Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise

Staff Profile

Dr Elaine Tan

Senior Lecturer, Learning Teaching and Student Experience Lead (MOS), Co Director of Scholarship


In 2016, I was appointed as a Lecturer in Innovation at Newcastle University Business School, following a tenure as a Lecturer in Education at Durham University. Prior to my academic career, I worked for several years of experience in the field of technology development within the EdTech sector. My focus was on discerning user needs and experiences, developing innovative tools, and facilitating their integration into practice.

My academic interests are broad, encompassing technology development, enhancement of student practices for independent learning, and the dynamics of technology adoption and innovation across various professional learning environments.

In August 2023 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

I was previously the DPD of the N500 undergraduate BSc Marketing, I successfully managed this programme for three years and working with colleagues and students this programme achieved a 93% NSS satisfaction rating.


Learning Teaching and Student Experience (MOS Lead)

NUBS Co-Director of Scholarship


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

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Travel Grant Newton Fund - Research Links Workshop Maceió Brazil

NUBS Teaching Development Fund - Students as Researchers Project

Newcastle University Education Development Fund - Student Wellbeing Project

Previous Roles

Lecture in Education, Durham University

Learning Technologist, Durham University

Learning Technologist, University of Cumbria

Learning Technologist, University of Ulster


Feedback from Students on Teaching

  • "Elaine was a brilliant lecturer, made the module a pleasure, and very clear"
  • "Very understanding and helpful with every aspect of the course. Didn’t sit back and got fully immersed in the course which made it more interactive and interesting for us students"
  • "Excellent lectures that are very stimulating and interesting. By far one of the best lecturers over my last 3 years. Always easy to pay attention and people never drift off during the lectures."
  • "Fantastic teacher, Elaine is engaging and really motivates me. She is very clear and direct, approachable and makes me enjoy the module so much."
  • "One of the best teachers I have had in the business school. Provided lots of resources and always ensures everyone knows exactly what they are doing. Dr Tan has made the module a lot more manageable"

MKT1012 Academic and Professional Skills (Module Leader)

BUS3000 Enterprise Entrepreneurship and Lean Innovation

NBS8514 Marketing Research

UG Dissertation Supervision

PGT Dissertation Supervision