The Events group are responsible for helping to build learning developer networks across the UK through the hosting of regional and online events. Members support an Event Host Institution to coordinate and plan either a face-to-face or online event which encourages knowledge sharing and practice on topics relevant to the LD community.

If you are interested in joing the events group, please email, an expression of interest (approx 100 words) on your suitability for the role and your reason why you’d like to be involved in this group.

Laura Barclay

Steering Group Member

Events Group Chair 

Laura Dyer

Conference Committee Communications Officer

Member of the Events Working Group

Laura is a member of both the events working group and conference committee. She is a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Leeds with a keen interest in improving the learning experience through adapting and creating pedagogical activities that encourage inclusivity and participation for all learners. As a result of this, she is currently writing a book on a theory for the designing and planning of pedagogical activities.  She has taught for over 15 years in higher education and holds MA TESOL (Leeds) and FHEA.

Maddy Mossman

ALDinHE Secretary

Maddy has been a steering group member since 2020. She has coordinated the ALDinHE regional events since 2017 – 2023. Maddy has worked in higher education for over eighteen years, predominantly in teaching, widening participation and learning development roles. She moved to take up her current position as Head of Learning Development at the University of Leeds in February 2018. Her particular interests are the pedagogy of academic literacies, particularly academic writing, and the coordination and collaboration opportunities for student support services in large institutions.

Robert Ping-Nan Chang

Robert joined the Events Working Group in 2020. He had been an EFL instructor for several years before moving into LD in 2017. He is an Academic Support Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, with prior LD experiences built up at specialised institutions in London and the southeast. His teaching and research interests include discourse analysis, academic literacies and English for Academic Purposes, and learning technologies. He holds FHEA, ALDinHE CeP, EdD TESOL (Queen’s University Belfast), MA Applied Linguistics (University of Essex), CertICT (English UK) and CertIBET (Trinity College London).

Sandie Donnelly

Sandie joined the Events Working Group in 2020, after working with Maddy as part of the original ALDinHE regional events group. Sandie has worked in university library and student support services for 8 years and is the Academic Skills Manager at the University of Cumbria overseeing library, academic and digital skills for students. Working in a university with a portfolio of mostly professional courses, Sandie is interested in supporting students to develop and celebrate their academic voice as part of their identity as critically reflective practitioners. She is an Advance HE Fellow and a qualified teacher.

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