Dr Jaki Lilly

Academic Lead: Academic and Professional Development

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

Jaki is Academic Lead: Academic and Professional Development at Anglia Learning & Teaching. She works in the areas of awards, professional development, teaching review, academic integrity, learning, teaching and assessment.

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Jaki is Academic Lead: Academic and Professional Development at Anglia Learning & Teaching. She leads our approach to developing and promoting scholarly activity and best practice. She does this through developing cross-disciplinary processes and practices, and engaging academic colleagues in the development of their learning, teaching and assessment practice. 

Jaki is also involved with the development of CPD policy and its implementation. She creates resources and processes to support the development of early career and established academic staff and those in learning and teaching support roles.

Previously Jaki was the research director for a number of large funded research projects, including ‘FIreWorks’ focused on equality and diversity in the fire service and an EU-funded collaborative project looking at mobile learning. Jaki also worked as a PR executive and an external verifier for Edexcel. She held posts as lead verifier for IT and Business Part I programmes. 


  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • University Teaching Fellow

Research interests

Strategic educational developments and change management in Higher Education Inclusive learning and teaching



  • Course leader for 'Learning and Teaching in Practice', our three-day intensive course for postgraduate teaching assistants, and anyone else wishing to take a refresher course in learning and teaching practice.
  • Teacher on teaching and learning, postgraduate research degree student and supervisor development programmes, and mentoring new supervisors.


  • Lead Verifier, Part One Programmes Key Stage 4 and post-16. Responsible for national programme quality development, centre assessment quality issues, and communications with verifiers.
  • Leader of National Part One Controlled Assignment Review, Information Technology. Activities included representation of Edexcel in joint-awarding body process, plus review and coordination of team and external verifier activity.
  • Verifier/Advisor for employers, schools, FE colleges and HE institutions running G/NVQ and BTEC programmes in Information Technology, Business, Administration, and Key Skills, Levels 1-4.
South East Essex College
  • Short Course Manager, Lecturer and Tutor. Devised and delivered training courses to external clients’ specifications, both on- and off-site. Taught full, short, part-time, client, and ESF-funded courses.


PhD Business and Management
Diploma in Management Science
PGCert in Education

Memberships, editorial boards

Co-Chair of Staff Educational Development Association Services and Enterprise Committee

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2008–10. Co-Project Director, INSPIRE/Brighton University Collaboration, HEA-funded research on promoting doctoral student success. Research design includes both qualitative and quantitative data from a longitudinal study. Theoretical basis is Meyer’s concept of ‘Learning Thresholds’. (Anglia Ruskin share, £72,370)
  • 2008–10. Project Director, Equality Attainment Project. Investigating attainment and retention differences between the genders, and members of different ethnic groups.
  • 2008–10. Co-Project Manager, Assessment Feedback Project. Identifying and disseminating good practice amongst University staff in giving written feedback to students.
  • 2008. Project Director, mGBL. Multi-national European collaborative project funded by the European Commission to create games to facilitate learning by mobile phone (Anglia Ruskin share, £164,600).
  • 2007–08. Project Director, Equality Proofing the Curriculum. Cross-functional University collaborative HEA-sponsored (unfunded) project to develop staff capacity to impact assess the curriculum against equality and diversity issues. 
  • 2006–2007. Co-Project Manager, eLearning benchmarking. HEA-sponsored (unfunded) project to audit the extent to which eLearning (blended learning) is used within our University.
  • 2005–07. Project Director - Mind The Gap II.  AimHigher-funded project focusing on organisational development to enhance staff capacity to support students with Mental Health Difficulties/Distress (MHD/D). (£140,000)
  • 2004–05. Director of Research, ‘FireWorks’, ESF-funded project investigating barriers to recruitment, retention and promotion of women and ethnic minority groups within the English Fire and Rescue Service. Responsibility for directing the work of 3 full-time and 2 part-time researchers. (£650,000)
  • 2003–04. Research consultant and researcher to National Disability Team for Scoping Study: ‘Aspiration and Transition of Students with Disabilities’. Jointly funded by HEFCE and LSC. (£32,000)
  • 2003–04. Primary researcher on ‘COPE’, ESF/Anglia Ruskin University-funded project investigating barriers to employment and education experienced by women with mental health difficulties. (£250,000)
  • 2002–03. Research Advisor and Doctoral Supervisor, Anglia Ruskin University.  Day-to-day supervision of 23 first stage professional doctorate students – EdD and DBA. Delivery of sessions within the MSc Research Methods for Managers modules and EdD/DBA Research Methods modules (part-time tutor, Anglia Ruskin University).
  • 1998–2002. PhD thesis ‘Methodological Perspectives on Management Research: The Case for Employee Dis/satisfaction’. Primary research topic investigated the impact of unresolved contradictory management theory on its value and use in practice. (Bursaried student, Anglia Ruskin University.)
  • 2000–01. Principal Investigator, Public perceptions of the need to recycle. Funded research involving the 14 local authorities in Essex. Local Authority funded. (£40,000).

