Skip to main content


Loading content
Dr Tamsin Kilner

Dr Tamsin Kilner

Lecturer in Academic Practice




With eighteen years' experience working in various roles in HE, I'm interested in inclusive practice and wellbeing, with a particular focus on supporting the professional development of educators working in both academic and Professional Services roles. I'm seconded to the Academic Professional programme as a Lecturer in Academic Practice; my substantive post is in Academic Development, where I am the Director of Exeter's experiential route to HEA Fellowship, the ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway. 

Communication, academic writing, mentoring, and coaching are long-term fascinations for me, and I am also an experienced copy-editor and proofreader. 


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

PhD English, University of Exeter 

MA (Dist.), University of Exeter 

BA (Hons; Dean's Commendation), University of Exeter 



My work to date includes:

  • Director of the ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway (PRP), and main liaison for Advance HE
  • Leading and line-managing the ASPIRE PRP team, including co-creation and delivery of workshops and writing retreats, and day-to-day applicant support
  • Supporting and developing the ASPIRE PRP Mentors' Forum, growing numbers from c. 30 to over 100 
  • (Re)developing the Education Toolkit, including a particular focus on inclusivityaccessibility, and wellbeing for students and staff (2019-2021)
  • Lead on internal support for National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) applications
  • External reviewer for NTFS applications
  • Leading on the reaccreditation by Advance HE of the ASPIRE Framework, including the Academic Professional programme, the Learning & Teaching in Higher Education programme (LTHE), and the ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway (PRP) (2020)
  • External examiner for HEA Fellowship applicants, University of Gloucestershire (2020)
  • Proofreader and copy-editor specialising in academic work (2010 to date)
  • Consultant for Impact Case Study development (REF2021), Research Services, University of Exeter (2020)
  • External mentor for PFHEA applicants (2020)
  • Designing and facilitating a range of socially structured writing retreats across the University of Exeter, working with Law, the College of Medicine and Health, and Research Services (2018-2021)
  • Humanities lead for LTHE (2015-19)
  • Lead on academic induction, involving the co-creation with external developers of a resource to support new staff arriving at Exeter with developing an understanding of the institutional structures and staff (2015-2016)
  • Educational techologist, Technology-enhanced Learning team (2006-2014)
  • Educational technology lead for School of English, University of Exeter (2005-2006)
  • Teaching various undergraduate and Masters modules in School of English, University of Exeter (2003-2006)
  • Widening Participation mentor for School of English, University of Exeter (2003-2006)
  • Research assistant on AHRC-funded Early Stuart Libels
  • Research on Victorian literature and the occult, including conference presentations




Supervision / Group

Back | Edit Profile