Meet the team

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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: Digital and Open Education Lead content

Scott Connor: Digital and Open Education Lead

Scott Connor: Digital and Open Education Lead

In October 2018 Scott joined the Learning and Teaching Academy as ‘Digital and Open Education Lead’, having previously worked in the Educational Development Unit. Scott leads and supports the development and delivery of professional development opportunities and professional development events aimed at supporting staff in making effective use of institutional technologies and platforms in blended and online delivery.

Scott also leads and supports Open Education across the institution, promoting open educational practice (OEP) and the use, creation and sharing of open educational resources (OER). This involves working with and advising colleagues on the development and embedding of digital education practice in learning and teaching, and curriculum design and delivery, in line with institutional priorities and strategies. Scott lead on the creation of the ‘Framework for the development of open educational practices’ in line with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy (LTES).

More recently scott has taken up a lead role in the university's Learning Analytics project.

Scott is an advocate of lifelong learning and has an interest in the pedagogies emerging from advances in technology. Scott holds post-graduate degrees in the fields of Social Sciences, Psychology and Criminology. Scott is currently studying towards an MEd in Digital Pedagogy and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Scott Connor

Dr Heather Fotheringham: Evidence-based Enhancement Lead content

Dr Heather Fotheringham: Evidence-based Enhancement Lead

Dr Heather Fotheringham: Evidence-based Enhancement Lead

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 oversees the following aspects of the LTA's work:

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

Heather Fotheringham

Professor Keith Smyth: Professor of Pedagogy and Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy content

Professor Keith Smyth: Professor of Pedagogy and Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy

Professor Keith Smyth: Professor of Pedagogy and 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, educational enhancement initiatives and projects, and supporting staff to engage in educational research and scholarship. 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. Keith is also the current Vice-Chair of the Association for Learning Technology.

Contact Keith via keith.smyth@uhi.ac.uk or 01463 279471

Keith Smyth

Jane Steele: Information and Communications Assistant content

Jane Steele: Information and Communications Assistant

Jane Steele: Information and Communications Assistant

Joining in May 2020, in the new post of Information and Communications Assistant, Jane supports the team in the organisation and delivery of events, webinars, professional accreditation, scholarship development and staff development funding review panels. Jane also assists with supporting the maintenance of the LTA’s digital and social media presence and the marketing and communications activities of the LTA.

Jane worked for BASI (The British Association of Snowsport Instructors) for 3 years previous to joining the team which involved close links with education and decided to apply for the job at UHI to explore her interests within education, along with her passion for event management and marketing. Jane also also studied a HNC in Events Management at Robert Gordon University in 2019.

Contact Jane via jane.steele@uhi.ac.uk

 Jane Steele

Ann Tilbury: Organisational Learning and Development Lead content

Ann Tilbury: Organisational Learning and Development Lead

Ann Tilbury: Organisational Learning and Development Lead

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

Ann joined the Learning and Teaching Academy in April 2018. As Organisational Learning and Development Lead, she has a remit to take forward the development and provision of a range of enhancement opportunities, predominantly in learning and teaching and educational leadership. This includes leading on the following aspects of the LTA's work:

Ann is also responsible for liaising with academic partners and professional services of the university to identify, develop and deliver collaborative activities and to ensure the LTA is responsive to current and emerging learning and teaching enhancement needs within and across the Academic Partners.

Ann is interested in academic development and leadership theory and practice. She completed a master’s 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 continues to mentor others to gain accreditation.

Contact Ann via ann.tilbury@uhi.ac.uk

Ann Tilbury

Alex Walker: Professional Development and Recognition Lead content

Alex Walker: Professional Development and Recognition Lead

Alex Walker: Professional Development and Recognition Lead

Alex's main responsibilities with the LTA include leading on professional development and recognition initiatives, including ALPINE (Accredited Learning, Professional Development and Innovation in Education) and the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFs) award and Collaborative Award in Teaching Excellence (CATE).

Alex also coordinators the University Mentoring Scheme which offers a range of mentoring opportunities for university colleagues through four distinct strands. As well as coordinating the scheme Alex is the lead for the Professional Recognition strand.

Alex also oversees the professional development events programme that the LTA offers, including ensuring the webinars/workshops/conferences/symposia covers a range of learning and teaching practice and is aligned to internal and external frameworks and/or strategy including the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy Values and the UK Professional Standards.

Alex has worked supporting research, learning, and teaching in education since graduating with a BA Hons at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2003. Alex has developed her knowledge in pedagogy through the completion of the PgCert Tertiary and Higher Education and is currently progressing on the MEd. Before starting at the university Alex worked as coordinator of the Centre of Academic Development at the University of Aberdeen. In January 2020 Alex achieved Senior Fellow of the HEA, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Alex is interested in professional development and mentoring in dispersed contexts which utilises technology, and ensuring this is pedagogically driven and inclusive. Alex has presented and published in this area.

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

  • Professional recognition routes
  • Professional development and mentoring opportunities
  • Presenting opportunities through the LTA events programme
  • The University Women's Network

Alex Walker