Anna-Maria (Anna) Gregson
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies
Anna teaches across a range of subjects on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. She has a particular interest in 'creativity' in the intercultural classroom.
Since 2017, Anna has led on the redesign of a core International Business Communication module, developing a new and innovative curriculum. The module focuses on creative exploration, aimed at fostering intercultural dialogue and maximising learning and assessment success for international students in the UK Higher Education setting. The teaching, learning and assessment strategy has provided opportunities for students to lead on organising school-wide intercultural events, network with a variety of UCLan services and industry guests and most importantly, realise the value of creativity and vision for enhancing assessment achievement and employability potential. Anna is currently working with colleagues to develop two further modules, aimed at firmly positioning Intercultural Communication at the centre of the school’s suite of programmes. Anna also collaborates closely with industry and colleagues across the university, to support student work placements and supervises postgraduate employability and dissertation projects. Since 2016, Anna has been part of the school's Student Experience team, co-sharing the role of supporting students across different subject areas within the School of Humanities, Languages, Global Studies & Education.
Anna started working at UCLan in 2008 teaching on the Summer Pre-sessional Programme. She has since taught across a wide variety of subject disciplines including Stylistics, EFL, ESP, EAP and Study Skills, Research Methods, Intercultural Communication and Employability. Anna has also taught at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, UCLan's partner franchise campus in Shanghai, delivering academic writing modules. She has helped organise cultural exchange study tours to Hong Kong and Macau, enabling students based in Preston to travel overseas to visit partner campuses and experience new cultures. In addition, she has worked in WISER, UCLan's central study skills support service, delivering EAP and study skills modules, workshops and tutorials at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Part of her role in WISER has been to work collaboratively across schools to promote, deliver and embed study skills into the Higher Education curriculum. Anna has a passion for the arts and studied dance technique, arts in education and community dance practice at university. Her interest and belief in exploring creative pedagogy in teaching and learning is very much at the heart of her practice in the classroom.
- MA English Language and Contemporary Literary Studies, Lancaster, 2008
- Advanced Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Central Lancashire, 2004
- BA (Hons) Dance Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2000
- University Star Award for Student Experience, 2018
- Nominated by students for the Golden Rose Award for Inclusivity, 2014
- Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change
- The Role of Creativity in the Intercultural Classroom
- Government Perspectives on Creative Pedagogy in Higher Education
- The Role of the Arts in Exploring Challenges, Possibilities and Potential in the Classroom and through Assessment
- Intercultural Communication
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- English for Academic Purposes
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy