Portrait of Dr Amanda Tinker Dr Amanda Tinker

a.tinker@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473704


I graduated from the University of York in 1995 with a first class honours degree in English Language and Linguistics. Following this, I trained as a librarian, working as a Graduate Trainee at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, which led to a MSc. in Library and Information Studies with Distinction from Loughborough University (1997). I was awarded the department’s Student Prize and, later, a national prize (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals – Library and Information Research Group) for my thesis on automatic abstracting.

I joined the University of Huddersfield in 1998 as a Research Assistant in the Centre of Database Access Research, School of Computing and Engineering, gaining my PhD in 2006. As part of this project, the research team were invited to present at both the British Library St Pancras and Boston Spa, when the library was converting their open access collections to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. Whilst undertaking this research, I also worked part-time as a Senior Assistant Librarian, supporting the School of Art, Design and Architecture and teaching information literacy. I moved into the area of learner development in 2002, when I began work as Academic Skills Tutor in the School of Art, Design and Architecture. I enjoy how this role combines several aspects of my previous experience: my interest in the English language and academic writing, developing and integrating academic skills and new technologies into the curriculum to enhance teaching and learning, and, on a day to day basis, the opportunity to meet and teach such a diverse range of students and focus on their individual learning and achievement. I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research and Scholarship

I am currently investigating models of academic skills provision and theory and practice of learner development in higher education, with particular reference to art and design. I am also interested in the use of social software (particularly Wikis) and how this can be embedded within teaching to encourage and support student contribution and collaboration. My previous doctoral research (2005) was in the area of information retrieval and sought to address problems of subject searching in online library catalogues. To provide a more browsable system interface, I deconstructed the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme to provide alternative (multidimensional) facet ‘views’ of a library collection, with search by selection rather than specification, and evaluated this with library users.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Stapleford, K., Caldwell, E. and Tinker, A. (2017) ‘Talking academic writing: A conversation analysis of one-to-one writing tutorials with students from vocational backgrounds’. In: 9th Conference of the European Association of Teaching Academic Writing (EATAW), 19th-21st June 2017, Royal Holloway, University of London

Hill, P. and Tinker, A. (2017) ‘Academic skills provision and learning development: situation, synergy and sustainability’. In: Exploring Academic Skills Provision at UK HIgher Education Institutions, 23 April 2017, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Stapleford, K., Caldwell, E. and Tinker, A. (2017) ‘Analysing the one-to-one tutorial: A conversation analysis approach’. In: ALDinHE 2017: The Learning Development Conference, 10-12 April 2017, University of Hull


Ritchie, J., Tinker, A. and Power, J. (2016) ‘The effectiveness of Design Thinking techniques to enhance undergraduate student learning’. In: Britt, Helena, Morgan, Laura and Walton, Kerry, eds. (2016) Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities.. The Glasgow School of Art: Association of Fashion & Textiles (FTC), Loughborough University. . ISBN 9781911217084

Tinker, A. and Kannara, V. (2016) ‘Visual e-portfolios: a multi-layered model to develop students’ professional identity’. In: ALDinHE 2016: The Learning Development Conference, 21-23 March 2016, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh


Kannara, V. and Tinker, A. (2015) ‘Exploring e-portfolios in a discipline specific context’. In: 22nd annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology, 8-10 Sep 2015, Manchester

Tinker, A. and Hill, P. (2015) ‘Curriculum Collaboration: Combining Strengths to Develop Student Learning’. In: ALDinHE 2015: The Learning Development Conference, 30th March – 1st April 2015, Southampton Solent University


Tinker, A (2014) ‘Creating order from chaos: A classificatory approach to retrieval in a local history photographic archiveJournal of Writing in Creative Practice , 7 (3), pp. 427-445. ISSN 1753-5190

Tinker, A. and Hill, P. (2014) ‘Learning journeys: sharing resources for embedding progressive learning development’. In: 11th ALDinHE Conference: Learning Development Spaces and Places, 14th -16th April 2014, University of Huddersfield


