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Higher Education Development & Support Institute - Arena Centre

Contact details and team information for Higher Education Development & Support Institute (HEDS) - Arena Centre. HEDS is part of UCL Education & Student Experience.

The Arena Centre offers a range of support and professional development for those who teach and support students at UCL by delivering a variety of programmes, some mandatory, some optional and some selective, that aim to improve the quality and consistency of teaching across the institution.

The team develop face-to-face and online courses, as well as bespoke resources and guidance for UCL's educators. The team also assists UCL staff who deliver or support education to obtain HEA-accredited Fellowship status.

The Centre is made up of three main functions:

  • Arena Consultancy: Arena Consultants provide support to faculties for pedagogy and practice development
  • Arena Staff Development: Develop and deliver courses for staff that deliver and support education at UCL, including support for use of technology in teaching. Support the HEA-accredited Arena Fellowship scheme. Lead on reward, recognition and support of good practice in teaching and assessment.
  • Programme Development: Work with all new programmes, and many existing programmes, on their learning design approaches. Lead on assessment diversification aligned with the AssessmentUCL rollout.

Faculty support

The Arena Centre work closely with departments and faculties to enhance their education provision. Find contacts for your Faculty Partnership Team.

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Dr Peter Fitch, SFHEA

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Associate Director UCL Higher Education and Development Support Institute (Faculty Partnership & Programme Enhancement)

Emailp.fitch@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 5656 (internal: 55656)

I teach across the UCL Arena Centre’s professional development provision for PhD students and staff involved in learning, teaching, and supporting the student experience

I lead on Arena's Faculty Partnership and Programme Development & Enhancement work, and have responsibility for Personal Tutoring staff development across UCL.

I work closely with the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS) to support and enhance their education provision.

Research interests

My educational research interests focus on personal tutoring in higher education, flipped learning in the STEM classroom (particularly student perceptions and engagement approaches), PGT students’ learning approaches, digital communities of learning, and peer support networks.

Dr Pete Fitch on UCL Profiles.

Contact me about

  • Arena Faculty Partnerships.
  • Programme Development & Enhancement.
  • Personal Tutoring.
  • Flipped learning approaches (including Team-based Learning)
  • Educational enhancement in the Faculties of MAPS and Brain Sciences.  

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Dr Jennifer Griffiths, SFHEA

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Associate Director UCL Higher Education and Development Support Institute (Staff development and recognition)

Emailj.griffiths@ucl.ac.uk

I lead on UCL’s staff educational development programme and AdvanceHE accredited professional recognition for all staff involved in education and student experience. The covers everyone from our newest Teaching Assistants through to senior education leadership, supporting their development as educators, and recognition through our HEA fellowship scheme. 

Prior to joining the Arena Centre, I worked in Medical Physics research and Engineering Education. I have significant experience of developing new cross-disciplinary programmes that embed active and authentic learning and assessments to develop students’ understanding and skills, especially at Postgraduate level. I have delivered workshops and presentations internationally on Capacity Building and staff development, Engineering Education and Authentic Assessment. I am a degree accreditor for the Institute of Physics and Co-Chair of the SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education) Special Interest Group on Capacity Building. 

My areas of active education research include

  • Capacity building/staff pedagogical development of engineering educators
  • Staff and student engagement with feedback

Dr Jenny Griffiths on Iris.

Contact me about

  • Arena Fellowships (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA).
  • The UCL Education Awards
  • Educational enhancement in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • Leading Change in Education (UCL’s senior education leadership development programme)

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Dr Jason Davies, SFHEA

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Emailj.p.davies@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6457 (internal: 56457)

I teach across the UCL Arena Centre's professional development provision and lead the Arena Senior Fellowship Pathway as well as co-chairing Liberating the Curriculum. 

My areas of active research include

Dr Jason Davies Iris profile

Contact me about

  • Inclusive curriculum.
  • Threshold concepts.
  • Educational enhancement in the departments/faculties listed above.

Email Tuesday-Friday is the best way to reach me (I don't work Mondays).


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Dr Manjula Patrick, SFHEA

Associate Professor (Teaching) 

Emailm.patrick@ucl.ac.uk   

I am Arena’s inclusive education lead with a focus on reducing awarding gaps for racially minoritised, disabled and mature students.

I joined Arena in August 2022 but have worked at department and faculty level across UCL for many years. Equity and inclusion form the core of my work, and I am an advocate for intersectional solutions to inequity.

I work with different stakeholders across the institution to develop innovative, workable interventions that progress inclusive education practices.

