Full Programme – ALDCon22

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Thursday 8th June


19.30 – 21.30


Virtual pub crawl

Open to all registered online and in-person delegates.

Friday 9th June


9.00 – 9.30



9.30 – 10.45

Welcome Keynote

Open to all registered conference delegates (online and in-person)

10.45 – 11.00


11.00 – 12.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS 1 – View abstracts for parallel sessions 1

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

11.00 – 11.25

The psycho-geography of online learning spaces:  A student perspective

Richard Reynolds and Tim Sokolow

Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London

11.35 – 12.00

Designing for diverse learners

Lee Fallin and Thomas Tomlinson

University of Hull

‘Desperation, disappointment, anxiety’ – The emotions of writing a PhD

Heather Campbell

Queen Mary University of London

The impact of departmental academic skills provision on student wellbeing

Louise Frith, William Armstrong, and James Lamont

University of York

Integrating academic skills in the curriculum: A partnership approach

Emma Smith and Amy Pearson

University of Salford

Integrating research and design in practice for students learning and wellbeing

Emma Shackleton

University of the Arts, London

Visual Thinking: Exploring current practices and perspectives re student notetaking

Dawne Irving-Bell and Peter Hartley

Edge Hill University

Engaging students online: an analysis of students’ motivations for seeking individual learning development support

Arina Cirstea

De Montfort University

WORKSHOPS (60 minutes)

Collaborative writing communities for LD research and practice

Ian Johnson, Karen Welton, Kiu Sum (tbc), Victoria Rafferty (tbc), Ralitsa Kantcheva, Jane Nodder, Paul Chin, Ursula Canton, Silvina Bishopp-Martin, and Ed Bickle

ALDinHE Research Virtual Community of Practice

12.00 – 13.00


13.00 – 14.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS 2 – View abstracts for parallel sessions 1

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

13.00 – 13.25

Chicken Soup for the soul: Promoting well-being and belonging through food and cultural competence skills

Karen Lipsedge and Hilda Mulrooney

Kingston University

13.35 – 14.00

Understanding arts-based methods for the virtual world of teaching

Selen Kars-Unluoglu and Burcu Guneri-Cangarli

University of the West of England

Student wellbeing and technostress: critical learning design factors

Debbie Holley and David Biggins

Bournemouth University

Supporting students with the transition to university in a Covid world: expectations and reality

Sonia Hood and Ed Powell

University of Reading

An investigation of the impact of hybrid working on hybrid practitioners

Nicola Grayson

University of Manchester

Early experiences in Learning Development at a new technological university

Marian Hurley and Deirdre Casey

Munster Technological University

WORKSHOPS (60 minutes)

Grow Your Academic Resilience

Claire Olson, Helen Briscoe, and Maisie Prior

Edge Hill University

14.00 – 14.20


14.20 – 15.20

PARALLEL SESSIONS 3 – View abstracts for parallel sessions 1

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

14.20 – 14.45

14.45 – 15.20

The Digital Writing Café – Accessibility born from the necessity

Nina Kearney and Writing Mentors

University of Plymouth

Re-framing writing (support): Centering audience and purpose in a community nursing course

Silvia Rossi and Lauren Cross

Mount Royal University

Rethinking induction activities and online social interactions: A case study of the student internship at Edge Hill University

Laura Riella

Edge Hill University


Lightning Talks

Resource Showcases

Students view of hybrid assessment

Patricia Perlman-Dee

University of Manchester

Reading in the digital age

Sarah Robin, Elizabeth Caldwell, and Helen Hargreaves

Lancaster University

“Beyond the Crisis”: Accepting and adapting to the virtual academic skills workshop

Laura Key

Leeds Beckett University

Supporting student writing and other modes of learning and assessment: A staff guide

Sandra Sinfield, Sandra Abegglen, and Tom Burns

London Metropolitan University

When flexibility meets reality: Merging digital and physical service delivery

Lauren Cross and Cory Willard

Mount Royal University

The Sustainable Development Goals in language teaching

Sue Robbins

University of Sussex

WORKSHOPS (60 minutes)

Empathy and compassion: Towards wellbeing in learning development

Daniela de Silva and Emma Dempsey

University of Westminster

15.00 – 16.30

ALDinHE Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 14th June – In Person


9.30 – 9.45


Registration and Refreshments

9.45 – 10.00

Welcome to the University of Northampton

Open to all registered conference delegates (online and in-person) Kate Coulson and Paul Rice, ALDinHE Co-Chairs

10.00 – 11.20

Keynote: Wray Irwin, University of Northampton

Open to all registered conference delegates (online and in-person)

11.20 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSIONS 4 – View abstracts for parallel sessions 1

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

11.30 – 11.55

12.05 – 12.30

The creation and deployment of a digital skills workbook: Giving students autonomy over their learning development

Kate Swinton and Helena Beeson

University of Northampton

Insights from a study on non-submission of assignments: How can students best be supported?