Hill, P. and Tinker, A. (2013) ‘Integrating Learning Development into the Student ExperienceJournal of Learning Development in Higher Education , 5. ISSN 1759667X

Bailey, R., Tinker, A. and Hill, P. (2013) ‘Ensuring Progression in Learning Development’. In: 10th ALDinHE Conference 2013: Celebrating Learning Development, 25th – 27th March 2013, Plymouth University, UK


Tinker, A., Redmore, N., Massey, I., Falcus, S. and Caldwell, E. (2011) ‘Crossing Boundaries and Making Connections: an Integrated Approach to Assessment and Feedback’. In: Assessment and Feedback: From strength to strength. University of Huddersfield 6th Teaching and Learning Conference, 9th September 2011, University of Huddersfield

Hill, P. and Tinker, A. (2011) ‘Embedding skills: what does it mean to learning developers, lecturers and students?’. In: 8th ALDinHE Conference. "Engaging Students - Engaging Learning", 18-20 April 2011, Queen's University, Belfast


Hill, P., Tinker, A. and Catterall, S. (2010) ‘From Deficiency to Development: the evolution of academic skills provision at one UK universityJournal of Learning Development in Higher Education (2). ISSN 1759667X

Tinker, A., Byrne, G. and Cattermole, C. (2010) ‘Creating learning communities: three social software toolsJournal of Learning Development in Higher Education , 2. ISSN 1759667X


Squires, P., Tinker, A. and Redmore, N. (2009) ‘Reflect, Understand and Plan; An Integrated Learning Portfolio’. In: Futurescan: Mapping the Territory. Association of Fashion and Textile Courses Conference, 17-18 November 2009, University of Liverpool

Squires, P., Tinker, A. and Redmore, N. (2009) ‘Reflect, understand and plan: an integrated learning portfolio.’. In: Conference Proceedings: Futurescan: mapping the territory. Loughborough: Association of Fashion and Textile Courses. pp. 100-109. ISBN 9781907382307

Tinker, A. and Byrne, G. (2009) ‘From Entertainment to education: can social software engage the reticent writer?’. In: 5th European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing Conference, 2009: The Roles of Writing Development in Higher Education and Beyond, 30 June - 2 July 2009, Coventry University

Squires, P., Tinker, A. and Redmore, N. (2009) ‘Reflect, connect, understand and plan: an Integrated Learning Portfolio’. In: 4th European First Year Experience Conference, 13-15 May 2009, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Tinker, A., Cattermole, C. and Byrne, G. (2009) ‘Creating Learning Communities: Three Open Source Tools’. In: 6th LDHEN Symposium: the challenge of learning development, 6-7 April 2009, Bournemouth University


Byrne, G., Cattermole, C. and Tinker, A. (2008) ‘Creating learning communities: three open source tools’. In: Teaching and Learning Conference, 15th September 2008, University of Huddersfield

Byrne, G. and Tinker, A. (2008) ‘Meeting diversity through the disciplines: a devolved model of academic skills development’. In: European Writing Centers Association (ECWA) Conference, 19th-22nd June 2008, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany


Tinker, A. and Byrne, G. (2007) ‘Localised ‘one-stop’ shops: a devolved, embedded model of academic skills provision’. In: Crossing Boundaries: Academic Support for the Learner in HE, 30th June 2007, Middlesex University, Hendon, London, UK


Tinker, A (2005) Deriving and applying facet views of the dewey decimal classification scheme to enhance subject searching in library OPACs Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.


Tinker, A., Pollitt, A., O'Brien, A. and Braekevelt, P. (1999) ‘The Dewey Decimal Classification and the transition from physical to electronic knowledge organisationKnowledge Organization , 26 (2), pp. 80-96. ISSN 0943-7444

Research Degree Supervision

1 Library classification and information retrieval

2 Information-seeking behaviour