Dr Pollyanna Magne

Dr Pollyanna Magne

Programme Lead MSc in Global Health and 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


 National Teaching Fellow | Global Health Programme Lead  |  Lecturer in Clinical Education  |  Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional Biography: Polly, a National Teaching Fellow, has worked in Higher Education since 2001. She joined Peninsula Medical School in September 2020 and is Programme Lead for The MSc in Global Health and a Lecturer in Clinical Education. Previous roles include Associate Professor in Educational Development and the Programme Director of a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2007-2019). In these roles Polly has mentored upwards of 1,200 early career academics and provided development and guidance for experienced academic teams to enhance the teaching, learning and assessment experience for students in Higher Education. Much of Polly’s external consultancy work is informed by her research which includes: effective feedback; dynamic curriculum design; inclusive assessment practice, internationalisation and critical global pedagogies. Polly is an education consultant, external examiner, independent assessor and Senior Fellow of Advance HE.


EdD. MA Ed. PGCert LTHE. PGCE.BA (Hons).

Professional membership

National Teaching Fellow (NTF Awarded 2021)

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 expert in pedagogic theory and practice 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

Dynamic classroom facilitation

Assessment Design

Effective feedback

Global learning

Academic writing retreats

Staff serving as external examiners

Polly is an independent assessor for Advance HE. She is also an external examiner for Professional Education programmes:

Bath Spa 2017 - current

Chichester University 2013-2017

She has also been an external advisor on a number of accreditation panels:

Oxford Brookes (2014); Bournemouth University (2013); University of the Creative Arts (2009)



Research interests

I am an educational researcher and practitioner with a passion for creating dynamic teaching and learning environments. My most recent 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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
Magne PJ (2014) 'Internationalisation and curriculum development: why and how?' Journal of Pedagogic Development (3) 74-81 Author Site Open access
Magne PJ (2012) 'Assessment equivalence frameworks: to be or not to be?' Educational Developments 1, (13) 25-28 Open access
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-/-0/2015Open access
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-/-0/2015Open access
Magne PJ (2015) 'Creating an international curriculum: why and how?' The Internationalisation of Higher Education: Policies, practices & pedagogies University of Roehampton 2-/-0/20152-/-0/2015Open access
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 NHSU Learning Development Workshops CD resource. 01/01/2004
Magne PJ 7 steps to internationalising teaching and learning. Plymouth Plymouth University.
Magne PJ, Dawson J & Sentito E Giving effective feedback, 'feed-in' and 'feedforward'. in Magne P Plymouth Plymouth University
Magne PJ & Miller W Inclusive assessment design and delivery in the disciplines. in Miller W; Collings J; Kneale P Plymouth Plymouth University 59-63 Publisher Site