Dr Jennie Winter

Dr Jennie Winter

Associate Professor and Head of Educational Development

Educational Development (Library and Educational Development)


  • Awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy 2016
  • Awarded Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 2019
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HIgher Education (PGLTHE) Awarded 2010
  • PhD, Stewards of the Earth? Teenagers' Environmental Attitudes and Lifestyles in Devon (UK) and Malaga (Spain) Awarded 2008
  • PGDip Social Research, University of Plymouth 2003
  • BA Hons (first class) Geography and Information Technology, College of St Mark and St Johns, 2001

Professional membership

I am a member of the following organisations:

  • The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EUAC)
  • The Environmental Sustainability Education Network (ESER)

Roles on external bodies

  • I am a member of the Research and Scholarship Committee for SEDA (The professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK) 
  • I hold Editorial Board Membership with the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE) and Innovations in Education and Teaching International (IETI)

Teaching interests

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Education Development
Research Informed Teaching
Research methods

Research interests

Research interests:

I have a number of related research interests including education for sustainable development, e-learning, evaluating teaching in universities, higher education provision, widening participation and inclusivity, arts pedagogies and learning development.

Research funding:

  • Chapman, S. and Winter, J. (2013) Using a contemporary art gallery to enhance student learning. Funded by HEA
  • Cotton, D. Winter, J. and Bailey, I. (2012) Energy literacy in Higher Education. Plymouth University. TFAS award
  • Cotton, D. Winter, J. Jagger-Thomas, R. and Beahan, L. (2014) Unconscious Bias: Promoting a culture change in higher education. TFAS award 
  • Cotton, D. Winter, J. and Dyer, A. (2009) A Sustainable Campus? Students’ Perspectives of Informal Learning about Sustainability. TFAS award
  • Kneale, P. Winter, J. Turner, B. and Spowart, L. (2015) Higher Education Academy. Evaluating teaching development in Higher Education: towards impact assessment. Funded by HEA
  • Spowart, L., Nieve, H., Winter, J., Turner, R. and Rowe, J. (2017) Evaluating the impact of Postgraduate Clinical Education Programmes in the South West. Funded by PedRIO
  • Winter, J. (2014a) Developing a single site resource for inclusivity. Information and Guidance. Inclusivity Developments Award  
  • Winter, J. (2014b) Mature students: developing a support resource. Inclusivity Developments Award 
  • Winter, J. and Chapman, S. (2013) Public Arts as Interdisciplinary and Extra-Curricular Learning. TFAS award 
  • Winter, J. and Chapman, S. (2014) Teaching and learning in the Peninsula Arts Gallery. TFAS award 
  • Winter, J. and Chapman, S. (2014) SEDA. Using a university arts gallery to enhance the student learning experience. Funded by SEDA
  • Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2012) Transformative learning for sustainability in HE: Exploring diverse student experiences. Funded by PedRIO
  • Winter, J., Cotton, D. and Mun, W-L. (2014) PedRIO. Chinese perceptions of sustainability and implications for teaching business. Funded by PedRIO
  • Winter, J. and Turner, R. (2017) Course Reps and Representation of the Student Voice. Funded by PedRIO
  • Winter, J., Turner, R. and Gedye, S. (2013) Emerging Academic Identities of Postgraduate Teaching Assistants. TFAS awad
  • Winter, J. and Searls, C. (2014) Exploring the epistemological and practical experiences of Arts practitioners when engaging with an Educational Development programme. TFAS award

 Peer Reviewed Publications:

Winter, J. Turner,R., Spowart, L. and Kneale, P. (2019). Planning future CPD. What comes next? Doinga Good Job Well. BeingRecognised as an Experienced, Professional Teacher in HE. Eds Potter, J. andTurner, R. SEDA Special 41.

Spowart, L.Winter, J., Turner, R.,Burden, P., Botham, K., Muneer, R., van der Sluis, H, and Huet, I.(2019) ‘Left with a titlebut nothing else’: The challenges of embedding professional recognition schemesfor teachers within higher education institutions. Higher Education Researchand Development. 

Cotton,D.,Winter, J.,Miller, W. and Dalla Valle, L. (2017) Is students’ energy literacy related to their university’s position in asustainability ranking?  EnvironmentalEducation Research. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1395394

Spowart, L., Winter, J., Turner, R., Muneer, R., McKenna, C.& Kneale, P. (2017) ‘Evidencing the impact of teaching-related CPD: beyondthe ‘Happy Sheets’. InternationalJournal for Academic Development.

