Mrs Anna Hiley (BA(Hons), BArch, Registered Architect ARCUK, SFHEA) - personal details
Tel: 0161 306-4258
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
The University of Manchester
Anna Hiley is an architect and academic. She commenced her career in the construction industry in 1972, working first as a senior project architect, then as a partner in private practice. Her main role was to lead multi-disciplinary design teams in the design and project management of a varied range of projects, from very large complex multi-function developments for corporate and public clients to commisioned work for individual clients.
In 1991 she joined the University of Salford as a visiting lecturer and Senior Research Fellow, to work as the knowledge engineer on a research project entitled, 'The Evolutionary Development of Expert Systems in Real Life for the Constructiion Industry'. This involved information capture and the design of interfaces between user specifications and software.
Anna Hiley joined the University of Manchester in 1993, as a lecturer, to teach on a range of construction industry related degree programmes.
Anna Hiley is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her interest in pedagogy and teaching and learning led to the development of a number of innovative units. In 2006 she received an award from the Higher Education Academy, Engineering Subject Centre in recognition of her work in promoting the development of students' design skills.
In addition to her academic responsibilities Anna has held a wide range of fixed term posts since joining the university. Currently she is the Deputy Director of the Management of Projects taught MSc Group of Programmes, which together have a student cohort of around 260 to 300 students a year. Other roles which have been held include the Directorship of the Teaching Science and Engineering Programme for Chinese Academics, Academic Development Officer to the Pedagogic Development Office, Senior Projects Officer in Teaching Support and Development in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and academic advisor within the university's Academic Advisory Service.
Her main research interests focus on the development of teaching and learning strategies to promote students' development of creative open-ended problem-solving skills and design abilities.