Julie-Anne Regan

Job Title: Director of Studies, PGC

Telephone: 0151 794 1349

Fax: 0151 794 2512

Email: jregan@liverpool.ac.uk

Job Role:

My primary role is that of Director of Studies for the Post Graduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE). I also contribute to the other programmes and workshops offered by the Educational Development team; particularly in the area of assessment and providing learner feedback.


I joined the University of Liverpool in October 2015. However, this is not my first experience of Liverpool, as I undertook my nurse training at the Royal Liverpool Teaching Hospital in the late 1970’s. I worked in various locations, as a nurse, until 1995 including Wales, the South of England, Belize in Central America and Papua New Guinea. In 1995, I started working in Nurse Education in the University of Brighton, where I had previously been a student on their Degree in Nursing programme for registered nurses. After two years my husband and I moved to Barbados in the West Indies, where I worked as a Nurse Tutor. In May 2000 we moved back to the UK and I went to work in the University of Chester, in the Faculty of Health and Social Care. Whilst I maintained an interest in healthcare, specifically healthcare ethics, the main focus of my professional work shifted to leadership of learning and teaching in the Faculty. I then took up the role of Academic Development Advisor and Programme Leader of the MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2006. This role was based in the Learning and Teaching Institute at the University of Chester.


My main areas of interest include assessment design and rethinking student feedback for greater impact on learning. This is an area of practice which demands a huge investment of time and energy by staff and learners, and is therefore an extremely important aspect of my role as an educational developer.

Another key area of interest has been ‘research ethics’. Originally this was related to healthcare research but more recently I have been researching the ethics of pedagogic research. I have also undertaken research into the moral role obligations of students and lecturers and the teaching philosophies of higher education lecturers.

I am currently collaborating with an Australian researcher to explore the perceptions of professional staff about their contribution to successful student outcomes. As the largest staff group in higher education, their impact on the retention, persistence and success of students is significant, but very under-researched.

Conference Papers:

Regan J. A. & Gould-Williams J. (2016) Professional staff in pedagogic partnerships with academic colleagues. PMAC Annual Conference, 12th-13th December, 2016, organised by CABS. Cardiff, Wales, UK

Graham C., & Regan J.A. (2015) A Tale of Two Cities: the Sequel. SRHE Annual Conference, 9-11th December, 2015: Newport, Wales, UK.

Graham C., & Regan J.A. (2015) A Tale of Two Cities: the Sequel International Conference on Teaching and Learning, September 29th – 1st October 2015. Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore.

Graham C., & Regan J.A. (2015) (Keynote speakers) A Tale of Two Cities: the contribution of professional staff to the student experience. UCL Teaching Administrator Conference, 23rd April,2015. UCL: London.

Regan, J. A., Taylor, K., and Simcock, T. (2014) Exploring the development needs of PGT dissertation supervisors. University of Chester Annual L&T Conference: 11th September 2014, Chester, UK.

Regan, J.A., Litherland K. and McMaster, S. (2014) Maintaining Good Standing via an online CPD Record. HEA Annual Conference, 2-3 July 2014, Aston University.

Regan, J.A. & Graham C. (2013) A Tale of Two Cities: the contribution of professional staff to the student experience. SRHE Annual Conference, 11-13th December, 2013 : Newport, Wales, UK.

Regan, J.A, Banks, N & Dollard E.L. (2013) A Comparative Study of the Perceptions of Support Staff on their Contribution to the Student Experience. University of Chester Annual L&T Conference, 13th September 2013: Chester, UK.

Regan, J.A. & Dutton, K (2012) Teaching Philosophies: Understanding Culture through Expressed Values. SRHE Annual Conference: What is Higher Education For? Shared and Contested Ambitions, 12-14th December, 2012. Newport, Wales, UK.

Regan, J.A. & Adegbulu, L. (2012) First to Final Year: how was your journey? The Student Journey. SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning& Assessment Conference, 17-18th May, 2012: Chester, UK.

Regan, J.A. (2012) The Role Obligations of Students and Lecturers in Higher Education. STLHE Annual Conference: Learning without Boundaries, 19-22nd June, 2012: Montreal, Canada.

Regan, J.A. Peters L.P. & Baldwin, M.A., (2011) Ethical issues in pedagogic research. SRHE Newer Researcher Conference, 7-9th December, 2011. Newport, Wales, UK.


Graham C and Regan J A (2016) Exploring the contribution of professional staff to student outcomes: a comparative study of Australian and UK case studies. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. Available online from July 2016 at the following doi: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1360080X.2016.1211935

Regan, J.A., Dollard, E., Banks, N. (2014). A comparative study of the perceptions of professional staff on their contribution to student outcomes. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. Volume 36 (5). doi:10.1080/1360080X.2014.936093

Regan, J.A. (2013) Threats to Informed Consent in Pedagogic Research. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. Volume 1 (1), p25-29.

Regan, J.A, Peters L.P. & Baldwin, M.A., (2012) Ethical issues in pedagogic research. Journal of Pedagogic Development. Volume 2 (3), p44-54.

Regan, J.A. (2011) The Role Obligations of Students and Lecturers in Higher Education. Journal of Philosophy of Education – Volume 46 (1), p14-24.

Regan ,J.A., Middleton, A., Beattie, C., Sextone, R. (2011) Scenario-Based Evaluation of an Ethical framework for the use of digital media in learning and teaching . Journal of Pedagogic Development Volume 1 (2), p39-48.

Regan, J.A. & Besemer K. (2009) Using action learning to support doctoral students to develop their teaching practice. International Journal for Academic Development, Volume 14 (3), p209-221.

Regan, J.A. (2005) Facilitating students towards self-directed learning in 'Enhancing Teaching in Higher Education' edited by Hartley P, Woods A and Pill M.

Regan J. A. (2003) Motivating students towards self-directed learning. Nurse Education Today. Volume 23, p593-599.