ALDinHE Working Groups

On this page, you can discover more about the people that make up our working groups.

If you are a practitioner in the Learning Development community and would like the opportunity to become actively involved in ALDinHE’s work through a variety of new and established Working Groups, please contact admin@aldinhe.ac.uk for more information.

Practice

Learn Higher

Amanda Pocklington (Chair)

Amanda was co-opted to the Steering Group in 2012 and became chair of Learn Higher in 2013. She has worked in learning development since 2001 and is currently an Academic Skills Adviser and Peer Programmes Manager at the University of Exeter. Amanda is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development. Her particular interests lie in understanding the processes and impact of group and social learning offered through peer schemes.

Jennie Dettmer

Jennie joined the Learnhigher Working Group in December 2017 and has led the development of accessible document checklists for submitters to use. She has also been a member of the CWG since September 2018. Jennie has extensive teaching experience; she started teaching EFL in Spain, moved onto ESOL, literacy and numeracy teaching in FE colleges and is now a learning developer at the University of Bedfordshire. Her interests are in technology enhanced learning and inclusive teaching practices. She is a qualified dyslexia tutor, a Certified Leading Practitioner of LD, a Fellow of HEA and is completing her MA in Education this year. 

Jodie Calleja

Jodie joined the LHWG in early 2020, with an interest in supporting the WG and wider community with access to high-standard resources, and a commitment to the ALDinHE values. Jodie’s career has taken her from FE teaching to HE engagement roles and now academic development, currently in the role of Learning Development Manager at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has a great interest in harnessing technology in teaching and has recently developed a new open-access platform for her institution, offering engaging asynchronous modules on academic skills and information literacy, targeted by level and faculty. She is a qualified teacher, holds a Masters in Sociology of Education and is currently studying for a PhD Sociology. Jodie is also a Certified Practitioner of Learning Development and Fellow of HEA.

Helena Beeson

Helena Beeson started working as a Learning Development tutor in 2011 at the University of Northampton but has worked in roles across Library and Learning Services for several years before this. Helena joined both the LearnHigher and Conference Working groups in 2019 in order to gain new perspectives on the profession and share her wealth of experience. She is an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner, a Fellow of the HEA with a MA in Modern English and Linguistics. Her current research interests include collaboration with faculty tutors and groupwork.

Jessica Hancock

Jessica started working in Learning Development while completing her PhD in Old Norse poetry. She’s taught in HE for over a decade, in a variety of subjects from medieval literature to academic writing. She now works as a Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London, teaching on an MA course where she promotes collaborative and inclusive approaches to Learning Development. Her research interests include compassionate approaches to teaching in Higher Education, and academic and writing identities. Jessica joined the Learn Higher working group in 2016.

Christopher Little

Chris joined the LHWG in 2017 and has since gone on to establish a social media identity for LH (@learnhigher1) helping LH, and the wider work of ALDinHE, reach a wider audience. Chris currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Academic Development, as part of the University Teaching Academy at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to this, Chris worked for 8 years as a Learning developer in Keele’s learning development team providing individual coaching and tuition to students across all levels and areas of study. Chris also worked as a faculty-based Learning Developer, offering programme design consultancy and staff development alongside bespoke learning development and academic practice workshops to students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science. During his time at Keele, Chris also established the JADE Student Learning Undergraduate research conference, which has delivered an annual undergraduate research conference for all students since 2016. The conference also leads to full academic publication for students in Keele’s in-house journal with over 50 student articles currently published. Chris also remains research active in Cultural Studies, focusing on the social exclusion of young working-class people in Britain. Chris holds a PhD in Cultural Studies, an MA in Teaching and Learning in HE and a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Learning from his time teaching in Further Education. Chris is also a Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA), Certified Leading Practitioner of ALDinHE (CeLP) and holds Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technology (CMALT) status.

Jason Truscott (Co-Chair)
David Bevington
Bob Blake
Lynne Gornall
Julie Lowe

Professional Training

Helen Webster (Co-Chair)

Madeleine Mossman

Helen has been a member of the PDWG since 2012, and joined the steering group not long after, becoming co-chair of the PDWG and leading on developing professional development. She is Head of the Writing Development Centre at Newcastle University, and has been working in Learning Development since 2005. A qualified teacher, she is interested in the pedagogy of Learning Development, and blogs about this regularly as @scholastic_rat. She is a Certified Leading Practitioner of LD, a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a National Teaching Fellow.

