Steering Group Roles

The steering group consists of the Association’s Co-Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary and Working Group Leads. The steering group is elected annually. Election is on a self-nomination basis, supported by a current member of the steering group or a working group co-chair, with membership ratified at the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). See the members of the steering group here.

Co-Chair for the Steering Group – Role 1

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Purpose

  • Act as a figurehead (with the other co-chair) for the association.
  • Provide strategic leadership and co-ordination related to collaborations and partnerships.

Key responsibilities

  • Organise and chair the monthly meetings
  • Maintain the strategic direction of the organisation
  • Respond to info@aldinhe queries as required
  • Attend and when necessary chair ICALLD steering group meetings
  • Liaise with other organisations as required
  • Support conference preparation (onsite at the venue)
  • Coordinate and plan the programme for the annual residential
  • Project management (as required by the association)
  • Develop and deliver conference sessions reflecting ALDinHE priorities
  • Co-author annual co-chair report for the AGM
  • Support other association members to undertake their duties

Co-Chair for the Steering Group – Role 2

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Purpose

  • Act as a figurehead (with the other co-chair) for the association.
  • Provide strategic leadership and co-ordination related to professional development.

Key responsibilities

  • Define a clear direction for professional recognition and CPD work
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Chair meetings (if other co-chair is unavailable)
  • As required, respond to ALDinHE-related queries
  • As required, liaise with other associations/organisations
  • Support conference preparation (onsite at the venue)
  • Attend the annual residential
  • Project management (as required by the association)
  • Support other association members to undertake their duties
  • Develop and deliver conference sessions reflecting ALDinHE priorities
  • Co-author annual co-chair report

Treasurer

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Purpose

The role of treasurer is to monitor and action spending – the steering group makes decisions about what to spend our finances on.

Key responsibilities

  • Maintain accurate financial records and present at the AGM
  • Provide financial reporting
  • Ensure that appropriate financial systems, monitoring and controls are in place
  • Ensure proper records are kept
  • Manage bank accounts
  • Action payments

Secretary

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Purpose

  • Process institutional and individual memberships
  • Process annual conference registrations and associated tasks
  • Contribute the proper administration and governance of the Association

Key responsibilities

  • Prepare membership report for the AGM
  • Consolidate and expand institutional membership

Communications Coordination Group Lead

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Purpose

To be concerned with the external presence and image of the association

Key responsibilities

  • Encourage people to contribute to the work of the WG
  • Liaise with other WGs and the SG
  • Set WG priorities for the year, in alignment with overall association strategy
  • Support and help others to communicate effectively with the membership
  • Support the professionalism, standard of service, branding of the association
  • Facilitate (general, not specialist) communities and dialogue, information flows and accessibility, e.g. LDHEN, Twitter, Managers Network, website

Conference Committee Lead

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Purpose

Lead on the organisation, promotion, operation and review of the annual conference

Key responsibilities

  • Administrate committee meetings (scheduling; ensuring everyone has access to previous minutes, agenda and any other documents)
  • Motivate and remind members to undertake agreed tasks
  • Encourage communication at and between meetings
  • Look for ways to improve/streamline/develop processes and systems relating to the responsibilities of that committee (e.g. the task spreadsheet for the Conference)
  • Ensure the conference is a success
  • Update the SG on the committee’s actions, decisions, etc.
  • Liaise with Comms & Membership co-chairs

Events Group Lead

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Purpose

  • To be concerned with the development of an ALDinHE regional events programme.

Key responsibilities

  • Encourage people to contribute to the work of the WG
  • Liaise with other WGs and the SG
  • Set WG priorities for the year, in alignment with overall association strategy
  • Work collaboratively to develop an ALDinHE regional events programme
  • Support and help others in facilitating regional events and sharing professional expertise
  • Support the professionalism, standard of service, branding of the association

Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education Working Group Lead

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Purpose

The purpose of the Journal for Learning Development in Higher Education working group is to be responsible for the overall production of the journal as a high quality, peer-reviewed, online academic journal.

Key responsibilities

  • To seek and encourage the submission of papers, case studies, opinion pieces,
  • editorials, reviews and other material suitable for inclusion in the journal
  • To seek and encourage participation in the JLDHE by academics and professionals
  • of good standing to act as reviewers for the journal
  • To publicise and promote the journal in relevant contexts
  • To make all day-to-day decisions on how best to achieve progress in the production,
  • editing and publication of the JLDHE
  • To hold regular meetings to review the progress of each edition of the journal and to
  • allocate the necessary review, editorial, proof-reading and administrative tasks to
  • JWG members or others as appropriate

Learn Higher Working Group Lead

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Purpose

Lead on developing strategies and plans to offer/maintain a user friendly and accessible resource repository for Learning development resources open to all members of the learning development community.

