Dr. Emma Gillaspy

Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning & Technology

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB424

+44 (0) 1772 89 3717


In Emma's role as Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning, she facilitates the adoption of blended learning approaches within health care professional curricula through coaching and academic development.

Emma supports other educators in finding their own path to teaching excellence and work strategically to improve the student experience through curriculum development and innovation, particularly focusing on the use of digital technologies and creative pedagogies.

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Emma is an experienced educator, academic developer and executive coach and bring these elements together to provide a learning environment which is active, challenging and supportive. She supports other educators in finding their own path to teaching excellence and work strategically to improve the student experience.

Emma's main interests include #coachingHE (co-founder) #creativeHE (co-host) #101creativeideas for HE (curator) #experientiallearning #heutagogy #edtech #socialmedia #blendedlearning and #curriculuminnovation. Other areas of expertise include public engagement, communication, leadership and personal effectiveness.

Before moving into the field of academic and researcher development, Emma worked in the NHS as an information scientist and a clinical molecular geneticist following graduation from her PhD studying the genetics of osteoarthritis.


  • PhD Genetics of Osteoarthritis
  • BSc (Hons) Genetics
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • Institute of Leadership and Management Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching
  • Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Step I Practitioner


Gillaspy, E. & Vasilica, C. (2018) SoMeSkills X: Using Personal Assistant Technology for Learning, European Distance and E-Learning Network Conference.

Leigh, JA, Rosen, LC, Gillaspy, EE, Storey, K and Wilkinson, M (2017) Evaluation of a primary care triumvirate leadership development programme. Primary Health Care. 27, 9, 20-26. doi: 10.7748/phc.2017.e1298

Withnell, N. and Gillaspy, E.E. (2017) Cracking the TEF Crystal Maze – Embedding a flexible learning strategy to enhance the student experience. Higher Education Academy Conference

Gillaspy E (2014) ‘Online Networking’ in Daly I and Brophy Haney A (eds) 53 interesting ways to communicate your research. The Professional and Higher Partnership Ltd, Newmarket.

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Research Activities

Emma's research strategy focuses on the intersection between coaching, technology and heutagogical and experiential learning. She is interested in how these elements impact on the student experience, academic development and careers. Emma also supervises students at both Masters and Doctoral levels and is a reviewer for the Innovations in Education and Teaching International journal.

Awards and Professional Recognition

  • Winner: Higher Education Academy Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence 2018 for Greater Manchester (GM) Synergy
  • Winner 2017 and 2018 at the University of Salford Vice Chancellor Distinguished Teaching Awards (two team awards on coaching and one team award for interprofessional simulation)
  • Highly Commended: Developing Excellent Practice Awards 2017 (Staff Development Forum) for #coachingHE


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy