Organising Team

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January-March 2023 Organising team

Kiu Sum

Kiu Sum (Mentor)

Kiu is a Lecturer in Nutrition at Solent University, Southampton. She is also a Doctoral Research in nutrition at the University of Westminster. Her research focuses on doctors’ diets and nutritional behaviour in shift work. Aside from science, Kiu is interested in pedagogy research in higher education, focusing on student engagement and partnerships. Kiu also previously contributed to the RAISE Network as a Student Officer. Kiu co-convenes the Engagement Assessment and the Early Career Researchers Special Interest Groups and sits on the Editorial Board for the Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal. On the side, Kiu hosts The Education Burrito Podcast (@EdBurritoPod) You can connect with Kiu over on @KiuSum

Tee NadanTeeroumanee Nadan

Dr Teeroumanee Nadan is an independent higher education researcher around inclusivity, digital education, and internationalisation. Her research was on the use of AR & VR for teaching and learning molecular docking for drug design. Early on in her career in the UK, Teeroumanee worked as a tutor for differently-abled students and assistant tutor on an ESOL programme. These developed her interests and experience in tech equity, particularly disability and racism, and also impacted her career trajectory. Most recently, she started to work around justiceology, organisational change, and trauma-informed approaches. Teeroumanee is the Chair of the Antiracism & Learning Tech Special Interest Group under the Association for Learning Technology.  Read Teeroumanee’s blog space and watch her Celebrating Small Steps in HE playlist for further collaborations.  You can connect with her on @Tee_Nadan

CharlotteCharlotte Purkis

Dr Charlotte Purkis is a Principal Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester and specialist in modernist avant-garde theatrical practices, curently working with undergraduate students devising and performing textual adaptation, developing creative site-based practice-as-research and exploring personal and social identities. She has held roles at Winchester as Arts Faculty Quality Chair, Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator, Head of Subject and Co-Chair of Academic Development, and as Programme Leader of the postgraduate certificate in Research Skills embedded in the University’s PhD programme. Charlotte is a highly experienced external examiner and validation and partnerships panel member, specialising in creative, performing and media arts provision. She is an active musician and member of the UK Equality and Diversity in Music Studies network. You can connect with her on @purkischarlott1

Maxine SwinglerMaxine Swingler

Dr Maxine Swingler is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Glasgow, currently leads the MSc (conversion) programme in psychology and teaches qualitative research methods and professional skills.  Her pedagogical research interests focus on embedding employability within the curriculum, supporting student group work and assessment and feedback.  Maxine has collaborated with the QAA Scotland with a focus on graduate skills, and developed good practice resources in employability, effective feedback and group work  .  She is currently secretary of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Academics Researchers and Teachers (DART-P) committee and co-leads the SPaN mental health and wellbeing network. You can connect with her on maxine_swingler


September-December 2022 Organising Team

David Baume

David Baume

David’s passion is to improve learning in higher education, based on a thorough understanding of the conditions for student learning and educational change. He is an independent international higher education researcher, evaluator, consultant, staff and educational developer and writer since 2001. He is a Fellow of the University of London Centre for Online and Distance Education since 2010, founding Chair of SEDA, co-founder of the UK Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG), founding council member of ICED, founding editor of IJAD, and winner of the Spirit of ICED award in 2014 and co-founder and Director of the Centre for Higher Education Practice at the UK Open University. @David_Baume

James Youdale


James Youdale

James is a Senior Digital Education Consultant at Durham University. Originally a music technologist and web developer by trade, James made his first foray into digital learning while working in The University of Huddersfield’s Learning Technology Support Unit. Before joining the Durham Centre for Academic Development, James worked at The University of York in a number of roles, including as a Learning Technologist, a Learning Designer and the manager for the University’s lecture recording service. His research interests include student note-taking and metacognition, pedagogies for electronic voting systems and learning space design. Away from work he likes guitars, creative writing, gardening, coffee and cats. @james_youdale

Teresa Teresa MacKinnon (Mentor)

Teresa is an open practitioner, award winning language teacher and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology. She is experienced in technology enhanced learning design
in language education and openly curates professional development resources for language tutors. She researches and designs to find solutions supporting student-centred pedagogy. A career long exponent of the importance of high quality language teaching in the UK, she campaigns for language learning opportunities for all. Now retired from her role as Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, she is very active online and supports international training in virtual exchange as part of Teresa’s website and social networks. @WarwickLanguage