Maddy has been a steering group member since 2020. She has coordinated the ALDinHE regional events since 2017. Maddy has worked in higher education for over eighteen years, predominantly in teaching, widening participation and learning development roles. She moved to take up her current position as Learning Services Manager at the University of Leeds in February 2018.
Her particular interests are the pedagogy of academic literacies, particularly academic writing, and the coordination and collaboration opportunities for student support services in large institutions.

Peer Mentoring

Sandra Sinfield (Co-Chair)

Sandra Sinfield

Sandra Sinfield SFHEA and CeLP, is Senior Lecturer and University Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Professional and Educational Development at London Metropolitan University, a co-author of Teaching, Learning and Study Skills: a guide for tutors and Essential Study Skills: the complete guide to success at university (4th Edition), and one of the co-founders of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDHE). Sandra has worked as a laboratory technician, a freelance copywriter, and an Executive Editor (Medicine Digest, circulation 80,000 doctors). With Tom Burns, she has developed theatre and film in unusual places – their Take Control video won the IVCA gold award for education – and is interested in creativity as emancipatory practice in Higher Education.

Steve Briggs (Co-Chair)

Steve joined the ALDinHE Steering Group in 2014. He has been ALDinHE Co-Chair since 2016. He previously Co-Chaired the Professional Development Working Group, led the development of the CeP and CeLP recognition scheme and helped to launch ALDinHE regional events. Steve is currently Head of Professional and Academic Development at the University of Bedfordshire. He has a PhD, is a Chartered Psychologist and an Advanced HE Principal Fellow.

Jennie Dettmer

Jennie joined the Learnhigher Working Group in December 2017 and has led the development of accessible document checklists for submitters to use. She has also been a member of the CWG since September 2018. Jennie has extensive teaching experience; she started teaching EFL in Spain, moved onto ESOL, literacy and numeracy teaching in FE colleges and is now a learning developer at the University of Bedfordshire. Her interests are in technology enhanced learning and inclusive teaching practices. She is a qualified dyslexia tutor, a Certified Leading Practitioner of LD, a Fellow of HEA and is completing her MA in Education this year. 

Jodie Calleja

Jodie joined the LHWG in early 2020, with an interest in supporting the WG and wider community with access to high-standard resources, and a commitment to the ALDinHE values. Jodie’s career has taken her from FE teaching to HE engagement roles and now academic development, currently in the role of Learning Development Manager at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has a great interest in harnessing technology in teaching and has recently developed a new open-access platform for her institution, offering engaging asynchronous modules on academic skills and information literacy, targeted by level and faculty. She is a qualified teacher, holds a Masters in Sociology of Education and is currently studying for a PhD Sociology. Jodie is also a Certified Practitioner of Learning Development and Fellow of HEA.

Alicja Syska (Co-Chair)

Dr Alicja Syska

Alicja has been an editor at the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education since 2018 and a Co-Lead Editor since early 2019. She is a Learning Development Advisor at the University of Plymouth where she also teaches in History. Alicja is an Advance HE Senior Fellow and an ALDinHE Certified Leading Practitioner. She works closely with Arts and Humanities students and uses her hybrid role to promote effective embedding of learning development in subjects. She is particularly interested in the impact of learning development on student understanding and experience of writing within their disciplines.

Kate Swinton

Kate has worked in Learning Development for the past fifteen years in various roles. She is currently a Learning Development Tutor. Kate joined the conference working groups in 2019. She is an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner, a Fellow of the HEA with a MA in History. Her current research interests include collaboration on a Black Student working group, aiming to address the attainment and retention gap. She is also part of a funded research project that is creating a skills workbook for students to use throughout their studies.

Ian Johnson
Chenee Psaros
Tom Burns
Sam Thomas
Jane McKay
Nikolai Elkins
Silvina Bishopp Martin
Paulina Melichova
Kay Norman
Jane Brennan
Samuel Ratzer
Ursula Canton
David Bevington

Professional Recognition

Paul Chin

Paul Chin

Paul joined the conference committee in 2017 and has now joined the Steering Group in 2020 as a representative of Liverpool John Moores University. Paul is a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development and a Principle Fellow of the HEA. His main research interest is peer learning, having completed his PhD in online peer learning and assessment. Paul also has an active interest in developing graduate attributes, promoting employability skills and learning technology – as well as occasionally dabbling in other areas of learning development . As an Associate Member of CIPD Paul is also a keen advocate of promoting personal and professional development.

