Catherine Lillie

Teaching Enhancement Advisor (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)

Faculty and Department

  • Education
  • Teaching Excellence Academy


  • BA (University of Leicester)
  • MA (Open University)
  • PhD / DPhil (Lancaster University)


Catherine joined the University of Hull in 2016 as a Teaching Enhancement Advisor focussing on postgraduate teaching development. Her primary role is developing and delivering teaching and learning support for GTAs and those new to teaching. She designed and is Module Lead for the Professional Practice in T&L in HE module (accredited at AFHEA) which forms part of the Postgraduate Training Scheme and also leads the Passport to University Teaching programme. She provides support for early career academics through contributions to PCAP and is lead for AFHEA and FHEA on the DARTE scheme. She is lead for the Teaching Essentials site, is on the organising group for the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference and contributes to other projects and programmes within the Academy.

Catherine has many years’ experience in higher education, specialising in development for researchers, early-career academics and professional services staff. Prior to joining the University of Hull she worked in Researcher Development in the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, designing and running programmes for Research Staff and PGRs. She spent seven years as Executive Officer (Professional Development) at the AUA, where she ran the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Higher Education Administration and Management), worked on the national CPD Framework project and designed, delivered and coordinated national professional development initiatives and events. Former roles at the University of Manchester focussed on postgraduate studies and research, in both academic departments and at a cross-institution research centre.

Catherine is currently a doctoral candidate at Lancaster University under the supervision of Professor Paul Ashwin, looking at the development of teaching self-efficacy in GTAs. In 2016 she became a Senior Fellow of the HEA. She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Leicester and an MA in Online and Distance Education from the Open University. She is a trained coach and mentor, and has diplomas in both NLP and Student Support and Guidance.

Module Leader: Professional Practice in Teaching and Learning in HE

Module Co-Lead: Quality Learning Experiences in the Disciplines (PCAP)

Lead: Passport to University Teaching (an introduction to T&L at the University of Hull)

Supervisor of PCAP SoTL projects

DARTE facilitator and panel member

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Teaching and learning in higher education

Lillie, C., Bradley, S., & Robinson Canham, A. (2017). Teaching and learning in higher education. In P. Hoskins, & S. Keevil (Eds.), Academic Practice- a Handbook for Physicists and Engineers involved in Biomedical research and teaching (197-219). York: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine


Using the AUA CPD Framework: a practical guide to success

Shine, J., Birds, R., & Lillie, C. (2013). Using the AUA CPD Framework: a practical guide to success

Research interests

Teaching self-efficacy

Role and identity of postgraduate researchers who teach

Enhancing teaching practice through reflection and observation

Committee/Steering group role

Concordats Steering Group


AUA CPD Framework Steering Group

2007 - 2009

Conference attendance

Vitae Annual Conference

2014 - 2016

Conference organisation

University of Hull Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

2019 - 2019

University of Hull Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

2018 - 2018

AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition

2009 - 2014

Conference presentation

GTA Developers Forum

2019 - 2019

University of Hull Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

2018 - 2018

Session title: Exploring the liminal space: developing the professional practice of PGR students who teach

GTA Developers Forum

2017 - 2017

Session title: GTA teaching development at the University of Hull


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy