Claire Allam

Learning & Teaching Support Officer

Claire Allam

Telephone: 0114 22 20407

email :

Twitter: @ClaireAllam

Hours of Work:
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00
school term time

What do I do?

My role is to work with a Faculty to develop and implement strategic learning and teaching priorities through sharing good practice, learning development sessions, bespoke work with individuals and departments and via key quality assurance processes. I act as a communication bridge between the Institution and the Faculty.

Recent highlights and successes

Educational Developer and Project Manager on Achieve More Level 1 State of Sheffield Challenge from development stage to successful implementation of 2nd cohort
• Devised and set up TESS (Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences), an umbrella for all Faculty L&T events and development activities
• Set up a Faculty googlesite for L&T, including a comprehensive good practice section
• Facilitated in recent L&T Strategy consultations at Institutional and Faculty level
• Educational development work on the Faculty's curriculum review programme
• Worked with SALTs on a number of successful and embedded projects - e.g. Learning Spaces and the Student Research Conference
• Devised and edited the Toolkit for L&T
• Revised the University's Principles of Feedback
• Developed support materials for Personal Tutoring


Following graduation, I worked in the broadcast television industry as an editor and director/producer and briefly as a lecturer in video production in FE before joining the University in 1996. Here I continued to use my production skills, producing educational videos and developing the use of video production as a teaching/learning tool. I began producing online learning resources in 2000 for example, Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia and completed a part-time Masters in Education in 2006. Subsequently, I became involved in Institutional-level projects such as the Inclusive L&T Project and in 2010 I began work in a new role as Learning and teaching Development Manager, working with the Faculty of Social Sciences to develop their support for academic staff and to lead on implementation of key initiatives such as Project 2012. The role has strengthened and developed over this time, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with the Faculty of Science from 1 September 2016.

Current areas of interest

TEL - technology enhanced learning
Curriculum development
Community engagement
Feedback and assessment

Qualifications and awards

B.A. (Hons) Film and Photography, M.Ed, FHEA, Senate Award for Excellence in L&T

Publications and presentations

ESLTIS (Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference) Conference July 2017, Sheffield
Co-presentation of keynote ‘Waxing lyrical about collaborations’

HEA Conference: Generation TEF – Teaching in the Spotlight July 2017, Manchester
Presentation with student on outcomes of a student led project on assessment and feedback
Strategy into practice – a student partnership approach to transforming one faculty’s assessment and feedback practice

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice Conference 6 April 2017, Milton Keynes
Presentation on Implementing interdisciplinarity

Allam, C., 2008. Creative activity and its impact on student learning–issues of implementation. Innovations in Education and teaching International,45(3), pp.281-288.

Rodriguez, E. et al, 2010. The inclusive learning and teaching handbook.
(downloadable here)