Steve Briggs

Steve joined the ALDinHE Steering Group in 2014. He has been ALDinHE Co-Chair since 2016. He previously Co-Chaired the Professional Development Working Group, led the development of the CeP and CeLP recognition scheme and helped to launch ALDinHE regional events. Steve is currently Head of Professional and Academic Development at the University of Bedfordshire. He has a PhD, is a Chartered Psychologist and an Advanced HE Principal Fellow.

Kate Coulson

Kate Coulson

Kate has been a member of the Steering Group since 2019. Her background is in corporate/commercial information and worked in the City of London before realising that education is far more interesting! Kate is currently Head of Learning Development at the University of Northampton. She is particularly interested in the impact of Learning Development upon students and is passionate about the importance of LD advocacy to ensure that our work is understood and valued. Kate is an Advance HE Senior Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.

Sheryl Mansfield

Sheryl is a new member and welcomed to the Steering Group in May 2020. She is a Learning Development Tutor at the University of Northampton and is responsible for liaising with the Faculty of Health, Society and Education. She is an Advance HE Fellow, a Certified Practitioner in Learning Development and Qualified Teacher. Her background teaching Sport Science in Further and Higher Education institutions has offered a plethora of experience actively engaging learners. Her research interests include asynchronous resources and inclusive teaching.

Research

Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education

Alicja Syska (Co-Chair)

Dr Alicja Syska

Alicja has been an editor at the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education since 2018 and a Co-Lead Editor since early 2019. She is a Learning Development Advisor at the University of Plymouth where she also teaches in History. Alicja is an Advance HE Senior Fellow and an ALDinHE Certified Leading Practitioner. She works closely with Arts and Humanities students and uses her hybrid role to promote effective embedding of learning development in subjects. She is particularly interested in the impact of learning development on student understanding and experience of writing within their disciplines.

Gita Sedghi (Co-Chair)

Gita Sedghi

Gita is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. She is also a Principal Fellow of the HEA and National Teaching Fellow engaged in pedagogical research and exploring innovative teaching methodologies for undergraduate programmes. Her research is focused on peer assisted learning; inclusive teaching and learning for home and international students; as well as online assessment and formative feedback to enhance students’ performance and experience.

Andy Hagyard

Andy Hagyard

Andy recently retired after 25 years in Higher Education, working in various roles in Educational and Professional Development at the Universities of Leeds and Lincoln. He was previously a member of the ALDinHE steering group and has been an editor of JLDHE since its launch in 2009. He continues to support the development of the journal in the role of Technical Editor, helping to maintain the online platform and supporting colleagues and users with technical issues.

Eleanor Loughlin

Eleanor Loughlin

Eleanor has been an editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education since 2019. She is Manager of the Academic Skills Programme at Durham University and provides training and support on developing the skills students and researchers need to succeed at university. Eleanor is an Advance HE Fellow and has researched and published on research, academic and employability skills development, studying online and the transition to university.

Cathy Malone

Cathy Malone

Cathy is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at Oxford Brookes University and a Senior Fellow of Advance HE. She spent the first 15 years of her career as a TESOL tutor with stints in Greece, Hungary and Japan. In the UK she has worked in a range of Learning and Educational Development roles over the years. Cathy is particularly interested in writing development and collaborative practices across teams and communities. These interests converge in her work as an editor for JLDHE in exploring novel writing opportunities and supporting ‘writing up’ our practice as a community.

Craig Morley

Craig Morley

Craig is a Learning Developer at the University of Manchester Library. He joined the editorial board of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education in 2018. Craig’s own research interests focus on academic reading and embedding strategies; he has published articles and presented at conferences on these subjects. He completed his PhD in Ancient History at the University of Liverpool in 2015 and earned Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2020.

