ALDinHE Mentoring Scheme

ALDinHE is a grouping of professionals uniquely gathered from many and various other disciplines. In our commitment to make ALDinHE an inclusive and welcoming space for people new to LD work, we are developing a mentoring scheme.

The ALDinHE Peer Mentoring scheme will be designed to improve access to the ALDinHE community and help all our members make the most of and get involved in the Association, including applying for:

✔    Research Grants

✔    CeP/CeLP

✔    Publication in JLDinHE

✔    Producing resources for LearnHigher

✔    Career development guidance.

This is an invitation to join the ALDinHE Peer Mentoring Working Group!

We plan to meet virtually each month from June 2020.

The initial tasks will be to:

  • Define terms of reference
  • Liaise with other ALDinHE working groups to recruit mentors
  • Devise a system to pair mentees with mentors
  • Expand the ALDinHE Expertise Directory
  • Evaluate mentor scheme strands.

If you are interested in joining the group – please email: – who is compiling our membership list.

We will confirm group membership soonest and email all group members with details of our first online meeting late in May.

ALDinHE Annual Awards

The call for applications is currently CLOSED. Applications will re-open in March 2021.

Our previous winner and nominees can be found here for: 2020

The ALDinHE Annual Awards were launched in 2020 to celebrate great practice and dedicated practitioners in the learning development community. The awards are open to everyone working in learning development.

Nominations are invited from colleagues by sending a brief (300 words) account of a practitioner’s contribution to learning development to

Tell us how they have made a difference to students and we will celebrate their achievements.

Some guidelines:

  • You can nominate a colleague at your own institution or a different one. You can nominate yourself!
  • The nominations will be reviewed by a committee of our Emeritus members
  • The committee will be looking for a link to the five ALDinHE values and the contribution made to learning development
  • We will publicly recognise all nominees and celebrate the shortlisted nominees.
  • Neither you nor the person you are nominating are required to attend the conference
  • Members of the ALDinHE Steering Group are not eligible for nomination

ALDinHE Recognition Scheme

The recognition scheme is now open for applications between the 1st March and 31st May 2020.

The ALDinHE recognition scheme emerged from a strong community consensus that although Learning Developers can have diverse roles, they will share certain values. Using this feedback, ALDinHE developed the Certified Practitioner (CeP) and Certified Leading Practitioner (CeLP) awards.  

A CeP/CeLP online workshop was held on the 30th April 2020.


You can apply for CeP or CeLP if you:

  1. Are based at an institution that is an ALDinHE member; or
  2. Have an individual ALDinHE membership

ALDinHE membership information is available on our JOIN page.


The CeP and CeLP awards promote Learning Development as a profession in its own right.

Successful applicants receive formal recognition of their specialist knowledge and practice. This demonstrates expertise to both current and prospective employers, and might also be useful when applying for HEA fellowship.

Successful applicants are:

  • Given a certificate in recognition of their Learning Development expertise.
  • Added to a list of CePs on the ALDinHE website – publically recognising their expertise.
  • Encouraged to add their ALDinHE status in their email signature

There is currently no requirement to revalidate an award. However, ALDinHE reserves the right to introduce a revalidation scheme / tiered recognition categories at a future date.

Current holders of CeP and CeLP

Applying for CeP 

Applying for CeLP 

Expertise Directory

This open expertise directory serves to help all those working in the field of learning development including learning developers, educational developers, staff developers, professional and academic staff. You can make contact with others working within learning development who have been awarded Certified Practitioner (CeP) and Certified Leading Practitioner (CeLP).   This open expertise directory is particularly useful for those preparing their applications for CeP and CeLP.

Click here to access the Expertise Directory

If you would like to be included in this expertise directory, please email


An online resource for learning development

LearnHigher was established to promote and facilitate the development of high quality, peer-reviewed resources for learning development in higher education.

Accessed from over 60 countries and with 3 millions hits to date, users can download resources, give a ‘thumbs up’ to their favourites and even contribute resources of their own.

For full details, head over to the LearnHigher site

Applying for HEA Fellowship

LD-MAPS plots the key activities of Learning Development roles against the Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).  Aligning our activities with the UKPSF is necessary for applications for Higher Education Academy (HEA) professional recognition, whether independently or as part of an in-house CPD scheme.

LD-MAPS includes leadership and mentoring activities appropriate for HEA Senior Fellowship (D3).

Alternatively, you can use the ‘reverse’ mapping tool, which will enable you to start with the UKPSF descriptors required and see the indicative Learning Development activities that might fit.

CPD opportunities

The following are CPD opportunities are available to anyone with an interest in learning development:

• ALDinHE: The Learning Development Conference – Our 3 day annual conference is always a popular and lively event – a real must for learning developers! For more information see our events page.

• ALDinHE Regional Symposia – Each one-day symposium will have a specific theme and provides a great opportunity to network and share best practice. For upcoming dates and more information see our events page.

CPD for experienced practitioners

Experienced Learning Development Practitioners may be interested in these opportunities:

• Host your own event – ALDinHE will support member institutions to host their own Regional Symposium or CPD day (aimed at new practitioners). For more information about hosting a Regional Symposium. For more information about hosting a CPD day see our events page

• #LTHEchat – LTHEChat provides excellent opportunities for you to engage in or follow lively Twitter conversations about Learning and Teaching topics. For more information: LTHEChat

• Take 5 Blog – Each Take5 blog entry is written by a different author so this resource covers a host of topics that will be of interest to Learning Developers. For more information: Take 5 Blog

• TLC Webinars – Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC) webinars will be of interest to many learning development practitioners. For more information: TLC Webinars



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