Dr Sarah Kneen – Presenter at #ALDCon21

Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Conference 2021

Presenter: Dr Sarah Kneen

Institution: The University of Manchester


I have been part of the Learning Development Team at the University of Manchester Library since 2018. Having taught throughout my doctoral, postdoctoral studies and a subsequent lectureship, I ultimately found supporting students and fellow researchers to reach their potential infinitely more rewarding than the traditional academic route. I am pursuing a career where I can use my experience to focus on research informed learning and researcher development.

Since joining the team I have been involved in the refresh and expansion of the Library’s researcher development programme My Research Essentials. I have an active interest in the co-creation of materials and building staff-student (or researcher) partnerships, and am passionate about creating a supportive and empowering learning environment.

Having studied for the PG Cert in HE this past year, my teaching has benefited not only from research into the power of building community to support student and researcher wellbeing, but I have also been able to utilise first-hand experience of some of the trials of studying from home in the development of our support for boosting motivation, confidence and efficacy, particularly in areas such as academic writing.


Grayson, N., Morley, C. and Kneen, S. (2021) Redefining researcher support to emphasise community and wellbeing. Paper presented at the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Conference 2021, Online.

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