Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Dr Catherine Bovill

Dr Catherine Bovill. Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement.

Dr Catherine Bovill

Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement

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Role in the IAD

I am Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement and a member of the Learning and Teaching Team. The team provide support to both staff and students relating to learning and teaching within the University. My role involves leading a three year strategic plan of work to enhance student engagement across the University focused on: developing student-staff relationships, interactive teaching and student engagement for all.

I lead the team in IAD who provide a range of programme and course design support for Board of Studies Convenors and Administrators, for teams writing new programmes and courses or redesigning provision. I provide advice and support to Schools and Colleges on student engagement, learning, teaching and assessment. I contribute to the University’s Continuing Professional Development Framework for Learning and Teaching, including the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) and Edinburgh Teaching Award. I also lead the planning team for the University of Edinburgh’s annual Learning and Teaching Conference.

Professional interests

I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association and a member of the Society for Research in Higher Education. I am a Visiting Fellow (Knowledge Exchange) at the University of Winchester and a member of the UK National Teaching Excellence Awards Panel. I have previously been Associate Editor of the International Journal for Academic Development, and on the International Advisory Group for the International Journal for Students as Partners and I am currently an Editorial Board member for Teaching in Higher Education. I give regular keynote presentations internationally and have published widely on student engagement, student-staff partnerships and co-creation of learning, teaching and curricula. I also publish work relating to: peer observation of teaching; higher education curriculum design and conceptualisation; academic development; and internationalisation.

Selected publications

Bovill, C. (2020) Co-creating learning and teaching: Towards relational pedagogy in higher education. St Albans: Critical Publishing.

Bovill, C. & Woolmer, C. (2020) Evaluating student engagement and student engagement in evaluation: expanding perspectives and ownership, in Lowe, T. & El Hakim, Y. (Eds) A handbook for student engagement in higher education: theory into practice. SEDA Series, Abingdon: Routledge.

Bovill, C. (2019) Co-creation in learning and teaching: the case for a whole-class approach in higher education. Higher Education:

Bovill, C. (2019) A co-creation of learning and teaching typology: what kind of co-creation are you planning or doing? International Journal for Students as Partners 3 (2):

Bovill, C. (2019) Staff-student partnerships in learning and teaching: an overview of current practice and discourse. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 43 (4) 385-398.

Mercer-Mapstone, L. & Bovill, C. (2019) Equity and diversity in institutional approaches to student-staff partnership schemes in higher education, Studies in Higher Education:

Martens, S.E., Meeuwissen, S.N.E., Dolmans, H.J.M., Bovill, C. & Könings, K.D. (2019) Student participation in the design of learning and teaching: Disentangling the terminology and approaches. Medical Teacher 41 (10) 1203-1205.

Bovill, C. & Woolmer, C. (2019) How conceptualisations of curriculum in higher education influence student-staff co-creation in and of the curriculum. Higher Education 78 (3) 407-422.

Bovill, C. (2018) Decision making in partnership: tools to support partnership planning. In C. Bryson and A. Flint (Eds) Proceedings of the RAISE International Colloquium on Partnership June 23, Birmingham City University Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal 2 (1) 110-111.

Bron, J., Bovill, C. and Veugelers, W. (2018) Distributed curriculum leadership: how negotiation between student and teacher improves the curriculum. Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership Special Issue 1 March, 74-95:

Bovill, C. (2018) Lectures and Legoland: recapturing the excitement of learning Journal of Danish University Education / Dansk Universitetspædagogisk Tidsskrift 24 (1) 1-4.

Taylor, C. and Bovill, C. (2018) Towards an Ecology of Participation: Relational Ethics and Co-construction of Higher Education Curricula. European Educational Research Journal 17 (1) 112-128.

Rogerson, N., McKenna, K., Robinson, L., Wemyss, C. Bagg, J. and Bovill, C. (2017) Enhancing dental electives through participatory research. Journal of Educational Innovation Partnership and Change. 3 (2) 1-14:

Bovill, C. (2017) Maintaining criticality: attempts to stop an unacceptable proportion of students from feeling alienated. Journal for Educational Innovation Partnership and Change 3 (1) 14-17.

Könings K.D., Bovill, C. and Woolner, P. (2017) Towards an Interdisciplinary Model of Practice for Participatory Building Design in Education European Journal of Education 52 (3) 306-317.

