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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Steering Group Member
Co-chair of Learn Higher
Jennie joined the LearnHigher Working Group in December 2017 and became the Co-chair in 2021. She is also a Co-chair of the Neurodiversity/Inclusion Community of Practice. Her interests include technology enhanced learning and accessible teaching practices. She is a qualified dyslexia tutor, a Certified Leading Practitioner of LD, a Senior Fellow of HEA and has an MA in Education (SEND and Inclusion). Outside of ALDinHE she is Co-chair of ALT East England and one of the regional co-ordinators in London, South-East & Anglia for the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education. She has over twenty years of teaching experience and currently works as an Academic Skills Tutor at the University of Hertfordshire for the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science.
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).
Sumeetra is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey. She joined LHWG in 2022. Her research interests lie within equality, diversity and inclusion in Tourism and Hospitality organisations and education, with a particular focus on gender and ethnicity influences. She is passionate about tackling the challenges and barriers (visible and invisible) towards achieving inclusion in education and currently involved in research and teaching projects to address the challenges of race, gender, neurodiversity, wellbeing, cultural diversity, sexuality and religious beliefs, to create inclusive education and organisational practices. She has led projects on inclusive education with educational institutions and partnered with social enterprises towards creating equitable work opportunities for women entrepreneurs and business leaders. She sits on the University’s Race Equality (RE) Steering Committee, is a consultant for Religious Literacy Partnership and contributes to BBC Surrey/Sussex on diversity in hospitality education.
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.