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Verity Aiken

Verity Aiken

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Undergraduate and Professional Education


Verity is the course leader for the Doctorate in Education. Verity is also a senior lecturer in Education Studies and contributes to a range of modules within the divisions of Academic Studies in Education and Professional Education.

Career overview

Verity has worked across HE, FE and adult education sectors.

Research areas

Verity is interested in the ways in which student writing can be used as a lens to help explore the student experience. Verity's theoretical interests are in Academic Literacies and sociological theories of risk.

External activity

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of British Educational Research Association
  • Co-author of ‘i-guides’, a learning support resource acknowledged as an exemplar of good practice in the Learning Literacies in a Digital Age (LLiDA) wiki
  • External Examiner for the BA in Education Studies (single honours and delegated joints) at University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), Jan 2014 to Sep 2017
  • External Reader for Trinity Saint David, University of Wales in relation to a Foundation Degree in Inclusive Education and a BA (Honours) degree in Inclusive Education, December 2015


  • Aiken, V. (2019) 'Student writing and compliance in a consumer-based Higher Education system' Paper presentation at the Social Research in Higher Education annual conference. Newport, Wales, UK
  • Aiken, V. (2019) ‘Humour, quirky knowledge, accessibility and advocacy: uncovering possibilities and opportunities for agency in undergraduate student writing’ Paper presentation at the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenborg, Sweden
  • Aiken, V. (2019) ‘‘On your marks. Get set. Write!’: introducing undergraduate students to writing retreat pedagogies’ Paper presentation at TILT Festival of learning, Nottingham Trent University
  • Aiken, V. (2016) ‘Three Dimensions: hidden layers in academic writing’ Paper presentation at the annual British Educational Research Association conference, University of Leeds
  • Aiken, V. (2016) ‘Everyday Ethics: Student writing as a not-so-benign area of research’ Paper presentation at the Annual British Education Studies Association conference, University of Wolverhampton
  • Aiken, V. (2015) ‘The risky terrain of student writing’ Paper presentation at the Annual British Education Studies Association conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Byrom, T. and Aiken, V. (2014) ‘Doing it differently: Re-designing the curriculum to face the challenges of student work-based learning opportunities’, Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 4 (3)
  • Aiken, V., Byrom, T. and Hindley, D., (2013) ‘Supporting student transitions into higher education: some reflections on the NTU tutorial system’, Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, 25-26 March 2013. In: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Nottingham
  • Croft, T., Ahmed, S., Aiken, V., Fletcher, L., Grove, M., Mead, A., Patel, C., and Wilson, R. (2013) ‘Offering Training to Postgraduates who Tutor in Mathematics Support Centres’. MSOR Connections13(1), 3-7
  • Aiken, V. (2012) ‘Dissertation Club: A concept for collaborative cross-subject for dissertation students’ Presentation at the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) Annual Conference, University of Leeds
  • Aiken, V., Smith, J., Spencer, G. and Wyman, M., (2010) ‘Developing resources for a reflective learning module for the new degree structure’ In: Teaching Innovation Conference, Keele University, Keele, 2010.
  • Aiken, V., Smith, J & Spencer, G (2010) ‘‘No i in teamwork’: A faculty-based model for learning development’, Poster Presentation at the Learning Development Higher Education Network (LDHEN) Symposium, Nottingham Trent University.
  • Aiken, V. (2009) ‘Study Skills For All: Teaching Multidisciplinary and Cross Year Groups’ Paper Presentation at NACADA Conference, Edge Hill University
  • Aiken, V. (2009) ‘In their language? Using a blog to encourage student engagement’ Paper Presentation at E-Learning 2.0 Conference, Brunel University
  • Aiken, V., Smith, J. and Spencer, G. (2009) ‘Headstart! Piloting a pre-arrival course for mature students studying in the humanities and social sciences’. In: Teaching Innovation Conference, Keele University, Keele, 2009

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