Meet the Learning and Development Teams

Angie Allcock - Head of People Development

I head the People Development Team of 7 staff who help the University develop its organisational effectiveness by supporting the development of staff’s core skills and capabilities so they fulfil their roles successfully and develop their full potential. The team also run key organisational diagnostics including the Employee Engagement Survey and the PDR process.  

I provide advice on strategic initiatives such as the Exeter Academic and Transformation projects and policies associated with Learning and Development. An important aspect of my role is to keep up to date on latest innovations to ensure the University’s learning and development approaches reflect the latest thinking.

I am responsible for developing academic leadership initiatives and coordinate various women’s development schemes such as Aurora. I provide bespoke team event facilitation, frequently blended with diagnostic tools, from team building days to senior management teams developing strategic plans.

Areas of expertise: leadership/management development; Executive Coach; coaching and mentoring; employee engagement; organisation development; internal consultancy; working with you.

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Clive Betts – Learning and Development Manager (Professions)

I am responsible for the research, creation and support of developmental pathways for professions in the University (eg Technicians, Finance, IT, Research Managers). I am a qualified 360 reviewer and remain actively engaged in online learning development, training design and delivery, 1-1 and team development.

My background is in IT management, vocational training, scientific civil service and Biosciences (research and teaching) having successfully changed careers several times in the past 35 years.

Areas of expertise: structured professional and career development; vocational qualifications and accreditation; e-learning; support for mentors; working with you.   

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Rachel Brewer – Learning and Development Manager (Leadership & Management)

I am responsible for the development and delivery of the leadership and management development portfolio for professional staff and the key contact for Colleges/Services with queries in this area. This portfolio includes programmes leading to Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualifications, as well as a range of shorter management workshops: 'Management Know-How'; 'Exeter Entrepreneur' and programmes without qualifications.

I can support you with bespoke development activities and training delivery.

I provide a brokerage service for staff interested in accessing external coaches on our register. 

Areas of expertise: leadership and management development, management qualifications, PDR (within Professional Services), running team events, programme design, working with you.

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For queries regarding academic leadership - contact Angie Allcock

For the 'Personal Effectiveness' portfolio - contact Rebecca Ledger

Rebecca Ledger – Learning and Development Manager (Personal Effectiveness)

I oversee the development of the ‘Personal Effectiveness’ portfolio which covers the following areas: Exeter Entrepreneur, interpersonal skills, health and safety, equality and diversity, wellbeing, environment, career development. I also oversee the ‘Mandatory/Essential to Role’ courses. In addition, I coordinate the provision of training delivered by other internal training providers and can offer expertise to support bespoke development activities.

I am the key contact for Colleges and Services who wish advice or support for development falling within the 'Personal Effectiveness' portfolio. For support for Leadership/Management development - professional staff - see Rachel Brewer's profile and for support relating to academic leadership see Angie Allcock's profile.

Areas of expertise:   Course design; evaluation; working with you.

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For queries regarding Academic Leadership - contact Angie Allcock

For the Leadership/Management Development (Prof services staff) - contact Rachel Brewer



Kathryn Coombes - Administration Team Leader

I am the Team Leader for the People Development administration team.  I have oversight of the work of the administrative team and am responsible for learning and development data, budget monitoring, support for Learning & Development Managers, bespoke events and contracts for external suppliers.  I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Hannah Moore - Learning and Development Administrator

I am the Learning and Development Administrator for the People Development Team. I support the Open Programme, Bespoke Programmes, the Aurora Programme for Women and our ILM Programmes. I also deal with finance for the team and provide a personal assistant service to the Head of People Development and Deputy Head when required.

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Carolyn Asher - Learning and Development Assistant

I am the Learning and Development Assistant for the People Development Team. I support the Open Programme of courses and am the first point of contact for People Development.

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Kate Hellman - Head of Academic Development

I am Head of the Academic Development Team with responsibility for ASPIRE, LTHE, professional development workshops and resources and the Education Advisor Team. I also have responsibility for coordinating the Senior Tutor Forum and lead on supporting the role of the Personal Tutor. I am the Education Adviser for the College of Humanities. My background is in education development, teacher education and special education needs. I trained as a teacher and was a Head of School of Humanities in large inner-city college of further education.

