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Professor Jennie Winter

Dean of Teaching and Learning

Professor of Academic Development

Vice-Chancellor's Office

01752 636700

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Role Summary


As the Dean of Teaching and Learning I have a strategic role in developing the Marjon curriculum to enhance the student experience. I am programme lead for the PGCert in Academic Practice, working with academic and professional services staff to enhance awareness of the HE sector and develop teaching practice. I support these endeavours through undertaking pedagogic research into a range of educational development themes including education for sustainability and student voice.



  • TESOL (Teaching English as a Foreign language) 1997 (Trinity College, London)
  • BA Hons Geography and Information Technology (1st class), 2001 (Plymouth Marjon University)
  • PG Dip Social Science Research Skills, 2003 (University of Plymouth)
  • PhD Geography, 2008 (University of Plymouth)
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2010 (University of Plymouth)
  • National Teaching Fellow, 2016 (Advance HE)
  • Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, 2019 (Advance HE)




I am programme lead for the PGCert in Academic Practice 



I have made a substantial contribution to the development of teaching and learning, pedagogic research and research-informed teaching at and have an increasing national and international reputation as an expert in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Educational Development (ED).

I have published in several fields including ESD, e-learning, evaluating teaching in universities, higher education provision, widening participation and inclusivity, arts pedagogies and learning development

I have led on international research projects in Europe, Asia and Africa and been funded by Universities, the NUS, Advance HE, TASO and SEDA.

See my profile on ORCHID for more info on my research.


Turner, B. and Winter, J. (2023) Examining the Role of the Sabbatical Officer Manifestos and Campaigns in Achieving Change in UK Higher Education. In The Bloomsbury Handbook of Student Voice in Higher Education. Eds Conner, J., Raaper, R., Guzmán Valenzuela, C., and Gauthier, L. Bloomsbury: London

Cotton, D., Winter, J., Allison, J., and Mullee, R. (2023) Visual Images of Sustainability in Higher Education: The hidden curriculum of climate change on campus. The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Visual images of sustainability in higher education: the hidden curriculum of climate change on campus | Emerald Insight

Winter, J., Webb, O., and Turner, R. (2022) Decolonising the curriculum: a survey of current practice in a modern UK University. The International Journal of Academic Development.

Ali, K., Winter, J., Webb, O. and Zahra, D. (2022) Decolonisation of Curricula in Undergraduate Dental Education: An Exploratory Study. British Dental Journal. 233, pages 415–422.

Winter, J., Zhai, J. and Cotton, D.R.E. (2021) Teaching Environmental Sustainability in China: Opportunities and Challenges for Business and Economics Faculty in Higher Education. Environmental Education Research. DOI: 1080/13504622.2021.2012560

Cotton DRE, Zhai J, Miller W, Dalla Valle L, Winter J, (2020) Reducing energy demand in China and the United Kingdom: The importance of energy literacy, Journal of Cleaner Production,

Winter, J. Turner, R., Spowart, L. and Kneale, P. (2019). Planning future CPD. What comes next? Doing a Good Job Well. Being Recognised as an Experienced, Professional Teacher in HE. Eds Potter, J. and Turner, R. SEDA Special 41.

Spowart, L. Winter, J., Turner, R., Burden, P., Botham, K., Muneer, R., van der Sluis, H, and Huet, I. (2019) ‘Left with a title but nothing else’: The challenges of embedding professional recognition schemes for teachers within higher education institutions. Higher Education Research and Development.

Cotton, D.,Winter, J.,Miller, W. and Dalla Valle, L. (2017) Is students’ energy literacy related to their university’s position in a sustainability ranking?  Environmental Education Research. 4

Spowart, L., Winter, J., Turner, R., Muneer, R., McKenna, C. & Kneale, P. (2017) ‘Evidencing the impact of teaching-related CPD: beyond the ‘Happy Sheets’. International Journal for Academic Development.  22:4, 360-372

Winter, J., Turner, R., Spowart, S. Muneer, R. and Kneale, P. (2017) Evaluating academic development in the higher education sector: Academic developers’ reflections on using a Toolkit resource. Higher Education Research and Development. 36:7 1503-1514

Turner, R., Spowart, l., Winter, J., Muneer, R., & Kneale, P. (2016). 'The lecturer should know what they are talking about': SU Officers perceptions of teaching-related CPD and implications for practice. Innovations in Education and Teaching Special Issue: 54:2, 143-151.

Kneale, P., Winter, J., Spowart, L., Turner, R. and Muneer, R. (2016) Evaluating teaching development activities in higher education: a toolkit. Higher Education Academy, York.

