Dr Pollyanna Magne

Dr Pollyanna Magne

Lecturer in Clinical Education

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Pollyanna can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Assessment of learning
  • Feedback in Higher Education
  • Internationalisation in Higher Education
  • Learning ethos
  • Behaviour management in Higher Education

Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)
Educational Developer

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional Biography: Polly has worked in Higher Education since 2001. She is an Educational Developer who works alongside academic colleagues to enhance the teaching, learning and assessment experience for students. She is also the Programme Director of a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) which incorporates innovative design and a range of pedagogic approaches. Much of Polly’s external consultancy work is informed by her research which includes: effective feedback; dynamic curriculum design; inclusive assessment practice, and internationalisation.


MA Ed. PGCert LTHE. PGCE.BA (Hons).

Professional membership

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) Current
Staff and Educational Development Association Member (SEDA) Current
Institute of Lecturers and Teachers in Higher Education (ILTHE) 2003-2005
National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) 1997-2002

Teaching interests

Polly is an educational developer with a passion for creating dynamic and participative learning environments. With more than 25 years experience in the classroom Polly's teaching interests cover a broad spectrum with particular expertise in:

Curriculum design

Assessment Design

Dynamic classroom facilitation

Effective feedback

Global learning

Academic writing retreats

Research interests

I am an educational researcher and practitioner with a passion for creating dynamic teaching and learning environments. My current research is on the international curriculum and the role of critical global pedagogies. Previous research projects include: Inclusive Assessment Design;Giving Effective Feedback; and Transnational Education.

Findings from these research projects have been used to inform and develop policy at the University of Plymouth. Outputs in the form of teaching resources are available at https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/teaching-and-learning/guidance-and-resources 

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Cotton DRE, Morrison D, Magne PJ, Payne S & Heffernan TW 2018 'Global Citizenship and Cross-Cultural Competency: Student and expert understandings of internationalisation terminology' Journal of Studies in International Education PEARL
Heffernan T, Morrison D, Magne P, Payne S & Cotton DRE 2018 'Internalising internationalisation: views of internationalisation of the curriculum among non-mobile home students' Studies in Higher Education , DOI PEARL
Magne PJ, Poverjuc O & Heffernan T 2017 'Pedagogies across borders: perspectives from teaching staff and students engaged with transnational programmes in Hong Kong' Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 12, (1) 45-62 PEARL
Magne PJ 2016 'Internationalisation in Higher Education: The intentions were good, but where do we take it from here?' Educational Developments 16, (4) 18-21 PEARL
Magne PJ 2014 'Internationalisation and curriculum development: why and how?' Journal of Pedagogic Development (3) 74-81 Author Site PEARL
Magne PJ 2012 'Assessment equivalence frameworks: to be or not to be?' Educational Developments 1, (13) 25-28 PEARL
Magne PJ & Reid M 2013 'Abandoned watercraft as a teaching resource' in Seeb SK; Richards N The archaeology of watercraft abandonment New York Springer
Conference Papers
Magne PJ 2015 'Enhancing international curriculum design in Higher Education' Optimising Higher Education Curriculum Design London 1-/-1/20151-/-1/2015online Understanding Modern Government Publisher Site
Magne PJ 2015 'Integrating internationalisation in curriculum design' Internationalising the UK Higher Education Sector. Cavendish Conference Centre, London 0-/-1/20150-/-1/2015online Inside Government Publisher Site
Magne PJ 2015 'Developing an international curriculum: why and how?' Internationalising the Curriculum: What does this mean? How can we achieve it? SEDA Spring Conference Marriott Albert and Victoria Hotel Manchester 5-/-0/20155-/-0/2015PEARL
Magne PJ 2015 'Embedding International Aspects into Curriculum Design and Delivery' The Future of the Higher Education Curriculum Royal College of Surgeons, London 3-/-0/20153-/-0/2015PEARL
Magne PJ 2015 'Creating an international curriculum: why and how?' The Internationalisation of Higher Education: Policies, practices & pedagogies University of Roehampton 2-/-0/20152-/-0/2015PEARL
Magne PJ 2014 'Resources for inclusive assessment' Inclusive assessment in practice Plymouth University 1-/-1/20141-/-1/2014
Bently A, Magne PJ & Wyness L 2013 'Creating an international curriculum: why and how?' Internationalisation conference Plymouth University
Magne PJ 2013 'Turning policy and research into practice: taking advantage of a captive audience!' SEDA conference Leeds
Heffernan T, Magne PJ & Poverjuc O 2012 'Pedagogies across borders: considerations and implications of the design, transfer and delivery of transnational programmes' International Conference of Educational Development Bangkok 1-/-0/2012
Magne PJ & Schoenborn P 2011 'Pedagogic research: approaches and impacts' International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Milwaukee, USA
Magne PJ 2010 'Engaging new lecturers in pedagogical research: a strategy towards sustainable academic development' International Conference for Educational Development Barcelona 6-/-0/20106-/-0/2010
Magne PJ 2010 'Using the student voice to inform our feedback practice and improve the quality of learning' International Conference for Educational Development Barcelona 6-/-0/20106-/-0/2010
Dawson J & Magne P 2009 'Effective feedback: the importance of raising staff awareness of the student perspective' Pedagogical education: contemporary problems, modern concepts, theories and practices conference St Petersburg, Russia 0-/-1/20090-/-1/2009
Hilsdon J & Magne P 2008 'Another story: narrative function and structure in academic discourse as a ’learning threshold’' Threshold Concepts conference Kingston, Ontario 6-/-0/20086-/-0/2008
Magne P & Hilsdon J 2006 'Cracking Codes / Unpacking Purposes: Working with Academics to Support Student Writing' Writing Development in Higher Education Milton Keynes 1-/-0/2006
Magne P 2006 'International students and academic writing: meeting the challenge. Promoting sustainable educational change' International Conference of Educational Development Sheffield Hallam 1-/-0/2006
Magne P & Dawson J 2006 'Working with lecturers to support international students in their academic writing' Conference in Teaching & Learning NUI Galway 1-/-0/2006
Other Publications
Magne P 0 NHSU Learning Development Workshops CD resource. 01/01/2004
Magne PJ 0 7 steps to internationalising teaching and learning. Plymouth Plymouth University.
Magne PJ, Dawson J & Sentito E 0 Giving effective feedback, 'feed-in' and 'feedforward'. in Magne P Plymouth Plymouth University
Magne PJ & Miller W 0 Inclusive assessment design and delivery in the disciplines. in Miller W; Collings J; Kneale P Plymouth Plymouth University 59-63 Publisher Site