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School of Health and Society

Dr Emma Gillaspy

Digital Teaching & Learning Manager


As an experienced educator at all levels, I am passionate about supporting academics and students with their professional development and career management. I’m a co-founder of #coachingHE, a qualified executive coach and facilitator of coaching skills development. As an advocate of social media, I encourage experimentation in blended learning through creative and experiential approaches. I teach across a wide range of topics including education, personal effectiveness, communication and public engagement. Before moving into the field of academic and researcher development, I worked in the NHS as a clinical molecular geneticist following graduation from my PhD studying the genetics of osteoarthritis.


Founder and chair of the Academy of Creative Educators @SalfordACE

Co-founder of both #coachingHE and the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

Module leader: Research methods online

Facilitation includes: coaching, education, social media, researcher development, academic staff development, career management, leadership, personal effectiveness

Author of several learning packages including:

Winner 2017 Vice Chancellor Distinguished Teaching Awards (two team awards on coaching and interprofessional simulation)

Teaching interests:

  • Coaching
  • Experiential learning
  • Social media
  • Academic and researcher development
  • Pedagogical innovation

Research Interests

My research focuses on three related areas of academic development:

  1. I am investigating the effectiveness of formal and informal coaching as developmental interventions in HE and as a pedagogical approach.
  2. I am Principal Investigator for a new national project which aims to understand what is required of the contemporary academic to better support academic career development.
  3. I am exploring how digital technologies can be coupled with experiential learning to create innovative social learning environments which promote active rather than passive learning.

I am a Masters and Doctoral supervisor and reviewer for the Innovations in Education and Teaching International journal.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Genetics of Osteoarthritis

Institute of Leadership and Management Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching

Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Step I Practitioner

BTEC Level 5 Professional Certificate in Management Studies


Leigh, JA, Rosen, LC, Gillaspy, EE, Storey, K and Wilkinson, M (2017) Evaluation of a primary care triumvirate leadership development programme. Primary Health Care (in press).

Withnell, N. and Gillaspy, E.E. (2017) Cracking the TEF Crystal Maze – Embedding a flexible learning strategy to enhance the student experience. Presented at Higher Education Academy Conference, Manchester

Gillaspy E (2014) ‘Online Networking’ in Daly I and Brophy Haney A (eds) 53 interesting ways to communicate your research. The Professional and Higher Partnership Ltd, Newmarket.

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Postgraduate research

I supervise students in the fields of education, coaching and digital technologies.