• 120 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Personal profile


Professor Ann Harris has been with the School of Education and Professional Development (SEPD) since 1994 and Associate Dean International. Prior to coming to Huddersfield, Ann was for six years Head of English and Media at John Leggott Sixth Form College in North Lincolnshire, and before that she worked in a range of educational institutions and environments, both in the UK and internationally, including secondary schools, further education colleges and informal education. Between 1984 and 1987, she was Senior Research Officer at the Secondary Examinations Council in London, researching and advising on a variety of national policy initiatives in relation to curriculum and assessment and evaluating an innovative programme of in-service teacher training across England and Wales.

For her first degree, Ann studied English language and literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She subsequently gained a PGCE, also at Newcastle, and then a master's degree in which she focused on feminist literary theory and criticism. She has a RSA Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and has taught both TEFL and TESOL.  Her doctoral research, undertaken at the University of Nottingham, evaluated the impact of educational change and grew out of her work with the Secondary Examinations Council. The study was multi-layered and included case studies and life histories as well as aspects of phenomenological, autobiographical and action research.

Ann is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is a member of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Continuing Professional Development Committee and of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) Post 16 and Higher Education Committee and of NATE Council. Ann is also on the Editorial Management Boards of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training and of the Journal of English in Education, and is on the Sholokhov Moscow State University Humanities Bulletin Editorial Board.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Academic writing and transition
  • Curriculum development and assessment, especially in the area of English, TESOL and literacy
  • Communications and new literacies
  • International education
  • Education and popular culture
  • Professional and cultural images of teachers
  • Narrative and feminist approaches to research
  • Management of change
  • Experiences of teaching and learning environments

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Pedagogy and Education
  • Professional Development
  • Academic Writing
  • Critical Thinking

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Research Output

Book review: Popular culture as pedagogy: Research in the field of adult education

Harris, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Studies in the Education of Adults. 51, 1, p. 134-135 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

Pioneers: John Dixon and the Conversation of the Classroom

Hodgson, J. & Harris, A., 1 Oct 2019, Teaching English, 21 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Shape-shifting and Stories: Professionalism and Education with Doctor Who

Harris, A., 11 Sep 2019, Professional Education with Fiction Media : Imagination for Engagement and Empathy in Learning. Jarvis, C. & Gouthro, P. (eds.). 1 ed. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 205-228 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Book review: Exploring Teachers in Fiction and Film: Saviours, Scapegoats and Schoolmarms

    Harris, A., Nov 2018, In : English in Education. 52, 3, p. 263-266 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

    The many voices of Dartmouth

    Harris, A. & Hodgson, J., 22 Oct 2018, The Future of English Teaching Worldwide: Celebrating 50 Years From the Dartmouth Conference. Durrant, C., Sawyer, W., Scherff, L. & Goodwyn, A. (eds.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 93-106 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 3 PhD Examination
    • 3 Oral presentation
    • 1 Professional Doctorate Examination
    • 1 Other

    PhD External Examiner at University of Glasgow

    Ann Harris (Examiner)

    14 Jan 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    Who is the Doctor: enhancing professional identity and exploring ethical dilemmas with Doctor Who.

    Ann Harris (Speaker)

    4 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    EdD External Examiner at University of Glasgow

    Ann Harris (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesProfessional Doctorate Examination

    PhD External Examiner at University of Worcester

    Ann Harris (Examiner)

    31 Jul 2017

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    Identifying key criteria of written and spoken English at C1

    Susan Sheehan (Participant), Peter Sanderson (Participant) & Ann Harris (Participant)

    1 Jan 2017

    Activity: Other activity typesOther