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I graduated from the University of York in 1995 with a first class honours degree in English Language and Linguistics. Following this, I trained as a librarian, working 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). I was awarded the department’s Student Prize and, later, a national prize (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals – Library and Information Research Group) for my thesis on automatic abstracting.

I joined the University of Huddersfield in 1998 as a Research Assistant in the Centre of Database Access Research, School of Computing and Engineering, gaining my 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, when the library was converting their open access collections to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. Whilst undertaking this research, I also worked part-time as a Senior Assistant Librarian, supporting the School of Art, Design and Architecture and teaching information literacy. I moved into the area of learner development in 2002, when I began work as Academic Skills Tutor in the School of Art, Design and Architecture. I enjoy how this role combines several aspects of my previous experience: my interest in the English language and academic writing, developing and integrating academic skills and new technologies into the curriculum to enhance teaching and learning, and, on a day to day basis, the opportunity to meet and teach such a diverse range of students and focus on their individual learning and achievement. I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Models of academic skills provision 
  • Theory and practice of learner development in higher education
  • Use of social software
  • Library classification and information retrieval
  • Information-seeking behaviour

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Research Output 2014 2018

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution

Talking academic writing: A conversation analysis of one-to-one learning development tutorials

Caldwell, E., Stapleford, K. & Tinker, A. 2 Jul 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Academic Writing. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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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.

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Activities 2015 2017

  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 1 Invited talk

Analysing the One-to-One Tutorial: A Conversation Analysis Approach

Tinker, A. (Speaker), Caldwell, E. (Speaker), Katharine Stapleford (Speaker)
12 Apr 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Exploring E-Portfolios in a Discipline Specific Context

Tinker, A. (Speaker), Vidya Kannara (Speaker)
8 Sep 2015

Activity: Oral presentation