Mrs Julie Swain

Mrs Julie Swain

Partnership Manager

TNE and International Partnerships (Plymouth Global)



A key lead in supporting and ensuring the Plymouth University student experience for new and existing HE partnerships in the UK and internationally. Focussing on how Plymouth University and partner institution contributions are effectively combined to deliver a high quality and distinctive student experience ensuring that Academic Partnerships has the ability to both [1] react rapidly to immediate concerns for the student experience and [2] to ensure that issues concerning the student experience that emerge via quality processes and student surveys, e.g. Annual Programme Monitoring, NSS, are tackled in a timely fashion.

Relationship Development Manager for designated UK partnerships.


Key Accountabilities:

• Deliver the role summary in a way that effectively meets the needs of all internal and external stakeholders.

• Contribute to and support the development, implementation and continuous review of the Academic Partnerships strategic plan in accord with delivering against the University’s strategic and overarching ambitions.

• Role model the University’s value-based behaviours for leaders in all dealings with University partners.

• Specialist lead on the delivery and continuous development of an effective and flexible new partner service, in a way that reflects the University’s values-based behaviours for leaders, informing and implementing appropriate strategic initiatives to ensure the efficient operation of Academic Partnerships.

Develop and implement processes, procedures and policies that meet strategic business needs, maintain legal compliance, and deliver on the commitment to continuous improvement.

• Lead and engage in research, projects and studies influencing the strategic development of HE in FE and partnerships, within the University, nationally and internationally.

• Follow the appropriate financial and regulatory policies and procedures ensuring necessary standards are adhered to.

• Effectively disseminate University information to a wide variety of partner stakeholders and disseminate/publish the outcomes of Academic Partnership research and development activity.

• Research, investigate, interpret and create accurate information sources, creating appropriate methods of communication to raise awareness and ensure the effective dissemination of specialist Academic Partnership knowledge and understanding.

• Create relationships with customers, partners and stakeholders, provide specialist Academic Partnership information, advice and guidance, resolving complex issues, through creative and unique solutions that support the strategic needs of the business.

• Proactively network with customers, to engender the effective sharing of knowledge, developing best practice, implementing initiatives that drive forward business improvements.

• Decisions impacting on cross functional activities, creating guidance and training on specialist Academic Partnership activities, associated policies and procedures, to enable the successful delivery and development of the service.

• Leads and influences appropriate University wide projects outside of immediate work area.


MA Education
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
BA (Hons) Information Tehnology
Online Tutoring

Professional membership

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)



Grants & contracts

Swain, J. Stone, M. (2015) HEFCE - National Network for Collaborative Outreach 




Bowman, S, Harvey G, Swain J & Stone M (2016) Raising Aspirations through Higher Education, My Digital Journey (RAHE) - Using evaluation and digital resources to help young learners make informed choices about higher education, Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference 30th June 2016  

Turner, R, Swain, J, Gray, C, Sutton, C, Muneer, R, Stone, M & Kneale P (2016) Employing research methods to measure and characterise Learning Gain in Higher Education, Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference 30th June 2016  

Swain, J, Bentley A, Sibley, D, Anderson, G & Stevens S, (2016) Self-Help Inspiring e-resources (SHINE) – Self-help website supporting students regardless of location of study, Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference 30th June 2016  

Bowman, S, Swain, J and Stone, M. (2016) Raising Aspirations through Higher Education, My Digital Journey (RAHE) - Helping prospective students to make informed choices in higher education, NEON Summer Symposium, University of Leicester, 9-10th June 2016

Seale, J, Georgeson J, Mamas, C. Swain,J. (2015) Not the right kind of ‘digital capital’? An examination of the complex relationship between disabled students, their technologies and higher education institutions, Computers and Education, Vol 82, pg 118-128. 

Stone, M. Swain, J. Gray, C. (2015) Institutionalpartnership relationships over-time – managing changes in scale, ambition,capacity, risk, personnel, strategy and the external environment, CVU Conference, London 

Stevens, S. Swain, J, Bentley A. Anderson,G (2015) Learning by doing: The reciprocal relationship of students asparticipators in research, PedRIO Conference. Plymouth University April 17th 2015 

Gray, C. Swain, J. & Rodway-Dyer,S. (2014) Student voice and engagement: connecting through partnership,Tertiary Education and Management, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 57-71. 

Turner,R. Gray, C. Sutton, C. Swain, J. Petersen, C. Schofield, C. & Thackeray,D. (2014) ‘Teaching Research Methods – insights into a challenging area’. PedRIO Conference. Plymouth University,Plymouth: 2nd April 2014. 

Gray,C. and Stone, M. (2014) Voices from across the collaborative HE sector,Association for the Collaborative Provision of Higher Education in England,Plymouth University, available at 

Gray, C. Turner, R. Sutton, C. Swain, J. (2014) HEA Social Sciences strategicpriorities. Teaching research methods in the Social Sciences: Supporting Research Methods Teaching inCollege Higher Education.

T urner, R. Gray, C. Sutton, C. Swain,J. Petersen, C. Schofield, C. & Thackeray, D. (2014) ‘TeachingResearch Methods – insights into a challenging area’. PedRIO Conference.Plymouth University, Plymouth: 2nd April 2014. 

Edward-Jones,A. Stevens, S. Gray, C. Turner, R. Sutton, C. Swain, J. (2014) ‘Mode 2 andbeyond – the ownership of research and knowledge’ Higher Education Academy Social Sciences Conference. Birmingham: 21st and 22nd May 2014. 

Stone,M. Swain, J. Sheen, J. (2013) Higher Apprenticeships – A university / Collegepartnership perspective, University Vocational Awards Council Conference, York 

Seale, J. Swain, J, Georgeson, J., Mamas, C, (2013),Digital capital and inclusion: an exploration of the technology and e-learningexperiences of disabled university and college students, ALT -C Conference. 

L.Rutt , C.Gray , R.Turner , J.Swain , S.Hulme & R.Pomeroy (2013), A social constructivist approach to introducing skillsfor employment to Foundation Degree students, Research in Post-CompulsoryEducation Volume 18 , Issue3

Gray, C. Swain,J. (2011) 'Using a social constructivist model for inducting non-traditionalstudents into vocational college based Higher Education' paper presentedat Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) annual conference,7th -9th December 2011

Turner, R. Gray, C. Swain, J.McKenzie, L. Stone, M. (2008) ‘Developing a HE culture within a disparate HE inFE partnership’ paper presented at the Escalate subject centre conference,December 2008

Swain,J Stone, M. Rose, S. Gray, C. (2008) ‘How to strategically develop BlendedLearning across a collaborative partnership delivering Higher Education inFurther Education’ Plymouth E-learning conference, 4th April 2008