Hughes, J., McKenna, C., Kneale, P., Winter, J., Turner, R., Spowart, L., & Muneer, R. (2016). Evaluating teaching development in higher education: Towards impact assessment (Literature Review). York: Higher Education. Retrieved June 3, 2016, from

Cotton, D.R.E, Miller, W., Winter, J. Bailey, I. and Sterling, S. (2015b) Knowledge, agency and collective action as barriers to energy-saving behaviour. Local Environment.21:7, 883-897,

Cotton, D., Miller, W., Winter, J., Bailey, I. and Sterling, S. (2015a) Developing students' energy literacy in higher education. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 16 (4) pp 456-473

Cotton, D., Winter, J., Miller, W. and Muneer, R. (2015) Informal learning on campus: a comparative study of students’ energy literacy in UK universities. In Wyness, L. (Ed.) Education for Sustainable Development Pedagogy: Criticality, Creativity, and Collaboration. PedRIO paper number 8.

Winter, J., Allison, J., Barton, G. and Cotton, D. (2015) Learning Development and sustainability: what are the links and how are they communicated?Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Volume 8. pp1-23

Winter, J., Cotton, D., Grant, V. and Hopkinson, P. (2015) The University as a Site for Transformation around Sustainability. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development. Volume 9. No 3-4. pp 303-320

Winter, J., Cotton, D., and Warwick, P. (2015) The university as a site of socialization for sustainability education. Leal, W. (Ed) Teaching Education for Sustainable Development at University Level. Lang: Hamburg

Winter, J., Turner, R.,Gedye, S., Nash, P. & Grant, V. (2015). Graduate teaching assistants: responding to the challenges of internationalisation. International Journal for Academic Development, 20 (1), 33-45. 

Winter, J., Chapman, S., and Treasure, K. (2014) Contemporary Art as Extra-curricular Learning: Lessons from a University Art Gallery. The International Journal of Arts Education. 10 (1) pp.29-41.

Winter, J., Turner, R., Gedye, S., Grant, V. and Nash, P. (2014) Ethnicity and equality in Higher Education: the postgraduate teaching experience. In Miller, W. Internationalisation and the Student Experience. PedRIO Occasional paper No. 5.

Schofield C, Cotton, D. Gresty K, Kneale, P. and Winter, J.  (2013)  'Higher Education Provision in a Crowded Marketplace' Journal of Higher Education Policy and 35 (2) pp 204- 216.

Cotton, D., S, Sterling, V. Neal and J. Winter (Eds) (2012) Putting the ‘S’ into ED: Education for Sustainable Development in Educational Development. London: SEDA Special, London.

Cotton, D., Winter, J. and Bailey, I. (2012) Researching the hidden curriculum: intentional and unintended messages. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 37 (2) pp 192-203.

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2012) Sustainability pedagogies: What do they offer for Educational Development? In Putting the ‘S’ into ED: Education for Sustainable Development in Educational Development . Cotton, S. Sterling, V. Neal and J. Winter (Eds) London: SEDA special. pp23-26

Winter, J. and Cotton. D. (2012) Making the hidden curriculum visible: Sustainability literacy in Higher Education. Environmental Education Research. 37:2, 192-203.

Winter, J. Cotton, D, and V. Grant. (2012) Experiencing transformation: A student Perspective. In Leal, W. “Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons". pp 85-95

Winter, J., Sjerps-Jones, H., Dexter, B., and Klaff, J. (2012) Informal learning for sustainability. In Putting the ‘S’ into ED: Education for Sustainable Development in Educational Development . D. Cotton, S. Sterling, V. Neal and J. Winter (Eds) London: SEDA special. pp 27-32.

Cotton, D.R.E and Winter, J. (2010) 'It's not just bits of paper and light bulbs': A review of sustainability pedagogies and their potential for use in Higher Education. In (Eds) Jones, P., Selby, D. and Sterling, S. Sustainability education: Perspectives and practice across Higher Education. London: Earthscan pp39-54

Cotton, D. and Winter, J. (2010) The Challenge of Embedding Sustainability in the HE Curriculum. Bioscience Bulletin 29 (6)

Winter, J., Cotton, D., Gavin, J. and Yorke, J. (2010) Effective e-learning? Multitasking, distractions and boundary management by graduate students in an online environment. ALT-J. (1) pp 71-83.

Winter, J. and Dismore, H. (2010) Investigating the experiences of foundation degree students progressing to honours degree: An integrated approach. Journal of Further and Higher Education. 34. (2) pp 247-264.









Expert Membership of professional bodies



I review for the following journals - Research- Policy and Practice, Solutions, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Curriculum Studies, Environmental Education Research, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, International Journal of Academic Development, Sustainability, Sustainability Approaches in Education, The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, the International Journal of the Arts and the Journal of Cleaner Production.

Roles on external bodies


  • Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee for SEDA (The Professional Association for Staff and Educational Developers in the UK) (2016-PD)
  • Editorial Board Membership of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE) (2016-PD)
  • Editorial Board Membership of Innovations in Education and Teaching International (IETI) (2016-PD)
  • Editorial Board Membership of the ‘Sustainability’ journal (2018-2020)
  • Publications Officer for the Association of National Teaching Fellows (2019-21)
  • Member of Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG) (2019-2021)
  • Special Education Advisor to Beijing Forestry University (2019-2022)

Other Interests



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