Winter, J., Turner, R., Spowart, S. Muneer, R. and Kneale, P.(2017) Evaluating academic development in the higher education sector: Academicdevelopers’ reflections on using a Toolkit resource. Higher Education Researchand Development.

Turner, R., Spowart, l., Winter, J., Muneer, R., &Kneale, P. (2016). 'The lecturer should know what they are talking about': SUOfficers perceptions of teaching-related CPD and implications for practice.Innovations in Education and Teaching Special Issue: Evaluation. Pp 1-9

Kneale, P., Winter, J., Spowart, L., Turner, R. andMuneer, R. (2016) Evaluating teaching development activities in highereducation: a toolkit. Higher Education Academy, York

Cotton, D.R.E, Miller, W., Winter, J. Bailey,I. and Sterling, S. (2015) Knowledge, agency and collective action as barriers to energy-saving behaviour. Local Environment. DOI:10.1080/13549839.2015.1038986

 Cotton,D., Miller, W., Winter, J., Bailey, I. and Sterling, S. (2015) Developingstudents' energy literacy in higher education. International Journal ofSustainability in Higher Education. 16 (4) pp 456-473

Cotton, D., Winter, J., Miller, W. and Muneer, R. (2015) Informal learning on campus: a comparative study of students’ energy literacy in UK universities. In Wyness, L. (Ed.) Education for Sustainable Development Pedagogy: Criticality,Creativity, and Collaboration. PedRIO paper number 8. https://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/research/pedrio/Documents/PedRIO%20Paper%208%20April%202015.pdf

Winter, J., Allison, J., Barton, G. and Cotton,D. (2015) Learning Development and sustainability: what are the links and howare they communicated? Journal of Learning Development inHigher Education. Volume8. pp1-23 http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8543/1/LD%26EDaldhen2015.pdf

Winter, J., Cotton, D., Grant, V. and Hopkinson, P. (2015) The Universityas a Site for Transformation around Sustainability. InternationalJournal of Innovation and Sustainable Development. Volume 9. No3-4. pp 303-320 DOI:10.1504/IJISD.2015.071857

Winter, J., Cotton, D., and Warwick, P. (2015) Theuniversity as a site of socialization for sustainability education. Leal, W.(Ed) Teaching Education for Sustainable Development at University Level. Lang:Hamburg

Winter, J., Chapman, S., and Treasure, K. (2014) Contemporary Art asExtra-curricular Learning: Lessons from a University Art Gallery. TheInternational Journal of Arts Education. 10 (1) pp.29-41. http://ijae.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.230/prod.62

Winter, J., Turner, R., Gedye, S., Grant, V. and Nash, P. (2014) Ethnicityand equality in Higher Education: the postgraduate teaching experience. InMiller, W. Internationalisation and the Student Experience. PedRIOOccasional paper No. 5. https://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/research/pedrio/Documents/580196%20PEDRIO%20A4%20Internationalisation%20Report.pdf

SchofieldC, Cotton, D. Gresty K, Kneale, P. and Winter, J.  (2013)  'HigherEducation Provision in a Crowded Marketplace' Journal of HigherEducation Policy and  Management. 35 (2) pp 204- 216.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2013.775928

Cotton, D., S, Sterling, V. Neal and J. Winter (Eds)(2012) Putting the ‘S’ into ED: Education for Sustainable Development inEducational Development. London: SEDA Special, London

Cotton, D., Winter, J. and Bailey, I. (2012) Researchingthe hidden curriculum: intentional and unintended messages. Journal ofGeography in Higher Education. 37 (2) pp 192-203. DOI:10.1080/03098265.2012.733684

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2012) Sustainabilitypedagogies: What do they offer for Educational Development? In Putting the ‘S’ into ED: Education forSustainable Development in Educational Development . D. Cotton, S.Sterling, V. Neal and J. Winter (Eds) London: SEDA special. pp23-26

Winter, J. and Cotton. D. (2012) Making the hiddencurriculum visible: Sustainability literacy in Higher Education. EnvironmentalEducation Research. I-first edition pp1-14. DOI:10.1080/13504622.2012.670207

Winter, J. Cotton, D, and V. Grant. (2012)Experiencing transformation: A student Perspective. In Leal, W. “Sustainable Development atUniversities: New Horizons". pp 85-95

