Mrs Christie Pritchard

Mrs Christie Pritchard

Learning Development Advisor

Learning Support & Wellbeing - Student Services (Academic Registry)


Learning Development Advisor and Writing Café Coordinator.

Christie joined the Learning Development (LD) team in April 2013 having worked for the previous five years supporting students with mental health conditions in Higher Education. One of her key responsibilities is contributing to the successful running and further development of the Writing Café. Christie is also part of the Learning Development team who work with students and staff to develop skills for learning. She aims to enhance the student experience by inspiring and empowering individuals to think critically and creatively and make the most out of their time at university.



Doctorate in Education (Ongoing)

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2014)

Masters of Research Art History (2010)

BA Hons Fine Art & Art History (2009)


Prior to joining the Learning Development (LD) team in 2013, Christie worked as an Enhanced Enabler and Tutor for Claro Learning Ltd. She provided individually tailored support to students with mental health conditions in Higher Education as well as designing and facilitating accredited courses for other support workers across the South West.

Professional membership

Association of Learning Development in HigherEducation (ALDinHE)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching interests

Christie designs and delivers specially requested workshops across all disciplines and for all stages from pre-enrolment right through to PhD students. She aims to break down the barriers to Higher Education and create a positive, engaging and challenging learning experience for all. Her teaching interest includes a range of topics to support this aim, including:

 - Academic writing
 - Critical thinking
 - Critical reflection
 - Plagiarism and referencing
 - Presentations

In addition to delivering workshops and large group sessions, Christie also works one to one with students in tutorial sessions, at the Writing Cafe and by providing constructive feedback on short extracts of academic work in progress. She can offer advice and resources on a variety of topics including:

- Interpreting feedback
- Essay structure
- Time management and planning
- Exams and revision

Research interests

Alternative learning spaces
Transformative learning and sustainable pedagogies
The student experience

Grants & contracts

Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory Fund, 2015. £6550 'Hovering on the Threshold? Tracking intentional and transitional behaviours at the Writing Cafe'. 

Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory Fund, 2015. £9785 'Becoming Student: partnerships and voices. Developing a relationships for academic success and transformation model.'

Centre for SustainableFutures (CSF) Curriculum Development Grant awarded. Transformative and active learning with interdisciplinary staff team at Schumacher College, £4,000,June2014.


Journal Articles:

      Pritchard, C. (2015) 'Mentoring in the Writing Cafe: Identity, belonging and ownership, Journal of Learning         Development in Higher Education, Special Edition: Peer Learning, 9th November.

Conference Presentations:

Pritchard, C. (2015) 'It looks like my Gran's house: an exploration of 'thing power', Education for Sustainability in Higher Education: Achievements and Prospects. Plymouth University, Plymouth 8th January. Plymouth University Centre for Sustainable Futures.

Pritchard, C., Bowstead, H. (2015) 'It looks like my Gran's house: an exploration of 'thing power' Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) conference: Imagining Learning Development, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, 30th March - 1st April 2015. 

Pritchard, C., Bowstead,H. (2014) ‘Space Pirates of the Ocean City’, Higher Education Academy (HEA): Heroes and Monsters: Extra-ordinary Tales of Learning and Teaching in the Arts and Humanities, The Lowry, Manchester, 2-4th June 2014.  

Pritchard, C., Bowstead,H. (2014) ‘A tent for the nomad: Welcome to the Writing Café’, Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) : Learning Development Spaces and Places, Huddersfield University, Huddersfield, 14-16th April 2014.

Pritchard, C., Bowstead.H. (2014) ‘Welcoming and Purposeful: Coffee and Conversation at the Writing Café’ academic poster at PedRIO: Spaces to Think, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 2nd April, 2014.

Pritchard, C., Bowstead,H. (2013) ‘Learning Spaces beyond the Lecture Hall’, Centre for Sustainable Futures Pedagogy Café, 20th November 2013, Plymouth University.

Pritchard, C., Bowstead,H. ‘Making Writing Happen’, PASS/PALS National Leader Conference,Plymouth University, Plymouth, 8th –9th November 2013.

Conference Papers
Pritchard C & Bowstead H 2014 'A tent for the ‘nomad: Welcome to the Writing Café' Association of Learning Development in Higher Education: Learning Development Spaces and Places University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield 14/04/2014 16/04/2014