Teaching & Learning


Initiatives and resources supporting the objectives of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21


UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education

We showcase inspirational practice from across UCL and lead three major cross-UCL initiatives: Connected Curriculum, UCL Arena and UCL ChangeMakers.

UCL Arena Centre, led by Academic Director Professor Dilly Fung, works closely with the Vice-Provost for Education and Student Affairs, Professor Anthony Smith, and his team as well as with academic and professional colleagues from across UCL to develop engaging, research-based approaches to education, in line with the UCL Education Strategy 2016-21 and UCL 2034 strategy.  UCL Arena Centre holds Institutional SEDA membership.  

We lead three major cross-UCL initiatives:

  • UCL Connected Curriculum – embedding research and enquiry in all levels of the student’s learning 
  • UCL Arena – resources, networks and development for UCL staff who teach
  • UCL ChangeMakers – students and staff working in partnership to enhance learning

Follow our work on Twitter: @UCLArena, @UCLConnectedC, @UCLChangeMakers

For more information or any general enquiries, please email: arenacentre@ucl.ac.uk

We're hiring! Join UCL Arena Centre as a Research Fellow and make a lasting contribution to UCL's research-based education strategy, through an extensive programme of research and data collection, as well as preparation for scholarship. In addition he/she will lead on an established research project. Apply by 21 February 2018.  

Meet the team

Academic Director


Professor Dilly Fung, PFHEA

Professor of Higher Education Development and Academic Director

Dilly Fung is Professor of Higher Education Development and Academic Director of UCL Arena Centre Research-based Education at UCL. A Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, she is leading a series of ambitious initiatives designed to advance research-based education at UCL, including the innovative Connected Curriculum project, which aims to bring research and education much closer together for both students and for academics.  Drawing on her interdisciplinary roots in English, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Education and on her long teaching career, Dilly is interested in the circle of scholarship that connects research, learning, engagement and leadership (Fung 2016).  Her forthcoming, open access monograph (Fung 2017) explores the unity of research and teaching in curriculum design, providing a spectrum of practical applications to programme design within and across the disciplines.  Recent work includes an HEA-funded analysis of ways in which job families and career opportunities are changing in research-intensive institutions (Fung and Gordon 2016).

Professor Fung was also lead author of a position paper by the League of European Research Universities (LERU) looking at educational excellence in Europe’s leading research-intensive universities (Fung, Besters-Dilger and van der Vaart 2017).  She speaks regularly in the UK and internationally on these themes.

Email: d.fung@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 0207 3108 6450; Ext: 56450 

Teaching Fellows


Dr Brent Carnell, SFHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Brent leads on enabling the UCL Connected Curriculum – UCL’s distinct approach to research-based education. He also supports education enhancement in The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, where he coordinates a third year undergraduate module on the Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies programme. His research currently focuses on the relationship between physical university spaces and institutional education strategy. 

Responsible for: UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

Email: b.carnell@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 9147; Ext: 59147

Patrick Baughan
Patrick Baughan, SFHEA

Principal Teaching Fellow

Patrick joined UCL in September 2017 and runs the UCL Arena programme, which provides a scheme of professional development pathways for staff, and is accredited by the (UK) Higher Education Academy. Prior to UCL, Patrick worked as Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London, and, before this, as Head of Distance Learning, Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester. Patrick’s research interests span assessment and feedback, academic integrity, sustainability in higher education, and qualitative research approaches such as phenomenography. 


Email: p.baughan@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 8099; Ext: 58099

Dr Jason Davies, SFHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Jason oversees the Provost's Teaching Awards on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) and liaises closely with the UCL Institute of Education. He has been at UCL for over twenty years in a number of research and teaching roles across the Humanities and Social Sciences, and currently publishes on education-related areas such as threshold concepts.

Responsible for: UCL Institute of Education

Email: j.p.davies@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6457; Ext: 56457

Dr Nick Grindle, FHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Nick leads UCL Arena Two and works with the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences, and SSEES. Nick joined UCL Arena Centre in September 2011 from the History of Art department. He has also taught and been a consultant at the Open University and lectured at Oxford Brookes University, Imperial College and Birkbeck.