April-June 2022 Organising Team

CE lab picChristina Elliott

I am a lecturer in Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Glasgow since August 2020 on the Learning, Teaching & Scholarship track.  Although I am relatively new to all things SoTL, I have developed a keen interest in. gamification and game-based learning as well as promoting student engagement through active learning approaches.  My current practice also includes working with student partners as content co-creators.  I’m very much looking forward to supporting the LTHEchat! .@Dr_CL_Elliott

Dr Scott TurnerScott Turner MIET, MBCS, MIEEE, MACM, FHEA, FRSA is Section Director for Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University. Scott has worked in education for over 20 years and has particular interests in problem-solving, teaching within Computing (see for more details; along playing with Technology in general including robots, free AR and VR(e.g. and visualising social media (e.g.  He is a Fellow of the HEA; and proud to have been awarded Golden Tweeter Award in December 2018, and to be asked to be involved with #SocMedHE and the National Teaching Repository. .@scottturneruon

Sarah HoneychurchSarah Honeychurch (Mentor) is a Good Practice Adviser at the University of Glasgow where she has worked in a variety of roles since 2001. She completed her PhD in participatory learning in 2021 and is grateful to the many online networks and communities, including LTHEChat, that supported and sustained her throughout her learning journey. She is an avid knitter and plays uke very badly (and, thankfully, only in the privacy of her own study). She and her husband Niall are owned by two tuxedo cats, Cagney and Lacey. .@NomadWarMachine

January-April 2022 Organising Team


Chris Thompson MA SFHEA @christo_hst is a senior leader with the University of Leeds Digital Education Service who cares passionately about digital education, leading a diverse portfolio across digital analytics, learner experience, and digital transformation. He has led learning design for fully online masters programmes and professional learning, specialising in Arena-Blended-Connected rapid learning design and Learning Experience Design. Now Chris is leading institutional change through embedded learning technology expertise with a growing team of Faculty-based learning technologists. His academic background is in comics studies in which he investigates the relationship between storytelling, content and audiences in comics. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, now sitting on the Leeds accredited assessment panel, and completed a Teaching Enhancement Fellowship with the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence in 2020.


Louise Rees – Following 8 years in Canada initially undertaking a Masters degree, followed by employment, Louise has worked at Swansea University since 2000, initially in the area of quality assurance/enhancement. Between 2000 and 2015, she oversaw the QA functions for taught programmes and coordinated the preparations for Institutional Review Preparations and supported a number of Working groups and sub-committee and the University’s Learning and Teaching Committee.  It was during that time, in writing policies for learning teaching and assessment and in trying to guide programme directors through their challenging role, that Louise’s attention turned towards academic development. In 2015, Louise took on the role of Senior Academic Developer at Swansea University’s Academy for Learning and Teaching (SALT). She leads on the internally accredited programme for HEA Fellowship recognition and teaches on their PG Cert in teaching in Higher Education regarding professional identity for HE educators and in assisting participants reflect on their PG Cert journey. 


Danielle Hinton (Mentor) – Danielle is an Educational Developer at the Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), University of Birmingham. Danielle has worked in a variety of roles in Higher Education over the last 20 years including instructional design, e-learning and librarianship. In particular Danielle teaches on Birmingham’s PGCHE (as module lead and programme lead for our new online PGCHE) supports HEA Fellowship scheme, enhancement projects and CPD provision. She is particularly interested in active learning, the emotions of learning and teaching, enhancement of learning through technologies, distance learning, serious play in Higher Education and Education for Sustainable Development. @hintondm e-mail:

September-December 2021 Organising Team

Danielle Hinton (SFHEA) – Danielle is an Educational Developer at the Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), University of Birmingham. Danielle has worked in a variety of roles in Higher Education over the last 20 years including instructional design, e-learning and librarianship. In particular Danielle teaches on Birmingham’s PGCHE, supports HEA Fellowship scheme, enhancement projects and CPD. She is particularly interested in active learning, the emotions of learning and teaching, enhancement of learning through technologies, distance learning and serious play in Higher Education. @hintondm e-mail:

Sandra Huskinson – Building on a background in art and interface design Sandra is an experienced educational consultant. Working for a variety of institutions over a number of years she has designed and developed a range courses, CPD developments for online and classroom based programs. @FieryRed1  e-mail:

