ALDinHE 2016: The Learning Development Conference
Heriot-Watt University
21-23 March 2016
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In 2016 the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education will hold its annual conference at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh from 21st to 23rd March.

The conference programme will include workshops, paper presentations and lightning talks relating to all aspects of learning development practice, but with a particular focus on the following themes:

a) the role of peer learning and students as partners/co-producers in Learning Development

b) professional development and professional identities in Learning Development

c) embracing diversity in Learning Development

d) relationships between Learning Development and social justice


The conference begins on Monday 21st March, with an afternoon of workshops reflecting the work of ALDinHE and its various working groups.

Tuesday and Wednesday 22nd / 23rd March will include a full programme of paper presentations and workshops, with keynote talks from our two guest speakers (see below)

Click here to view the outline programme (published 8th March 2016)

Click here to view the full programme of parallel sessions including abstracts for all sessions (updated 8th March 2016).


Professor Dave Hill
Research Professor of Education, Anglia Ruskin University

Who Gets Educated for What and Why In Higher Education Today: Social Justice, (Raced and Gendered) Social Class and Learning Development

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Dave is a Marxist political and educational activist, Research Professor in Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England, and Visiting Professor at  the Kapodistrian and National University of Athens, Greece.  He is a political and trade union activist in England, Greece and Turkey, in England he has fought as a candidate in twelve local, Parliamentary and European elections and was a Labour Group council leader and elected trade union regional chair. He has advised Syriza in Greece and the Labour Party in the UK on education policy. He is Chief Editor of the free online scholarly refereed indexed journal the Journal for Education Policy Studies (
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Dr Sian Bayne
Professor of Digital Education, University of Edinburgh

A teaching philosophy for digital education: the Manifesto for Teaching Online

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Sian Bayne is Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, based in the Moray House School of Education. She directs the Centre for Research in Digital Education and teaches on the MSc in Digital Education. Her research is currently focused on critical approaches to teacher automation, open and distance education, and the application of theories of critical posthumanism to digital education. More information about her work is on her web site at: and her Centre web site is:

Sian Bayne


Conference Registration is now closed. Please send any queries regarding delegate registration to 

Delegate fees  are as follows

ALDinHE Institutional Members* Non-Members
3-days 21-23 March £270 £315
2-days 22-23 March £220 £260
Day delegate £110 £130

* Note: discounted rates are available to all delegates employed by institutional members. Click here to view the current list of institutional members
Discounted rates are also available to members of AALL, ATLAANZ and LSAC through our International Consortium agreement

** Delegate fees cover conference attendance with lunch and refreshments provided. Registration for two or three days also includes the conference dinner on Tuesday evening 

Registered delegates only: click here to pay conference fees online using PayPal

Important Notes
1) If paying via PayPal, please ensure you have also completed the online registration form
2) Please be aware of our cancellation policy


Delegates are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements. A list of suggested hotels close to the campus is available below.

Heriot-Watt hotel list


The conference will be held at the Edinburgh Campus of Heriot-Watt University, located six miles from Edinburgh City Centre

Click here for travel directions to the campus

Please direct any queries regarding session proposals to


On the evening of Monday March 21st there will be a choice of evening activities on offer, including walking tours of historic Edinburgh. Registered delegates will be invited to select their preferred option when joining instructions are sent out.

The conference dinner will be held at Dynamic Earth on Tuesday March 22nd.

Please direct any further queries regarding the conference to

#Cancellation Policy
In the event of cancellation of delegate registration, ALDinHE can offer refunds on the following basis:

Cancellation more than 2 weeks before the event Full refund minus £25 administrative charge
Cancellation between 2 weeks and 3 days before the event 50% refund
Cancellation less than 3 days before the event 25% refund
Cancellation after the start of the event No refund

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