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Amanda Tinker is Academic Skills Coordinator and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities. 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. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

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
  • Digital archives
  • Information-seeking behaviour


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