Selected recent publications

Lilly, J., Rivera-Macias, B. and Warnes, M. (2013)  ‘The Good Teaching project: Identifying and making explicit the components of good teaching practice’. Educational Developments. 14:1, pp21-26, SEDA, London, March

Lilly, J., and Warnes, M. (2010) ‘Exploring the transformative dynamics of threshold concepts in UK PhD Students’. 3rd Biennial Thresholds Concepts Symposium. University of New South Wales, Sydney, July.

Lilly, J., Richter, U.M. and Rivera-Macias, B. (2010) ‘Using feedback to promote learning’. Practitioner Research in Higher Education. 4:1, pp30 – 40, University of Cumbria, Cumbria, April.  

Warnes, M., Lilly, J. and Rivera-Macias, B. (2010) ‘Ethnicity and Degree Attainment’. Educational Developments. 11:1, pp26–28, SEDA, London, March.

Lilly, J. and Rivera-Macias, B. (2009) ‘Developing Assessment Feedback’. SEDA Annual Conference. London, November.
Wiske, G., Robinson, G., Morris, C. and Lilly, J. (2009) ‘Doctoral Learning Journeys’. Symposium at the EARLI Biennial Conference. Amsterdam, 25–29 August.

Lilly, J., Warnes, M. and Rivera Macias, B. (2009) ‘Investigating links between Ethnicity and Degree Attainment’. HEA Annual Conference. Manchester, 30 June–2 July.

Lilly, J. and Warnes, M. (2009) ‘Designing Mobile Games for Learning’. The proceedings of Serious Games on the Move. International Conference, Cambridge, Springer, June 2008.

Lilly, J. (2008) ‘Serious Games on the Move’. Interview with BBC Look East. 24 June.

Lilly, J. and Brand, A. (2008) ‘Supporting our Students’ Mental Wellbeing’. SEDA Spring Conference. London, 8–9 May.

Lilly, J. and Brand, A. (2007) ‘Supporting our Students’ Mental Wellbeing’. HEA Annual Conference. Harrogate, 1–3 July.

Lilly, J. (ed) (2005)  ‘FireWorks: for equality in the Fire Service, Project Report’. Anglia Ruskin University. Earlybrave Publications Ltd, Chelmsford, December.

Lilly, J. (2005) ‘Overcoming barriers to education and employment experienced by women with mental health difficulties’. Networks. issue 6, October, pp22–23, UCLT, Cambridge, ISSN 1743-9787.

Lilly, J., Wilkinson, S. and Singh, J. (2005)  ‘The Trouble with Diversity Training in the Fire and Rescue Service’. Fire Magazine. August, Manchester.

Lilly. J., Hashem, F. and Hughes, A. (2005) ‘Public Relations’. Fire Prevention and Fire Engineers Journal. July, London.               

Wisker, G., Griffiths, S., Waller, S., Robinson, G. and Lilly, J. (2005) ‘Daisies in the university meadow: communities of practice and action research’. HERDSA conference paper. April.

Lilly, J. (2005) ‘Progress presentation: FireWorks, for equality in the Fire and Rescue Service’. Diversity Happens! Board, ODPM, Eland House, Victoria, London, 1 March.

Lilly, J. (2004) ‘Overcoming Barriers to Learning and Employment for Women with Mental Health Difficulties’. Final Dissemination Event. Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, 21 October.

Wisker, G., Robinson, G., Trafford, V., Lilly, J. and Warnes, M. (2004) ‘Achieving a doctorate: meta-learning and research development programmes supporting success for international distance students’. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. 41:4, pp473-489, Routledge, London.

Wisker, G., Robinson, G., Trafford, V.N., Lilly, J. and Warnes, M. (2003) ’Supporting postgraduate student learning through supervisory practices.’ Rust C (ed) Improving student learning: theory, research and scholarship. Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford.