Dr. Vikki Summers

Senior Lecturer (Academic Development)

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Media Factory, ME429

+44 (0) 1772 89 3988


Subject Areas: Education

Vikki is a Senior Lecturer within the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, working in academic staff development. She has extensive experience in the field of Peer-Assisted Learning and has worked across the University in Staff Development and Student Support and Wellbeing. Vikki is particularly interested in inclusive learning and teaching, and in supporting the development of an inclusive culture at UCLan.

Vikki is a Fellow of HEA

Full Profile


  • PhD Canadian Literature, University of Central Lancashire, 2006
  • PGCE in Further and Higher Education  2002
  • MA (by research), University of Central Lancashire, 2001
  • BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Central Lancashire, 2000

Vikki joined the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in May 2017. Her passion for her work in the field of education, learning and teaching is underpinned by her own experience of coming into HE as a mature student from a non-traditional background.

She started at UCLan as an undergraduate in 1997 and began working as an Associate Lecturer in English Literature in 2003, whilst doing her PhD. Her interest in Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) was sparked when she joined the Flying Start Bridging Project in 2005, which involved developing and delivering residential events over the summer period for applicants to UCLan.

After completing her PhD, Vikki worked as a Lecturer in English and American Studies, before taking over as the Senior Lecturer for Flying Start in 2007, within the Learning Development Unit. She employed and trained a large team of 2nd and 3rd year student PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Supporters) to work with the Project.

Vikki developed the programme over a number of years, working with colleagues and ‘students as partners’ to create new sessions and empowering the PALS to go on to embed their skills and learning in their own and other courses. This led on to further work with Peer-Assisted Learning across UCLan, as well as in Mentoring, Buddying and building Learning Communities. Vikki is a qualified Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Supervisor, through the North European Centre for Supplemental Instruction in Sweden.

Vikki has also been involved in work with Staff Development, Project & Change Management and Leadership and Team-building. She spent 2 years in the role of Acting Head of Student Support and Wellbeing and during this time worked closely with a number of areas including the Welfare & Counselling teams and Disability Services. This experience further developed Vikki’s enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise with regard to an Inclusive approach to Learning and Teaching

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy