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.
Jessica started working in Learning Development while completing her PhD in Old Norse poetry. She’s taught in HE for over a decade, in a variety of subjects from medieval literature to academic writing. She now works as a Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London, teaching on an MA course where she promotes collaborative and inclusive approaches to Learning Development. Her research interests include compassionate approaches to teaching in Higher Education, and academic and writing identities. Jessica joined the Learn Higher working group in 2016.
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).
Chris joined the LHWG in 2017 and has since gone on to establish a social media identity for LH (@learnhigher1) helping LH, and the wider work of ALDinHE, reach a wider audience. Chris currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Academic Development, as part of the University Teaching Academy at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to this, Chris worked for 8 years as a Learning developer in Keele’s learning development team providing individual coaching and tuition to students across all levels and areas of study. Chris also worked as a faculty-based Learning Developer, offering programme design consultancy and staff development alongside bespoke learning development and academic practice workshops to students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science. During his time at Keele, Chris also established the JADE Student Learning Undergraduate research conference, which has delivered an annual undergraduate research conference for all students since 2016. The conference also leads to full academic publication for students in Keele’s in-house journal with over 50 student articles currently published. Chris also remains research active in Cultural Studies, focusing on the social exclusion of young working-class people in Britain. Chris holds a PhD in Cultural Studies, an MA in Teaching and Learning in HE and a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Learning from his time teaching in Further Education. Chris is also a Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA), Certified Leading Practitioner of ALDinHE (CeLP) and holds Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technology (CMALT) status.
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.