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Kathleen Quinlan

She is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Kent, UK. Since 1996, she has held academic and leadership positions in world-leading universities in England, the US, and Australia.
University of Kent
Job Title
Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education

She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 book chapters, and two books, including How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems that Illuminate Emotion in Learning and Teaching (Sense, 2016). Her research is broadly in the areas of learning, teaching, assessment, and student engagement in higher education. She specialises in research on students’ holistic development, including emotion, motivation and interest. 

In the past 10 years, she has been principal investigator on grants from the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes, the Royal Academy of Engineering HE STEM Programme, and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, as well as co-investigator on projects funded by Advance HE and the Higher Education Careers Advisory Unit.