Wendy Johnston

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Wendy Johnston is a Senior Lecturer in Food Studies. Passionate about bringing teaching and learning to life to maximise the student experience, Wendy is committed to implementing innovative, active learning techniques, creating authentic learning environments and developing external partnerships and collaborations.
Wendy was recognised as a National Teaching Fellow in 2015 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2012 Wendy was awarded the LJMU Individual Excellence Award for making an outstanding impact on the student learning experience through her work developing collaborative partnerships. In 2014 Wendy was further recognised by LJMU and awarded ‘The Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching Innovation’ for making an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning. In 2022 Wendy was awarded a Faculty of Science Teaching Award.
Wendy is a member of the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows(IFNTF), a member of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and a member of the Active Learning Network, which is a collaborative platform showcasing active learning projects and research, nationally and internationally. Wendy has completed Aurora which is Advance HE's leadership development initiative for women.
Wendy has diverse research interests which include the use of active learning technologies to enhance teaching and learning, the sustainability of the food chain and the use of future technology including the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve food and nutrition.


2019, Liverpool John Moores university, United Kingdom, MA Advanced Educational Practice, Education
1986, Liverpool Polytechnic, United Kingdom, BA Home Economics with Commendation

Academic appointments

Programme Leader Food Development and Nutrition, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - 2020
Senior Lecturer Food Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2007 - 2020

Postgraduate training

Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, United Kingdom, LJMU, ? - 2008

Highlighted publications

Matheson R, Brown S, Johnston W. Transition :in through and out of university

Conference publication

Johnston W. Teaching and Learning Conference Teaching and Learning Conference


Matheson R, Brown S, Johnston W. Transition :in through and out of university

Highlighted activities

External collaboration:

Meyer Prestige, Linda Jones. 2014

Professional activities

Conference presentation:

University walking classrooms: is there potential to maximise engagement, academic outcomes and holistic health in students?, Students at the Heart of, Liverpool John Moores university, Oral presentation. 2022

Developing hybrid work-based learning placements to transform the university experience, Students at the Heart conference, Liverpool John Moores university, Oral presentation. 2022

Nutrition post 16, 2021 Food Teachers Centre Conference, Lu Ban Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2021

Food Science, COVID, and a recipe for change, Oxford Brookes School of Education Conference 2021 : Theorising the Virtual, Oxford Brookes University (virtual), Oral presentation. 2021

From physical to virtual, the emergence of a virtual work related learning experience, Oxford Brookes School of Education Conference 2021 : Theorising the Virtual, Oxford Brookes university (virtual), Oral presentation. 2021

Industrial connections:

Baker and Baker. 2022

Kendal College. 2022

HG Revolution. 2021

Lu Ban. 2021

Lu Ban, Collaboration, https://luban.org.uk/. 2021

Greencore Foods. 2014

H&A bottling. 2014

Kenwood, Lisa Scudamore. 2014

Lakeland, Wendy Miranda. 2014

Renshaws, Diane Lunt. 2014

Senoble, Andy Laird. 2014

Howdens, Glen Isaacs. 2013

Lakeland Limited. 2012

Meyer Prestige. 2012

Howdens, Glen Isaacs. 2012

Kenwood. 2012

SKA events. 2011

Hagelin, Jon Byrne. 2011

Russell Hobbs, Consultancy work Recipe development Appliance development Links with work related learning placements. 2011

Senoble, Andrew Laird. 2011

Vitaflow, guest speaker and placement provider. 2011

GDHA, Visits to factory and showroom To keep appliance knowledge updated and enhance teaching and learning on food related modules. 2010

Hilton Liverpool, work related learning placements. 2010

Hope Valley primary School, enterprise activities. 2010

Renshaws. 2010

St Anns primary school, Enterprise activities. 2010

Uncle Roys Comestibles, Food product development module. 2010

Compass catering, work related learning projects. 2009

Liverpool Community College, Enterprise projects. 2009

Morphy Richards, Refurbishment of the Food Academy Appliance testing. 2009

Renshaws, Enterprise activities including team building events and school activities. 2009

Howdens. 2008

Howdens, continual refurbishment of the Food Academy currently estimated at > £750,000 Appliance testing and evaluation Establishment of links with education and industry. 2008

Broadgreen school, Enterprise projects.

Roquette, Rebecca Norris Small.

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF), https://www.ifntf.org/. 2022

Member, SEDA, https://www.seda.ac.uk/. 2021

Aurora, AdvanceHE. 2017

Member, International Federation of Home Economics. 2007


Faculty of Science Teaching Award, LJMU. 2022

Faculty of Science Teaching Award, LJMU Faculty of Science. 2021

Vice Chancellors Awards for Excellence in Teaching innovation, LJMU. 2014

LJMU Excellence Award Recognition of Distinction in Teaching, LJMU. 2012

Post Graduate Certificate in teaching and Learnig. 2008

External collaboration:

Kendal College, Richard Axford. 2022

Lu Ban, Mike Mounfield. 2021

Meyer Prestige, Linda Jones. 2014

Roquette, Rebecca Norris Small. 2014

Howdens, Glen Isaacs. 2014

Liverpool Food Festival, SK events. 2014

Liverpool Cheese Company, Vickie Anderson. 2013

Howdens, Glen Isaacs. 2013

Liverpool Food Festival, SKA events. 2013

Howdens, Glen Isaacs. 2012

Liverpool Food Festival, SKA events. 2012

Howdens, Glen Isaacs. 2011

Liverpool Food and drink Festival, SKA events. 2011

Senoble, Andrew laird. 2011

Hotel Chocolate, Kiri Kalenko. 2010

Liverpool Community College, Head teacher. 2010

Renshaws, Diane Lunt. 2010

St Margarets Secondary school, Nuala Williams. 2010

Howdens, Glen Isaacs. 2008

Conference organisation:

2nd ALN Global Festival of Active Learning, Committee member. 2021

External committees:

Active learning network, Active Learning, Member, https://activelearningnetwork.com/. 2021

Editorial boards:

Active learning - 100 ideas for active learning, Editor Peer reviewer. 2021


Associate Fellow, SEDA. 2019

Senior Fellow, The Higher Education Academy. 2016

National Teaching Fellow, The Higher Education Academy. 2015

Fellow of the HEA, HEA. 2008

Fellow of the Royal Society of health, Royal Society of Health.

Teaching qualification:

MA Advanced Educational Practice. 2019

Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning. 2008

Other invited event:

External Examiner, Dublin University, External Examiner. 2014

External examiner, Ulster University, External examiner. 2013