Dr Llewellyn started her career as a registered nurse, primarily working in Accident and Emergency and acute surgical areas, before embarking on a full-time degree to enter a career in education. Anne graduated with 1st Class Honours in BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration from Leeds University in 1989 and subsequently spent 40 years working in higher education in various academic and managerial roles. Anne’s last role was Deputy Director (Learning Development), Student and Library Services at Teesside University, where she had responsibility for learning skills development, student disability and mental health services, customer services and learning spaces. Anne retired from this post in July 2020.
Throughout her academic career, Anne has had a particular interest in enhancing the student learning experience through provision of appropriate information, support and empowerment using multimedia formats that students can access at point of need. Whilst at Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University) Anne worked as the University Project Lead, in collaboration with an e-learning company, Toolwire to create an immersive learning module for social work students to develop an authentic experience of children’s safeguarding processes. This project won the Learning and Performance Institute external project of the year award in 2013.
She completed her Professional Doctorate in April 2018, where she analysed the use of online immersive learning spaces to enhance professional skills development and subsequently used this learning to inform developments to support academic and transferable skills and student digital literacy. Anne has taken on various leadership roles in higher education and was awarded Principal Fellow of the HEA in 2015 and University Teaching Fellowship in 2016. Anne has co-authored a number of textbooks in health and social care and social work.