Jim Donohue

Jim Donohue

Jim is a member of the Learner Development Team at Manchester Metropolitan University and leads on academic and study skills in engineering and science. Between 2014-19, he was in the Learning Development/Thinking Writing team at Queen Mary University of London and before that was Head of Open English Language Teaching at The Open University, UK. He researches in the fields of academic and professional communication drawing on systemic functional linguistics, social semiotics, and Paulo Freirean learning theory. Jim is co-author of A language as social semiotic-based approach to teaching and learning in higher education (Wiley‐Blackwell, 2014, with Caroline Coffin) and Exploring Grammar: From Formal to Functional (Routledge, 2009, with Coffin and Sarah North). He has guest-edited and published in a number of language and learning journals and became editor at the JLDHE in 2021.

Nicola Grayson

Nicola Grayson

Nicola is a Learning Developer at the University of Manchester. Previously she has worked as an Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University. She joined the editorial board of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education in 2020. Nicola’s areas of expertise include widening access to education, researcher development and measuring the impact of learning interventions. Nicola is has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; she is passionate about the pursuit of knowledge and supporting others.

Jenny Hillman

Jenny Hillman

Jenny is a Personal Learning Advisor at the Open University. Previously, she has worked in Learning Development and mentoring roles at the University of Cumbria and Blackpool and the Fylde University Centre, and as a Lecturer in History at the University of Chester. Jenny’s interests are in widening participation, student wellbeing and helping those currently underrepresented in Higher Education to achieve their goals. Jenny is currently involved in research projects looking at digital inequality and the language and discourse of HE. She also publishes in the field of early modern French history. She joined the editorial board of the Journal in 2020.

Research Funding

Maria Kukhareva (Co Chair)

Maria Kukhareva

Maria’s expertise spans learning development, education, widening participation, social science and business. She joined ALDinHE in 2015 and has co-chaired the Research and Development Working group since 2016.

Maria is an Advance HE Senior Fellow. Maria holds a Professional Doctorate in Social science, and has taught social science and pedagogy. Her contributions include research into human resilience and innovative interdisciplinary practice. Maria’s current role outside ALDinHE is Head of Organisational Development at the University of Bedfordshire.

Carina Buckley (Co Chair)

Carina Buckley

Carina joined the Steering Group in 2012 and has been Co-Chair since 2015. She came into learning development almost by accident after gaining a PhD in Archaeology in 2006, and is currently Instructional Design Manager at Solent University, responsible for leading on the development of the VLE as a student-centred learning space. Her research interests focus on collaboration and community in LD, and how these impact and are impacted by our professional identities, particularly in terms of emotion and imposter syndrome. She is an Advance HE Principal Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.

Research Development

Christie Pritchard (Co Chair)

Christie has been a member of the Steering Group since 2015 and the Co-Chair of Research and Development Working Group since 2018. She is currently the Student Learning Manager at the University of Plymouth and is responsible for leading the Learning Development and Peer Learning service, including their innovative Writing Cafe and well established Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS). She is an Advance HE Senior Fellow, a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development and is currently writing up her Doctorate in Education, focusing on student learning spaces and the Higher Education climate.

Maria Kukhareva (Co Chair)

Maria Kukhareva

Maria’s expertise spans learning development, education, widening participation, social science and business. She joined ALDinHE in 2015 and has co-chaired the Research and Development Working group since 2016.

Maria is an Advance HE Senior Fellow. Maria holds a Professional Doctorate in Social science, and has taught social science and pedagogy. Her contributions include research into human resilience and innovative interdisciplinary practice. Maria’s current role outside ALDinHE is Head of Organisational Development at the University of Bedfordshire.

Carina Buckley

Carina Buckley

Carina joined the Steering Group in 2012 and has been Co-Chair since 2015. She came into learning development almost by accident after gaining a PhD in Archaeology in 2006, and is currently Instructional Design Manager at Solent University, responsible for leading on the development of the VLE as a student-centred learning space. Her research interests focus on collaboration and community in LD, and how these impact and are impacted by our professional identities, particularly in terms of emotion and imposter syndrome. She is an Advance HE Principal Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.

Alistair Morey (Co-Chair)

Alistair joined the steering group member in 2020 as co-lead for Events, after having been previously a member of the LearnHigher, Regional Events and Research Funding working groups. He has worked in learning development for 12 years, following previous higher education roles teaching history and politics and in educational research. He is currently Head of Skills Development at King’s College, London.
His particular focus is on the intersection between learning development and academic/educational development.

