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Meet the team

Learning and Teaching Academy staff

While the development of the academy aims to be collectively driven, for example through the LTA Forum, there is a small team who have responsibility for leading and co-ordinating academy activities. At the moment this includes Professor Keith Smyth and Dr Heather Fotheringham, along with Alex Walker, who has recently joined the team as Professional Recognition and Development Coordinator. 

Professor Keith Smyth

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

Dr Heather Fotheringham

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 responsible for the academy's ‘surgery’ service which helps staff to use evidence to inform their teaching practice. Heather 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 academy resources such as research digests, case studies and infographics.

Contact Heather via heather.fotheringham@uhi.ac.uk or 01463 279237


Alex Walker

Alex has worked in university administration since 2004 and is responsible for the coordination of the ALPINE framework as well as coordinating academy's events and workshops.

Contact Alex via alex.walker@uhi.ac.uk or 01463 279486