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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 Director of the University’s Institute of Teaching and Learning and Chair in Academic Enhancement.

Judy’s teaching is highly regarded and she has received The University of Manchester Teaching Excellence award, a Distinguished Achievement Medal for Teacher of the year, a Principal Fellowship from the HEA and a National Teaching Fellowship.

Judy is also co-Director of the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (Biology, Medicine and Health) and, since co-founding the Centre in 2004, has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the National Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Early Researchers. She was also awarded the North West Hub of Vitae in 2008 which enabled her to develop a team to provide support and training for researchers across the region.

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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 Adviser

Emma Sanders

Emma was School Administrator (Religions and Theology and Middle Eastern Studies) at The Victoria University of Manchester from 2001 – 2004. An interest in quality assurance and teaching policy led to a role in the Faculty of Humanities’ Teaching and Learning Office, where she worked until 2017 on a variety of projects and committees, as well as on 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.

Emma is a Member of the Association of University Administrators (MAUA), and holds PGCEs in Professional Practice (The Open University) and Higher Education (The University of Manchester).

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Lisa McDonagh, Teaching and Learning Adviser

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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 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, 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 also provides secretarial support to the Institute’s Director, Professor Judy Williams. 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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Stephanie Woolham, LEAP Administrator

Stephanie Woolham

Steph began working at the University of Manchester in September 2013 after completing her Masters and PhD degrees in Bioarchaeology. She transitioned from a research project role to professional services role in July 2017, where she co-ordinates the Leadership in Education Awards Programme (LEAP) for the University.

Steph enjoys the creative design process in her current role - taking a part of LEAP and making it work effectively for everyone involved. This has included improved assessment forms and the development of the LEAP online platform to make it more accessible to all colleagues.

Steph holds Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a LEAP mentor and assessor.

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Chloe Salins, Student Engagement Graduate Officer

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Chloe began working at the University in September 2020 after completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University. After completing her degree, Chloe was elected as the Education Officer for the University of Manchester Students’ Union in 2019. From this work Chloe then became a Student Engagement Graduate Officer for the Student Partners Programme, working with the Institute and Faculties to engage and employ students to work on projects across the University that will improve Teaching and Learning at the University.

Chloe is keen to help the Student Partner Interns develop and build their confidence to share their views and ideas to enact change at the University. Chloe is also a member of the Greater Manchester Combined Authorities Young Person’s Task Force, working to support and develop young people’s experiences in Education and Employment across Greater Manchester.

Linford Butler, Graduate Officer (Academic Development)

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Photo credit: KISMIF Conference 2018

Linford joined the University in December 2020. In his role, he works on projects across the Institute for Teaching and Learning, providing support to colleagues in a wide array of areas, particularly around flexible learning and digital innovations in teaching and learning practice.

He gained his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Lincoln, both in theatre and performance. 

Between 2014 and 2017, Linford worked at the University of Lincoln in their central teaching and learning department, where he worked on projects around student engagement and partnership and digital pedagogies. He has also previously worked as an Assessor for the Office for Students on the Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2017, Linford began a PhD in Drama at the University of Manchester, where his research focussed on punk practices, politics and ethos in small-scale British touring theatre, and plans to return to this research in the future. He also enjoyed working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant during this time, teaching students on the undergraduate Drama programme at Manchester.  Linford holds AdvanceHE Associate Fellowship (AFHEA).

Freddie Gent, Graduate Officer (Academic Development)

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Freddie joined the University in December 2020 following a 3-month internship at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Teaching and Learning. Having experienced the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning during the final year of his undergraduate degree, he developed an interest in hybrid and blended learning models. Whilst the sudden switch to such models has presented some difficulties, Freddie believes that these problems can be overcome with an effective combination of educational development and educational technology. The backbone of all his work, however, is an emphasis on the student voice.

Freddie is an Accredited Member of the Association of University Administrators (AMAUA).


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