Dr Lynnette Matthews

Head of Academic Professional Development

Dr Lynnette MatthewsContact details

Email: lynnette.matthews@le.ac.uk
Tel: 0116 223 1809


Dr Lynnette Matthews is responsible for leading and developing initial and continuing professional development programmes and awards for academic staff to enhance student learning.   She developed the University’s Professional Educational Excellence Recognition Scheme (PEERS) and was responsible for it securing University approval and Higher Education Academy accreditation.  Lynnette is currently the Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice, which constitutes the PEERS Programme Route, and is the PEERS Co-Ordinator for the Experiential Route.

Lynnette has a portfolio of strategic leadership, design and delivery of initial and continuing professional development programmes and awards within the University and nationally.  This was recognised by the Higher Education Academy with the award of Principal Fellowship in October 2015.  She was also awarded a Distinguished Teaching Fellowship by the University for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of an effective learning experience for students, and in the support of the development of teaching excellence across the institution.

She has been an active member of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) since 2008 when she was invited to design a new national award for SEDA’s Professional Development Framework.   She is a SEDA accreditor and a mentor supporting institutions wishing to obtain recognition for programmes in teaching, research and management.  Her external activities also include external examining and she is also invited to sit on accreditation panels for HEA Fellowships for other institutions.

She gained her PhD at the University of Nottingham. This work studied the motivation of newly-qualified teachers working in the post-compulsory sector.


Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)

University of Leicester Distinguished Teaching Fellowship
Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SFSEDA)
PhD (University of Nottingham)

MA in Research Methods (Education)

Postgraduate Certificate in Continuing Education (PGCCE)
BA (Hons) English and Experience of Writing

External Roles

January 2017 – Currently Reviewer for Routledge Books
August 2013 – Currently External Examiner for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at the University of Birmingham

2008 – currently                            Accreditor and Programme Mentor for the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)

2012 – 2015                                     Member of the Executive Committee for the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)

2012 – 2015                                     Co-Chair of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Professional Development Framework (PDF) Committee

2011 – 2015                                     External Examiner for the MEd Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Birmingham City University

2008 – 2012                                     External Examiner for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at the University of Bath

Recent publications

Matthews L & Pilkington R (in print) ‘Developing Teaching Standards: a professional development perspective’ in Roger E (Ed.) Handbook of Quality Assurance for University Teaching, (2nd edition) Routledge/SRHE

Matthews L (2014) ‘The Accreditation Process’ [available on-line at:  http://www.seda.ac.uk/pdf-accreditation-process]

Matthews L & Carkett R (2013) ‘Am I qualified yet?’  in Educational Developments, SEDA, Issue 14.2 (June)

Matthews L (2013) ‘Using SEDA PDF to support researcher development’ in Educational Developments, SEDA, Issue 14.2 (March)

Matthews L (2009) ‘Responding to Change in Higher Education’ in Educational Developments, SEDA, Issue 10.1 (February)

Grant E & Matthews L (2008) ‘Towards a Community of Transnational Practice: Considerations and complexities’ in Sediba sa Thuto, South Africa, Vaal University of Technology, EAP Special Edition, February 2008

Conference presentations

Matthews L (2013)  ‘Teaching Fellows Engaging with the UKPSF’, Inaugural meeting of the Physics Teaching Fellow Network, 30th January 2013, Institute of Physics, London

Carkett R & Matthews L (2012) ‘Am I qualified yet? Investigating consistency in practice of institutions’ APL and APEL provision and probationary requirements for teaching in Higher Education’, 17th Annual SEDA conference, Excellence in Teaching: recognising, enhancing, evaluation and achieving impact, Birmingham, 16th November 2012

Matthews L & Fieldhouse E (2009)Responding to Change’, The Future of Higher Education – Where Do I Fit In, Leicester, 9th January 2009

Matthews L (2008)Accredited professional development pathways for researchers’ Supporting and Developing Research Staff, SEDA-Vitae, London, 4th December 2008

Matthews L (2008) ‘Taking a Global Approach to Practice’, Sustainable Universities; Visions of HE for the 21st Century, Leicester, 27th November 2008

Matthews L (2008) ‘Encouraging Internationalised Practice through CPD’, 13th Annual SEDA Conference - Changing Educational Development: Whose Values? Whose Agendas? Whose Future? Birmingham, 18th & 19th November 2008

Matthews L, Daley R & Wellens J (2007) ‘First Steps towards Enhancing Research Practice’ 12th Annual SEDA Conference - Professional Standards and CPD: ideals and realities, Birmingham, 20th-21st November 2007

Matthews L & Hutchence J (2007) ‘Accredited development for RS – the way forward?’ UKHERD Third Annual Conference, London, 13th September 2007

Grant E, Matthews L & Negash W (2007) ‘Transnational Community of Academic Practice: Considerations for the development of transnational dialogue’, 2nd International iPED Conference, Coventry, 10th-11th September 2007

Grant E & Matthews L (2007) Learning together: Developing a Community of Practice’ Standing Conference on Academic Practice, Warwick, July 2007

Matthews L & Grant E (2007) ‘Valuing internationalisation and internationalising professional values’,` Internationalisation and Educational Development, Leeds, June 2007

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