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Willy Kitchen, LLB, MA, PhD

Head of Department for Lifelong Learning


Willy first taught for the Department as a part-time Archaeology tutor in 1998. He started work as Programme Co-ordinator for the part-time Foundation Programme in 2002, a programme which he directed through to 2014. He played a leading role in the institutional review of Foundation Year provision in 2013 which led to the introduction of a suite of new full-time degrees with Foundation Years, the latter taught within the Department, which now form a significant core of DLL’s work. Willy was appointed Head of the Department in September 2015.


Willy has taught a number of different subjects for DLL over the past sixteen years, originally teaching a range of Archaeology modules on the BSc Natural and Human Environments, before focussing increasingly on the teaching of first and second year modules on the Foundation Programme, where he came to focus particularly on the core study skills and introductory arts and social sciences modules. Most recently, he has been working with colleagues on the development of the new CertHE curriculum within DLL.

Along the way, Willy has turned his hand to subject areas as diverse as the archaeology of death, burial and ritual, contract law, bricks and local Sheffield history, and trigonometry. He received a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching from the University in July 2008.

Other roles

Willy is DLL’s Director of Learning and Teaching, a member of the Departmental Management and Advisory Groups, the University’s Board of Extra-Faculty Provision and of Senate. He also sits on the Maths and Statistics Help (MASH) Steering Group.

Research interests

Willy is particularly interested in the support and development of mature students studying at Foundation Level within an HE context. He has been an active member of the Foundation Year Network since its inception in 2007 where he has regularly contributed presentations on learning and teaching issues. He also played a leading role in the original development of The Academic Skills Hub (TASH) at the University.