Dr. Anna Hunter

Dr. Anna Hunter

Senior Lecturer in Academic Development

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Media Factory, ME429

+44 (0) 1772 89 3869


Subject Areas: Education, Learning and Teaching/Academic Development

Anna is a Senior Lecturer within the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and is the Scheme Lead for the CPD Route to HEA Fellowship.  She also teaches on the PGCert Learning and Teaching in HE and supervises candidates for the Professional Doctorate in Education. Anna’s specialist areas of interest are Academic Identity and Inclusive Practice; she is CELT Equality and Diversity Lead and provides support for colleagues across the university to develop inclusive learning, teaching and assessment strategies.

Anna is a Senior Fellow of HEA and SEDA, and a reviewer for Innovations in Education and Teaching International and the Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability.

Full Profile


  • PGCE Post Compulsory Education, UCLAN, 2009
  • PhD English, University of Manchester, 2008. Thesis title: To Tell the Story: Tracing the development of Holocaust narrative from personal trauma to popular fiction
  • MA English, University of Manchester, 2004
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, University of Newcastle, 2002

Anna began working at UCLAN in 2006 as a research assistant within the HEFCE funded Centre for Employability Through The Humanities, whilst completing her PhD in English Studies at the University of Manchester. In 2009 she became a full time Lecturer in Employability and Enterprise, and also qualified as a teacher within post-compulsory education. An experienced academic developer, Anna is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association.

In her current role as Senior Lecturer in Academic Development, Anna leads the accredited CPD Scheme for HEA Professional Recognition, supporting colleagues to achieve Fellowship of the HEA. Anna is also module lead for EH4100 Introduction to Learning and Teaching in HE, the first module of the PGCert Learning and Teaching in HE, which is the taught route to HEA Fellowship for new academic staff; in 2017 she was awarded Academic Adviser of the Year at the annual Golden Roses Awards, for her work in supporting new academics on the PGCert. Anna enjoys developing creative approaches to teaching and learning and makes use of collage, Lego, storytelling and photography to explore academic professional development in her taught sessions; she has recently showcased her use of collage work at the Creative HE forum and is awaiting the publication of a case study on creativity for student engagement. As CELT Equality and Diversity Lead, Anna is committed to inclusive practice and as part of CELT’s support for course teams approaching PCR she delivers a range of activities designed to enable academic staff to build inclusivity into their curricula; she is also a URP panel member.

Anna is actively engaged in pedagogic research around academic development and has presented papers at conferences including SEDA, SRHE and Academic Identities. Her current research explores the student experience of academic staff members undertaking the PGCert LTHE, to determine what, if any, impact this has upon academic identity. She has previously published work on embedding enterprise education within the Journalism curriculum and employability development for Humanities students.

Alongside her research in Academic Development, Anna continues to publish in the field of Holocaust and Trauma Studies, specifically the representation of the Holocaust in contemporary narrative. 


Equipping the entrepreneurial journalist:  an exercise in creative journalism.  Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 66(1), pp.10-24.  Spring 2011

‘E4E: Employability for English’ (with Helen Day) in New Directions in Career Studies: English and Media Degrees, (Reading: Centre for Career Management Studies, 2010), pp. 9-10

‘Developing an Employability Enterprise: The Challenge for the Individual’, with Helen Day, Journal of Employability and the Humanities, 1 (2)

‘Links between post-16 subject choice and future career plans in AS-Level English students’ (English Subject Centre publication).

More Publications


2018: Whose student experience is it anyway? SEDA Spring Conference, Leeds (May 2018)

2017: What does Teaching Excellence Look Like? HEA Annual Conference, University of Manchester (July 2017)

2017: A Cut and Stick Approach to Teaching Excellence. SEDA Spring Conference, Manchester (May 2017)

A full list of previous conference papers is available on request

Research Activities

  • Education REF cluster
  • Supervision of EdD and PhD students
  • Internal examiner, Professional Doctorate in Education 


  • Current project: ‘Do I need my student card?’: Liminality, intersectionality and the transitional identities of early career academics undertaking a PGCert LTHE 

Teaching responsibilities

  • Scheme Lead, HEA Professional Recognition CPD Scheme (D1-D3)
  • Module Lead, EH4100 Introduction to Learning and Teaching in HE