Hannah Cobb

Hannah Cobb


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Hannah Cobb (PFHEA, MCIfA, FSA., FSA Scot.) is a Professor of Archaeology and Pedagogy at the University of Manchester and the University’s Academic Lead for Academic Development. Through her teaching, research and leadership she passionately advocates for inclusivity, equality and diversity in both the present (contemporary archaeological practice and higher education), and the past (British Prehistory).

Hannah undertakes award winning teaching and fieldwork (AdvanceHE National Teaching Fellow 2022, University of Manchester Teaching Excellence Award 2018, Archaeology Training Forum award 2014), and is a director of the multi period Ardnamurchan Transitions Project (2006 - present). She also co-directed the Western Pennines Mesolithic Project (2017) and the Whitworth Park Community Archaeology and History Project (2010-2014).  She is one of the creators of the Archaeological Skills Passport, a Trustee of the Enabled Archaeology Foundation and, between 2015 and 2022 she founded and chaired the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Equality and Diversity Group. She is also one of the leads of the University of Manchester's Prehistory to Primary Schools Project.

Hannah has played a leadership role in teaching and learning at the University of Manchester since 2016. She is the University's lead for Academic Development (2021 - present). In 2022 she was the interim Associate Dean for Teaching Learning and Students (Online and Blended) in the Faculty of Humanities. Before this she was the Associate Director for Employability and Academic Advising (2015-2016) and Associate Director for eLearning and Teaching Innovation (2018-2022) in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. 

Hannah also plays a leading role in global conversations about teaching and learning in archaeology and heritage. With Dr Karina Croucher (University of Bradford) she hosts monthly international, open-access Teaching and Learning in Archaeology and Heritage online roundtable workshops and in 2021, she organised the first ever global conference on Teaching and Learning in Archaeology and Heritage. Hannah has published extensively on teaching and learning in archaeology and on her pedagogic approach, including in the major publications Assembling Archaeology: Teaching, Practice and Research (OUP, 2020), and Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork (Springer, 2012).


Hannah undertook her undergraduate degree in archaeology at the University of Edinburgh (1998-2002) and then worked in commercial archaeology for CFA Archaeology Ltd and Headland Archaeology before completing an MPhil (2004) and PhD (2008) at the University of Manchester, supervised by Profs Julian Thomas and Chantal Conneller. Between 2004 and 2008 she also worked as a Research Assistant for the Higher Education Academy’s History, Classics and Archaeology subject centre, and an Associate Lecturer for the Open University (2007-2011). Since 2008 she has been a Teaching Fellow and then Technician (2009-2016), Lecturer (2013-2016), Senior Lecturer (2016-2021) and now Professor (2021 – present) in Archaeology at The University of Manchester.

Hannah has also undertaken a number of teaching and learning leadership roles at the University of Manchester including: Assistant Director for Academic Advising and Employability, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (2015/2016); Associate Director for eLearning and Teaching Innovation, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (2018 – 2022); Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Student Experience, Faculty of Humanities (2022); University of Manchester Academic Lead for Academic Development (2021 – Present). In 2020 she was part of the team who designed the Faculty of Humanities Principles and Guidance for Blended Learning.

In 2022 Hannah was one of only 54 people across the UK to be awarded an AdvanceHE National Teaching Fellowship, recognising her contributions to teaching and learning in Higher Education. Hannah is also a Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE.



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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

External positions

External Examiner for Archaeology Programmes (UG and PGT), University of Durham

Jan 2022 → …

External Examiner for MSc Archaeology, MSc Osteoarchaeology, Bournemouth University

Jun 2016Sept 2020

Areas of expertise

  • CC Archaeology
  • Equality and Diversity, Pedagogy, Training, Field Practice, Archaeological Theory, British and Irish Mesolithic
  • LB2300 Higher Education

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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