Meet the team

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

 

Scott Connor: Educational Development Leader (Flexible and open learning)

Scott Connor: Educational Development Leader (Flexible and open learning)

With a professional background in technology, systems design, learning and project management Scott has been involved with the university of the highlands and islands and its previous incarnations since 1994. Starting out as an IT Support Officer at Lews Castle College and eventually moving to the then Lochaber College in 1999 to become ICT Manager Scott then left to pursue other interests before returning in 2008 as the university learning technologist. In 2011 Scott moved to the Educational Development Unit as an Educational Development Leader working on a variety of innovative internal and external projects.

In October 2018 Scott joined the Learning and Teaching Academy with a specific remit for flexible and open learning. This includes the creation of an open education framework for the university in line with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy.

Scott is an advocate of lifelong learning and has a particular interest in the pedagogies emerging from advances in technology. With a preference for the natural sciences Scott has more recently undertaken Masters degrees in the fields of Social Sciences, Psychology and Criminology before reverting back to studying undergraduate mechanical engineering. Following completion of a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Tertiary Education in 2016 Scott also achieved fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE).

Contact Scott via scott.connor@uhi.ac.uk

Dr Heather Fotheringham: Quality Enhancement Impact Officer

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 heather.fotheringham@uhi.ac.uk or 01463 279237

Professor Keith Smyth: Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy

Professor Keith Smyth: Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy

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 keith.smyth@uhi.ac.uk or 01463 279471

Ann Tilbury: Academic Skills Developer

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 Senior Fellow of the HEA and has mentored others to gain accreditation.

Contact Ann via ann.tilbury@uhi.ac.uk or 01463 279353

Alex Walker: Professional Recognition and Development Coordinator

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 alex.walker@uhi.ac.uk or 01463 279486