Professional Development Working Group


Learning developers enter the profession from many different backgrounds and can work in a variety of roles and locations in Higher Education Institutions. The variety of backgrounds and positions held by our membership can be seen as a main strength of learning development, and our professionalism is underpinned by strong values of collaboration and community. As many people working in learning development can be working on their own, or as members of very small teams, this wider community is a vital part of being able to develop our expertise, keep up-to-date with innovative practice, and develop a distinct, coherent identity.

The Professional Development Working Group (PD WG) was established in 2010 to provide a lead and focus for the growing professional capacity of the community.

Aims and terms of reference

The aim of the PD WG is to provide direction, opportunities, and support to further the continual professional development (CPD) of those working in Learning Development roles.

Full terms of reference for the Professional Development Working Group (Aug 2013) ( - 27 KB)


The work of the group includes commenting on strategic issues relating to LD professionalism in Higher Education, creating professional development frameworks, identifying suitable resources to aid the development of the LD community, and hosting training and networking events:  

Join us

You can find out more about the PD WG and join our discussions on the ALDinHE Professional Development blog

The current working group members are: 


Chair: Andrea Didier (University of East London) & Steve Briggs (University of Bedfordshire)

Michelle Reid (University of Reading)

Pauline Ridley (University of Brighton)

Sandra Sinfield (London Metropolitan University)

Helen Webster (University of Newcastle)
Michelle Schneider (University of Leeds)
Zeynab Suka-Bill (University of the Arts)
Maria Kukhareva (University of Bedfordshire)

Debbie Holley (Bournemouth University)

Amanda French (University College Birmingham)

Amanda Tinker (University of Huddersfield)

Angela Gallagher-Brett (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Heidi Ward (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Charlie Davis (Nottingham Trent University)

Ellen Pope (Aston University)

Sandie Donnelley (University of Cumbria)

Victoria Rafferty (University of Sunderland)

We are an active group and we are always looking for new members, so if you are interested in joining please contact one of the Co-Chairs:
- Andrea Didier  - 
- Steve Briggs -

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