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Conor Naughton

Conor Naughton

Educational Developer

Centre for Academic Development and Quality Dept.


Conor is an educational developer responsible for a portfolio of educational development services at scale with stakeholders across NTU. Conor uses attainment and progression data to provide targeted support and pedagogic development including the discovery and translation of practice in learning and teaching across NTU.

In addition, he specialises in student engagement and transition and works toward increasing students' sense of belonging via developmental support for schools, courses and their staff teams.

Career overview

As a former BTEC student from a low socio-economic background, Conor graduated from NTU in 2020 and developed a passion for the role social mobility plays in helping enhance the personal and professional prospects of students like himself.

In 2020 Conor was elected and subsequently re-elected President of Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU). In this role, he led a charity with an annual turnover of over £6 million pounds and chaired the board of trustees ensuring the Union was governed with excellence and the policies and practices of the organisation were in keeping with its aims. He successfully navigated the Union through the coronavirus pandemic, championing the best student experience possible for all NTU students locally and nationally.

Conor was also a governor of Nottingham Trent University from 2020 – 2022 in which along with other governors he approved the mission and strategic vision of the University,  its long-term academic and business plans and key performance indicators, ensuring these meet the interests of stakeholders.

All of this experience has included him working closely on improvements to teaching and learning and projects regarding student engagement and transition and has led to his current role.

External activity

Conor regularly engages with the wider higher education sector including recently being awarded an associate fellowship (AFHEA), attending conferences and contributing to leading organisations in the sector via public speaking or writing for example with organisations such as AdvanceHE and UPP. As a former Students’ Union sabbatical officer he also supports others in the sector to help them develop and improve.

He is always welcome to further external opportunities regarding public speaking, contributions to websites or providing his expertise on student voice, engagement, representation and transition