Dr Emma Kennedy BA (Hons), MA, PhD, SFHEA

Lecturer in HE Learning and Teaching

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Dr Emma Kennedy

Dr Emma Kennedy

Lecturer in HE Learning and Teaching

I joined the University of Greenwich in 2019 as a Lecturer in HE Learning and Teaching.

Previously to this, I was an educational developer at Queen Mary, University of London (2015-19). In this role I taught programmes in learning and teaching, carried out research into cohort identity, and delivered workshops on issues such as feedback, assessment, curriculum design, inclusive teaching and pedagogical research. I also 'acted up' as lead for the entire taught programme at Queen Mary. I helped introduce e-portfolio assessment and microteaching into Queen Mary's taught programme and developed the team's social media presence. I run a blog (highereducationalist.wordpress.com) and blog on issues such as free speech in the classroom, inclusivity, evaluation and social media/digital identity.

From 2011 to 2015 I taught English Literature at the University of York, as well as working as a Disability advisor/assistant at the University of Leeds. My teaching experience there included first-year survey modules, critical theory, and Renaissance Literature.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Programme Leader of the PGCert in Learning & Teaching in HE
  • Module Leader & Tutor on Award in Learning & Teaching in HE
  • Delivering GOLD Fellowship Guidance Workshops
  • CPD around inclusivity, classroom management & teaching
  • Co-lead: PACE Curriculum Development Workshop Scheme
  • BAME Awarding Gap Project
  • Faculty Link with FEHHS


June 2015: University of York Students' Union Teaching Award: 'Outstanding Feedback'.


Associate Fellow of SEDA

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Cohort identity and participant experience on academic practice courses such as the PGCert HE: when we ask staff to take the PGCert for their probation, how do they experience this course and relate it to their work?
  • Inclusivity in higher education, especially around disability: how can higher education better serve disabled students and colleague

My background is in English Literature: I worked on civic pageantry in seventeenth-century London and still do small amounts of work on this (outside my role at Greenwich) today.

Key funded projects

2019 onwards: Investigating the BAME attainment and experience at QMUL's medical and dental school. Funded mixed-methods project investigating gaps in students' attainment and experience, including but not limited to ethnicity. The study has been endorsed by the General Medical Council, and is of particular value because of QMUL's unique diversity as a medical and dental school: both are majority-BME.

Recent publications

Kennedy, E. (2019, August 16.) HEA Senior Fellowship: Getting Started. [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://highereducationalist.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/sfhea

Kennedy, E. (2017, October 10.) Who gets free speech in the university classroom? [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://highereducationalist.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/who-gets-free-speech-in-the-university-classroom/

Kennedy, E. and Vasant, S. (2017, October 17). #HEBlogSwap – Sharing Practice and Building Community in Cyberspace. [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://altc.alt.ac.uk/blog/2017/10/heblogswap-sharing-practice-and-building-community-in-cyberspace/#gref Kennedy, E. (2016, September 15). Social Media Training for Academics: what not to do. [Blog post]. Retrieved from  https://blogs.city.ac.uk/learningatcity/2016/09/15/social-media-training-for-academics-what-not-to-do/#.XXJSMShKiUk


Dr Emma Kennedy and Dr Claire Loffman, 'Developing interdisciplinary cohort identities among university teachers'. SEDA Autumn 2017 Conference, Cardiff.

Dr Emma Kennedy, 'Renaissance Literature: New Pedagogies' (Roundtable). English Shared Futures, July 2017, Newcastle.