Steering group

Joining the steering group

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

If you would like to nominate yourself to become a member of the Steering Group, please send the self-nomination form to the Secretary: secretary@aldinhe.ac.uk

ALDinHE Steering Group self-nomination form

 

Carina Buckley – Co-Chair and Treasurer

Carina Buckley

Steve Briggs – Co-Chair

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.

Jacqui Bartram – Co-Chair Communications Working Group

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Melanie Crisfield – Co-Chair Conference Committee

Melanie Chrisfield Melanie joined the conference committee in 2017 and became the co-chair in 2019.  She has over 10 years’ experience as a learning developer in both UK and American universities.  She currently works as an Academic Skills Adviser at Brunel University London.  Her areas of interest in learning development include: understand and developing critical thinking skills; undergraduate and PGT dissertation transition; literature review writing; communities of practice; and building student self-confidence and self-efficacy. She is an ALDinHE certified practitioner and an AdvanceHE fellow.

Kate Coulson – Secretary

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.

Debbie Holley

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Maria Kukhareva – Co-Chair Research and Development Working Group

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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.

Amanda Pocklington – Co-Chair Learn Higher Working Group

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Christie Pritchard – Co-Chair Research  and Development Working Group

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.

Sandra Sinfield

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Zey Suka-Bill

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Dr Alicja Syska – Co-Chair Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education Working Group

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 developer based at the University of Plymouth and a lecturer in History, with 20 years of teaching experience. She is also an Advance HE Fellow and an ALDinHE Certified Leading Practitioner. Alicja 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.

Pam Thomas

person Pamela is a Senior Learning Developer in Academic Practice and English Language. She joined the Steering Group and the Conference Working Group in 2018. She has over 15 years’ experience in EFL, ESOL, EAP and Business Studies teaching learners in post-compulsory education. She is an Advance HE Fellow, a Certified Leading Practitioner of Learning Development and an Associate Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Her research interest is in the field of academic literacy development investigating how student writers transition with vocational qualifications and navigate and negotiate their way through the academic writing process within their subject-specific discipline.

Ella Turner

person Ella has been a member of the Steering Group since 2018. She currently manages a team of Study and Maths Skills Advisers at the University of Chester. Ella has worked in education for ten years in a number of settings. She has worked as a local history tutor in a community setting and as a lecturer and personal tutor in two further education institutions, before moving into higher education as a Learning Developer in 2013. Ella is an Advance HE Senior Fellow and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education, focusing on how the political culture of higher education shapes the roles and relationships of professional and academic staff.

Helen Webster

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