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

Senior Lecturer in HE Learning and Teaching

Key details

Dr Emma Kennedy

Senior Lecturer in HE Learning and Teaching

Emma joined the University of Greenwich in 2019 as a Lecturer in HE Learning and Teaching, and now leads the PGCert Higher Education and Academic Professional Apprenticeship within the Academic and Learning Enhancement Team.

Emma has delivered workshops, including bespoke versions, on topics including inclusive teaching, student misbehaviour, digital accessibility and the history of higher education. She conducts research on topics including awarding gaps in medical education, professional development for academics and - most recently - multimodality in higher education.

Previously to this, she held a similar role at Queen Mary, University of London (2015-19).
From 2011 to 2015 she taught English Literature at the University of York, where she also completed her PhD on London Lord Mayors' Shows (1614-1619).

Outside Greenwich, Emma has her own blog and is the co-editor of the SEDA blog, a leading blog for the field of educational development.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Programme Leader of the PGCert in Learning & Teaching in HE
  • Module Leader & Tutor on Award in Learning & Teaching in HE
  • CPD around inclusivity, classroom management & teaching
  • Co-lead: PACE Curriculum Development Workshop Scheme
  • Faculty Link with FEHHS


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


Associate Fellow of SEDA

Co-editor, SEDA Blog

Research / Scholarly interests

Inclusivity in higher education, especially around disability: how can higher education better serve disabled students and colleagues?

I am also interested in digital learning and teaching, critical pedagogy, and the intersection of inclusivity, criticality and digital technology.

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.

Media activity

April 2021: Media appearance: Afternoons on BBC Radio Humberside, 15/04/2021 (interview on inclusive assessment, from 3h10): https://web.archive.org/web/20210419075906/https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09c4nn3

Recent publications

Hemprich-Bennett, D., Rabaiotti, D., & Kennedy, E. (2021). Beware survivorship bias in advice on science careers. Nature, 598(7880), 373-374.

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

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). Present mysteries, removed occasions? Idealised magnificence and political pragmatism in Ben Jonson’s The Golden Age Restored. The Golden Age: Nostalgia in Word and Image. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


January 2023: SHIFT Conference, University of Greenwich
‘"Another inanimate object on the ward round": how can we make placements more inclusive?’

October 2022: Exploring Expertise, University of Warwick (with Dr Martin Compton)
To ‘toy with’, ‘think about’ and ‘experiment with’: university teacher development programmes as space for developing the 'artistry of teaching'.

September 2022: University of East London Learning & Teaching Symposium
‘Agile CPD: using a Moodle resource page to help staff learn about antiracism and decolonisation in HE’

April 2022: Global Festival of Active Learning, ‘Active learning for everybody: Active Learning and Accessibility’

July 2021: Advance HE Conference (with Dr Yang Yang)
‘Using the ABC storyboarding method to redesign modules for blended learning: Expectations, experience and evaluation’

January 2021: SHIFT Conference, University of Greenwich
“We Experience a Different Barts”: Differential Outcomes and Experiences of Medical and Dental Students at a London Medical and Dental School