Samantha King, Alison Loddick, and Tim Curtis

University of Northampton

Leadership in Learning Development: Who and how

Carina Buckley

Solent University

Students’ perceptions of blended and remote learning and its impact on the sense of belonging: a critical realist perspective

Alicja Syska and Christie Pritchard

University of Plymouth

WORKSHOPS (60 minutes)

Learning Development 2030
Ed Bickle, Steph Allen and Marian Mayer
Bournemouth University

Criticality in crisis?
Helen Beetham and Alina Congreve
University of Wolverhampton

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 13.45

PARALLEL SESSIONS 5 – View abstracts for parallel sessions 1

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

13.15 – 13.40

13.50 – 14.15

Mix and match: Student choice in accessing digital or face-to-face academic skills Support

Oli Johnson

University of Sheffield

From History to Health: Learning to let go within and outside different disciplines

Matthew Mesley

University of Plymouth


Lightning Talks

Resource Showcase

Finding the balance: the positives and negatives of moving Peer Mentor Training online

Jenny Stowar

London School of Economics

Level up your academic skills

Matthew Martin

University of Sheffield

Online/Hybrid/Face-2-Face workshop: You decide…

Jenny Freeman, Peter Hart, and Hope Thackray

University of Sheffield

Disrupting the Sage on the Stage

Anne-Marie Langford

University of Northampton

WORKSHOP (60 minutes)

Innovative approaches to sustainability skills development: a crowd-sourcing workshop

Iain Cross and Alina Congreve

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

14.15 – 14.30


14.30 – 14.55

PARALLEL SESSIONS 6 – View abstracts for parallel sessions 1

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

14.30 – 14.55

15.05 – 15.30

Active online reading: Student behaviours vs staff expectations

Matt East and Jamie Wood

Talis Education and University of Lincoln

Bridges and barriers to developing visual literacy

Jacqui Bartram

University of Hull

Innovations at LSE LIFE in our transition to online teaching and student support

Helen Amelia Green

London School of Economics and Political Science

Teamwork – the importance of collaborative practice in creative environments

Simone Maier and Shamoon Patwari

London Metropolitan University

WORKSHOP (60 minutes)

Grit: essential academic resilience skills for students

Cath Hawes, Jordan Mckenzie and Andy McEwan

Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts – University of the Arts London

19.00 – Late

Conference Dinner

Wednesday 15th June – In Person


8.45 – 9.15


Registration and Refreshments

9.15 – 9.30

Welcome and Introduction  

ALDinHE Co-Chairs

9.30 – 10.50

Practitioner Mini-keynotes  

Practitioner Mini-keynotes  

Online Academic Skills: Generic or Contextualised?
Karen Hudson
University of Essex

The Invisible Labour of Code Switching: Assumed Skills in Learning Development
Eileen Pollard and Jenny Reeve
Manchester Metropolitan University

10.50 – 11.00


11.00 – 12.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS 7 – View abstracts for parallel sessions 1

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

11.00 – 11.25

11.35 – 12.00

Working outside the box: breaking down barriers with a Learning Development Peer Mentor scheme

Sheryl Mansfield and Sam Thomas

University of Northampton

Academic integrity and student empowerment – how learning developers can help

Rosie MacLachlan

St George’s, University of London

Magic to conjure up academic skills for dissertation support

Emma Kimberley, Amy West, and Paul Rice

University of Northampton

WORKSHOP (60 minutes)

‘Walk me through your dissertation’. Using urban walks to develop students’ thinking about research

Chenée Psaros

Queen Mary University of London

Wellbeing in the workplace: exploring the VUCA approach

Debbie Holley, Kate Coulson, Carina Buckley, Erika Corradini

Bournemouth University, University of Northampton, Solent University, University of Southampton

12.00 – 13.00


13.00 – 15.45



Research funding and scholarship of Learning Development

Christie Pritchard, Carina Buckley (Research and Development Working Group)

The Journal as a collaborative means to develop scholarship of teaching and learning

Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education editorial team

14.30 – 14.45


14.45 – 15.45



ALDinHE Professional Recognition Scheme (CeP/CeLP)

Sheryl Mansfield (Co-Chair Professional Recognition Working Group)

Higher recognition for Learning Developers – NTF and PFHEA discussion session

Carina Buckley (Treasurer) and Debbie Holley

15.50 – 16.10

Conference closing session

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