Caitlyn Merry

Learning Designer

Learning and Teaching

Caitlyn is a Learning Designer, Educator and Academic Practitioner at the University of Suffolk with a diverse portfolio of professional and academic experiences. Through her initial degrees in Archaeology and Human Rights Law at UBC and SOAS, Caitlyn was drawn to education as a force for social change. After working in the legal industry with some of the world’s leading charities, she became a Computer Science teacher, and then worked in the EdTech industry.

Caitlyn obtained a Master’s degree in Social Innovation from the University of Cambridge in 2018, focussing on environmental conservation, education, and social justice. She later developed and taught the module ‘Digital Social Innovation’ at Judge Business School, and is passionate about leveraging the power of Learning Design to transform education.

Caitlyn is teacher trained, gaining her PGCE from University College London as a Teach First Ambassador.

Caitlyn has experience teaching at postgraduate level in the area of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge. She created and taught the module ‘Digital Social Innovation’.

In addition, Caitlyn has facilitated many corporate training and professional development projects, with partners such as the Department for Education, the Scouts, and Toyota Canada.

Caitlyn’s background in Computer Science means that, in addition to being able to advise on learning design and learning environments and ecosystems, she is able to delve into code, and technical systems and processes.

Caitlyn’s postgraduate research focussed on the spatial and temporal power dynamics inherent in social change processes. Looking at women’s institutional work in the fishing industry, Caitlyn’s findings have implications for understanding the innovative strategies of marginal or marginalised actors, and the relationship between management practices and institutional change.

As a consultant for GenPol Think Tank, Caitlyn has collaboratively published policy papers such as Can Education End Abuse?

Social Entrepreneurship:
- Sharity, Head of UK Enterprise;
- Cambridge Social Ventures, Mentor for Startups
- Newspeak House member (now the London College of Political Technology)

- Politech Hackathon winner
- Gold Winner, Reimagine Education
- Silver medal, Innovation and Creativity, Teen Tech


Caitlyn has spent time teaching in Sri Lanka and has worked with a number of partners and businesses from the charity, public and social sectors across Europe, Asia, and North America.


The Law Society - previous member