Research Development

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.

Silvina Bishopp-Martin

Silvina Bishopp-Martin

Silvina Bishopp-Martin has been a Learning Developer at Canterbury Christ Church University since joining the institution in 2012. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an ALDinHE Certified Leading Practitioner. She has worked on the development of online learning materials, peer-mentoring schemes and embedding academic literacies in academic programmes. She has research experience on academic literacies, critical EAP and Learning Development professionalism and identity.

Dr Carina Buckley

Carina Buckley

Steering Group Member
ALDinHE Treasurer
JLDHE Editorial Team Member

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.

Erika Corradini

Erika Corradini

Erika is a new member of the steering group having joined in 2021 and a member of the Research and Development Working Group within ALDHE. Erika is Senior Fellow of HEA and Principal Teaching Fellow in Higher Education at the University of Southampton. Her background is in education and academic development, especially in the areas of languages and linguistics. After completing her PhD in English, Erika worked as lecturer in Humanities and later moved into education development leading projects focussed on cross-sector education and academic practice. Erika leads the accredited programmes in academic practice at Southampton. Her area of expertise is the scholarship of teaching and learning, curriculum design, digital education and academic literacies.

Maria Kukhareva

Maria Kukhareva

Steering Group Member
Co-chair of the Research Funding Group

Maria’s expertise spans learning development, education, widening participation, social science and business. She joined ALDinHE in 2015 and has co-chaired the Research and Development Working group since 2016.
Maria is an Advance HE Senior Fellow. Maria holds a Professional Doctorate in Social science, and has taught social science and pedagogy. Her contributions include research into human resilience and innovative interdisciplinary practice. Maria’s current role outside ALDinHE is Head of Organisational Development at the University of Bedfordshire.

Alistair Morey

Alistair Morey

Steering Group Member
Co-chair of the Events Group

Alistair joined the steering group member in 2020 as co-lead for Events, after having been previously a member of the LearnHigher, Regional Events and Research Funding working groups. He has worked in learning development for 12 years, following previous higher education roles teaching history and politics and in educational research. He is currently Head of Skills Development at King’s College, London.
His particular focus is on the intersection between learning development and academic/educational development.

Christie Pritchard

Christie Pritchard

Steering Group Member
Co-chair of ALDinHE

Christie has been a member of the Steering Group since 2015 and the Co-Chair of Research and Development Working Group since 2018. She is currently the Student Learning Manager at the University of Plymouth and is responsible for leading the Learning Development and Peer Learning service, including their innovative Writing Cafe and well established Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS). She is an Advance HE Senior Fellow, a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development and is currently writing up her Doctorate in Education, focusing on student learning spaces and the Higher Education climate.

Dr Namrata Rao

Dr Namrata Rao

Dr Namrata Rao is a Principal Lecturer in Education at Liverpool Hope University, where she is based in the Centre of Education and Policy Analysis. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Research and Development working group of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE). Her current research and publications focus on various aspects of learning and teaching in higher education, and factors that influence academic identity and academic practice. Her research studies have been funded by organisations such as the EPSRC, HEA, Jisc, SEDA, SRHE, ALDinHE and BAICE. Her recent publications include co-edited books with Bloomsbury on the experiences of International Academics and Early Career Academics and two further books on Leadership in Learning and Teaching due to be published in early 2023.

Skip to content