Ann Minton

Ann Minton

Position: College Lead- Academic Partnerships

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: International Policing and Justice Institute

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Working with partners including FE colleges, organisations and businesses to develop programmes and support learners to gain UK HE qualifications, in relation to law, justice and policing. Ann has particular expertise in Workbased Learning and the Accrediation of Prior Experiential Learning ( APL), having developed an online tool to support delegates whose paper qulifications have been outstripped by their experience to gain academic recognition for their learning.

Ann is the UK project manager for our partnership with the Royal Malaysian Police.

Ann is a national expert in the accrediation of in company training and has worked with a number of key clients including Tata Steel, Waterstones and Croda International.

Teaching responsibilities

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

She has 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, Ann remains a clinical practitioner in the field of Assissted Conception, regularly undertaking ultrasound scans at a local clinic. She has a particular interest in Medical Ultrasound related to Infertility.

Research interests

  • Pedagogies of Work Based Learning
  • Accreditation  of Prior Experiential Learning
  • Assessment of real work activity for academic purposes
  • Making employer and university partnerships work

Membership of professional bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Diploma of the College of Radiographers (Diagnostic)
  • Diploma in Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc ( Hons) Healthcare
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE
  • Masters in Medical Education

Recent publications

  • Minton A & Whitemore D (2009) “Rapid Response and Fit For Purpose Solutions for Employers, Which Maintain Standards” Joint HEA, FdF & QAA Conference, Birmingham
  • Minton A & Braham J (2009) “Disaggregating the curriculum- from “full meal” to “bite sized” provision” University Vocational Awards Council, Annual Conference, York
  • Minton A. & Malone S. (2009) E-APEL: Using technology to Support Lifelong Learning, Work based Learning Futures III, Derby
  • Edwards S. & Minton A (2009) Re-thinking the Retention of Students
  • in Part-Time Distance Learning Work based Learning Futures III, Derby
  • Minton A. and Walsh A. (2015) “ Supporting and Motivating Work Based Learners” in  Helyer R. ( ed) ( forthcoming 2015)  “ A Work Based Learning Tutors Handbook”. Palgrave
  • Naish J. and Minton A. (2015) “ Support for Work Based Learners” in Helyer R. ( ed)  2nd edition  (forthcoming 2015)  “ A Work Based Learning Students Handbook” Palgrave
  • Bromley M., Minton A. & Moss C. (2012) “Developing Capacity and infrastructure: support for those supporting higher apprenticeships” Journal of Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, Volume 2 (3) p-271- 284
  • Dhillon B, Edmonds T., Felce A., Minton A and Wall T (eds) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work. Faringdon, Libri Publications
  • Minton A and Fenwick N  2011)  Chapter 4: Practical Challenges of Accreditation: the Croda International New Manager Programme in Dhillon B, Edmonds T., Felce A., Minton A and Wall T ( eds) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work. Faringdon, Libri Publications
  • Haddleton F and Minton A  (2011) Chapter 19: Overcoming the Quality Assurance Challenges in Dhillon B, Edmonds T., Felce A., Minton A and Wall T ( eds) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work. Faringdon, Libri Publications
  • Ions K & Minton A (2011) Can work-based learning programmes help companies to become learning organisations? Journal of Higher Education Skills and Work-based Learning Volume 2 ed 1(Awarded Emerald Literati prize) 
  • Minton A (2010) “Chapter 6: Mentoring in the Workplace” in Roodhouse S and Mumford J ( 2010) Understanding Working and Learning Routlledge.

Recent conferences

  • Minton A and Atherton T (2011) “Making Employer and University Partnerships Work” Keynote lecture UVAC conference, York
  • Minton A and Young D (2011)”Supporting Work Based Learners: Transitioning from Training to Facilitating Learning” Workshop at UVAC Conference, York
  • Minton A (2011) “Making Accreditation Partnerships Work: Supporting WB Tutors” Work Based Learning Futures IV, Derby
  • Minton A. ( November 2014) “Using RPL for effective employer and employee engagement” Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff
  • Minton A. and Hadfield P. ( 2014)  “ The Joys and Challenges of Collaborative Employer Partnerships: Developing a Community of Practice” UALL WBL conference, Westminster University ,July
  • Minton A. and Steed C. (2012) “Rising to the Challenge: the dilemmas and Debates of introducing Higher Apprenticeships” UVAC conference, York (* Awarded Emerald Prize for Best Abstract).

Additional interests and activities

  • Justice of the Peace

Experience in industry

  • Bronze and Silver Training Journal Awards - member of team, including a client, Aurora Fashions, for Best Use of Technology in Learning, and Partnership Learning (2013)
  • Emerald prize for best abstract at University Vocational Awards Council - co- authored with Carol Steed (2012)
  • Emerald Literati prize for Highly Commended paper - co-authored with Kevin Ions (2011)
  • Times Higher Award for Excellence in Employer Engagement - member of UDC team and leader of accreditation service (2011)
  • University Principal Tutor in Work Based Learning (2007)
  • Times Higher Award for Innovation in Distance Learning - member of Learning through Work team ( 2006).

International experience

  • External Examiner Pavlov Institute, St Petersburg, Russia (2008- 2011)
  • Project Manager (UK) Royal Malaysia Police

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