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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 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 and 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, and supports the Senior Advisors' Network and Institute Fellows.  

She holds PGCEs in Professional Practice (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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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).

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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 Chemsitry 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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Sarah Gaffney-Lang, LEAP Administrator

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Sarah has over 15 years' experience in varied administrative roles across the public and private sectors. Between 2015 and 2018, Sarah managed the administration service for the NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester programme – working in collaboration with Alliance Manchester Business School and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Following this, Sarah established a freelance digital content and copywriting business and worked as an Editor at Creative Tourist.

Having re-joined the University in April 2020, she now supports the running of the LEAP programme, acting as the main point of contact and coordinates the Institute’s communication activities.

Sarah holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and is currently completing an MBA.  

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