Contact me about

  • Inclusive education
  • Awarding Gaps 

Jesper
Jesper Hansen, SFHEA

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Emailj.hansen@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6455 (internal: 56455)

I lead Arena for Lecturers on Probation (ALP) which is a development course for all UCL lecturers and associate lecturers on probation. It is mandatory, but you can apply for an exemption if you have undertaken similar training (such as a PGCert) and/or have already obtained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I am one of the founding editors of the journal Postgraduate Pedagogies.

My areas of active research include

Representation of gender and sexuality in higher education teaching, with a particular focus on language teaching. An example of how I work to support teachers at UCL can be found in the Teaching Toolkit 'Recognising and including LGBTQ+ identities in language teaching'.

Jesper Hansen on Iris.

Contact me about


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Helen Knowler

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Emailh.knowler@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6434  (internal: 56434) 

I am an Associate Professor (Teaching) based in the Arena Centre. I am a qualified teacher and experienced tutor at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I worked at the universities of Bristol and Exeter before joining UCL in September 2022. 

My expertise is in Inclusive Education, and I have published widely on exclusionary practices in a range of education contexts. I specialise in developing inclusive approaches to teaching and learning related to controversial or problematic issues. I am currently leading on developing the educational responses to the Eugenics Inquiry Response Group report and I work across all departments and faculties. 

Contact me about:

Eugenics Inquiry Response Group report - education recommendations


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Dr Jamie Cawthra, FHEA 

Lecturer (Education and Practice Development)

Email: j.cawthra@ucl.ac.uk

I've taught and researched at a few very different Higher Education institutions since 2015, and in subjects including Foundation Year and Business Management. My background, though, is in philosophy. This includes ethics and aesthetics, but I'm particularly interested in the philosophy of pedagogy.

I joined the Arena team in 2024. Here, I teach on Arena's range of professional development courses for UCL staff and PGTAs.

My research interests include

the role of trust and inclusivity in higher education, particularly when it comes to academic integrity. Drop me a line if you'd ever like to talk about those areas! 


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Dr Nick Grindle, SFHEA

Lecturer (Teaching)

Emailn.grindle@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6458 (internal: 56458)

I am leading the development of the UCL ChangeMakers Change Projects, and I teach on the UCL Arena events we run for staff and PhD students.

I joined the UCL Arena Centre in 2011 from the History of Art department. 

My areas of active research include

What role audiences play in shaping what, and how, students learn. I'm particularly interested in the potential that digital environments play in helping students identifying their audiences and communicating their work. 

I am also working with colleagues across UCL to investigate ways of connecting students with research, and in particular to evaluate different versions of Meet the Researcher activities. 

Dr Nick Grindle on Iris. 

Contact me about

  • UCL ChangeMakers
  • Meet the Researcher and connecting students with research.
  • Educational enhancement in the departments/faculties listed above.

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Frances Lane, SFHEA PGCE 

Lecturer (Teaching)

Emailf.lane@ucl.ac.uk

I began my career as a secondary school teacher. I started training teachers in Higher Education in 2012, where I have led Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Post Graduate Diploma programmes in education. I have also worked within learning and development for professionals in government.

I teach across the UCL Arena Centre’s professional development provision for PhD students, research staff and early career academics.


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Tom Langston, FHEA

Lecturer (Teaching)

Email: t.langston@ucl.ac.uk

I have worked in Higher Education since 2006 and joined UCL in 2024. I have worked across many areas in Higher Education although my focus has always been effective digital learning spaces and student engagement. My areas of interest included creative approaches within taught spaces using Active Blended Learning (ABL). This often manifested itself through the use of Audience Response Tools (ARS) to create active learning spaces.

I completed my PGCert in HE in 2020 and started teaching on the programme, I helped to develop how the feedback for the assessment was approached, incorporating written, audio and video into the process. 

I now teach as part of the UCL Arena team on the range of professional development areas. 


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Dr Anjoom Mukadam PGCE, SFHEA

Lecturer (Teaching)

Email: anjoom.mukadam@ucl.ac.uk

I am the Programme Director of UCL Arena for PGTAs. I also teach across UCL Arena Centre’s professional development provision for PhD students, research staff and early career academics. 

My areas of active research include:

  • Student empowerment in Higher Education
  • Active learning online
  • Coaching approaches for supporting students
  • Degree apprenticeships
  • Inclusive practice

Dr Anjoom Mukadam on Iris.

Faculty Liaison: IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society 

Contact me about

Arena for PGTAs (for PhD students and Postdocs who teach) and any other support needed for postgraduate teaching assistants – you can also email arena.pgta@ucl.ac.uk 


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Ronan Haughton

Senior Teaching and Learning Administrator

Email:  r.haughton@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)207 907 4625 (internal: 54625)

I manage the UCL Arena Centre’s administration for provisions aimed at research staff, early career academic development, UCL Personal Tutors and PS Staff supporting students.

This includes:

Contact me about


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Moira Paganelli

Teaching and Learning Administrator

Email: m.paganelli@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 9397 (internal: 59397)

I lead the administration of the UCL Arena for PGTAs, Gateway workshops and the Teaching Associate Programme, which interacts with over 700 attendants every year.

I also co-ordinate UCL Arena Events, run by UCL staff and external colleagues.

Contact me about


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Peter Phillips, AFHEA

Senior Teaching and Learning Administrator

Email: peter.phillips@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6468 (internal: 56468)

I manage the administration of the Arena Fellowship scheme, offering support and guidance to staff at all stages of the application process

Contact me about


Sandra
Sandra Lusk, AFHEA

Projects Manager (Academic Development) 

Email: s.lusk@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6467 (internal: 56467)

I manage the administration of the UCL’s programme design service to drive enhancement in learning and teaching practice. 

In partnership with UCL ChangeMakers, UCL Student Union, I co-ordinate the Student Quality Reviewers programme, which provides opportunity for students to engage with UCLs quality assurance and enhancement activities.

On behalf of UCL Arena team, I co-ordinate a range of academic development events for UCL staff and students, including UCL Education Conference and Academic Practice Conference (APT)

Contact me about:


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Tor Wright

Eugenics Response Project Manager 

Emailt.wright@ucl.ac.uk  
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6127  (internal: 56127) 

I joined the Arena team after nearly seven years working in the UCL Medical School. 

I am working with Helen Knowler, the associate professor (teaching) developing UCL’s eugenics response project, one of the outcomes of the Inquiry into the History of Eugenics at UCL, who published their report and recommendations in 2021.

Contact me about:

The eugenics response project. 


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Richard Steele

Communications Manager

Email: richard.steele@ucl.ac.uk  
Tel: +44 (0)20 7911 5320 (internal: 05320)

I joined the Arena team in June 2023. I am working with Helen and Tor to help organise the activities of ELEP with a particular focus on events and engagement activities. I’m also looking at how we evaluate and report back on aspects of the project.

I also work in the communications team of the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies for some of the week.

Contact me about:

The eugenics response project. 


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Leo Havemann

Programme Development Advisor

Email: l.havemann@ucl.ac.uk
Tel (internal): 58043

I work with teaching teams to design programmes and modules.  Working closely with the Director and Head of Programme Development, I lead the development, promotion and sharing of excellent practice in the design of programmes and modules across UCL’s faculties and departments.I work as a core member of  UCL’s programme development service to drive enhancement in learning and teaching practice. 

I develop and implement a framework for programme and module development linked to effective learning design and assessment.

I work closely with Arena Consultants, Digital Education and Faculty colleagues to ensure that staff receive expert consistent, coordinated and practical support and guidance.

Contact me about

  • Supporting the design of new programmes or modules
  • Assessment design
  • Review of existing programmes 

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Nataša Perović 

Programme Development Advisor 

Email: n.perovic@ucl.ac.uk
Tel (internal): 65443

I work with teaching teams to design programmes and modules.  Working closely with the Director and Head of Programme Development, I lead the development, promotion and sharing of excellent practice in the design of programmes and modules across UCL’s faculties and departments.I work as a core member of  UCL’s programme development service to drive enhancement in learning and teaching practice. 

I develop and implement a framework for programme and module development linked to effective learning design and assessment.

I have a background in science, web development and teaching and have been working on education development in medical and allied health sciences in higher education since 2006. I am co-creator of the ABC Learning Design method.

I work closely with Arena Consultants, Digital Education and Faculty colleagues to ensure that staff receive expert consistent, coordinated and practical support and guidance.

Contact me about

  • Supporting the design of new programmes or modules
  • Assessment design
  • Review of existing programmes

Karen Shackleford-Cesare
Karen Shackleford-Cesare 

Programme Development Advisor 

Email: k.shackleford-cesare@ucl.ac.uk
Tel (internal): 56238

I work with teaching teams to design programmes and modules.  Working closely with the Director and Head of Programme Development, I lead the development, promotion and sharing of excellent practice in the design of programmes and modules across UCL’s faculties and departments.I work as a core member of  UCL’s programme development service to drive enhancement in learning and teaching practice. 

I develop and implement a framework for programme and module development linked to effective learning design and assessment.

I work closely with Arena Consultants, Digital Education and Faculty colleagues to ensure that staff receive expert consistent, coordinated and practical support and guidance.

Contact me about

  • Supporting the design of new programmes or modules
  • Assessment design
  • Review of existing programme