Anthea Coleman-Chan

Thesis title: Making the Third Mission possible: Investigating academic staff experiences of Community-engaged Learning


2020- Present

Head of Humanities, Centre for Open Learning

Overall academic responsibility for course planning, approval and validation of subject area provision across the Centre for Open Learning. 



Course Organiser, International Foundation Programme

Responsible for the operational management of the University's International Foundation Programme in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.



Course Development Officer/ Caseworker, Access to Industry  Developed accredited widening participation courses in partnership with further education institutions across South East Scotland. Casework and support of non-traditional learners in partnership with local authority.


2023 Doctor of Education (EdD), University of Edinburgh

2011 PGCert Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE), English and Communications, University of Stirling

2004 MA(hons) English Language and Literature, University of Edinburgh

Research summary

University-Community Engagement

Higher Education Institutions and the Third Mission

Community-engaged Learning

Conference details

September 2019 - 2nd European Conference on Service-Learning in Higher Education, Antwerp, Belgium

Paper: Opening Windows: CSL and the Cultivation of Humanity

July 2016 - Improving University Teaching (IUT) Conference, Durham, UK

Paper: Laying the Foundations: Transformative and Critically Reflective Learning for Effective Transition into Undergraduate Study

June 2016 - QAA Scotland, 2nd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK

Paper: Using Peer Assessment on Learning Journals for Critical Reflection

March 2016 - Gearing Up for Transitions Conference, Edinburgh, UK

 Paper: Laying the Foundations: Transformative learning for effective transition into undergraduate study on the International Foundation Programme.

July 2014 - InForm Conference, Canterbury, UK

Paper: Filling the Gaps: A case of collaborative assessment design on the University of Edinburgh’s IFP

This session will explore the ways in which EAP and subject-specific staff have collaborated successfully to design targeted and effective assessments, testing students’ academic English in the context of their chosen subject streams. The software and methodologies used to achieve this high level of collaboration will also be discussed

June 2010 - 19th EAN (European Access Network) Annual Conference, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden

Paper:  Curriculum for competence: vocation-focused learning for widening participation

This paper will examine the challenges and successes experienced in widening access within Access to Industry’s diverse portfolio of courses. It will consider the practical issues involved in curriculum design, recruitment, delivery, pedagogy, overcoming barriers, and student experience.  

Thesis title Making the Third Mission possible: Investigating academic staff experiences of Community-engaged Learning 




Dr James MacAllister and Dr Ian Fyfe