Winter, J., Sjerps-Jones, H., Dexter, B., and Klaff, J.(2012) Informal learning for sustainability.In Putting the ‘S’ into ED: Education for Sustainable Development inEducational Development . D. Cotton, S. Sterling, V. Neal and J.Winter (Eds) London: SEDA special. pp 27-32

Cotton, D.R.E andWinter, J. (2010) 'It's not just bits of paper and light bulbs': A review ofsustainability pedagogies and their potential for use in Higher Education. In(Eds) Jones, P., Selby, D. and Sterling, S. Sustainabilityeducation: Perspectives and practice across Higher Education. London:Earthscan pp39-54

Cotton, D. and Winter,J. (2010) The Challenge of Embedding Sustainability in the HE Curriculum. BioscienceBulletin 29 (6)

Winter, J., Cotton, D., Gavin, J. and Yorke, J.(2010) Effective e-learning? Multitasking, distractions and boundarymanagement by graduate students in an online environment. ALT-J.18. (1) pp 71-83

Winter, J. and Dismore, H. (2010) Investigating theexperiences of foundation degree students progressing to honours degree: Anintegrated approach. Journalof Further and Higher Education. 34. (2) pp 247-264. DOI:10.1080/03098771003695502

Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations:

Spowart, L., Turner, R., Winter,J., Muneer, R. and Kneale, P. (2015). Evaluating teaching-related CPD in theUK: Time to take stock. Paper presented at the SRHE Annual Conference,Celtic Manor, Newport, 9-11th December 2015.

Turner, R., Winter, J., Spowart,L., Muneer, R. and Kneale, P. (2015). Never the twain shall meet? Studentinvolvement in staff CPD. Paper presented at the SEDA Annual Conference2015, St David’s Hotel and Spa, Cardiff, 19-20th November 2015.

Winter, J., Chapman, S. andTreasure, K. (2015) Using a university arts gallery to enhance the studentlearning experience. SEDA annual conference. Cardiff. 19-20thNovember 2015

Winter, J. (2015) The role ofhigher education in the transition to a sustainable future: Implications forteaching and learning. Sustainability pedagogies and transformation in HE. EuropeanEducational Research Conference. Budapest 7-11th September 2015

Winter, J., Chapman, S., andTreasure, K. (2015) Learning beyond traditional disciplinary contexts: using acontemporary art gallery to enhance subject based learning. The 10thInternational Annual Conference of the Arts in Society. London. 22-25thJuly 2015

Winter, J., Cotton, D., Miller,W. and Muneer, R. (2015) Informal learning on campus: A comparative study ofstudents’ energy literacy in UK universities; World Environmental EducationCongress. Gothenburg Sweden.  29 June-July 02nd 2015

Treasure, K., Winter, J., andSearls, C. (2015) Exploring the experiences of arts practitioners engaging withEducational Development programmes. Vice Chancellors annual Teaching andLearning Conference. Plymouth University. 26th June 2015

Treasure, K., Winter, J., andChapman, S. (2015) Teaching and learning in the Peninsula Arts Gallery. PedRIOannual conference. Plymouth University. 17th April 2015

Winter, J. (2014) Using acontemporary art gallery to communicate sustainability. American Associationof Sustainability in Higher Education. Portland Oregon. 22-24thOctober 2015

Winter, J. (2014) Developingpartnerships with students around energy use: the role of energy literacy. AmericanAssociation of Sustainability in Higher Education. Portland Oregon. 22-24thOctober 2015

Winter, J. (2013)Internationalization and the Student Experience. Conference by PedRIO,Plymouth University, 18th December 2013

Winter, J. (2013) 18th AnnualStaff and Educational Development (SEDA) Conference. Creativity inEducational Development., Bristol, 14-15th November 2013

Winter, J. and  Cotton, D. (2013)  'Effective Evaluation ofSmall Scale Projects' Fair Access to Continuing Education Conference (FACE).  Plymouth University.  3-5th July 2013

Winter, J. Cotton, D. and Watton,P.  (2013)  'Lessons learnt: Supporting the AccessAgreement at Plymouth University' Vice Chancellor's Conference on Teachingand learning.  Plymouth University.28th June 2013

Winter, J (2013)  'Public Arts as extra-curricular learning' ViceChancellor's Conference on Teaching and learning.  Plymouth University. 28th June2013

