About

Learning Developer and Head of the Writing Development Centre, Newcastle University

Twitter: @scholastic_rat

I’m a learning developer, helping students negotiate the complex conventions and practices of UK Higher Education, and reflect on their own learning to become successful independent learners.

This blog is a space for me to figure out what that means!

I was originally a medievalist, with a B.A. in German from the University of Newcastle, an M.A. in Medieval Studies at the University of Bristol, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University on fourteenth century vernacular religious literature for lay women – medieval Widening Participation, in other words! I taught German language and literature at several universities (Newcastle, University College London, Oxford and Cambridge), but became increasingly interested in teaching and learning beyond my own discipline, qualifying as a teacher in 2000.

I’ve worked since as a Learning Developer at Newcastle University and the University of East Anglia (where I was head of their Learning Development Services) and Cambridge University, where I worked on the Transkills project, Digital Humanities project and the New Curriculum for Information Literacy (ANCIL). I have also spent some time as a Researcher Developer (PhD and Postdoc) and Educational Developer (Academic Staff) at Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University. I’m a member of the Association of Learning Developers in Higher Education (ALdinHE) and of their Professional Development Working Group. I’m also a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

In my spare time, I slave to keep my pedigree fancy rats in the rather luxurious lifestyle to which they have insisted on becoming accustomed. As befits Rats in a Digital Age, they like to consume information in various formats including books and computer wires, but they are less keen on WiFi, as it gives them nothing to get their teeth into.

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