The Centre for Academic Development supports staff and students from across the University in teaching, learning, research and professional development.

The Centre also:

  • Works in partnership with individual lecturers or groups of staff tackling complex issues in teaching, learning and assessment
  • Facilitates routes to accreditation by the Higher Education Academy
  • Supports Academic Development through a range of workshops and events.
  • Supports staff in the use of eLearning
  • Supports students in developing effective learning strategies

For general enquiries, please contact the centre at or +44 (0)1224 27 3030.

Centre Administration
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Sophie Dietrich

Centre Secretary (0.4 FTE) 3030
Lynn McKenzie Centre Co-ordinator & PA to Vice-Principal for Learning & Teaching 2406/2969
Kerry Roberts  Centre Secretary (0.6 FTE) 3030

Patricia Spence

Centre Manager

Educational Development
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Dr Darren Comber Senior Educational Development Adviser 3672
Dr Jennifer Duthie               

Educational Development Adviser 4666

Dr Joy Perkins

Educational and Employability Development Adviser (0.5 FTE)


Student Learning Service
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Dr Aaron Thom 

Academic Skills Adviser (Academic Writing)  (0.5 FTE)    


Wendy Lawrenson Academic Skills Adviser (Science) (0.6 FTE) 2373

Dr Mary Pryor

Senior Academic Skills Adviser (0.5 FTE)


Dr Julie Ross

Academic Skills Adviser (Dyslexia) (0.5 FTE) 


Dr Morgiane Richard Academic Skills Adviser (Maths) (0.5 FTE) 4175
Dr Chloe Alexander

Academic Skills Adviser (Academic Writing)  (0.5 FTE)
Currently on maternity leave 3190
eLearning and online
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Ian Blacklock eLearning Adviser (Learning Technology) 4705
Ana Ciocarlan Graduate Trainee (Learning Technology) 3297
Jaroslaw Dymiter eLearning Adviser (Learning Technology) 4704
Isabella Fausti Graduate Trainee (eLearning) 4703
Lisa Henriksen Student Intern n/a
Gavin Innes eLearning Adviser (Online) 4707
Peter Jeffels eLearning Adviser (0.6 FTE) 3766
Maija Koukkari Graduate Trainee (eLearning) 4706
Oana Matei eLearning Adviser (Learning Technology) 4702
Florin Nedelea Graduate Trainee (eLearning) 3948
Maria Nikoletatou eLearning Adviser (Learning Technology) 4701
Catherine Ogilvie eLearning Adviser (Online) 4708
Dr Sara Preston Senior eLearning Adviser 4371
Phil Whieldon eLearning Adviser 3508
Rhian Wood eLearning Adviser (0.8 FTE) 4254
Dr Andy Yule eLearning Adviser (0.8 FTE) 2834