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Centre for Advancing Learning & Teaching (CALT)

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

UCL Centre for Advancing Learning & Teaching (known as CALT), 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.

We lead three major cross-UCL initiatives:

  • 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

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

Meet the team

Academic Director

Professor Dilly Fung, PFHEA

Professor of Higher Education Development and Academic Director

Email: d.fung@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: 0207 679 5939; Ext: 45939 

Dilly joined CALT in October 2013; she was previously Senior Lecturer in Academic Practice and Head of Academic Development at the University of Exeter. Dilly is excited to be leading CALT into a new phase of UCL’s development, one in which education is becoming as highly valued as research. She aims to establish distinctive new ways of collaborating creatively with academic and professional colleagues across UCL, in order to raise the quality of students’ learning to even higher levels. Her focus encompasses not only teaching, learning and assessment, but also wider dimensions of academic practice and academic leadership: these themes are the subjects of her own research.

Responsible for: UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences

Teaching Fellows

Dr Brent Carnell, FHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Email: b.carnell@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1937; Ext: 41937

Brent leads on enabling the UCL Connected Curriculum – UCL’s distinct approach to research-based education (or similar definition). 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

Dr Jason Davies, SFHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Email: j.p.davies@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1991; Ext: 41991

Jason is the interim lead for UCL Arena, our staff development and recognition programme for all those who support student learning. He also 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

Dr Nick Grindle, FHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Email: n.grindle@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 8282; ext: 48282

Nick works with the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences, and SSEES. Nick joined CALT 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

Dr Jenny Marie, SFHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Email: j.marie@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 8334; Ext: 48334

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 is set to launch a pilot student consultancy scheme, where students will observe staff teaching and provide feedback and suggestions.  In addition to this, 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

Dr Teresa McConlogue, SFHEA

Principal Teaching Fellow

Email: t.mcconlogue@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 5941; Ext: 45941

Teresa takes a lead in CALT 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

Dr Sam Smidt, PFHEA

Principal Teaching Fellow

Email: s.smidt@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1666; Ext: 41666

Sam takes a lead in CALT 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

Dr Mina Sotiriou, FHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Email: a.sotiriou@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 3411; Ext: 53411

Mina works across CALT 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

Dr Alex Standen, FHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Email: a.standen@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1667; Ext: 41667

Alex Standen leads UCL Arena One, a development pathway for Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (PGTAs). She is the main contact for the Faculty of Laws and also works with the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences, and SSEES. Alex 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.

Responsible for: UCL Faculty of Laws

Dr Vincent Tong, PFHEA

Principal Teaching Fellow

Email: vincent.tong@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 3042; Ext: 53042

Dr Vincent Tong 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

Professional Services

Amanda Greenslade

Centre Administrator

Email: a.greenslade@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1610; Ext: 41610

Valentina Barbaria

Arena One and Events Administrator

Email: valentina.barbaria@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 8325; Ext: 48325

Lauren Hawkridge

Communications and Support Officer

Email: l.hawkridge@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1916; Ext: 4169

Sonale Karadia

Deputy Centre Administrator & PA to Director

Email: s.karadia@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1611; Ext: 41611

Sandra Lusk

UCL ChangeMakers Manager

Email: s.lusk@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1904; Ext: 41904

Peter Phillips

Arena and Evaluation Administrator

Email: peter.phillips@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1792; Ext: 41792

Fiona Wilkie

Connected Curriculum Administrator

Email: f.wilkie@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 3296; Ext: 53296

Visiting Professor

Professor Mick Healey

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

Mick is Visiting Professor in research-based learning in CALT, 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.

 

Prof Mick Healey

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

Mick is Visiting Professor in research-based learning in CALT, 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.

Mick is an experienced presenter. Since 1995 he has given over 500 educational workshops, seminars and conference presentations in 18 countries. He has written and edited more than 150 papers, chapters, books and guides on various aspects of teaching and learning in HE. He was co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development (2010-13) and is currently co-editor to the International section of the US based Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly. During his career he has successfully attracted over £7m of grant funding for learning and teaching projects. He is often asked to act as an advisor to projects, universities and national governments on aspects of teaching and learning in HE, including the Canadian Federal Government, Higher Education Funding Council for England, HE Academy, Irish National Academy for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning, League of European Research Universities, and QAA Scotland. He is currently also advising on the development of research-based education at McMaster University, Canada and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.