Steering Group

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.

Jacqui Bartram

Jacqui Bartram

Steering Group Member
Co-Chair of the Communications Coordination Group

Jacqui works as an Academic and Library Specialist at the University of Hull and joined the Steering Group in 2019 having previously co-chaired our Communications working group. She is a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development and is currently writing up her doctorate looking at bridges and barriers to developing visual literacy in Higher Education. She is particularly interested in visual ways to communicate and visual expressions of knowledge. As an NVivo Certified Expert, and with her background in ICT Learning, she has developed expertise in helping students get to grips with technology to aid learning and research.

Steve Briggs

Steve Briggs

Co-Chair of ALDinHE
Co-Chair of the Peer Mentoring Group

Steve joined the ALDinHE Steering Group in 2014. He has been ALDinHE Co-Chair since 2016. He previously Co-Chaired the Professional Development Working Group, led the development of the CeP and CeLP recognition scheme and helped to launch ALDinHE regional events. Steve is currently Head of Professional and Academic Development at the University of Bedfordshire. He has a PhD, is a Chartered Psychologist and an Advanced HE Principal Fellow.

Carina Buckley

Carina Buckley

ALDinHE Treasurer

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.

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.

Erika Corradini

Erika Corradini

Steering Group Member

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.

Kate Coulson

Kate Coulson

ALDinHE Secretary

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.

Melanie Crisfield

Melanie Crisfield

Steering Group Member
Chair of the Conference Committee

Melanie joined the conference committee in 2017 and became the co-chair in 2019. She has over 12 years’ experience as a learning developer in both UK and American universities. She currently works as the Senior Graduate School Tutor (PGR Lead) at Brunel University London. Her areas of interest in learning development include: understand and developing critical thinking skills; researcher development; literature review writing; communities of practice; and building student self-confidence and self-efficacy. She is an ALDinHE certified lead practitioner and an AdvanceHE fellow.

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.

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.

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.

Maddy Mossman

Maddy Mossman

Steering Group Member
Co-Chair of the Events Group

Maddy has been a steering group member since 2020. She has coordinated the ALDinHE regional events since 2017. Maddy has worked in higher education for over eighteen years, predominantly in teaching, widening participation and learning development roles. She moved to take up her current position as Learning Services Manager at the University of Leeds in February 2018.
Her particular interests are the pedagogy of academic literacies, particularly academic writing, and the coordination and collaboration opportunities for student support services in large institutions.

Amanda Pocklington

Amanda Pocklington

Steering Group Member
Co-Chair of Learn Higher

Amanda was co-opted to the Steering Group in 2012 and became chair of Learn Higher in 2013. She has worked in learning development since 2001 and is currently an Academic Skills Adviser and Peer Programmes Manager at the University of Exeter. Amanda is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development. Her particular interests lie in understanding the processes and impact of group and social learning offered through peer schemes.

Christie Pritchard

Christie Pritchard

Steering Group Member
Co-Chair of the Research Development Working Group

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.

Sandra Sinfield

Sandra Sinfield

Steering Group Member
Co-Chair of the Peer Mentoring Group

Sandra Sinfield SFHEA and CeLP, is Senior Lecturer and University Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Professional and Educational Development at London Metropolitan University, a co-author of Teaching, Learning and Study Skills: a guide for tutors and Essential Study Skills: the complete guide to success at university (4th Edition), and one of the co-founders of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDHE). Sandra has worked as a laboratory technician, a freelance copywriter, and an Executive Editor (Medicine Digest, circulation 80,000 doctors). With Tom Burns, she has developed theatre and film in unusual places – their Take Control video won the IVCA gold award for education – and is interested in creativity as emancipatory practice in Higher Education.

Dr Alicja Syska

Dr Alicja Syska

Steering Group Member
Chair of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education Editorial Board

Alicja has been an editor at the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education since 2018 and a Co-Lead Editor since early 2019. She is a Learning Development Advisor at the University of Plymouth where she also teaches in History. Alicja is an Advance HE Senior Fellow and an ALDinHE Certified Leading Practitioner. She works closely with Arts and Humanities students and uses her hybrid role to promote effective embedding of learning development in subjects. She is particularly interested in the impact of learning development on student understanding and experience of writing within their disciplines.

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