Responsible for: UCL Faculty of Social & Historical SciencesUCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Email: n.grindle@ucl.ac.uk; Phone: 020 3108 6458; Ext: 56458

Mr Jesper Hansen, FHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Jesper leads Arena One, which is a development pathway for postgraduate teaching assistants (PGTAs). It consists of the mandatory Gateway Workshops and the optional Teaching Associate Programme (TAP). After completing TAP participants can submit an application for Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Jesper joined the Arena Centre in 2016, but he has been at UCL since 2010, when he began teaching in UCL Scandinavian Studies.

Responsible for: UCL Faculty of Laws

Email: j.hansen@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6455; Ext: 56455

Dr Jenny Marie, SFHEA

Principal Teaching Fellow

Jenny is the Director of UCL ChangeMakers, which supports students and staff to work in partnership to enhance education at UCL. This includes project work and specific support for ASER Intensive departments, such as ASER facilitators working to ensure that the plans receive sufficient student input. Jenny has launched a pilot student consultancy scheme, where students will observe staff teaching and provide feedback and suggestions. She also leads UCL’s REACT team, who are investigating students that are harder for the university to engage and the barriers they face. Jenny also teaches on various strands of UCL Arena

Responsible for: UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Email: j.marie@ucl.ac.uk, Phone: 020 3108 6456; Ext:56456

Dr Jenny Griffiths
Dr Jennifer Griffiths, SFHEA

Principal Teaching Fellow

Jenny is leading on assessment and feedback initiatives across UCL in 2018. Prior to joining Arena, she worked in Medical Physics and Engineering research and education, and oversaw a review of postgraduate Masters teaching and student experience within the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. She has significant experience of development of new cross-disciplinary programmes that embed active and authentic learning and assessments to develop students’ understanding and skills. Her education research interests include engineering education and postgraduate taught student development.

Responsible for: UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

Email: j.griffiths@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 1055; Ext: 51055

Dr Sam Smidt, PFHEA

Principal Teaching Fellow

Sam takes a lead for postgraduate matters and for personal tutoring matters. A particle physicist by background, with many years’ experience in online and distance education at the Open University, Sam has worked on developing and implementing learning and teaching policy.  Sam also has several years’ experience working as part of a large consortium developing e-learning platforms and pedagogies in Central Asia.

Responsible for: UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Email: s.smidt@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6451; Ext: 56451

Dr Mina Sotiriou, FHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Mina works across UCL Arena Centre and Life Learning on quality assurance for all Life Learning courses such as CPDs, short courses, personal development and executive education. Mina has particular interest in the pedagogies of e learning. For the last two years, she has been working with UCL academics to develop short courses and programmes, across a range of disciplines, both in UCLeXtend, the online public platform, and UCL Moodle.  Most recently, Mina has been working alongside colleagues to create teaching toolkits to help build a cohesive suite of UCL-specific education design and development support resources.

Responsible for: UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences

Email: a.sotiriou@ucl.ac.uk, Phone: 020 7679 9146; Ext: 09146

Alex Standen
Dr Alex Standen, FHEA

Alex leads UCL Arena Two, a development pathway for probationary Lecturers and Teaching Fellows. She teaches across the Arena programme and is also working closely with the Doctoral School on Research Supervisor development. Alex first joined UCL in 2013 in a student support and engagement role in the Faculty of Brain Sciences, prior to which she taught Italian and European Studies at the Universities of Birmingham and Auckland.

Email: a.standen@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6454; Ext. 56454

Dr Vincent Tong, PFHEA

Principal Teaching Fellow

Vincent is the strategic lead of the Connected Curriculum. As an active scientist leading a NERC research consortium and an educator with an academic background in both science and humanities, he is passionate about research-based education across a wide range of disciplines. He is also leading the R=T (Research equals Teaching) Consortium, in which students and academics work together as partners to inspire research-based education.

Responsible for: UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Email: vincent.tong@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6452; Ext: 56452

Dr Teresa McConlogue, SFHEA (currently on sabbatical)

Principal Teaching Fellow

Teresa takes a lead on assessment and feedback, chairing the Connected Curriculum Assessment and Feedback working group and initiating the UCL Assessment Forum . She has developed a framework for involving students in assessment judgements and implementing peer assessment. Teresa works with equality and diversity groups at UCL to promote the work of the Connected Curriculum Liberating the Curriculum group which aims to ensure that knowledge from marginalised scholars is fairly represented in the curriculum.

