Professional identity and the LD project podcast




writing, identity, scholarship, community


The Learning Development Project podcast was established in summer 2022 to open up the conversation around writing in Learning Development, as we believe that publication should not be the end of the story. We always ask our guests about their relationship with writing since part of the reason we invite them onto the podcast is because they have written something that has resonated with colleagues or had impact on practice. They are writers, and we invite them in that capacity. But how do we see ourselves? And how do others see us? We are writers, authors, podcasters, academics, leaders, colleagues, editors, amongst other labels. However, while there are certain stable aspects to our self-identity, there are less stable ones – such as being a writer – that need to be constantly negotiated. If writing is an important aspect of your identity, how do you get others to see that importance, and support it?

Author Biographies

Carina Buckley, Southampton Solent University

Carina Buckley is currently Instructional Design Manager at Solent University and a Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE. An active advocate for LD institutionally, regionally, nationally and internationally, Carina has held posts as Co-Chair and Treasurer for the Association for Learning Development in HE (ALDinHE) and is a prolific author, editor and collaborator.

Alicja Syska, University of Plymouth

Alicja Syska is a hybrid academic, combining the roles of Learning Developer and Lecturer in Education and History at the University of Plymouth. She is interested in the processes involved in writing, especially for publication, and its impact on professional identity.




How to Cite

Buckley, C. and Syska, A. (2023) “Professional identity and the LD project podcast ”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (29). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi29.1130.

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