Louise Connelly


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Louise Connelly is a Lecturer in Academic Development at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Louise provides pedagogical advice and develops digital resources for the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education. She delivers a number of workshops and manages the planning of the Veterinary Medical Education Division calendar of events for teaching colleagues; is responsible for the R(D)SVS suite of MOOCs; and teaches on undergraduate and MSc courses, focusing on e-professsionalism and social media and communication. Louise is Convenor of the Human Ethical Review Committee (HERC); Chair of the Staff Development (SupportEdu) Committee; and is Exam Board Chair of the SRCF undergraduate course. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Previously held roles at the University of Edinburgh include, Senior E-Learning Developer, Lecturer in Digital Education, and Head of Digital Education, where she provided pedagogical advice; instructional design; designing and developing digital education resources for MSc programmes and continuing professional development (CPD), including a number of MOOCs; and social media and website management.

Her research focuses on academic development; digital education; digital footprints and social media; and research ethics and online research.

Research Interests

I am interested in social media usage and the possible implications for teaching and learning; as well as online ethics, and digital religion.

  • Principal Investigator for the PTAS funded 'Managing Your Digital Footprint' project (2014-2015).
  • Co-investigator for the PTAS funded project "A live pulse": Yik Yak for Understanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Edinburgh (2016-2017).
  • Principal Investigator for the PTAS funded project 'Developing a research methods, data analysis and statistics course (RMDAS): engaging students in curriculum development' (2018-2019)
  • Co-Investigator for the PTAS funded project 'Exploring and engaging with student perceptions of digital citizenship' (2021-2022)



  • MSc & SRC Dissertation Supervisor
  • Lecturer undergraduate - eprofessionalism (2015>)
  • Lecturer for online MSc programmes - research ethics and online research; social media and policy; e-professionalism (2015>)
  • Developed and taught on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, 'Online Learning Environments' course - Institute for Academic Development (2015-2016).
  • Guest tutor on the MSc Digital Education (Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning course) - School of Education, HSS (2014-2016).


Administrative Roles

  • Convenor of the Human Ethical Review Committee (HERC) at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • Chair - Staff/Tutor/Demonstrator Development Committee (SupportEDU)
  • Co-Convenor - Career Development Committee (Easter Bush Campus)
  • Chair - Exam Board Chair SRFC (UG)
  • EMREC- Global Health Working Group
  • PGT and BVM&S Learning and Teaching Committees
  • Easter Bush Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Quality Assurance Committee - R(D)SVS
  • Resource List Group - R(D)SVS representative
  • Edinburgh Teaching Award (EdTA) Mentor

Education/Academic qualification

Digital Education, Postgraduate Diploma, Digital Education, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

Religious Studies, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Aspects of the Self: An analysis of self reflection, self presentation and the experiential self within selected Buddhist blogs, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jun 2012

Information Management & Library Studies, Master of Science, Information Management & Library Studies

Award Date: 2 Jul 2001

Religious Studies, Master of Arts, Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh


  • L Education (General)
  • BQ Buddhism
  • H Social Sciences (General)


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