Winter, J. and Chapman, S.(2013)  'Public Arts as Extra CurricularLearning' The 8th International Conference on the Arts in Society.  Budapest, Hungary. 24-26th June2013

Winter J, Cotton D, Sterling, S.and Bailey, I. (2013) ‘Energy Literacy in Higher Education' WorldEnvironmental Education Congress.  Marrakech,Morocco.  9-14th June 2013

Winter, J. and Cotton, D.  (2013) 'Expanding horizons: opportunities around transformative education forsustainability' World Environmental Education Congress.  Marrakech, Morocco. 9-14thJune 2013

Winter, J. and Cotton, D.(2013)  'Effective Evaluation of SmallScale Projects' Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory Conference.  Plymouth University.  17th April 2013

Winter, J. (2013) ‘SustainabilityEducation and the University Campus' Pedagogic Research Institute andObservatory Conference.  PlymouthUniversity. 17th April 2013

Winter, J. and Cotton, D.  (2013) 'Learning development and sustainability: what are the links and how arethey communicated?' Tenth Annual Conference of the Association for LearningDevelopment in Higher Education. Plymouth University. 26th March 2013

Cotton, D.  and Winter, J. (2012) Transformative learningin sustainability: student and staff perspectives. The InternationalConsortium of Educational Development (ICED). Bangkok, Thailand. 21-23thAugust 2012

Kneale, P., Cotton, D., Winter,J. and Lake, L. (2012) Changing 21st century teaching and learning: futureproofing Plymouth University The Pedagogic Research Institute andObservatory (PedRIO) Conference. Plymouth University 18th April 2012

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2012)Transformative learning in Higher Education: What is really going on? The Annual Meeting of the AmericanAssociation for Sustainability in Higher Education. 12-14th October2012.

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2012)Embedding education for sustainability into academic practice. The International Consortium of EducationalDevelopment (ICED). Bangkok, Thailand. 21-23th August 2012

Winter, J., Cotton, D., andGrant, V. (2012) Sustainability and Transformation: a student perspective. The PedagogicObservatory and Research Institute (PedRIO Conference). PlymouthUniversity, UK. 18th April 2012

Winter, J., Cotton, D. and Grant,V. (2012). Culture, transformative learning and sustainability in highereducation. The Eighth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural,Economic and Social Sustainability. University of British Columbia.Vancouver, Canada. 8-10th January 2012.

 Cotton, D. and Winter, J.(2011) Researching the Hidden Curriculum: intentional and unintended messages. TheAnnual International Conference of the RGS-IBG. London. 31stAugust – 2nd September 2011

Cotton, D. and Winter, J. (2011)Sustainability and transformation. Linking formal and informal learning inHigher Education. The sixth World Environmental Education Congress.Brisbane, Australia. 19-23rd July 2011

Cotton, D. and Winter, J. (2010)Transformative learning and sustainability: The impact of the ‘hiddencurriculum. Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) Conference,Cardiff, Wales, 6th November 2010.

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2010)The research -teaching nexus; a vehicle for enterprise? Conference of theInternational Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Liverpool.19-22th October.

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2010)Embedding education for sustainable development in academic practice. Conferenceof the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning(ISSOTL) Liverpool. 19-22nd October 2010

Winter, J. and Neal, V. (2010)Using green space for learning about learning and teaching. AnnualConference of the American Association for Sustainability in HigherEducation. Denver, USA. 10-12th October 2010

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2010)Sustainability and informal learning in a UK university. Annual Conferenceof the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education. Denver,USA. 10-12th October 2010

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2010)Enhancing staff scholarship through research informed teaching.International Consortium for Educational Development. Barcelona, Spain.June 28-30th  2010

Winter, J., Cotton, D. and Dyer,A. (2010) Poster presentation: A sustainable campus: students' perspectives ofcampus based learning. The Vice Chancellor's 2010 Teaching and LearningConference. Plymouth University. 30th June 2010

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2010)A sustainable campus: student perspectives of campus based sustainability in aUK case study. International Conference on Teaching and Learning.Temasek Polytechnic. Singapore. 9-11th June 2010

Winter, J. and Cotton,D. (2009) The research-teaching nexus in an era of mass highereducation. Annual Conference for the Society for Research inHigher Education. Cardiff. 5-8th December 2009

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2009)The impacts of research informed teaching on institutional culture: A UK casestudy. Conference of theInternational Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning IndianaUSA. 7-9th October2009.

