Research CoP

Researching Learning Development and/or a Learning Developer doing research? ALDinHE’s Research Community of Practice could be for you. It was established in Spring 2020 and currently has around 15 active members, meeting monthly to encourage ideas and foster collaboration. The CoP offers:

  • A sounding board or support – especially useful for those new to research, or for more experienced researchers wanting to support others.
  • ‘Critical friends’ to help with publications or conference presentations.
  • Opportunities to develop collaborative projects around shared interests.
  • A conduit to more formal mentoring through ALDinHE’s working groups.
Research CoP

We have engaged in collaborative research, such as the 2021 paper co-written by 10 of us for the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice. There, we wrote about our formation across institutional and geographical boundaries, and suggested ways in which interest groups within the wider LD community can co-work to foster common interests and increase their own and the profession’s profiles.

Above all, our mission is to cultivate interest in researching and disseminating the praxis of learning development.

Co-Leads of the vCoP

The Research virtual community of practice (vCoP) is led by Dr Ed Bickle, Lecturer in Learning Development at Bournemouth University and Dr Ralitsa Kantcheva, Senior Learning Development Tutor at Bedfordshire University.

Join the ALDinHE Research vCoP

We welcome enquiries from potential new members. If you are interested, please complete an expression of interest or email for more information.

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