Meet the team

Learning and Teaching Academy staff

While the development of the academy aims to be collectively driven through the LTA Forum, there is a small team who have responsibility for leading and co-ordinating academy activities.

Professor Keith Smyth: Professor of Pedagogy


Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the university, and leads the Learning and Teaching Academy. Keith works with colleagues across the university on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects and supporting staff to engage in educational research. Much of this work is taken forward through the activities of the Learning and Teaching Academy.

Keith has particular interests in co-creative pedagogies and curriculum models, open education, technology-enhanced learning, educational strategy and policy, and developing pedagogic research and scholarship. He has written and presented widely in these areas, and has undertaken funded projects for organisations including the Higher Education Academy, JISC, Scottish Funding Council and NHS.

Contact Keith via or 01463 279471




Dr Heather Fotheringham: Quality Enhancement Impact Officer


Heather’s expertise is in the field of research and data analysis. She is responsible for the university’s module evaluation surveys and involved in the analysis of the university’s National Student Survey results and other student data.

Heather is an advocate for an evidence-based approach to learning and teaching, and can help with: analyses of student data; running focus groups; evaluation of teaching practices, quality enhancement initiatives etc.; using published research to enhance teaching.

Heather also creates the bite-sized pedagogy resources and good practice case studies.

Contact Heather via or 01463 279237



Alex Walker: Professional Recognition and Development Coordinator



Alex Walker was appointed professional recognition and development coordinator in May 2016.  Alex's main responsibilities include coordinating ALPINE (Accredited Learning, Professional Development and Innovation in Education) and supporting applicants throughout the ALPINE application process, as well as organising and coordinating events through which help to promote and support good practice in research, and learning and teaching across the university. 

Alex also coordinators the University Mentoring Scheme which offers a range of mentoring opportunities for all university colleagues through three distinct strands, comprising Research, Learning and Teaching Enhancement and ALPINE.  As well as coordinating the scheme Alex is the lead for the ALPINE strand.

Alex has worked supporting research, learning and teaching in education since graduating with a BA Hons at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2003.  Before starting at the university Alex worked in a similar role as coordinator of the Centre of Academic Development at the University of Aberdeen.  In May 2017 Alex achieved Associate Fellow of the HEA, which has helped to shape the support she offers ALPINE applicants.


Contact Alex via or 01463 279486



 Ann Tilbury: Academic Skills Developer



Ann’s professional background is in human resources and learning and development, with previously experience at Birbeck College, University of London and the BBC.   In 2011, Ann joined the Educational Development Unit as Academic Skills Developer to lead the provision of skills enhancement opportunities for teaching staff engaged in EDU projects.  

In April 2018 Ann joined the Learning and Teaching Academy with a remit to take forward learning and teaching professional development.  This includes leading on the learning and teaching enhancement strand of the mentoring scheme; taking forward the engagement with academic partner colleges to support learning and teaching enhancement and the implementation of the graduate attributes.  

Ann is interested in leadership theory and practice particularly in the tertiary education sector.  She  completed a Masters in Leadership and Management in 2015 and a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Tertiary Education in 2016. She is a fellow of the HEA and has mentored others to gain accreditation.


Contact Ann via or 01463 279353