Suzanne Faulkner (mentor) – Suzanne is a teaching fellow in Prosthetics and Orthotics, within the department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, she is also a facilitator trained in the LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) methodology. Suzanne is passionate about enhancing the student experience by focusing on improving student engagement, utilising social media in learning and teaching and incorporating playful learning. She has been nominated and shortlisted for several teaching excellence awards and is currently undertaking an EdD at the University of Strathclyde with a view to exploring the use of LSP to enhance participation of non-native speakers of English in group work activities.  @SFaulknnerPandO  e-mail:

April-June 2021 Organising group

Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas – British School of Fashion, GCU London

Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas EdD FRSA is Professor in Marketing and Sustainable Business at the British School of FashionGCU London where she runs the innovative postgraduate Module in Sustainable Luxury for the School’s MBA Luxury Brand Management programme. Natascha is a National Teaching Fellow, Vice Chair ofPRME UK&I Chapter and Vice Chair of The Costume Society. Natascha is co-author of Fashion Management: A Strategic Approach and Editor-in-Chief for Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases, a digital resource helping students develop essential fashion industry business skills. Natascha’s cross-disciplinary research spans creative industries practice; sustainable fashion; social enterprise and responsible business; cultural heritage, consumer behaviour and international fashion marketing. She is an advocate for globally responsible education and won the Case Centre 2020 Award for Ethics and Social Responsibility and was Highly Commended in the 2020 Women in Marketing Awards Marketing Scientist category recognising her leadership in teaching and research in marketing education. Natascha is a knitter, stitcher and passionate make-do-and-mender!

In my role as a Lecturer in Chemistry (Learning, Teaching & Scholarship track), SoTL plays an important role and underpins both my teaching practice and development of L&T resources. I have discovered that the skill- and knowledge-base, developed through my years of training as a scientist, often differs to those needed for scholarship (where social science based skills may be more applicable). Therefore, I am in the process of learning new skills and developing a grounding in SoTL and I am striving to marry these with my pre-existing research skill-set, grounded in the approach taken by the hard sciences.  This transition is challenging, as it requires a re-wire of my brain, but also very rewarding because it opens up new horizons. In addition to collaborations with my Chemistry colleagues, I am also fortunate to undertake cross-disciplinary SoTL projects with colleagues from Engineering, Archaeology and the Arts.  I enjoy sharing experiences with other academics regarding their SoTL experiences, especially those within the “hard sciences”, who face similar challenges in becoming Scholars. I feel that we can all learn from each other and help each other on this, sometimes frustrating but always exciting, path.

My interests include the creation of novel chemistry education resources, in partnership with my final year chemistry undergraduate project students, for use in HE and in secondary school environments. I am a firm believer in harnessing the power of fun (gamification) and the power of technology to make learning more engaging, interactive and powerful. I am keen to support student transition into HE and to help foster a sense of belonging. I am currently enthralled with the chemistry found within Heritage Science and I continue to work on enhancing the learning, assessment and feedback in chemistry labs using multimedia approaches.

Smita has been investigating the provision of training and support given to GTAs in the School of Chemistry, using a student partnership approach to involve postgraduates and undergraduates in decision-making. She has presented this work at several conferences and has contributed to international discussions on the changing role of the GTA in the pivot to online teaching. Interests include active learning approaches, use of technology to support student learning and well-being, and imbedding good-practice to enhance inclusivity in lab environments.



Team Mentor: Dr Nathalie Tasler- Academic and Digital Development, University of Glasgow

I am delighted to support this term’s amazing LTHEchat organising team! And look forward to participating in all the exciting topics over the next couple of months.

I am a lecturer in academic and digital development. My background is Erziehungswissenschaften (Sciences of Education). My current focus is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). I have a strong background in Creative Learning and Teaching and Culture Education. I am founding editor for oSoTL journal, run the UofGSoTL network and am the SoTL curator for the National Teaching Repository.


January – March 2021 organising team

Rachelle O'Brien

Rachelle O’Brien (mentor) is a Senior Digital Learning Designer at Durham Centre for Academic Development at Durham University. Rachelle has worked in education for 10 years and has particular interests in digital education, play and games. Recently, this interest has led her to develop and deliver multiple Escape Rooms for use in education across the sector. She has also written a paper relating to the use of Escape Rooms for Teaching Technology which can be accessed here She is a recent graduate of the MSc in Digital Education from University of Edinburgh, is a Certified member of the Association for Learning Technologists and is a Fellow of the HEA.

Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright is a Faculty Senior SOLSTICE Fellowship Lead. Her role has seen her develop projects on the use of social media and online teaching, as well as lecture engagement and seminar design.  Sarah is an Apple Distinguished Educator, has written for the Times Educational Supplement,  contributing on a range of educational issues and sat on the Board of Management for NAACE, the national association for educational technology. Last year, she co-chaired the National Conference for Social Media in Higher Education and is now proud to sit on the editorial board for the journal.  Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching where she also enjoys reviewing for ‘Impact’ journal.  Sarah was shortlisted for the Guardian Excellence in Teaching award in 2019 and the Educate North award in the same category.  She was proud to win the Student Led Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching.

Steve Rowett

Steve Rowett is the manager of the Digital Education Futures team at UCL. This role involves horizon scanning and evaluation of new technologies for supporting education at UCL, in partnership with students and staff. He has also been heavily involved in the institution’s COVID-19 response, particularly in supporting teaching staff who are newly teaching from home.

September – December 2020 organising team

Dawne Irving Bell

Dawne Irving-Bell (mentor)

Kate Cuthbert

Kate Cuthbert

Safia Barikzai

Safia Barikzai

April – June 2020 organising team

Caroline Cooke

Caroline Cooke is Head of Library and Learning Services and Acting Head of Student Services at AECC University College. Caroline is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of Student and Library Services, and Technology Enhanced Learning.Caroline has a passion for education, libraries, and information and digital literacy; and particularly how services enhance student engagement when embedded effectively into the learning environment. @CarolineCooke

kate wright

Kate Wright is the manager of the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit at Aberystwyth University. She has worked as a learning technologist for the last 15 years and has a particular interest in online assessment. She is a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technologists and Senior Fellow of the HEA. She is also a Welsh learner and is to keen to support the use of Welsh in learning technology software and tools. @kateawright

Emily Chapman-Waterhouse is a Senior Lecturer in Student Academic & Professional Development at Harper Adams University, specialising in postgraduate animal- and veterinary education. @cwaterhouse_e

(January – March)   The Spring 2020 organising team is:

Dr Chris Jobling (mentor)

Dr Nathalie Sheridan


Nathalie is a lecturer in academic and digital development at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are in creative learning and teaching and marginalized learners. She leads on promoting and supporting SoTL in her institution and is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is delighted to support LTHEchat this semester!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Dr Dawne Irving-Bell

Dawne is the Centre for Learning and Teaching Projects Lead at Edge Hill University. Her research interests include the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching and pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching, with a particular focus on STEM subject disciplines. She also enjoys lecturing on visual thinking and advocates for technology and design education. Dawne is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in her current position chairs institutional enquiries and leads on university-wide strategies to enhance the student learning experience… and Dawne is really looking forward to supporting @LTHEchat! 

Sept-Dec 2019

Rachelle O’Brien is an Educational Developer at University of Liverpool’s Centre for Innovation in Education and an MSc in Digital Education student at the University of Edinburgh and is currently researching perceptions of using game-informed learning in education.

Emily Chapman-Waterhouse is a Senior Lecturer in Student Academic & Professional Development at Harper Adams University, specialising in postgraduate animal- and veterinary education

Chris Jobling is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering at Swansea University, where he is currently the Programme Director for Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He has been teaching in higher education for 34 years and has been enthusiastically using technology in his teaching since the invention of photocopiable overhead foils. He is a Chartered Engineer and has recently been appointed as an accreditor of Engineering and Technology programmes in Higher Education Institutions for the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET). However, his biggest achievement so far was the award of the #LTHEChat Golden Tweeter award!

May – June 2019

RossanaDr Rossana Espinoza is an Online Learning Content Developer at the Centre of Academic Practice Enhancement at Middlesex University, helping staff with active practice based learning, collaborative learning classrooms or social media.  She supports the Staff Development Forum as Communications Officer since November 2016 on a pro bono basis. She is passionate about Education and technology (please note the capital E and lower case t!). She is formerly a lecturer in Languages, Business and Research Methods at Coventry University. Find her on Twitter. Find her on LinkedIn.

