Professor Jackie Potter

  • Jackie Potter joined Brookes in May 2018 to lead the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD). Jackie started her academic career as an environmental biologist working in the Arctic. She taught the theory and practice of conservation and research skills to undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate research students for more than 10 years. Throughout that period she was involved in designing and delivering training to develop academic staff’ research and teaching capabilities; her work fostered a deep interest in supporting the development of academic practice among staff as well as among students. In 2006 she moved to Trinity College Dublin to establish their centre for academic practice and student learning and has led successful staff and organisational development services since that time at the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) and at Keele University in the UK.

    Jackie is an experienced educational and organisational developer, a qualified coach and works with a range of people to develop their individual capabilities and talent. She develops people, practices and policies that improve student learning, student outcomes and student engagement as well as the staff experience of higher education.

    Beyond Brookes, Jackie is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association. She is on the planning group (currently co-opted Vice Chair) of the UK’s Heads of Educational Development Group and a member of the Heads of e-Learning Forum. 

    Jackie is an experienced practitioner and researcher and contributes to the consultancy and research activity for which the OCSLD has a long-held, worldwide reputation. She supervises PhD and EdD students who are investigating belonging and becoming within communities of students and academic staff. 

  • Potter, J.A. and Devecchi, C. (Eds). (2020). Delivering Educational Change: A Transformative Approach for Leaders and Practitioners. SEDA Series. London: Routledge.

    Devecchi, C. and Potter, J. A. (2020). The reflective educational change leader: concluding remarks on a journey into delivering educational change. In Potter, J.A. and Devecchi, C. (Eds). Delivering Educational Change: A Transformative Approach for Leaders and Practitioners. SEDA Series. London: Routledge.

    Potter, J.A.  (2020). Differences that make a difference: inclusivity from theory, to practice to impact. Proceedings of the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, July 2019. Brighton University, UK.

    Potter, J.A. (2019). Differences that make a difference: inclusivity from theory, to practice to impact. Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, July 2019. Brighton University, UK. Invited keynote.

    Potter, J. A. (2019). Academic fluidity? An unconventional route to the professoriate. In, Murray, R. and Mifsud, D. (Eds.) The Positioning and Making of Female Professors: Pushing Career Advancement Open. Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education. Palgrave-Macmillan.

    Turner, R. and Potter, J.A. (2019). Doing a good job well – being recognised as an experienced, professional teacher in HE.SEDA Blog post available at https://thesedablog.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/sedaspecial41/

    Potter, J. A. (2019). Writing a way to academic identity from the outside: the case of academic developers. Questioning the givens in academic writing: a theoretical and pedagogical approach. May 2019. Oxford Brookes University. Invited presenter.

    Potter, J. A. (2019). Delivering educational change in higher education. National Forum Seminar, Exploring dimensions of educational leadership in times of continuous change. Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. Invited presenter.

    Devecchi, C., Mansour, H., Allen N. and Potter, J.A. (2018). Managing Change Together: leading cultural change across the HE workforce. Final Project Report. London: Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

    Potter, J.A. and Turner, R. (2018). Eds. Doing a good job well – being recognised as an experienced, professional teacher in HE. SEDA Special 41. Staff and Educational Development Association. London: SEDA.

    Potter, J.A. and Bessant, S.E.F. (2018). Collating evidence and writing reflectively about your practice. In, Potter, J.A. and Turner, R. (Eds.) Doing a good job well – being recognised as an experienced, professional teacher in HE. SEDA Special 41. Staff and Educational Development Association. London: SEDA.

    Pritchard, J., Wisker, G. and Potter, J.A. (2018). Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as part of Continuing Professional Development. In, Potter, J.A. and Turner, R. (Eds.) Doing a good job well – being recognised as an experienced, professional teacher in HE. SEDA Special 41. Staff and Educational Development Association. London: SEDA.

    Potter, J.A. (2018). Students’ experiences of exemplary teaching: what can we learn about effective assessment and feedback practices? Hong Kong University. March 2018.

    Potter, J. A. (2017). What role for educational developers in sharing learning about exemplary educational practices from teaching award schemes? Educational Developments 18 (4): 25-27.

    Pringle, J., Bracegirdle, L and Potter, J.A. (2017). Effective Learning of Forensic Geoscience with e-games. In, New Approaches to Forensic Science Education. Eds. Williams, A., Cassella, P. and Muller, A. New Jersey, Wiley & Sons.

    Potter, J.A. and Edwards, C. (2017).  Eliciting and responding to Schools’ needs: supporting teams using academic development needs analysis. Developing Teaching Excellence: Supporting and Developing the Work of Groups and Teams. November 2017. SEDA, Cardiff, UK.

