Journal Editorial Board

The Journal Editorial Team edit and publish scholarship in learning development. They communicate with authors and reviewers, assisting in the peer review process, sharing expertise, attending meetings and advising on strategies , as well as, acting as an Ambassador for the journal.

If you are interested in joing the editiorial team, 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.

Alicja Syska

Steering Group Member
Chair of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education Editorial Board

Dr Alicja Syska 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 Development Advisor at the University of Plymouth where she also holds lecturing posts in Education and History. Alicja has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Saint Louis University, USA, is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, and an ALDinHE Certified Leading Practitioner. Her interests include writing, community building, and researcher development.

Carina Buckley

ALDinHE Treasurer
JLDHE Editorial Board Member

Carina joined the Steering Group in 2012 and was Co-Chair 2015 – 2021. She came into learning development almost by accident after gaining a PhD in Archaeology in 2006, and is currently Instructional Design Manager at Solent University, responsible for leading on the development of the VLE as a student-centred learning space. Her research interests focus on collaboration and community in LD, and how these impact and are impacted by our professional identities, particularly in terms of emotion and imposter syndrome. She is an Advance HE Principal Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.

Cathy Malone

Cathy is an Academic Development Consultant at Leeds University and a Senior Fellow of Advance HE. She spent the first 15 years of her career as a TESOL tutor with stints in Greece, Hungary and Japan. In the UK she has worked in a range of Learning and Educational Development roles over the years. Cathy is particularly interested in writing development and collaborative practices across teams and communities. These interests converge in her work as an editor for JLDHE in exploring novel writing opportunities and supporting ‘writing up’ our practice as a community.

Gita Sedghi

Gita is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. She is also a Principal Fellow of the HEA and National Teaching Fellow engaged in pedagogical research and exploring innovative teaching methodologies for undergraduate programmes. Her research is focused on peer assisted learning; inclusive teaching and learning for home and international students; as well as online assessment and formative feedback to enhance students’ performance and experience.

Katharine Jewitt

Dr Katharine Jewitt is an interdisciplinary Associate Lecturer at The Open University and an Educational Technology Consultant. She is Fellow of the HEA, RSA and Co-Chair of the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab Education and Digital Skills E-Team. Research activities are in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), learners’ experiences and uses of technology in learning, mobile learning environments, computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL), learning in virtual, augmented and mixed reality. Katharine is ALDinHE’s administrator and supports the journal as Technical Editor.


Lee Fallin

Lee works as a Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Hull. He has ten years of experience working as a Learning Developer for the University Library and is an ALDinHE Certified Learning Practitioner. Lee is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Microsoft Certified Educator and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Lee has an EdD in Education, a PG Cert in eLearning and is working towards his PG Cert in Academic Practice. His research interests focus on the intersections between education and geography, inclusive of physical and digital spaces. His current research interests include learning spaces and communities, inclusive digital practice, research methodologies and geographies of place. Lee joined the LHWG in 2022. You can find him on Twitter as @LeeFallin.

Nicola Grayson

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