Dr Joy Perkins
Dr Joy Perkins

Dr Joy Perkins


Educational & Employability Advisor


Located in the Centre for Academic Development, 48 College Bounds

Academic Services & Online Education


Based in the Centre for Academic Development, I lead the design, teaching and assessment of professional academic development programmes, such as the Advance HE accredited PGCert in Higher Education Teaching & Learning, where I am the Programme Director. I also lead the University-wide Learning and Teaching Network, the induction course for staff new to teaching at the University, and the innovative micro-credential short CPD course. I am the institutional contact for the Advance HE Teaching Excellence Awards, the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) and have mentored staff to achieve this prestigious award. In addition, I am the depute institutional lead for the QAA (Scotland) Enhancement Themes, and have actively contributed to the rolling programme of pedagogical enhancement themes for the past decade. More recently, I joined the institutional TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment) team.

Having held various posts at the University, I am experienced in course design, interdisciplinary learning, alternative and authentic assessments, and embedding employability in academic curricula. To enable cross-fertilisation of pedagogic and employability ideas and practice across the University, I work in partnership with academic Schools and other stakeholders.

I hold an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Dundee. It was during this time and my first lectureship at the University of Huddersfield that my interest in teaching and student employability developed.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Institutional Steering Group for the QAA Enhancement Theme – Resilient Learning Communities

Institutional TESTA Steering Group

Annual Academic Symposium Planning Committee

strategic-level Employability & Entrepreneurship Committee

Academic Integrity Task and Finish Group

External Memberships

Member of the UK-wide, QAA Micro-credentials Advisory Network 

Depute institutional lead for the QAA (Scotland) Enhancement Theme, Resilient Learning Communities

Prizes and Awards

AUSA and the University of Aberdeen Teaching Excellence Award (2022) for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Course Team.


Research Overview

My research interests and recent publications are in areas such as: enterprise education, work-integrated learning, assessment & feedback, and the role of employer engagement in curriculum development. Recent publications include:

J. Perkins (2022) Developing a LinkedIn® profile for authentic assessment and professional development. Teaching Insights,Available at: https://teachinginsights.ocsld.org/developing-a-linkedin-profile-for-authentic-assessment-and-professional-development/. (Accessed: 23 July 2022)

A. Irwin, J. Perkins, L. Hillari & D. Wischerath (2022). Is the future of work experience online? An examination of stakeholder attitudes towards online internships. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, vol. 12 no. 4, pp. 629-644. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-05-2021-0102

J. Perkins (2022) The ‘Diamond Nine’: Encouraging student engagement with graduate attributes. In: 100 ideas for active learning (Betts, T. and Oprandi, P. (Eds). ALN and University of Sussex Library. https://doi.org/10.20919/OPXR1032/45

A. Davidson, P. Bremner & J. Perkins (2022) Advance HE Employability, Enterprise, and Entrepreneurship: Solving Wicked Problems: A Case Study Compendium, The Scottish Innovative Student Award (SISA): Preparing Students to Tackle Wicked Problems pp.41-47

Research Specialisms

  • Education Studies
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


Teaching Responsibilities

I manage and deliver a range of professional learning credit-bearing courses for staff and students across the University, including:

  • Approaches to Teaching, Learning & Assessment in Higher Education ED50HR
  • Research Project in Higher Education in Higher Education ED55HT
  • Work Experience: Employability Skills Development ED309A/ED359A
  • Employer-led Interdisciplinary Project ED3537

In addition, I contribute to the Advance HE accredited course, Principles of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.