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 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 joined the Steering Group in 2012 and has been Co-Chair since 2015. 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 joined the conference committee in 2017 and has now joined the Steering Group in 2020 as a representative of Liverpool John Moores University. 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 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 Development at the University of Northampton. She is particularly interested in the impact of Learning Development upon students and is passionate about the importance of LD advocacy to ensure that our work is understood and valued. Kate is an Advance HE Senior Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Dr Michelle Reid
Dr Michelle Reid works at Oxford Brookes University as a Learning Development Tutor as part of the Centre for Academic Development. She joined the Conference Committee in 2019 as she really wanted to become more involved in ALDinHE again after a time being away from the network. She is interested in finding a range of ways for people to share their practice, and she helped to organise the LD@3 Summer Programme of online seminars during July-Aug 2020.
Dr Gita Sedghi
Gita is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. She is also a Principal Fellow of the HEA and National Teaching Fellow engaged in pedagogical research and exploring innovative teaching methodologies for undergraduate programmes. Her research is focused on peer assisted learning; inclusive teaching and learning for home and international students; as well as online assessment and formative feedback to enhance students’ performance and experience.
Sam Thomas is a Learning Development Tutor at the University of Northampton. Prior to this she worked in academic and public libraries in a range of professional roles, including reader development, teaching digital literacy, and answering enquiries for a wide range of library users, both face-to-face and online. Her current research interests include the role of language in teaching and learning, accessibility for online resources, and working collaboratively with students and colleagues to develop online study skills support.
Sandie joined the Events Working Group in 2020, after working with Maddy as part of the original ALDinHE regional events group. Sandie has worked in university library and student support services for 8 years and is the Academic Skills Manager at the University of Cumbria overseeing library, academic and digital skills for students. Working in a university with a portfolio of mostly professional courses, Sandie is interested in supporting students to develop and celebrate their academic voice as part of their identity as critically reflective practitioners. She is an Advance HE Fellow and a qualified teacher.
In my current role as Learning Development Manager, I am responsible for providing specialist and leadership for the development of skills and practices provision. I lead on projects which raise the profile of our Learning Developers and Learning & Research Support Librarians, as well as our embedded hub-and-spoke approach to learning development. Over the last 5 years, I have grown an interest in developing online learning to increase accessibility to learning development for diverse student groups. I have worked on creating modules hosted on Moodle, Blackboard, SharePoint and most recently WordPress. I have a strong belief in widening participation and creating inclusive and accessible environments which foster a love for learning. I have been exploring methods to promote engagement of online learning using a mixture of media.