Professional Recognition

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 for more information.

Paul Chin

Paul Chin

Co-Chair of ALDinHE

Paul joined the conference committee in 2017, the Steering Group in 2020 as a representative of Liverpool John Moores University and became ALDinHE Co-Chair in 2021. Paul is a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development and a Principle Fellow of the HEA. His main research interest is peer learning, having completed his PhD in online peer learning and assessment. Paul also has an active interest in developing graduate attributes, promoting employability skills and learning technology – as well as occasionally dabbling in other areas of learning development . As an Associate Member of CIPD Paul is also a keen advocate of promoting personal and professional development.

Kate Coulson

Kate Coulson

Co-Chair of ALDinHE (Interim)

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.

Sheryl Mansfield

Sheryl Mansfield

Steering Group Member
Chair of the Professional Recognition Working Group

Sheryl is a new member and welcomed to the Steering Group in May 2020. She is a Learning Development Tutor at the University of Northampton and is responsible for liaising with the Faculty of Health, Society and Education. She is an Advance HE Fellow, a Certified Practitioner in Learning Development and Qualified Teacher. Her background teaching Sport Science in Further and Higher Education institutions has offered a plethora of experience actively engaging learners. Her research interests include asynchronous resources and inclusive teaching.

Pamela Thomas

Pam Thomas

Pamela is a Senior Learning Developer in the Centre for Research Informed Teaching (CRIT) at London South Bank University. Pamela has over 20 years’ experience in English language teaching predominately in EFL, ESOL and EAP to support students teaching and learning to both native and non-native speakers of English.

As learning developer within the CRIT team, her portfolio of project work currently includes an institutional funded research project: What Works for LSBU – Academic Literacy as a barrier to learning: the BAME undergraduate Voice, a member of the Racial Awarding Gap Action Group and the Decolonising the Curriculum work stream and is the secretary of EquiNet, the BAME and Ally Staff Network. She is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, an Associate Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Alumna of the Advance HE, Diversifying Leadership Programme.

Pamela’s learning development expertise and research is in the field of academic literacy development understanding how student writers in higher education transition with vocational qualifications and navigate and negotiate their way through the academic writing process within their subject-specific discipline.

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