Yvette Winnard

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Distance learning ,
Areas of Expertise:
Health and social care , Education and teaching
Research Supervision:

Yvette has previous experience working in a management and leadership role in clinical practice in the NHS. She is an expert in online distance learning having worked for Anglia Ruskin University as an online lecturer since 2004.

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With over 20 years’ experience as a therapeutic radiographer in the NHS, Yvette understands the challenges faced by staff working in health and social care. Managing change and the need for service efficiency and improvement are key features of health and social care practice and this is reflected in the content on both courses Yvette leads.

Both courses Yvette leads are delivered entirely online therefore her areas of interest primarily lie in this area of educational research: specifically, developing innovative teaching and learning support for online distance learning students, helping students’ transition to university, online induction and supporting students in the development of their academic skills.

Research interests
  • Online distance learning
  • Student experience
  • Student support for academic development
  • Induction to Higher Education for online distance learning students
  • Student transition to Higher Education
Areas of research supervision
  • Supervision of UG and PG Major Projects in healthcare leadership and management
  • MProf (Education), Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University
  • PgCert Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University
  • Certificate in Management, Norwich City College
  • Diploma of the College of Radiographers (Therapeutic)
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Senior Fellowship Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Chartered Management Institute
  • External Examiner
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • June 2019: St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Delivery of a two-day workshop to advise about planning, implementing and managing an online induction to enhance teaching and learning for their blended learners.
  • June 2020: Plymouth College of Art. Delivery of Keynote speech for an online learning and teaching symposium. The symposium was designed to help staff address the pragmatic challenges of developing online learning in response to the COVID pandemic.
  • July 2022: ARU team sabbatical which aims to identify existing good practice at ARU and analyse students' experiences to aid the development of institution-wide pre-arrival (pre-registration) resources to expediate student transition into HE and reduce drop out.
Selected recent publications

Wilson, R and Winnard, Y. 2022. Causes, impacts and possible mitigation of non-attendance of appointments within the National Health service: a literature review. Journal of Health Organisation and Management, August 2022. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-11-2021-0425

Jacobs, C., Winnard, Y., and Elliott, V., 2014. Introducing a Structured Format for Learner Self-Assessment: The Tutor's Perspective, European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, [Online]. Available at: http://www.eurodl.org/?article=525

Winnard, Y., and Elliott, V., 2012. The Freshers’ Week Experience in a VLE: Can it be achieved? European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, [Online]. Available at: http://www.eurodl.org/?article=525

Recent presentations and conferences

Winnard, Y., 2020. Keynote Speaker: Designing an effective online learning student experience. [online symposium] June 2020. Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth.

Winnard, Y., 2019. Invited Speaker: Building an online induction experience for students at St Mary’s University. [workshop] June 2019. St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Winnard, Y., 2017. Invited Speaker: Supporting distance learning student transition to higher education. [Talking about Teaching Seminar] November 2017. Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Winnard, Y., 2016. The online distance learning student voice on academic skill development. In: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Newer & Early Career Researchers Conference. Wales, 6 December 2016.

Winnard, Y., 2015. VLE structure and navigation to facilitate the student experience. In: Digifest. ARU, 8 September 2015.

Winnard, Y., and Jacobs, C., 2013. Developing and using an online induction programme with work based students. The Higher Education Academy Workshop and Seminar Series 2012-13 ‘Distanced but not disadvantaged’ Chelmsford, UK. 6 June 2013.

Winnard, Y., Jacobs, C., and Elliott, V., 2012. Challenges and Solutions for the Personal Tutor Supporting Online Distance Learning Students. In: The Higher Education Academy, Health Sciences Annual Conference: 'Innovation, Simulation and the Evolution of Technology Enhanced Learning in Healthcare Education'. East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, 31 May 2012, The Higher Education Academy.