Dr Arina Cirstea – Presenter at #ALDCon21

Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Conference 2021

Presenter: Dr Arina Cirstea FHEA

Institution: De Montfort University  


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS), which is situated within the Directorate of Library and Learning Services. I work in a small and friendly team of lecturers providing support to all DMU students through in-curriculum sessions, self-selecting workshops and one-to-one support. Key aspects of my role include leading on the centre’s embedded provision for the Faculty of Business and Law, coordinating the LLS Open Programme of Workshops and leading the Writing Group for Research Students.

I joined DMU in 2017, having previously held roles in the areas of Academic Writing, English Literature and EAP at Coventry University, the University of Warwick and the University of Bucharest (Romania). After graduating in English and Romanian, Language and Literature, my long-term love of English literature led to a PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Warwick (2011), as well as a number of research publications in the field. Following a period of engaging with both literature and academic writing, my career has moved into the area of learning development. My current research interests focus on the areas of student engagement with learning development and online pedagogies.


Cirstea, A. (2021) Engaging students online: a reflection on pedagogy, practice and the student voice. Paper presented at the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Conference 2021, Online.

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