Dr Hassan Osman FHEA is a lead lecturer in research methods in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Bolton. Main academic interests: technology driven pedagogy, accelerated learning & education development in crisis or emergencies settings (@drhassanosman1).Dr Hassan Osman FHEA is a lead lecturer in research methods in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Bolton. Main academic interests: technology driven pedagogy, accelerated learning & education development in crisis or emergency settings (@drhassanosman1).

January – Easter 2019

Dr Katherine J HaxtonDr Katherine Haxton – is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Keele University @kjhaxton

Sarah HoneychurchSarah Honeychurch –  is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Glasgow @NomadWarMachine

Sep 2018 – December 2018

Dr Jen Lawrence PFHEA, AFSEDA is a Teaching Enhancement Advisor at the University of Hull, Advance HE Associate, and independent consultant in academic practice. She is interested in radical critical pedagogies and HE teacher and student wellbeing.

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Dr Marianna Karatsiori is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. Main academic interests: teacher education and professional development, educational policy guidance and reform. Classes taught: Intercultural Education, Pedagogy, ICT in Education, Adult Education. Loves traveling, libraries and the Aegean sea.

April 2018 – June 2018

Hala MansourHala Mansour – Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Northampton. @HalaMansour

Laura BurdenLaura Burden – Currently an MA Journalism student at Sheffield Hallam Uni with an interest in teaching and learning in higher education, particularly looking at the uses of social media within that context. Laura is part of the #hallaminsiders student marketing team at Hallam. @lburdenmedia

Suzanne Faulkner

Suzanne Faulkner – Teaching Fellow in Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University of Strathclyde @SFaulknerPandO

Jan – April 2018

KJ_400x400Kathrine Jensen – Anthropologist working in Higher Education. Developed a Higher Education Academy project ‘Students as Teaching and Learning Consultants‘ which included a student and staff partnership model and worked with students to publish their research in Fields: Journal of Huddersfield student research. Interested in learning spaces, collaborative learning, qualitative research, user experience and open access @kshjensen

Kiu Sum – Currently studying MRes Clinical Research (Human Nutrition) at Imperial College and previously graduated from BSc(Hons) Human Nutrition at University of Westminster. Kiu was heavily involved in a number of ‘Students As Co-Creators’ Projects at Westminster with interests in student engagement, and qualitative and quantitative research. @KiuSum

Sept – December 2017

Jenny Lewin-Jones Jenny Lewin-Jones– University of Worcester

Rebecca SellarsRebecca Sellers – Leeds Beckett University @becksell2001

Scott Dr Scott Turner – University of Northampton @scottturneruon

April – June 2017

fi0uolsuDr Rebecca Jackson – University of Sussex @chasing_ling

jbxzcdhzSantanu Vasant – City, University of London @santanuvasant

January – March 2017

Sally BurrSally Burr – The University of Sussex

Haleh MoravejHaleh Moravej – Manchester Metropolitan University

will-haywoodWill Haywood – University of Warwick

Will HaywoodNeil Withnell –  The University of Salford

Sept – December 2016

nmifgmszHayley Atkinson – Manchester Metropolitan University @ladyculottes

Isobel Gowers Isobel Gowers – Writtle University College  @Isobel_Gowers

teresa mackinnonTeresa MacKinnon – Warwick University @WarwickLanguage

April 2016 – June 2016

Debbie Baff Debbie Baff – Swansea University @debbaff

Chris Jobling Chris Jobling – Swansea University @cpjobling

Kate Soper Kate Soper – Manchester Metropolitan University @KateSoper

January 2016 – March 2016


Dr Stephen Powell – Manchester Metropolitan University


Ian Tindal – Anglia Ruskin University


Chris Jobling – Swansea University

Sept 2015 – December 2015

Sue_Beckingham_400x400Sue Beckingham  – Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Jenny Fisher  – Manchester Metropolitan University

Neil Withnell  – University of Salford

Chris Rowell  – Regents University London

Oct 2014 – June 2015

chrissi_sep_pink_sChrissi Nerantzi @chrissinerantzi – Manchester Metropolitan University

Sue_Beckingham_400x400Sue Beckingham @suebecks – Sheffield Hallam University

David J WalkerDr David Walker @drdjwalker – University of Sussex

peter reed photoPeter Reed @reedyreedles – University of Liverpool


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