Alexander Cuthbert
Erika Corradini
Namrata Rao
Silvina Bishopp-Martin
Steve Rooney

External Relations

Partnerships and Collaborations

Conference

Carina Buckley (Co-Chair)

Carina Buckley

Carina joined the Steering Group in 2012 and has been Co-Chair since 2015. She came into learning development almost by accident after gaining a PhD in Archaeology in 2006, and is currently Instructional Design Manager at Solent University, responsible for leading on the development of the VLE as a student-centred learning space. Her research interests focus on collaboration and community in LD, and how these impact and are impacted by our professional identities, particularly in terms of emotion and imposter syndrome. She is an Advance HE Principal Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.

Melanie Crisfield (Co-Chair)

Melanie Crisfield

Melanie joined the conference committee in 2017 and became the co-chair in 2019. She has over 12 years’ experience as a learning developer in both UK and American universities. She currently works as the Senior Graduate School Tutor (PGR Lead) at Brunel University London. Her areas of interest in learning development include: understand and developing critical thinking skills; researcher development; literature review writing; communities of practice; and building student self-confidence and self-efficacy. She is an ALDinHE certified lead practitioner and an AdvanceHE fellow.

Kate Coulson

Kate Coulson

Kate has been a member of the Steering Group since 2019. Her background is in corporate/commercial information and worked in the City of London before realising that education is far more interesting! Kate is currently Head of Learning Development at the University of Northampton. She is particularly interested in the impact of Learning Development upon students and is passionate about the importance of LD advocacy to ensure that our work is understood and valued. Kate is an Advance HE Senior Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.

Michelle Reid

Dr Michelle Reid works at Oxford Brookes University as a Learning Development Tutor as part of the Centre for Academic Development. She joined the Conference Committee in 2019 as she really wanted to become more involved in ALDinHE again after a time being away from the network. She is interested in finding a range of ways for people to share their practice, and she helped to organise the LD@3 Summer Programme of online seminars during July-Aug 2020.

Jennie Dettmer

Jennie joined the Learnhigher Working Group in December 2017 and has led the development of accessible document checklists for submitters to use. She has also been a member of the CWG since September 2018. Jennie has extensive teaching experience; she started teaching EFL in Spain, moved onto ESOL, literacy and numeracy teaching in FE colleges and is now a learning developer at the University of Bedfordshire. Her interests are in technology enhanced learning and inclusive teaching practices. She is a qualified dyslexia tutor, a Certified Leading Practitioner of LD, a Fellow of HEA and is completing her MA in Education this year. 

Steve Rooney

Additional Conference Committee members from the host venue for 2021:

Sheryl Mansfield

Sheryl is a new member and welcomed to the Steering Group in May 2020. She is a Learning Development Tutor at the University of Northampton and is responsible for liaising with the Faculty of Health, Society and Education. She is an Advance HE Fellow, a Certified Practitioner in Learning Development and Qualified Teacher. Her background teaching Sport Science in Further and Higher Education institutions has offered a plethora of experience actively engaging learners. Her research interests include asynchronous resources and inclusive teaching.

Helena Beeson

Helena Beeson started working as a Learning Development tutor in 2011 at the University of Northampton but has worked in roles across Library and Learning Services for several years before this. Helena joined both the LearnHigher and Conference Working groups in 2019 in order to gain new perspectives on the profession and share her wealth of experience. She is an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner, a Fellow of the HEA with a MA in Modern English and Linguistics. Her current research interests include collaboration with faculty tutors and groupwork.

Kate Swinton

Kate has worked in Learning Development for the past fifteen years in various roles. She is currently a Learning Development Tutor. Kate joined the conference working groups in 2019. She is an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner, a Fellow of the HEA with a MA in History. Her current research interests include collaboration on a Black Student working group, aiming to address the attainment and retention gap. She is also part of a funded research project that is creating a skills workbook for students to use throughout their studies.

Events

Alistair Morey (Co-Chair)

Alistair joined the steering group member in 2020 as co-lead for Events, after having been previously a member of the LearnHigher, Regional Events and Research Funding working groups. He has worked in learning development for 12 years, following previous higher education roles teaching history and politics and in educational research. He is currently Head of Skills Development at King’s College, London.
His particular focus is on the intersection between learning development and academic/educational development.