Responsible for: UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences and UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

Professional Services

Amanda Greenslade

Centre Administrator

Amanda leads the Professional Services team and works closely with the Professor of Higher Education Development and Academic Director on strategic planning for UCL Arena Centre. She also manages all aspects of Finance, Estates and Human Resources.

Email: a.greenslade@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6462; Ext: 56462

Valentina Barbaria

Arena One and Events Administrator

Valentina leads the administration of the UCL Arena One, Gateway workshops and the Teaching Associate Programme, which interacts with over 700 attendants every year.  She also co-ordinates UCL Arena Exchange seminars, run by UCL staff and external colleagues.  Prior to this, Valentina worked at Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at UCL Psyschology and Language Sciences.  

Email: valentina.barbaria@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6465; Ext: 56465

Lauren Hawkridge

Communications Officer

Lauren manages all communications within the department and works closely with the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) team to distribute effectively across UCL.  Lauren is responsible the Twitter accounts, @UCLArena, @UCLChangeMakers and @UCLConnctedC.  Prior to this, Lauren worked at UCL Institute of the Americas.   

Email: l.hawkridge@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6464; Ext: 56464

Sonale Karadia

Deputy Centre Administrator & PA to Director

Sonale supports the department as Deputy Centre Administrator and PA to the Academic Director.  She manages the Director’s diary and supports with Finance, Human Resources, and Estates.  Sonale is also involved in project work across UCL. 

Email: s.karadia@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6463; Ext: 56463

Abbie King
Abbie King

UCL ChangeMakers Manager

Abbie is the UCL ChangeMakers Manager, providing support to students and staff working in partnership with each other on educational enhancement projects at UCL. This includes project work, support for ASER Intensive departments and the Student Reviewers of Teaching initiative. 

Email: abbie.king@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6466; Ext: 56466

Sandra Lusk

UCL ChangeMakers Officer

Sandra works on UCL ChangeMakers, which funds students and staff partnership projects, which aim to innovate, enhance or improve the learning experience.  Sandra is the main contact and provides project support to the students and staff as they deliver their research projects.

Email: s.lusk@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6467; Ext: 56467

Peter Phillips

Arena and Evaluation Administrator

Peter leads on the administration of UCL Arena Two and UCL Arena Open. He collates and produces evaluation metrics for these pathways. 

Email: peter.phillips@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6468; Ext: 56468

Fiona Wilkie

Connected Curriculum Administrator

Fiona is the main contact for UCL Connected Curriculum and leads on all aspects of administration.  She works closely with academic leads, organises working groups and co-ordinates events and conferences. 

Email: f.wilkie@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 3108 6469; Ext: 56469

Current Seconded Fellows

Dr d'Reen Struthers, SFHEA

d’Reen is a seconded Senior Teaching Fellow for UCL Arena as well as a Lecturer in Primary education within Department for Learning and Leadership within the UCL Institute of Education. She teachers across Teaching Associate Programme (TAP), UCL Arena and also sits on HEA accreditation panels.  Previously at Roehampton University as a Principal lecturer for 11 years, her role included leading School-University partnerships, Training, development, and Teacher Inquiry. Additionally, her work in Mentoring continues to be recognised by Kingston University; she is the trainer for the Mentoring programme for Staff run by the Equalities Unit, since 2010/11. Birkbeck College, University of London, also draw on her training for their Athena Swan, Aurora and Trigger mentoring programmes.

Phone: 020 3108 6471; Ext: 56471

Jane Skirving, SFHEA

Jane is a seconded to assist with the Teaching Associate Programme (TAP) and is involved as an assessor for the UCL Arena HEA Fellowship Scheme. She is based at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) and has taught both in the UK and abroad, and much of her work at CLIE involves teaching international students and supporting our large multicultural teaching team of full- and part-time staff.



Visting Professor 

Professor Mick Healey, PFHEA

Mick is Visiting Professor in research-based learning in UCL Arena Centre, as well as an HE Consultant and Researcher. Until 2010 he was Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Active Learning, a nationally funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, at the University of Gloucestershire. He also holds an Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire and is an adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, Australia and an International Teaching Fellow at University College Cork. He was one of the first people in the UK to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and to be made a Principal Fellow of the HE Academy. In 2013 he won a SEDA@20 Legacy Award for disciplinary development.

Email: mhealey@glos.ac.uk
Website: www.mickhealey.co.uk