Editorial Team

Dr Alicja Syska, University of Plymouth, UK (Lead Editor)

Alicja has been leading the JLDHE since 2019. She is a Learning Developer at the University of Plymouth where she also teaches in History and Visual Culture. Alicja is an Advance HE Senior Fellow and an ALDinHE Certified Leading Practitioner. She is interested in visual pedagogies and the impact of learning development on student understanding and experience of writing within their disciplines.

Dr Gita Sedghi, University of Liverpool (Co-Lead Editor)

Gita is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. She is also a Principal Fellow of the HEA and National Teaching Fellow engaged in pedagogical research and exploring innovative teaching methodologies for undergraduate programmes. Her research is focused on peer assisted learning; inclusive teaching and learning for home and international students; as well as online assessment and formative feedback to enhance students’ performance and experience.

Andy Hagyard, University of Leeds, UK (Technical Editor)

Andy recently retired after 25 years in Higher Education, working in various roles in Educational and Professional Development at the Universities of Leeds and Lincoln. He was previously a member of the ALDinHE steering group and has been an editor of JLDHE since its launch in 2009. He continues to support the development of the journal in the role of Technical Editor, helping to maintain the online platform and supporting colleagues and users with technical issues.

Dr Craig Morley, University of Manchester (Social media)

Craig is a Learning Developer at the University of Manchester Library. He joined the editorial board of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education in 2018. Craig’s own research interests focus on academic reading and embedding strategies; he has published articles and presented at conferences on these subjects. He completed his PhD in Ancient History at the University of Liverpool in 2015 and earned Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2020.

Cathy Malone, Oxford Brookes University (Community Writing)

Cathy is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at Oxford Brookes University and a Senior Fellow of Advance HE. She spent the first 15 years of her career as a TESOL tutor with stints in Greece, Hungary and Japan. In the UK she has worked in a range of Learning and Educational Development roles over the years. Cathy is particularly interested in writing development and collaborative practices across teams and communities. These interests converge in her work as an editor for JLDHE in exploring novel writing opportunities and supporting 'writing up' our practice as a community.

Dr Eleanor Loughlin, Durham University (Reviewers)

Eleanor has been an editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education since 2019. She is Manager of the Academic Skills Programme at Durham University and provides training and support on developing the skills students and researchers need to succeed at university. Eleanor is an Advance HE Fellow and has researched and published on research, academic and employability skills development, studying online and the transition to university.

Dr Nicola Grayson, University of Manchester (Reviewers)

Nicola is a Learning Developer at the University of Manchester. Previously she has worked as an Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University. She joined the editorial board of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education in 2020. Nicola’s areas of expertise include widening access to education, researcher development and measuring the impact of learning interventions. Nicola is has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; she is passionate about the pursuit of knowledge and supporting others.

Dr Jenny Hillman, Open University (PGR/ECR Authors)

Jenny is a Personal Learning Advisor at the Open University. Previously, she has worked in Learning Development and mentoring roles at the University of Cumbria and Blackpool and the Fylde University Centre, and as a Lecturer in History at the University of Chester. Jenny's interests are in widening participation, student wellbeing and helping those currently underrepresented in Higher Education to achieve their goals. Jenny is currently involved in research projects looking at digital inequality and the language and discourse of HE. She also publishes in the field of early modern French history. She joined the editorial board of the Journal in 2020.

Dr Jim Donohue, Manchester Metropolitan University (Reviewers)

Jim is a member of the Learner Development Team at Manchester Metropolitan University and leads on academic and study skills in engineering and science. Between 2014-19, he was in the Learning Development/Thinking Writing team at Queen Mary University of London and before that was Head of Open English Language Teaching at The Open University, UK. He researches in the fields of academic and professional communication drawing on systemic functional linguistics, social semiotics, and Paulo Freirean learning theory. Jim is co-author of A language as social semiotic-based approach to teaching and learning in higher education (Wiley‐Blackwell, 2014, with Caroline Coffin) and Exploring Grammar: From Formal to Functional (Routledge, 2009, with Coffin and Sarah North). He has guest-edited and published in a number of language and learning journals and became editor at the JLDHE in 2021.