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 email@example.com for more information.
Helena Beeson started working as a Learning Development tutor in 2011 at the University of Northampton but has worked in roles across Library and Learning Services for several years before this. Helena joined both the LearnHigher and Conference Working groups in 2019 in order to gain new perspectives on the profession and share her wealth of experience. She is an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner, a Fellow of the HEA with a MA in Modern English and Linguistics. Her current research interests include collaboration with faculty tutors and groupwork.
Jodie joined the LHWG in early 2020, with an interest in supporting the WG and wider community with access to high-standard resources, and a commitment to the ALDinHE values. Jodie’s career has taken her from FE teaching to HE engagement roles and now academic development, currently in the role of Learning Development Manager at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has a great interest in harnessing technology in teaching and has recently developed a new open-access platform for her institution, offering engaging asynchronous modules on academic skills and information literacy, targeted by level and faculty. She is a qualified teacher, holds a Masters in Sociology of Education and is currently studying for a PhD Sociology. Jodie is also a Certified Practitioner of Learning Development and Fellow of HEA.
Co-Chair of Learn Higher
Jennie joined the Learnhigher Working Group in December 2017 and has led the development of accessible document checklists for submitters to use. She has also been a member of the CWG since September 2018. Jennie has extensive teaching experience; she started teaching EFL in Spain, moved onto ESOL, literacy and numeracy teaching in FE colleges and is now a learning developer at the University of Bedfordshire. Her interests are in technology enhanced learning and inclusive teaching practices. She is a qualified dyslexia tutor, a Certified Leading Practitioner of LD, a Fellow of HEA and is completing her MA in Education this year.
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.
A HE teacher for over 10 years, Laura worked at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, as well as the University Centre at Bradford College, before joining Leeds Beckett University as an Academic Skills Tutor in 2018. It was during her studies for a PhD in American Literature that Laura first became interested in teaching pedagogy, and she counts resource development as one of her strengths in her present role. Laura is currently working on a collaborative resource development project funded by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Leeds Beckett and is also an AdvanceHE Fellow (FHEA).
Co-Chair of Learn Higher
Jason Truscott is currently a Learning Development Advisor for Science and Engineering at the University of Plymouth and has been co-chair of the LearnHigher working group since 2015. He is experienced in a range of further and higher education contexts, from business studies to science. Possesses qualifications up to PhD in Analytical Chemistry, and Is a SEDA Accredited Teacher of Higher Education, Advanced HE Teaching fellow and a certified ALDinHE practitioner. He is Editor for the Plymouth Student Scientist e-journal and an experienced practitioner in distance learning. His interests in active and digital learning came from collaborations with the Experiential Learning Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (EL CETL) and as lead designer and developer on one of the first online marine distance learning programmes: The Hydrographic Academy (a co-funded project by HE STEM, the Royal Navy and Fugro a multinational surveying company), which later become the Marine Learning Alliance College.