Cotton, D. and Winter, J. (2009) Boundary Management in e-learning. ALT-C. University of Manchester7-10th September 2009. 

Cotton, D. and Winter, J. (2009) Sustainability and Pedagogy in HigherEducation. Anglo-RussianSymposium on Education for Sustainable Development. University of Plymouth.September 3-4th  2009. 

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2009) Sustainability Pedagogies: Prospects andProblems. The Higher EducationAcademy Annual Conference. University of Manchester. 2nd July 2009

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2009) Digital Distractions: rethinking the benefitsof multitasking in online environments. TheHigher Education Academy Annual Conference. University of Manchester. 1stJuly 2009

Winter, J. and Cotton, D. (2009)  Research Informed Teaching: Impacts andImplications of the TQEF Scheme. The Higher Education Academy AnnualConference. University of Manchester. 30th June 2009

Winter, J., Cotton, D., Gavin, J. andYorke, J, D. (2009) Multitasking and the development of e-learning expertise:just a distraction? Plymouth e-LearningConference. University of Plymouth. 4th April2009  

Winter, J. and Dismore, H. (2008) The experiences of progressionstudents.  Annual Conference for the Society for Researchin Higher Education. 5-6th Liverpool December 2008

Winter, J. 2007. Teenagers, Lifestyles and the Environment. Proceedings of the PostgraduateSymposium: University of Plymouth. 17th May 2007

 Winter, J. 2006.Cross-national perspectives on teenagers’ engagement with environmentalsustainability. Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society ‘London:RGS.4th September 2006

Winter, J. 2004. Youth and individual environmentalresponsibility. AnnualConference of the Association of American Geographers: ‘Globalization andYouth’, Philadelphia, 6-9th April,2004


Reports & invited lectures

  • Winter, J. (2019) Innovative Education and Personalised Learning. Keynote speech at the Chinese Higher Education Development Annual Conference. Changchun. China. September 20-23.
  • Winter, J. (2019) Developing Teaching Excellence through a Fellowship Model. Keynote speech at the 4th Eurasia Faculty Development Forum. Eurasia University, Xian, China. May 25
  • Winter, J. (2019) Teaching and learning and Fellowship Level.Eurasia University, Xian, China. May 27-29
  • Winter, J. (2018) Evaluating Teaching - Related CPD in Higher Education. Scottish Higher Educational Developer network. May 18 2018.
  • Winter, J. (2017) Teaching through Gaming. The 2nd Eurasia Faculty Development Forum. Eurasia University, Xian, China. 20 May.
  • Winter, J. (2017) Evaluating teaching and learning. Queen Mary University, London. May 2017           
  • Winter, J. (2016) Evaluating teaching development in HE.Sheffield Hallam University. September 2016
  • Winter, J. and Cotton, P. (2016) Learning for the 21st Century: framing knowledge and skills in a world of super-complexity. Chinese Higher Education Development Annual Conference. Hefei. China. 26-30 October 2016
  • Winter, J., Spowart, L., Turner, R. and Kneale, P. (2016). Evaluating teaching-related continuing professional development in the UK context: current practice and future directions. Online research seminar for the Higher Education Academy.
  • Winter, J. (2016) Teaching Education for Sustainability. Faculty Development event, Macalester College, Minnesota, USA, 13-14 January 2016.
  • Cotton, D. and Winter, J. (2015) Small steps to Sustainability. Zhejiang University, China. 4 November 2015.
  • Cotton, D. and Winter, J. (2015) Small Steps to Sustainability: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Invited presentation at Fudan University,Shanghai, China, 1 November 2015.
  • Cotton, D. and Winter, J. (2015) - Small Steps to Sustainability: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Invited presentation at China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, 21 October 2015.
  • Winter, J. (2012) Sustainability activities at Plymouth University, UK.Presented at Simon Frazer University, Vancouver, Canada.13 January 2012.
  • Winter, J. (2012) Education for Sustainability: Pedagogy and Employability. National workshop event for SEDA, London, 20 July 2012.

Conferences organised

University of Plymouth Post Graduate Symposium 2007 (2-3 March)

Conference Sessions

  • 'Sustainability Education and the University Campus' Session convened at the PedRIO annual conference. Plymouth University. April 2013
  • Winter J, Cotton D & Watton P (2013) 'Lessons learnt: Supporting the Access Agreement at Plymouth University' Vice Chancellor's Conference on Teaching and learning. Plymouth University, UK 28 June 2013