Jill is Deputy Head of the School of Digital Arts (SODA) and Reader in Digital Strategy and Pedagogical Innovation. She was previously Section Leader for Manchester Metropolitan iSchool. As Deputy Head Jill works with Toby to provide academic leadership, management and strategic direction for SODA.
Jill’s teaching and research focuses on user experience (UX) and behaviour in varying contexts, including content and its creation, information and collections in cultural, academic and commercial sectors. Research includes regionally, nationally and internationally funded projects, including leading the Evaluation & Field Trials for the PATHS project – Personalised Access To cultural Heritage Spaces (EC funded under the FP7 programme).
Jill also leads on pedagogical innovation and has specific expertise with degree apprenticeship programmes. As one of three academics developing the first degree apprenticeship for Manchester Metropolitan University, the highly successful BSc Digital and Technology Solutions, Jill is an advocate for new approaches to higher education and is currently leading development of the BSc Digital User Experience degree apprenticeship programme for SODA.