ALDinHE 2018: The Learning Development Conference
University of Leicester
26 - 28 March 2018

In 2018 the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education will hold its annual conference at the University of Leicester from 26th - 28th March.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the ALDinHE conference and we are looking forward to celebrating in Leicester with our best conference yet.

Join like-minded professionals for stimulating debate and discussion, contribute to the research and evidence base for Learning Development, and share your innovative and inspiring practice with a friendly and supportive audience.

As always, this welcoming conference will include workshops, paper presentations and lightning talks exploring all aspects of learning development theory, practice and policy. This year, we are particularly interested in exploring the theoretical foundations for:
  • How we think about learning development
    • Managing professional identities
    • Pathways for professional development
    • The problems learning development can solve
    • The value of learning development across the sector
  • How we enact learning development
    • Working with students and colleagues
    • Understanding why tools and techniques work
    • Flexibility within a changing sector
    • Opportunities and challenges

The conference begins on Monday 26th March, with an afternoon of workshops reflecting the work of ALDinHE and its various working groups. This year we are offering a special opportunity to attend the popular workshop on working with individuals in tutorials.

Tuesday and Wednesday 27th/28th March will include a full programme of paper presentations and workshops, with two keynote talks (see below).

Full programme of parallel sessions to follow.


Professor Roni Bamber

Director of the Centre for Academic Practice, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Roni is Director of the Centre for Academic Practice at Queen Margaret University, where her research focus has been on managing enhancement within universities, and how we can support staff to continuously improve the student experience. She was Chair of the recently completed Scottish Enhancement Theme, Student Transitions, and was previously Chair of the Learning from International Practice in the Taught Postgraduate Student Experience project. She has extensive experience of working internationally across Europe, the Middle East, India and Nepal, both in academic enhancement and staff development.

Tectonic shifts in HE = tectonic shifts in learning development?

So many changes in HE, so many new challenges. ‘Tectonic’ is a metaphor sometimes used to describe profound change: shifting tectonic plates can lead to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. We are witnessing changes in national policy on HE, structures and cultures of universities, the nature and intensity of academic work, and in students themselves. But are the changes in our sector catastrophic, or evolutionary? And what do they mean for learning development and learning developers?

In this presentation I will summarise some of the major changes we are experiencing in universities, and ask you to think about practical implications for your identities as learning developers, and for your practices.

John Hilsdon

Head of Learning Support and Wellbeing, Plymouth University

John is Associate Professor and Head of Learning Support and Wellbeing at Plymouth University, responsible for the Counselling, Learning Development and Disability Assist teams. He is also a National Teaching Fellow. His work over the last decade has contributed to the academic and professional evolution of Learning Development as a distinct field of practice in Higher Education. He helped set up the UK network of learning developers, LDHEN, in 2002, and was the first Chair of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education. He is also an editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. As one of the 15 coordinators for the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, ‘LearnHigher’, he developed learning materials for academic writing (the ‘WrAssE’ project), and on the themes of critical thinking and reflection. He is co-editor of 'Learning Development in Higher Education' (Palgrave Macmillan). In the last five years he has delivered keynotes and presentations at the University of Oxford; Chiba University, Japan; Bournemouth; Brighton; De Montfort; Sheffield; Hereford; and the University of Houston, Texas. He is currently working towards a doctorate in education examining the significance of Learning Development in HE.

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Delegate fees are as follows:

ALDinHE Institutional Members* Non-members
3 days 26 - 28 March £295 £360
2 days 27 - 28 March £260 £300
Day delegate £130 £150

* 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

Click here to register

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

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 (see below)


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

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Click here for comprehensive information on travel to Leicester, and on finding your way around Leicester [to follow]


The conference is being held in the Stamford Court Conference Centre, Leicester.

Registration will take place from 12.00 on Monday 26 March, and 9.00 on Tuesday and Wednesday 27 & 28 March.


On the evening of Monday 26 March there will be a choice of evening activities on offer. Registered delegates will be invited to select their preferred option when joining instructions are sent out.

The conference dinner will be held at the National Space Centre on Tuesday 27 March.

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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