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Teaching Academics in the UCL Arena Centre teach across the professional development programme, run initiatives and support specific departments and faculties to enhance their educational provision.

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Dr Silvia Colaiacomo, SFHEA

Lecturer (Teaching)

Email: s.colaiacomo@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3108 7962 (internal: 57962

I lead UCL 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 (HEA). 

I work closely with the following departments and faculties to enhance their education provision:

  • UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

My areas of active research include 

Teaching and learning in higher education with a particular focus on internationalising the curriculum and assessment and feedback.
Contact me about

  • Educational enhancement in the departments/faculties listed above.
  • For Arena One, please contact arena.one@ucl.ac.uk in the first instance. 

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Dr Martin Compton, SFHEA

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Email: martin.compton@ucl.ac.uk

I work across the Arena centre's provision including Arena Fellowships, programme design, curriculum development as well as teaching, assessment & feedback enhancement.

Central to my role is providing guidance and support with the integration and exploitation of new and existing technologies and the ways in which we can connect traditional and digital pedagogies.

I work closely with the following departments and faculties to enhance their education provision:

  • Faculty of Life Sciences

My areas of active research include:

  • Digital education
  • Observation of teaching and learning & peer-supported development
  • Transnational education

Contact me about:

  • Principles of asynchronous content creation to support face to face and online teaching
  • Managing and facilitating live, online classes
  • Digital strategies for student engagement (in conventional teaching spaces or both synchronous and asynchronous online spaces)


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Dr Jason Davies, SFHEA

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Email: j.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. 

I also oversee our MRes taught modules, which includes teaching Investigating Research.

I work closely with the following departments and faculties to enhance their education provision:

  • Joint Faculties: Arts and Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences and UCL Institute of Education team leader

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 Peter Fitch, FHEA

Lecturer (Teaching)

Email: p.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, research staff and early career academics. 
 
I have responsibility for Personal Tutoring staff development across UCL. 

I work closely with the following faculties to enhance their education provision:

  • Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

My areas of active research include

PGT students’ learning approaches, digital communities of learning, and peer support networks.

Dr Pete Fitch on Iris.

Contact me about

  • Personal Tutoring
  • Educational enhancement in the departments/faculties listed above


Nick Grindle
Dr Nick Grindle, SFHEA

Lecturer (Teaching)

Email: n.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. 

I work closely with the following departments and faculties to enhance their education provision:

  • Engineering Sciences

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.


Jesper
Jesper Hansen, SFHEA

Lecturer (Teaching)

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

I lead UCL 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 (HEA). 

I work closely with the following departments and faculties to enhance their education provision:

  • Joint Faculties: Arts and Humanities

My areas of active research include

Teaching and learning in higher education with a particular focus on postgraduate teaching assistants and early career academics.

Jesper Hansen on Iris.

Contact me about


Rebecca Lindner
Dr Rebecca Lindner

Associate Professor (Teaching) 

Email: r.lindner@ucl.ac.uk

I am based in UCL Arena Centre and UCL Doctoral School. At Arena, I teach across the Centre’s professional development modules for PhD students, research staff and early career academics. This includes:

At the Doctoral School, I lead on EDI initiatives and policies to support PhDs and early career researchers.

Prior to joining UCL, I was Associate Dean of the Honours College at the University of Oregon and I served before that as Head of Humanities at Amsterdam University College. I hold a PhD in Renaissance literature and I have taught broadly across the humanities.

I work closely with the following departments and faculties to enhance their education provision:

  • Faculty of Population Health Sciences

My areas of active research include

Inclusive education, curriculum design, and the interrelations between science and the humanities.

Contact me about

  • Research supervision
  • Arena support for UKCGE Research Supervisor Recognition scheme
  • PhD students and Postdocs who teach (including Arena One) – please contact arena.one@ucl.ac.uk in the first instance
  • Early Career Academic development (including Arena Two) – please contact arena.two@ucl.ac.uk in the first instance
  • Educational enhancement in the departments/faculties listed above. 

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Karen Matthewman, SFHEA 

Lecturer (Teaching)

Email: k.matthewman@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3549 5444 (internal: 65444)

I teach across our professional development provision and I support UCL staff looking to undertake Arena fellowship applications.

I work closely with the following faculties to enhance their education provision:

  • UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences

My background is in Applied Linguistics, and my current research interests include:

  • Inclusive education and developing a sense of belonging for staff and students
  • Differences in academic practices across discipline

Contact me about

  • Arena Fellowship scheme and related mentoring opportunities
  • Arena professional development provision
  • Educational enhancement in the departments/faculties listed above