Continuous Professional Development


Kate Coulson

ALDinHE Deputy Chair

Kate is Associate Dean for Assessment at BPP University. She is an Advance HE Senior Fellow, a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development, a National Teaching Fellow and an Associate Professor in Educational Practice. Kate joined the ALDinHE Steering Group in 2019 as Secretary and became Co-Chair in 2023. Kate’s background includes working for City of London Law Firms and Investment Banks. She moved into higher education nearly 20 years ago; in her current role she is able to utilise her corporate experience alongside her academic credentials which she really enjoys. Kate undertakes research upon a wide variety of areas: resilience, student attainment, progression and retention, CPD, the award gap as well as the impact of Learning Development. She is a keen mentor , mainly because she is nosey and likes talking, Kate is currently mentoring candidates for Senior Fellow of Advance HE, National Teaching Fellowships, Associate Professor and new to HE colleagues. Kate is a very proud advocate of the impact of Learning Development too so do mention this to her if you ever cross her path.


Matthew Crofts


Sam Thomas

Steering Group Member

Chair of the Continuous Professional Development Working Group

Sam Thomas is a Senior Academic Skills Tutor at Arden University. Prior to this she worked at the University of Northampton as a Learning Development Tutor and Mentor Manager. She is a Fellow of Advance HE, an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner and an active member of ALDinHE. Her focus is to provide support and services to those with additional needs, including improving the accessibility of online resources, and supporting the needs of non-traditional and distance learners.


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