Bovill, C. (2017) A framework to explore roles within student-staff partnerships in higher education: which students are partners, when and in what ways? International Journal for Students as Partners 1 (1):

Bovill, C. (2017) Breaking down student-staff barriers: moving towards pedagogic flexibility. In I. Kinchin and N.E. Winstone. Pedagogic frailty and the University. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers

Deeley, S. and Bovill, C. (2017) Staff-student partnership in assessment: enhancing assessment literacy through democratic practices. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education 42 (3) 463-477.

Bron, J., Bovill, C. and Veugelers, W. (2016) Curriculum negotiation: the relevance of Boomer’s approach to the curriculum as a process, integrating student voice and developing democratic citizenship. Curriculum Perspectives 36 (1).

Bovill, C., Cook-Sather, A., Felten, P., Millard, L. and Moore-Cherry, N. (2016) Addressing potential challenges in co-creating learning and teaching: overcoming resistance, navigating institutional norms and ensuring inclusivity in student-staff partnerships. Higher Education 71(2), 195-208.

Healey, M., Bovill, C. and Jenkins, A. (2015) Students as partners in learning. In Lea, J. (Ed.) Enhancing learning and teaching in higher education: Engaging with the dimensions of practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Bovill, C. Jordan, L. and Watters, N. (2014) Transnational approaches to teaching and learning in higher education: challenges and possible guiding principles. Teaching in Higher Education 19 (1) 13-25.

Cook-Sather, A., Bovill, C. and Felten, P. (2014) Engaging students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education: a guide for faculty. San Francisco: Jossey Bass

Bovill, C. (2014) An investigation of co-created curricula within higher education in the UK, Ireland and  the USA. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. 51 (1) 15-25.

Jordan, L., Bovill, C., Othman, S.M., Saleh, A.M., Sahbila, N.P. and Watters N. (2014) Is student-centred learning a western concept? Lessons from an academic development programme to support student-centred learning in Iraq. Teaching in Higher Education 19 (1) 13-25.

Bovill, C. (2013) Students and staff co-creating curricula: an example of good practice in higher education? In Dunne, E. and Owen, D. (Eds) The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education. Emerald.

Bovill, C. (2013) Students and staff co-creating curricula – a new trend or an old idea we never got around to implementing? In Rust, C. (Ed) Improving student learning through research and scholarship: 20 years of ISL. Oxford: The Oxford Centre for Staff and Educational Development. (Chapter 3 pp96-108). ISBN: 9781873576922

Cairns, A., Bissell, V. and Bovill, C. (2013) Evaluation of a pilot peer observation of teaching scheme for chair-side tutors at Glasgow University Dental School. British Dental Journal, 214 (11) 573-576.  doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2013.527

Bovill C., Cook-Sather, A. and Felten, P. (2011) Changing Participants in Pedagogical Planning: Students as Co-Creators of Teaching approaches, Course Design and Curricula. International Journal for Academic Development 16 (2) 133-145.

Bovill, C., Bulley, C.J. and Morss, K. (2011) Engaging and empowering first-year students through curriculum design: perspectives from the literature. Teaching in Higher Education 16 (2) 197-209.

Bovill, C. (2011) Sharing responsibility for learning through formative evaluation: moving to evaluation as learning. Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 6 (2) 96-109.

Bovill, C. and Bulley, C.J. (2011) A model of active student participation in curriculum design: exploring desirability and possibility. In Rust, C. Improving Student Learning (18) Global theories and local practices: institutional, disciplinary and cultural variations. Oxford: The Oxford Centre for Staff and Educational Development, pp176-188.

Bovill, C., Aitken, G., Hutchison, J., Morrison, F., Roseweir, K., Scott, A. and Sotannde, S. (2010) Experiences of learning through collaborative evaluation from a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Education. International Journal for Academic Development 15 (2) 143-154.

Bovill, C. (2009) Rhetoric or reality? Cross-sector policy implementation at the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID). Policy & Politics 37 (2) 179-199.

Bovill, C. Morss, K. and Bulley, C. (2008) Curriculum design for the first year. First Year Enhancement Theme Report, Glasgow: QAA (Scotland).

Full publication list available on request