Co-creating LearnHigher: demystifying and shaping what we do


  • Helena Beeson University of Northampton
  • Jennie Dettmer University of Hertfordshire
  • Lee Fallin University of Hull
  • Laura Key York St John University
  • Sumeetra Ramakrishnan University of Surrey



LearnHigher, learning development, teaching resources


Established in 2005, the LearnHigher platform provides high quality, peer-evaluated resources which support students’ learning development. It was developed through a collaborative network of 16 institutions and is overseen by a working group who support and encourage the submission of resources.

Following a summary of the past year and a demonstration of the submission process, the audience had the opportunity to reflect on LearnHigher and help shape its future. The authors aimed to hear about how LearnHigher had informed teaching and learning. This was a chance for the community to share experiences of using and submitting resources, and to consider ways to increase impact on professional development and practice. The session culminated in an open forum of discussion regarding future directions, enabling the community to shape how LearnHigher moves forward in 23-24 and beyond.

Author Biographies

Helena Beeson , University of Northampton

Helena Beeson is a Learning Development Tutor and Mentor Manager at the University of Northampton. Her research includes giving students agency in their own development of academic skills and the impact of our student mentor scheme.

Jennie Dettmer, University of Hertfordshire

Jennie Dettmer is an Academic Skills Adviser for the Centre for Academic Skills Enhancement (CASE) in the Business School at the University of Hertfordshire. She Co-chairs both LearnHigher and the Neurodiversity/Inclusivity Community of Practice. She is a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE, has an MA in Education (SEND and Inclusion) and is a Certified Leading Practitioner. Her research focuses on neurodivergence in higher education.

Lee Fallin, University of Hull

Lee Fallin is a Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Hull with a specialism in academic and digital literacies. His research interests focus on the intersections between education and geography, inclusive of physical and digital spaces.

Laura Key, York St John University

Laura Key is a Lecturer in Academic Practice at York St John University. As an educational developer with a background in learning development and libraries, Laura’s research interests are diverse, and include critical thinking pedagogy, anti-racism and decolonial studies, and technologies for learning. A Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE (SFHEA), Laura has also co-chaired the LearnHigher Working Group since March 2023.

Sumeetra Ramakrishnan, University of Surrey

Sumeetra Ramakrishnan is an Associate Professor at the University of Surrey. Her research interests lie within equality, diversity, and inclusion in education and HRM within organisations, with a particular focus on gender and ethnicity influences. She sits on the University’s Race Equality Committee and is a core working group member of the University’s Inclusive Education Strategy.


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How to Cite

Beeson , H. (2023) “Co-creating LearnHigher: demystifying and shaping what we do”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (29). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi29.1090.

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