Emma Palmer

Foundation Year Tutor

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education


  • PGCert (Leeds Beckett University)
  • MA (University of Hull)
  • BA (Leeds Beckett University)


Emma is the Director of Foundation Year at the University of Hull, who oversees the provision for the integrated Foundation Years. She has a keen interest in Student identity and their sense of belonging, depending on how this is influenced depending on their academia, social and environmental circumstances.

Emma's background was initially in Theatre and Events where she was a stage manager for 13 years, working with the BBC, National Youth Music Theatre and the Northern Academy of Performing Arts (Hull). Following this, Emma went into Education which she worked with Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) as a Student Reviewer, was President of the Hull College Students' Union (2013 - 2014) and worked in collaboration with the National Union of Students on campaigns and focus groups to enhance the student experience.

300088 - Introduction to Study in the Humanities (Trimester 1)

Research interests

Retention and Transition, Widening Participation, Student Engagement, Student Experience, Inclusion, Sense of Belonging, Communities, Foundation Year.

Awards and prizes

Top 30 Under 30's Award

2019 - 2019

Emma was nominated for 2019's Top 30 Under 30's Award in Hull and Humber for her work in student experience and engagement.

Committee/Steering group role


2016 - 2021

Emma was the Vice Chair (2020 - 2021) and Governor for Hull College, focusing on student experience, safeguarding and Higher Education.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body



Awarded FHEA status in 2021 (Blog post based on case study: