Jamie Heywood

Academic Developer

Location: Cambridge

Jamie is an Academic Developer at Anglia Learning & Teaching, focussing on designing and delivering academic and professional development activities which embed active, inclusive, and collaborative learning and teaching practices.


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Jamie's work focuses on promoting active, inclusive, and collaborative teaching and learning and offering evidence-informed pedagogic support and advice to ARU colleagues. This can be through designing and delivering workshops, initiatives, resources and projects which aim to foster positive change and share good teaching and learning practice.

Before joining ARU, Jamie worked in several different roles within Further & Higher Education. He began his career in pastoral support, offering personal, academic and progression support to FE students, before moving into an academic post, specialising firstly in psychology and then teacher education.

He progressed into a course management role, being responsible for the quality and delivery of a teacher education and training provision with a portfolio of seven courses. He has taught in several different contexts, on a range of courses, including foundation and bachelor’s degree programmes, professional teacher training qualifications, including PGCE Post-Compulsory Education, and FE courses such as Access to Higher Education pathways and 16-19 study programmes.

Jamie is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and holds Fellow and QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills) status with the Society for Education and Training. He also holds Associate Fellowship with SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association).


  • MA Education - University of Northampton
  • PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education) - University of Bedfordshire
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology – Coventry University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Associate Fellow of SEDA (AFSEDA) (Staff and Educational Development Association)
  • Fellow of the Society for Education & Training (FSET) with Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills Status (QTLS)
  • Member of BERA (British Educational Research Association)
  • Member of ALT (Association for Learning Technology)
  • Google Certified Educator (Level 1 and Level 2)
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) 2021 – 2022
  • Flipgrid Certified Level 3: #GridGuide
  • Mental Health First Aider
  • Member of the Active Learning Network

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Mentor for HEA Fellowship Applications
  • Mentor: Mentoring at ARU Scheme
  • Associate Lecturer – Bedford College Group (2021-present)
  • External Examiner, PGCE Further Education & Skills - University of Greenwich (2020-present)
  • Consultant for Laser Learning Awards (Introducing Cyberpsychology into an Access to Higher Education Psychology Pathway curriculum (2018)

Selected recent publications

Heywood, J., 2021. The Reality of FE TEL Post-Covid-19:Thoughts from the bike by an FE Teacher Educator. Future FE Pedagogies, [online] pp.32-34. Also available at FE News and Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Blog

Heywood, J., 2021. What can we learn from video sharing platforms for learning and teaching? Anglia Ruskin University, [blog] 22 April.

Heywood, J., 2021. FE Practitioners Views on Strategies to Support Digital Pedagogy Development. Bedford College Group Research Network, [blog] 5 March.

Heywood, J., 2020. How can action research in teacher training help you become a reflective practitioner? British Educational Research Association (BERA), [blog] 22 September.

Heywood, J., 2020. Ten Tips for Teaching Online. Bedford College Group Research Network, [blog] 2 July.

Recent presentations and conferences

Heywood, J., 2021. Third party tools: what are they and how can we use them to enhance teaching, learning and assessment? ARU DigiFest. 8 September 2021.

Heywood, J., 2021. Creating a Buzz! 10 Ideas to Enhance Interaction in your Online Teaching. Active Learning Conference. 20-21 July 2021.

Heywood, J., 2021. Can you escape? A practical workshop on using escape rooms for active, inclusive, and collaborative learning. ARU Engage Conference. 22 June 2021.

Heywood, J., 2021. Flipgrid: What is it and how can I use it for teaching and learning? ARU Engage Conference. 22 June 2021.

Heywood, J., 2021. Using Escape Rooms for Active Learning. ALN Global Festival of Active Learning, 19-23 April 2021.