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Emily Coughlan

Learning and Teaching Enhancement Manager


I work within the Institute of Educational Technology Quality Enhancement and Innovation team as a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Manager. I am enthusiastic and passionate about creating excellence in the delivery of teaching and learning and academic quality.

I have an excellent understanding of the entire Education sector but more specifically Higher Education and University Education. I have worked in Higher Education for over 6 years and Education in some compacity for over 10 years, therefore have extensive experience and excellent knowledge of issues faced and changing landscape within the sector.

Fundamentally I believe education is a right and not a privilege. I am passionate about universal design for learning and developing curriculum that allows a learner to demonstrate their skills and understanding as best suites them. Being innovative and creative in course design and assessment is something I am also passionate about.

I am currently working on a number of projects the university including: emerging opportunities for digital badges in teacher professional development in India, student voice and young students.

I am currently studying an MA in Education Practice (final research project to finish only) in my spare time. I am passionate about my own personal and professional development, with my passion for education, this felt like the next natural progression. I currently have a PGCHE and hold an associate membership for Advance HE, previously the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I have an Undergraduate degree in Sport Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention a PGDip in Strength and Conditioning.



Coughlan, Tim; Tessarolo, Felipe and Coughlan, Emily. (). Accessible by Design? Exploring How Barriers faced by Disabled Students are Resolved in Online and Distance Learning. In: International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 24), 8-12 Jul 2024, Linz, Austria.


Tessarolo, Felipe; Aristeidou, Maria and Coughlan, Emily. (). From face-to-face environments to distance learning universities: the transition period of first-year students. In: 8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’22), 14-17 Jun 2022, Valencia.


Cross, Simon; Adinolfi, Lina; Charania, Amina; Wolfenden, Freda; Ramchand, Mythili; Sen, Sohini; Paltiwale, Sumegh; Coughlan, Emily; Shende, Satej; Sarkar, Durba; Chatterjee, Ananya and Balli, Omkar (). Teachers’ professional learning during and after Covid: A role for open digital badges. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
(). How COVID-19 Impacted Learning Experiences. ICEQ Student Voice Conference.