Senior Lecturer in Learning Enhancement and Academic Development

Vikki Hill is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Enhancement and Academic Development at Queen Margaret University's LEAD Centre.

Vikki was previously an Educational Developer in the Academic Enhancement Team at University of the Arts London (UAL), is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was a recipient of the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020.

Vikki has over 20 years’ experience in education and leadership and works with staff and students to develop pedagogy and support equitable outcomes. Much of her academic development practice focuses on compassionate pedagogies, practices and policies and she has led projects to enhance this such as Belonging Through Compassion (of which she is a co-author of the website) and the QAA Collaborative Enhancement Project Belonging Through Assessment with Glasgow School of Art, Leeds Arts University and University of the Arts London.

Vikki’s doctoral research focuses on assessment, compassion, academic development and posthumanism. Her research outputs span different media from journal articles, podcasts, websites, film, book chapters, listening events and installations. This diverse and creative range of approaches supports her commitment to dialogic, collaborative and affective knowledge exchange to enact social, racial and climate justice. 

Active Research Interests:
  • Compassionate Pedagogy
  • Compassionate Assessment
  • Academic Development
  • Social, Racial and Climate Justice
  • Belonging
  • Critical and Post-qualitative Inquiry
Research Methods:
  • Posthumanism Creative Research Methods

I teach on the Post Graduate Certificate on Academic Practice and lead on the Continuing Professional Development Fellowship scheme at QMU. My teaching practice focuses on educational development with a particular interest in anti-racism, social justice, critical pedagogy, compassionate pedagogy, compassionate assessment, pass/fail grading, trauma-informed practice, creative and visual practice and research, participatory practice and collaboration, posthumanism and belonging.