Conference Committee

Discover more about the people that make up our steering and working groups. If you are a practitioner in the Learning Development community and would like the opportunity to become actively involved in ALDinHE’s work through a variety of new and established Working Groups, please contact admin@aldinhe.ac.uk for more information.

Carina Buckley

Carina Buckley

ALDinHE Treasurer

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.

Kate Coulson

Kate Coulson

ALDinHE Secretary

Kate has been a member of the Steering Group since 2019. Her background is in corporate/commercial information and worked in the City of London before realising that education is far more interesting! Kate is currently Head of Learning and Teaching Enhancement at the University of Northampton. She is passionate about the importance of LD advocacy to ensure that our work is understood and valued and has a particular interest in working within the 3rd space and women’s leadership within HE. Kate is an Advance HE Senior Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.

Melanie Crisfield

Melanie Crisfield

Steering Group Member
Chair of the Conference Committee

Melanie joined the conference committee in 2017 and became the co-chair in 2019. She has over 12 years’ experience as a learning developer in both UK and American universities. She currently works as the Senior Graduate School Tutor (PGR Lead) at Brunel University London. Her areas of interest in learning development include: understand and developing critical thinking skills; researcher development; literature review writing; communities of practice; and building student self-confidence and self-efficacy. She is an ALDinHE certified lead practitioner and an AdvanceHE fellow.

Michelle Reid

Michelle Reid

Dr Michelle Reid works at Oxford Brookes University as a Learning Development Tutor as part of the Centre for Academic Development. She joined the Conference Committee in 2019 as she really wanted to become more involved in ALDinHE again after a time being away from the network. She is interested in finding a range of ways for people to share their practice, and she helped to organise the LD@3 Summer Programme of online seminars during July-Aug 2020.

Vlasios Sarantinos

Vlasios Sarantinos

Vlasios Sarantinos is an educator and academic, with a strong passion for supporting students’ learning and teaching to ensure that they realise their potential. He has been working for several years as Senior Lecturer in Bristol Business School at the University of the West of England, with expertise in People Management and International Education. He also has experience in numerous other HEIs and working across different countries. Alongside his teaching and scholarly activity, he is a member of several professional associations, maintaining currency in relation to real-life business practices and ensuring learners’ experience is equally rich from both an academic and industrial perspective.

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