Career History

Following an early career in further education (where I really learned to teach), I joined the University of Birmingham in 1992 to set up and run a new BA in English Language. I pursued a 13 year career as an academic in the School of Humanities, holding various strategic leadership roles, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004. I was appointed as the University’s Director of Educational Development in 2006. In 2012 I moved to the University of Exeter to take up the position of Head of Education Quality and Enhancement. In January 2016 I set up Corony Edwards Consulting so I could offer my services to the sector as an independent, freelance consultant.

Skills and Expertise

With extensive experience of the higher education sector, in particular, research-intensive universities, my expertise has been recognised through the award of Principal Fellowship of the HEA. I specialise in teaching, learning and education enhancement, advising senior staff and supporting institutions with the design and implementation of teaching and learning strategies and continuing professional development frameworks. I also work directly with teams and individuals, facilitating sessions designed to meet their specific needs. I am skilled at supporting experienced teachers as well as those who are new to teaching. I have significant experience of institutional quality enhancement and assurance activities and external examining. I have initiated and directed numerous projects to enhance the staff and student experience of teaching and learning, including assessment reviews, online student feedback, recognising and rewarding teaching, personal tutoring approaches and collaborative strategy development.

I bring a practical, enthusiastic, and highly professional approach to all of my work. I can be trusted to understand you and your business challenges and to work with you to find solutions that are cost-effective and have the desired outcomes.

Recent projects and consultancy assignments include:

  • Understanding Learning Gain Invited workshop facilitation, University of Sunderland (May 2016), Liverpool John Moores University (June 2016), JISC Student Experience Experts’ Group (June 2016); Bangor University (September 2016); AUA conference Nottingham (February 2017), York St John University (March 2017)
  • Review of teaching and academic practice development provision (Teaching and Learning Academy development) for the PVC Education, Liverpool John  Moores University, April 2016
  • Assessment and Feedback Good Practice Guides (student and staff versions), Lincoln University, 2016
  • Sector Reactions to TEF Proposals and other articles and advice for EvaSys (Electric Paper), 2016 – 2017
  • TESTA’ (Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment) presentation, HEA Assessment Summit, York, May 2016
  • Understanding the TEF Invited external workshop facilitator, University of the Arts, London (November 2016)
  • Project to review and make recommendations for academic skills provision Goldsmiths College, London (October – December 2016)
  • External review of draft TEF provider submissions for three HEIs, November 2016
  • Transforming Assessment Strategic Change Project (with the HEA), University of Central Lancashire, (November 2016 – June 2017)
  • Inclusive Assessment academic staff development workshop, York St John University (March 2017)
  • Academic Development Needs Analysis methods and process design and piloting, Keele University (March – June 2017)
  • Second Year Success project, PVC Education, Keele University, June – September 2017
  • Transforming Assessment Strategic Change Project (with the HEA), University of Bristol (June – December 2017)
  • Formative evaluation of the HEA/HEFCE external examiners online CPD course (part of the HEFCE Degree Standards project) (August 2017)

Read more about my qualifications, background and experience on LinkedIn


Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Centre for Research in Professional Learning, University of Exeter