Staff Profile:Dr Emma Mayhew

Dr Emma Mayhew
Job Title:
Academic Director for Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA)

I am currently Academic Director of the institution wide Electronic Management of Assessment Programme. I have been seconded from the School to undertake this role since 2016.

In the past I have taught the Part One module International Relations and Security Studies, the Part Two modules Comparative Government and Politics and American Government as well as Part 3 modules US Foreign Policy since 1950, UK Politics Since 1960 and British Foreign and Defence Policy since 1945.

Previous positions include School Director of Teaching and Learning, Department Director of Teaching and Learning and School Director of Academic Tutoring.

Between 2014 and 2015 I was also lead for a major University funded teaching and learning project, GRASS, designed to support increased use of screen capture technology across the University. For more information please visit the project webpage here.

Areas of Interest:

I have an interest in British foreign policy in the post-war era, the British Labour Party and arms control. My research focuses on the use of technology enhanced learning to facilitate student engagement, learning, attainment and satisfaction. I focus, in particular, on developments surrounding multi-media learning, screen capture, video feedback, online assessment and learning analytics.

Awards and Fellowships:

  • 2019 The Blackboard Catalyst Award for Optimising the Student Experience (as part of the EMA Programme team)
  • 2019 Finalist, national E-Assessment Awards
  • 2016 The Higher Education Academy and British International Studies Association Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2016 University Collaborative Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learnings
  • 2015 Political Studies Association Sir Bernard Crick Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • 2015 RUSU Technological Innovation in Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2014 University Teaching Fellowship
  • 2014 Short-listed for the RUSU Technological Innovation in Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2012 Short-listed for a RUSU Gold Star award for teaching excellence
  • 2012 Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning award

    Academic Affiliations

  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academ
  • Research groups / Centres:
                • Davies, M. and Mayhew, E. (2019) The Magic Number: The design, implementation and impact of a project delivering detailed assessment data to Personal Tutors, Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, (accepted and in press, June 2019)
                • Mayhew, E. (2019) Hearing everyone in the feedback loop: Using the new discussion platform Unitu to enhance the staff and student dialogue, European Political Science, DOI:
              • Mayhew, E. (2018) Implementing Electronic Management of Assessment: Four key barriers faced by higher education providers moving to online submission and feedback, Research in Learning Technology, vol. 26, DOI:
            • Mayhew, E. (2018) No Longer a Silent Partner: How Mentimeter can Enhance Teaching and Learning within Political Science, Journal of Political Science Education, DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2018.1538882
          • Mayhew, E., Staying tuned: The impact of screen captured video to support a multimedia learning approach to assessment literacy, Higher Education Pedagogies Journal (accepted and in press, August 2018)
        • Mayhew, E. (2018) The New Generation of Prezi Presentation Software, Provided by Prezi Inc., and Student Engagement and Learning Within Political Science, Journal of Political Science Education, DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2018.1485572
      • Mayhew, E. (2018) Creativity, Communication and Camtasia: Using screen capture software to support assessment (short case study). Content accepted for The Assessment and Feedback Practice Guide. In preparation. 2018
    • Mayhew, E. (2017) Goodbye Text, Hello Visual Learning: Using Screen Capture to Enhance Student Assessment Literacy (case study) in Elkington, S. and Evans, C. (eds.) Transforming Assessment in Higher Education, York. Higher Education Academy
    • Mayhew, E. (2016) Play-back feedback: The impact of screen captured video feedback on student satisfaction, learning and attainment, European Political Science, vol. 16, no 2


    • BA (Exeter), MSc (Bristol), PhD (Bristol),
    • Prince2 Foundation (2016) and Practitioner (2017)
    • Agile Scrum Product Owner (2017)
    • APMG Managing Change Foundation (2018)

    Previous teaching:

    Prior to joining the department in 2007 I taught International Relations at the University of Bristol.


    Contact Details

    +44 (0) 118 378 6216

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