Madeleine Mossman (Co-Chair)

Maddy has been a steering group member since 2020. She has coordinated the ALDinHE regional events since 2017. Maddy has worked in higher education for over eighteen years, predominantly in teaching, widening participation and learning development roles. She moved to take up her current position as Learning Services Manager at the University of Leeds in February 2018.
Her particular interests are the pedagogy of academic literacies, particularly academic writing, and the coordination and collaboration opportunities for student support services in large institutions.

Robert Ping-Nan Chang

Robert joined the Events Working Group in 2020. He was an EFL instructor for several years before moving into LD in 2017. He is a Learning Development Tutor at the University for the Creative Arts (Epsom campus), and a Learning Skills Visiting Lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is a Fellow of HEA, with EdD in TESOL (Queen’s University Belfast), MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Essex), CertICT (English UK) and CertIBET (Trinity College London). His pedagogical and research interests lie in discourse analysis, English for academic purposes, and learning technologies.

Sandie Donnelly

Sandie Donnelly

Sandie joined the Events Working Group in 2020, after working with Maddy as part of the original ALDinHE regional events group. Sandie has worked in university library and student support services for 8 years and is the Academic Skills Manager at the University of Cumbria overseeing library, academic and digital skills for students. Working in a university with a portfolio of mostly professional courses, Sandie is interested in supporting students to develop and celebrate their academic voice as part of their identity as critically reflective practitioners. She is an Advance HE Fellow and a qualified teacher.

Amy Allhouse (aka Sheng-Hui Hsu)

Amy Allhouse

Amy Allhouse started working in Learning Development at the University of Bradford in 2010. She has led on various initiatives in supporting students such as the first national scheme of Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for Executive MBA Programmes, she has run an Academic Transition Programme for international students, and received the Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 (UoB). Prior to HE, she worked in corporate finance in Taiwan, and led several underwriter syndicate investment projects.
Amy is an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner, a Fellow of the HEA, with a Master in Business Administration. She joined the ALDinHE Events working group in 2020 to gain new perspectives on different practices. Her areas of interest in LD include: transition into UK HE, critical thinking and writing, assessment literacy, and LD in Executive Education.

Communications Coordination

Dr Sonia Hood FHEA (Co-Chair)

Sonia Hood

I manage the Study Advice team at the University of Reading and have been developing students’ academic skills since 2006. I support all students (from foundation to PhD) across all disciplines to develop the academic skills needed to be successful at university. From an institutional perspective, I sit on various University committees and working groups to promote effective skills development, consult on academic guidance for students and design resources to meet students’ needs. I have recently been a student too, having completed my Doctorate in Education in 2019; so, I have recent first-hand knowledge of the challenges of juggling studying and other commitments, alongside battling issues of procrastination and motivation. My thesis investigated the impact of self-efficacy for writing and locus of control on Foundation degree students, and I have a research interest in widening participation, writing and confidence. I have also completed research into group work and supporting students to navigate this increasingly popular form of assessment.

Jacqui Bartram (Co-Chair)

Jacqui works as an Academic and Library Specialist at the University of Hull and joined the Steering Group in 2019 having previously co-chaired our Communications working group. She is a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development and is currently writing up her doctorate looking at bridges and barriers to developing visual literacy in Higher Education. She is particularly interested in visual ways to communicate and visual expressions of knowledge. As an NVivo Certified Expert, and with her background in ICT Learning, she has developed expertise in helping students get to grips with technology to aid learning and research.

Carina Buckley

Carina Buckley

Carina joined the Steering Group in 2012 and has been Co-Chair since 2015. She came into learning development almost by accident after gaining a PhD in Archaeology in 2006, and is currently Instructional Design Manager at Solent University, responsible for leading on the development of the VLE as a student-centred learning space. Her research interests focus on collaboration and community in LD, and how these impact and are impacted by our professional identities, particularly in terms of emotion and imposter syndrome. She is an Advance HE Principal Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.

Katie Winter

I’ve been working as a Learning Development Librarian at the University of Surrey since October 2019, having previously worked as a liaison librarian. Since then, I’ve enjoyed exploring the areas of crossover between librarianship and learning development with the help of ALDinHE and this working group.

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