Key responsibilities

  • Curate all LH assets
  • Administration of working group meetings and materials
  • Report progress to the steering group and at residential meetings
  • Disseminate working group outputs to wider ALDinHE and communities
  • Encourage and embed practice in regional, national and international (where appropriate) academic institutions
  • Lead, guide and support on strategies for the optimal usage of the LH site
  • Lead, guide and support the development of the LH site
  • Liaise with information system specialists (Vertical Plus and related)
  • Encourage and support LDers to engage with professional development through use of and submission to the LH site
  • Recognise LDer contribution towards the LH site
  • Support the work and development of the working group members
  • Recruitment and selection of new members to working group
  • Prepare, negotiate and manage tasks and projects
  • Manage review and publication of new resources
  • Monitor usage statistics and user base
  • Research trends in the changing higher educational landscape

Partnerships and Collaborations Group Lead

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Purpose

To be concerned with the building and sustaining of relationships with a range of HE agencies and organisations.

Key responsibilities

  • Encourage people to contribute to the work of the WG
  • Liaise with other WGs and the SG
  • Set WG priorities for the year, in alignment with overall association strategy
  • Work collaboratively to develop relationships with a range of HE agencies and organisations
  • Support and help others in establishing platforms for knowledge exchange
  • Support the professionalism, standard of service, branding of the association
  • Explore and facilitate opportunities and ideas for collaboration with other HE agencies and organisations

Peer Mentoring Group Lead

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Purpose

To be concerned with the development of an ALDinHE peer mentoring programme.

Key responsibilities

  • Encourage people to contribute to the work of the WG
  • Liaise with other WGs and the SG
  • Set WG priorities for the year, in alignment with overall association strategy
  • Work collaboratively to develop clear mentoring models and guidelines
  • Support and help others in peer mentoring and sharing professional expertise
  • Support the professionalism, standard of service, branding of the association
  • Facilitate (general, not specialist) peer mentoring

Professional Development Group Lead

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Purpose

To be concerned with the development of an ALDinHE professional development programme.

Key responsibilities

  • Encourage people to contribute to the work of the WG
  • Liaise with other WGs and the SG
  • Set WG priorities for the year, in alignment with overall association strategy
  • Work collaboratively to develop a professional development programme
  • Support and help others in continuous professional development and sharing professional expertise
  • Support the professionalism, standard of service, branding of the association
  • Facilitate training and professional development opportunities

Professional Recognition Working Group Lead

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Purpose

Provide operational leadership related to professional development

Key responsibilities

  • Schedule meetings and set agenda
  • Chair meetings
  • Coordinate the professional recognition scheme
  • Maintain oversight of PDWG project scoping
  • Oversight of PD web pages
  • Coordinate CPD activities if the other co-chair is unavailable
  • Co-author annual PRWG report

Research Development Working Group Lead

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Purpose

Support and lead on the development of a research- and evidence-based understanding of Learning Development

Key responsibilities

  • Define a clear direction for professional recognition and CPD work
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Chair meetings (if other co-chair is unavailable)
  • As required, Ensure the communication flow between the WG and SG, where appropriate
  • Produce an annual report for the Association’s AGM and website.
  • Welcome new members and maintain communication with the current members
  • Ensure that the WG members are appropriately supported in their involvement with ALDinHE activity
  • Schedule and run monthly meetings for the WG
  • Ensure that the working group’s Terms of Reference are adhered to and revised accordingly and in discussion with the SG.
  • Ensure that individual group members contribute in some way to the overall aims of the working group and ALDinHE as a whole.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate work for the group taking into account membership size and commitment.respond to ALDinHE-related queries
  • As required, liaise with other associations/organisations
  • Support conference preparation (onsite at the venue)
  • Attend the annual resi
  • Project management (as required by the association)
  • Support other association members to undertake their duties
  • Develop and deliver conference sessions reflecting ALDinHE priorities
  • Co-author annual co-chair report

Research Funding Group Lead

Illustration depicting the research funding steering group

Purpose

Support and lead on the development of a research- and evidence-based understanding of Learning Development.

Key responsibilities

  • Coordinate the funding application, review and reporting process
  • Ensure the communication flow between the WG and SG, where appropriate
  • Produce an annual report for the Association’s AGM and website.
  • Welcome new members and maintain communication with the current members
  • Ensure that the WG members are appropriately supported in their involvement with ALDinHE activity
  • Schedule and run monthly meetings for the WG
  • Ensure that the working group’s Terms of Reference are adhered to and revised accordingly and in discussion with the SG.
  • Ensure that individual group members contribute in some way to the overall aims of the working group and ALDinHE as a whole.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate work for the group taking into account membership size and commitment.
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