Areas of expertise: professional, academic and education development/ASPIRE/LTHE/Academic Practice Network/Senior and Personal Tutoring/Doctoral Supervision/working with you

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Dr Lisa Alberici - Senior Academic Developer

I am the Director of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme; I also work on personal tutoring and the Academic Tutor Framework project, co-organise the Senior Tutor Forum, and develop advice and guidance for academic induction. I joined the university in 2015 from Anglia Ruskin University, where I established and managed the study skills centres. My doctorate is from the University of Birmingham where I was also a visiting lecturer and a Student Experience Manager. I have experience working in roles specialising in widening participation, student engagement, and managing education enhancement projects.

Areas of expertise - academic development, senior/academic/personal tutoring, supporting student transition to HE, and LTHE

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Dr Rebecca Hill - Academic Developer

I am the Director of the HEA-accredited ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway which provides experienced educators the opportunity to apply for recognition and reward of their HE teaching practice. I am currently supporting University-wide work on the Teaching Excellence Framework and academic teaching qualifications. I also contribute to the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme, designed for Postgraduate Research students with teaching responsibilities. I am based at the Penryn Campus and - along with Dr Tim Marwood – I facilitate education development events in Cornwall.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My doctorate is from the University of Birmingham and I was a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology before joining the Academic Development team in 2013.

Areas of expertise:  Applying for ASPIRE/HEA Fellowships, the LTHE programme, academic development at the Cornwall Campuses

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Dr Caitlin Kight - Academic Developer

I contribute to developmental opportunities associated with postgraduate research; I have developed a range of communication-focused training modules for postgraduate students and am involved in supervisory training for academics engaged in postgraduate tutoring. I am also the lead for the University’s annual Education Conference. As a part-time member of staff, I divide my time between the Academic Development Team and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, where I am Campaign Manager.

Areas of expertise – science communication, writing, editing, publishing, postgraduate development, “alt-academic” careers

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Dr Tamsin Kilner - Academic Developer

Working as an academic developer, I lead on the day-to-day management of the ASPIRE Framework on the Streatham campus, as well as teaching the Humanities LTHE stream and providing online support for all streams of LTHE via ELE. I also develop online projects as I have a background in educational technology; my particular areas of interest are digital and social media in an academic context and the pedagogical implications of blended learning and online interaction in general.

I have a BA in Medieval Studies, an MA in Victorian Studies and a PhD in Victorian Literature, all from Exeter, and am also an Associate Fellow of the HEA.

Areas of expertise – ASPIRE framework, LTHE, e-Learning, social networking, lecture technologies, flipping the classroom, ELE

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Dr Tim Marwood - Academic Developer

I am an Academic Developer based at the University’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall.  I deliver the LTHE programme at Penryn which is designed for postgraduate teaching assistants. I provide academic development support for the Colleges in Penryn and Truro, and deliver a range of workshops on academic development.  Prior to moving to Cornwall I developed a research career in science and then worked as a leader of education in Cambridge.

Areas of expertise: LTHE, ASPIRE/HEA Fellowships, academic development at the Cornwall Campuses

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Dr Shaun Mudd - Associate Academic Developer

I am an LTHE Programme tutor, lead the Academic Development Administrative Team, and have reasonability for a breadth of activities across the team’s remit.  I am also an Honorary Research Fellow of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, specialising in alcohol consumption in ancient Greco-Roman society.  I have previously taught at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol, and have worked on research projects for Exeter, Harvard, and the IEHCA.  I hold a PhD in Classics from Exeter and am an Associate Fellow of the HEA.

Areas of expertise: the LTHE Programme and postgraduate teachers, academic administration, research data management, academic copy-editing

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Dr Andrew Pye – Academic Developer

I am an Academic Advisor, ASPIRE mentor and member of the ASPIRE Framework Management Group. I was Director of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme in Cornwall between 2010-2014 and currently contribute to the University's Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice programme (PCAP).

Areas of expertise: Undergraduate Teaching, Student Engagement, Tutoring, ASPIRE Mentoring, LTHE, PCAP

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Anne Wilkinson - Academic Development Administrative Assistant

I provide the administrative support for the ASPIRE PRP.  My background is mainly in public service with experience of committee work, corporate and business planning, project management and policy development.  My previous job was in Bristol, managing a busy office for an older peoples' charity, helping to plan events, dealing with finance, reviewing policies and procedures, and supporting Board meetings.  I have also managed a partnership project (with Macmillan Cancer Support) encouraging older people affected by cancer to take part in community based activities.

Areas of expertise: policy development, process mapping and improvement, project management, committees / board meetings, HR processes, writing and editing corporate documents, running events.

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