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The Team

Project Manager: Dr Helen KingDr Helen King

Helen is Head of Academic Staff Development at the University of Bath. In this position she leads in the area of professional development for learning, teaching and research, and takes an active role in informing institutional policy and practice.

Her previous managerial roles have included the national HEFCE-funded Earth Science Staff Development project and Assistant Director of the HEA GEES Subject Centre (http://www.gees.ac.uk). Through these roles she developed her profile with colleagues in the UK and internationally both in geoscience education and in more general academic development (such as through SEDA, HERDSA; ICED).

In 2007 she moved to the USA and worked as an independent consultant for clients in the USA, UK and Australia, including external evaluator for the GEES Subject Centre’s C-Change OER project and the University of Queensland’s ‘Effective Dissemination’ project; and convenor of SEDA’s ‘Supporting Educational Change’ online programme.

On her return to the UK she took up the position of Senior Advisor (Evidence-Informed Practice) at the HEA for 10 months before beginning her post at the University of Bath in January 2011. She has successfully bid for and delivered on a number of projects funded by the HEA and SEDA, and has extensively published and presented on project dissemination, geoscience education and academic development.

Helen’s current research interests include how discipline-based academics conceptualise and learn to do pedagogic research, and she is a member of the SEDA Scholarship, Research & Evaluation Committee. She teaches on the University of Bath’s Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Professional Practice and the new programme for probationary lecturers: The Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice.

Colleen McKenna from HEDERAEducational Consultant: Dr Colleen McKenna

Colleen has been working in Higher Education for 20 years. She has extensive experience in the areas of academic literacies, academic practice, student writing, digital literacies, open education and e-learning.  She is a founding partner of HEDERA, an HE consultancy (www.hedera.org.uk ) and she is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education. Previously, she worked at UCL for 11 years where she led the Academic Communication Programme, taught on the PGCert and MA Education and regularly collaborated with colleagues in cross-disciplinary projects related to teaching and learning. She has led undergraduate and Masters courses and supervised PhDs.

Colleen was a contributor and steering group member for the UCL CPD4HE JISC project, and she has been a steering group member for the JISC Coventry Online Writing Lab (COWL) project and the ESRC Digital Literacies project. She is currently the external examiner for the MSc in E-learning at the University of Edinburgh.

Colleen regularly publishes in academic journals and her research interests include digital literacies, disciplinarity and identity, and interdisciplinary spaces in HE.


Image of Jane Hughes - HEDERAEducational Consultant: Jane Hughes

Jane Hughes is a founding partner of HEDERA, an education development consultancy (www.hedera.org.uk). She previously worked as a lecturer at UCL and has also worked in schools. Originally from an arts background (Drama and English), a continuing interest in disciplinary differences and identities was sparked when she took a year off to study computer science.

At UCL, she was director of the JISC/HEA CPD4HE project (www.ucl.ac.uk/cpd4he) and worked on numerous other internally and externally funded projects.  She has taught at undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels and led the learning technology components of the UCL MA Education.

She has a broad interest in interactions between people and technologies, and particularly technology-mediated collaboration and e- learning.  She is a regular presenter at e-learning and CALL conferences and has published in CALL journals.

Technical Officer:  Ed Bremner

Image of Ed Bremner

Ed is a freelance consultant and trainer working on projects involved with Digital Imaging, Digitisation and Learning Technology within the heritage and education sectors. He has had over 20 years of experience as a professional image-maker and lecturer/trainer working with a range of students from HE to Adult Ed and Staff Training.

Trained as a photographer, he studied for a MA in Digital Imaging at the London College of Printing (London Institute) where he specialised in the creation and delivery of online image databases.

Having successfully completed his MA, Ed worked for a year at TATE Gallery, defining and establishing the infrastructure and methodology for all digital capture within the highly successful TATE InSight project.

He then worked at the University of Bristol, for the JISC funded service – TASI (now JISC Digital Media), where he was responsible for providing an in-depth knowledge of all technical matters involved with the capture, storage a

nd delivery of digital images.

Since then, Ed has worked mainly on training and learning technology projects including the creation and release of Open Educational Resources, first within the JISC/Academy – Phase One UKOER programme on the C-change in GEES project and subsequently within the European funded IMPACT project, for which he managed the training.

As well as working with the disciplinary learning team Ed works in the Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN on the JISC Discovery project in conjunction with MIMAS and is also an associate lecturer in Photography at the University of Plymouth.

Based in the South West of England, Ed continues to provide technical support and training for a number of learning projects across the UK.   For more information please see:  www.bremweb.co.uk

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