has five years’ experience of working in training and development.

Holly is an Associate Fellow of the HEA and enjoys supporting and enabling colleagues to take up training and development opportunities that will enhance their personal and professional development.

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Freya Corrywright, Graduate Officer (Academic Development)

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Freya was a project assistant on the Differential Attainment Project from 2018-2019, an extremely positive experience which led to her re-joining the University of Manchester via the Institute of Teaching and Learning, in 2022. Her interest in improving pedagogy through egalitarianism and widening participation was developed during the Differential Attainment project, and continues to drive her work to this day.  

In 2017 she had completed an Undergraduate and Masters degree at the University of Manchester, in History and Classics and Ancient History respectively. The experience developed a deep interest in academia, teaching, and learning, that helps to inform her activities with ITL.  

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Beth Rotherham, Graduate Officer (Academic Development)

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Beth graduated from the University of Manchester with an MChem Chemistry (Hons) in 2020. During her degree she was a PASS Leader and Student Coordinator for the Chemistry PASS Scheme (2017-2020), during this time she achieved her Associate Fellowship of the HEA.

In 2020 she joined the Peer Support Team as a Student Engagement Graduate Officer where she helped support the running of PASS and Peer Mentoring Schemes across the university. All her experiences of being both a student and staff within Peer Support showed her the benefits of working in partnership with students for all those involved.

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