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Amanda Tinker is Academic Skills Coordinator and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Design and Architecture. She leads on all aspects of learning development within the School, contributing widely to the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum through teaching across a range of different courses and initiatives.  She actively promotes a collaborative and inclusive approach to help students make sense of academic practices and achieve their potential in higher education.  Her research interests have also included developing student learning, specifically in the visual arts. 

Having a background in both teaching and research, Amanda joined the University of Huddersfield in 1998 as a Research Assistant in the Centre of Database Access Research, School of Computing and Engineering, gaining her PhD in 2006. As part of this project, the research team were invited to present at both the British Library St Pancras and Boston Spa. Whilst undertaking this research, she also worked part-time as a Senior Assistant Librarian, supporting the School of Art, Design and Architecture and teaching information literacy, moving into the area of learning development in 2002.

Amanda has a first class honours degree in English Language and Linguistics from the University of York (1995) and, following this, she worked as a Graduate Trainee at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, which led to a MSc. in Library and Information Studies with Distinction from Loughborough University (1997). She was awarded the Department’s Student Prize and, later, a national prize (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) for her thesis on automatic abstracting.  She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Committee member of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education, Member of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Amanda has also recently acted as an invited reviewer for an international online academic integrity course developed by Oxford University Press. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Models of academic skills provision 
  • Theory and practice of learner development in higher education
  • Visual arts pedagogy
  • Library classification and information retrieval
  • Information-seeking behaviour


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Research Output 1999 2018

  • 8 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution

A Life-Line for the Pedagogic Goose: Harnessing the Graduate Perspective in Arts Education

Tinker, A., Greenhough, K. & Caldwell, E., 26 Nov 2018, In : Arts. 7, 4, 12 p., 88.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
art education
Open Access

Talking Academic Writing: A Conversation Analysis of One-to-One Learning Development Tutorials

Caldwell, E., Stapleford, K. & Tinker, A., 2018, In : Journal of Academic Writing. 8, 2, p. 124-136 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
conversation analysis

The effectiveness of Design Thinking techniques to enhance undergraduate student learning

Ritchie, J., Tinker, A. & Power, E., 10 Oct 2016, Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities. Britt, H., Morgan, L. & Walton, K. (eds.). p. 10-20 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
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Activities 2015 2019

  • 6 Oral presentation
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Publication Peer-review

How can I make a difference? Exploring ways to make an impact on curriculum design

Amanda Tinker (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Katherine Greenhough (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Patricia Hill (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
16 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Capturing the Graduate Perspective: A Collaborative Initiative for Learning Development

Amanda Tinker (Speaker), Katherine Greenhough (Speaker), Bethany Morgan (Speaker), Eleanor Smith (Speaker)
26 Mar 201828 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Oxford University Press (Publisher)

Amanda Tinker (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Talking Academic Writing: A Conversation Analysis of One-to-One Writing Tutorials with Students from Vocational Backgrounds

Elizabeth Caldwell (Speaker), Amanda Tinker (Speaker)
19 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Academic Skills Provision and Learning Development: Situation, Synergy and Sustainability

Patricia Hill (Speaker), Amanda Tinker (Speaker)
23 Apr 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk