Dr Mark Warnes

Research Fellow

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

Mark is the Research Fellow at Anglia Learning & Teaching. He carries out individual and collaborative research and/or evaluation projects that are relevant to the successful implementation of our Education Strategy.

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Mark contributes to the evaluation of Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) initiatives and projects in collaboration with AL&T colleagues. He works with Faculty Academic Leads on the development and sharing of evidence-informed LTA practice. Mark also identifies good teaching practice, interviews exponents of good teaching practice, and disseminates this information via the Good Teaching Exchange.

Mark currently co-manages the Pedagogic Research Community with Dr Simon Pratt-Adams, facilitating monthly meetings, writing retreats, academic writing workshops, the Learning and Teaching Project Awards scheme and the Pedagogic Research Directory.

Research interests

Learning & Teaching
Equality & Diversity
Threshold Concepts
Student Retention


Previously, Mark worked as a part-time lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, teaching politics, sociology and social research methods, and at Cambridge Regional College teaching sociology.


PhD, An Exploration of the Possible Relationship between Reward and Recognition and Teaching Excellence in Higher Education
MA (Learning and Teaching)
BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology
Anglia Ruskin University Associate Teaching Fellow
Fellow of the HEA

Selected recent publications

Warnes, M. (2021). An Exploration of the Possible Relationship between Reward and Recognition and Teaching Excellence in Higher Education (Doctoral Thesis). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.13397.55526 

Pratt-Adams, S. Richter, U. and Warnes, M. (Eds) (2020). Innovations in Active Learning in Higher Education. University of Sussex/Fulcrum, https://doi.org/10.20919/9781912319961  

Warnes, M., 2020. Questioning the Impact of Teaching Fellowships on Excellent Teachers, Postdigital Science and Education, 3(1), pp. 162-180. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-020-00107-6  

Coonan, E.M., Pratt-Adams, S. and Warnes, M., 2019. The value of ‘writing retreats’ in advancing innovative pedagogic research, paper presented at Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/HEAD19.2019.9353  

Stebbing, D., Shelley, J., Warnes, M. and McMaster, C., 2019. What academics really think about information literacy, Journal of Information Literacy, 13(1), pp. 21-44. [Online] Available at: http://doi.org/10.11645/13.1.2338 (https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/JIL/article/view/PRA-V13-I1-2)  

Warnes, M., 2019. Ten Days of Twitter, in C. Rowell (Ed.), Social Media in Higher Education, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0162.05  

Warnes, M., 2019. An exploration of the possible relationship between reward and recognition and teaching excellence in higher education, paper presented at EduLEARN19 Conference, 1-3 July 2019, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2019.0026  

Warnes, M., 2018. Conducting a Literature Review using NVivo, preprint hosted on ResearchGate. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.31849.75360  

Warnes, M. and Williams, J., 2018. Reflections on Delivering Online Digital Media Courses: Learning from the Learners, paper presented at EDULEARN18 Conference, 2-4 July 2018, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2018.0093 ISBN: 978-84-09-02709-5, pp. 154-162  

Hobbs, M., Luca, C., Fatima, A., Warnes, M., 2014. Ontological analysis for dynamic data model exploration. Electronic Journal of Applied Statistical Analysis, 5(1), pp. 42-56

Lilly, J., Rivera Macías, B., Warnes, M., 2013. The Good Teaching Project: Identifying and making explicit the components of good teaching practice. Educational Developments, 14(1), pp. 21-25

Morris, M., Wisker, G., Cheng, M., Lilly, J., Warnes, M., Robinson, G., Trafford, V., 2011, Wellbeing and the research student. In Marshall, L., Morris, C. (eds.), 2011. Taking Wellbeing Forward in Higher Education: Reflections on theory and practice (Brighton: University of Brighton Press / Centre for Learning and Teaching).

Anghel, R., Fox, J., Warnes, M., 2010. An Exploration of Concept Mapping as a Method of Evaluating Student Learning in Social Work. (n Carpenter, J., Burgess, H. (eds.), 2010. Evaluating Outcomes in Social Work Education (Southampton: SWAP Monograph), available at: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi= [accessed 6 September 2021]. 

Lilly, J., Rivera Macías, B., Warnes, M., 2010. Investigating the Relationship between Ethnicity and Degree Attainment. Networks, 13, pp. 98-104.

Warnes, M., Lilly, J., Rivera Macías, B., 2010. Ethnicity and Degree Attainment. Educational Developments, 11(1), pp. 26-7.

Wisker, G., Morris, C., Cheng, M., Masika, R., Warnes, M., Lilly, J., Trafford, V., Robinson, G., 2010. Doctoral Learning Journeys – final report of the NTFS funded project.

Morris, M., Cheng, M., Wisker, G., Warnes, M., Lilly, J., Robinson, G., Trafford V, 2010. Doctoral learning journeys: Facilitating learning leaps. In Wisker, G., Price, M., Moriarty, J., Marshall, M. (eds.), 2010. From Spark to Flame: Creating and sustaining motivation and inspiration in our learning community (Brighton: University of Brighton Press / Centre for Learning and Teaching), pp. 12-19.

Lilly, J., Warnes, M., 2009. Designing Mobile Games for Learning: The mGBL Approach. In Petrovich, O., Brand, A. (eds.), 2009. Serious Games on the Move (Vienna: Springer).

Warnes, M., 2009. Ethnicity and Degree Attainment: Developing a Sophisticated Measurement Tool. Networks, 12, pp. 32-40.