Staff profile

Ann Minton

Academic Lead for Apprenticeships

Ann Minton in front of the sea


University of Derby Online Learning


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus, One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am the University of Derby’s Academic Lead for Apprenticeships. For the last ten years I have been involved in developing bespoke and innovative education solutions for a range of businesses and organisations to meet their higher educational needs, currently developing Higher and Degree Apprenticeships adn managing the quality arrangments for these.

I developed the university’s award-winning approach to the accreditation of in-company training, ensuring that it is proportionate, robust and business orientated and she has written about this for the HEA demonstrator projects (2010) and the 2012 EBTA publication “Making Employer and University Partnerships Work”, of which I was an editor. This work was recognized in the University’s 2012 QAA collaborative provision audit as being a key feature of “the strong and constructive relationships between the University and its partners as demonstrated through frequent communication and mutual support [by providing] an effective mechanism for extending the mutual partnership approach of working to its employer partners.”  I have delivered on a number of employer led programmes and has been actively involved in developing a range of higher apprenticeships within the university.

I am an enthusiastic advocate of work based learning, largely due to my own personal and professional development adopting this approach, I was granted the honorary title of “University Principal Tutor in Work Based Learning” at the University of Derby, for my work in developing education programmes that are based on the student’s own workplace experiences, both for individuals and cohorts for employers.

I was a member of the teams that won the THES Award in 2006 for the ‘Most Imaginative Use of Distance Learning’ and THES Award for Employer engagement in 2011.

Teaching responsibilities

I led the development of two HEA accredited programmes to develop understanding of the theories and philosophies of Work based Learning in Higher Education.

I have also lead a number of Workbased projects, where students use real work activities underpinned by academic theory, to investigate and challenge best practice in the work place.

Professional interests

In addition to work based learning, I remain a clinical practitioner in the field of Assisted Conception, regularly undertaking ultrasound scans at a local clinic. I have a particular interest in Medical Ultrasound related to Infertility.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

International experience

Additional interests and activities

  • Justice of the Peace

Recent publications