Prof Hannah Cobb

Professor of Archaeology and Pedagogy, Academic Theme Lead (Academic Dvlpmnt), Associate Dean (TLS Distance Learning)

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Hannah Cobb (SFHEA, MCIfA, FSA., FSA Scot.) is a Professor of Archaeology and Pedagogy at the University of Manchester. She is the University’s Lead for Academic Development, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Student Experience (Online and Blended Learning) in the Faculty of Humanities and Associate Director for Teaching and Learning in the School of Arts Languages and Cultures. 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.

With Dr Karina Croucher (University of Bradford) Hannah 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 – Present); Associate Dean for Teaching, Learnng and Student Experience, Faculty of Humanities (2022 - Present); 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.

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 2016Sep 2020

Areas of expertise

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

Sustainable Development Goals

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