Staff Profiles: Prof. Jennifer Hill

Prof. Jennifer Hill

Staff Profile: Prof. Jennifer Hill
Head of Learning and Teaching Innovation

Prof. Jennifer Hill

Prof. Jennifer Hill

Head of Learning and Teaching Innovation

Environmental Sciences

Teacher Education

Jenny is a senior academic with substantial experience managing HE professional development, quality and standards. She has worked as an advisor to universities, examination boards, Advance HE and the Quality Assurance Agency. She is passionate about teaching, researching and developing curricula and practice across all disciplines and professional areas.


Jenny researches into the area of environmental resource management and is internationally recognised for her scholarship in higher education pedagogies. She has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and co-edited books. Her Google Scholar h-index is 22 and she has almost 1,700 citations. She purposefully applies the outcomes of her enquiry to educational enhancement and development.

Jenny has chaired the RGS Higher Education (GeogEd) Research Group and is currently a member of the International Editorial Boards for Journal of Geography in Higher Education and Higher Education Pedagogies. She has undertaken a number of national education enhancement roles.


Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) Geography Oxford University 1990
PhD Biogeography University of Wales Swansea 1995
PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education UWE Bristol 2005


Chartered Geographer (CGeog) (2004)

Registered Advance HE Academic Associate (2013)


National Teaching Fellow (NTF) (2011)

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) (2015)

RGS-IBG Taylor and Francis Award for ‘sustained contributions to teaching and learning in UK higher education’ (2019)

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) (2001)

Member International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in HE (2006)

Member Society for Research into Higher Education (2016)

Teaching and research


Jenny taught undergraduate geographers for 25 years and continues to deliver professional staff development. She believes in participatory pedagogies, encouraging students and teachers to become collaborators and learners, engaging in reciprocal dialogue that is based on the quality and integrity of contributed ideas from all.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


1. Pedagogic research: Pedagogic projects focus on enhancing the student voice and student partnership, notably via their active integration in the scholarship of teaching and learning; the development of graduate attributes; assessment and feedback; learning spaces; the teaching-research dialectic; and student transitions.

2. Disciplinary research: Environmental resource management in extreme environments: cold mountain environments, tropical forests, hot deserts and disturbed coastal sites.


More publications from Prof. Jennifer Hill can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Jenny is an Advance HE Academic Associate and is currently working as an invited consultant on the national OfS/Advance HE Degree Standards Project. She was also a member of the Advance HE Calibration Development Group. She remains a Geographical Association Consultant.

Subjects for media interviews

HE pedagogies particularly related to assessment and feedback, student partnership, graduate competencies and research-based teaching.

Tropical forest fragmentation and conservation.

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Professional positions

Committee Member of the RGS Geography and Education Research Group.

Associate Editor for Higher Education Pedagogies (2017-).

Member of the International Editorial Board for Journal of Geography in Higher Education (2011) and Co-Editor of the Directions section.

Member of the editorial board for the undergraduate research journal Geoverse.

External examining

Jenny is an Advance HE Registered External Examiner. She has held external examining positions at the University of Exeter (2019-2023), University of Staffordshire (2013-2017) and the University of Worcester (2011-2015). She additionally acts as programme assessor and advisor for quality audits.