    Wisker, G and Potter, J.A. (2017). SoTL: Gaining ‘senior’ recognition for your teaching and building a learning community. Developing Teaching Excellence: Supporting and Developing the Work of Groups and Teams. November 2017. SEDA, Cardiff, UK.

    Potter, J. A. (2017). Students’ conceptions of teaching excellence – practical advice for teaching staff based on impactful assessment and feedback. Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. September 2017. Harper Adams University, UK. Invited Presenter.

    Potter, J.A., Devecchi, C., Mansour, H. and N. Allen (2017). Working together in UK Universities: an exploration of matrix leadership. The dynamic interrelationship between leadership development and change. Proceedings of the 9th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference. July 2017. Brighton, UK.

    Potter, J.A. (2017). Effective mentoring for staff engaging with the UKPSF. Beyond Fellowship Conference. March 2017. Higher Education Academy, Birmingham, UK. Invited Presenter.

    Denning, T., Potter, J., Spencer, G. and Stannard, R. (2016). Exploring and extending flexibility: a reflective framework. York, Higher Education Academy.

    Potter, J.A. (2016). Students’ positive experiences of assessment and feedback: what do we know about exemplary practice from student nominations for excellence awards? 6th International Assessment in Higher Education Conference. June 2016. University of Cumbria, Manchester, UK. Presenter.

    Potter, J. A. (2016). Working with students’ positive experiences of assessment and feedback to improve academic practice. Scholarship and Educational Development: The Importance of Using an Evidence-Base for Teaching and Learning. November 2016. SEDA, Edinburgh, UK. Presenter.

    Fanghanel, J., Potter, J. Pritchard, J. and Wisker G. (2015a). Defining and supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL): a sector-wide study. Executive Summary. York, Higher Education Academy.

    Fanghanel, J., Pritchard, J., Potter, J. and Wisker, G. (2015b). Defining and supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL): a sector wide study. Literature Review. York: Higher Education Academy.

    Fanghanel J., Pritchard, J., Potter, J. and Wisker, G. (2015c).Defining and supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL): a sector wide study. SoTL Audit and Capacity Building Tool. York: Higher Education Academy.

    Potter, J. Pritchard, J., Wisker, G. and Fanghanel, J. (2015). Exploring the edges of practice in SOTL in the UK. Bridging boundaries through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. EURO-SOTL June 2015. Cork, Ireland. Presenter.

    Collins, N. and Potter J.A.  (2012). Staff-Student Partnerships can drive institutional change: the development of a recognition scheme for postgraduate students who teach at an Irish University. In, Staff-Student Partnerships in Higher Education. Ed. Little, S. London, Continuum Press.

    Potter, J.A., Creaner, M., Delany, D. and Lalor, J. (2010) Visions of effective doctoral supervision: disciplines and traditions in a time of change. In, Research Teaching Linkages: Practice and Policy. Eds. Murphy, J., Higgs, B. and Griffin, C. Cork: NAIRTL. Pp49-53.

    Potter, J.A. (2009) Starting with the Discipline. In, The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Ed. Murray, R. Open University Press- McGraw Hill. Pp58-68.

    Potter, J.A. and O’Farrell, C. (2009) Establishing Identities in Professional Academic Learning Communities in Ireland, Academic Futures: Inquiries into Higher Education and Pedagogy. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press, Pp 96-110.

    Potter, J.A. and Hampton, D.  (2009). (eds.) Students supporting Students. SEDA Special 26. London: Staff and Educational Development Association.

    Race, P.(2008), adapted by Markey, A. In at the Deep End- Starting to Teach in Higher Education. Eds. Higgs, B. & Potter, J.A. Cork: National Academy for the Integration of Teaching and Learning.

    Potter, J.A. and Hanratty, O. (2008). Supporting Graduate Students that Teach in Trinity College Dublin. Emerging Issues in Higher Education Practice in Ireland, Volume 2. Ed. Higgs, B. Cork: National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning.

    Lipscombe, B., Burek, C.V., Potter, J.A., Ribchester, C.R., Degg, M.R. (2008).  An overview of extra-curricular Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) interventions in UK Universities. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 9(3), 222-234.

    Potter, J. A. (2007). What next for Teaching Portfolios in Ireland? In Teaching Portfolio Practice in Ireland: A Handbook. Ed. O’Farrell, C. AISHE. Pp.161-169.

    O’Farrell, C and Potter, J.A. (2007).Establishing identities in professional academic learning communities: academics and developers learning through portfolios of practice. Proceedings of the iPED Conference: Researching Academic Futures. September 2007. Coventry, UK.