Academic Development Team

Who we are:

Dr Lisa Alberici FHEA

Senior Academic Developer

I lead the Academic Development team, and am the interim Director of the ASPIRE Framework. I am also the Director of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme, and I work on various aspects of the Exeter Academic provision. I joined the University of Exeter in 2015 from Anglia Ruskin University, where I established and managed the study coaching and skills centres. My doctorate is from the University of Birmingham where I was also a visiting lecturer and a Student Experience Manager. I have experience working in roles specialising in widening participation, student engagement, peer support initiatives, and managing education enhancement projects.

Areas of expertise: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, education enhancement, supporting student transitions, and HEA accreditation.


Phone: +44(0)1392 726495 (internal 6495)

Dr Rebecca Hill

Dr Rebecca Hill FHEA

Director of the ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway Academic Developer

I am the Director of the HEA-accredited ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway which provides experienced educators the opportunity to apply for recognition and reward of their HE teaching practice. I am currently supporting University-wide work on the Teaching Excellence Framework and academic teaching qualifications. I also contribute to the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme, designed for Postgraduate Research students with teaching responsibilities. I am based at the Penryn Campus where I facilitate education development events in Cornwall.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My doctorate is from the University of Birmingham and I was a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology before joining the Academic Development team in 2013.

Areas of expertise: Applying for ASPIRE/HEA Fellowships, the LTHE programme, academic development at the Cornwall Campuses

Phone: +44(0)1326 255731

Dr Caitlin Kight

Academic Developer

I am the STEMM tutor for the LTHE programme and lead on developmental opportunities for postgraduate supervisors. I have developed a range of communication-focused training workshops for both students and staff, and provide specialised support for staff looking to develop authentic assessments with communication-related outputs. I am also the lead organizer of the University’s annual Education Conference.

Areas of expertise – science communication, digital narratives, writing, editing, publishing, postgraduate development, ‘alt-academic’ careers


Phone: +44(0)1392) 724104 (internal 4104)

Dr Tamsin Kilner AFHEA

Academic Developer

Working as an academic developer, I lead on the day-to-day management of the ASPIRE Framework on the Streatham campus, as well as teaching the Humanities LTHE stream and providing online support for all streams of LTHE via ELE. I also develop online projects as I have a background in educational technology; my particular areas of interest are digital and social media in an academic context and the pedagogical implications of blended learning and online interaction in general.
I have a BA in Medieval Studies, an MA in Victorian Studies and a PhD in Victorian Literature, all from Exeter, and am also an Associate Fellow of the HEA.

Areas of expertise – ASPIRE framework, LTHE, e-Learning, social networking, lecture technologies, flipping the classroom, ELE.

Phone: +44(0)1392 723669 (internal 3669)

Dr Tim Marwood

Academic Developer

I am an Academic Developer based at the University’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall. I deliver the LTHE programme at Penryn which is designed for postgraduate teaching assistants. I provide academic development support for the Colleges in Penryn and Truro, and deliver a range of workshops on academic development. Prior to moving to Cornwall I developed a research career in science and then worked as a leader of education in Cambridge.

Areas of expertise: LTHE, ASPIRE/HEA Fellowships, academic development at the Cornwall Campuses

Phone: +44(0)1326 255731 (internal 5731)

Dr Shaun Mudd

Academic Developer

I am the HASS lead tutor of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme, and co-ordinate Exeter's Academic Practice Network (APN).  I have reasonability for a breadth of activities across the Academic Development team’s remit and the ASPIRE Framework, and manage the Academic Development Administrative Team.  I am also an Honorary Research Fellow of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, specialising in alcohol consumption in ancient Greco-Roman society. I have previously taught at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol, and have worked on research projects for Exeter, Harvard, and the IEHCA. I hold a PhD in Classics from Exeter and am an Associate Fellow of the HEA.

Areas of expertise: postgraduate teachers and those new to HE teaching; HEA fellowships; the teaching-research nexus; research data management; academic copy-editing; academic administration

Phone: +44(0)1392 725059 (internal 5059)

Michelle Trottier

Academic Developer

I lead the Academic Tutoring Framework providing resources and support for personal academic tutors and senior tutors across our six colleges. My support focuses on providing strategies to enrich the students' academic, personal and professional progress during their time at Exeter. I hold a Master’s of Education, and have previously worked in student employability and teaching at both the University of Bristol and McMaster University in Canada.

Areas of expertise: Academic tutoring, student employability, student wellness, student coaching, innovative teaching techniques, online learning


Anne Wilkinson

Academic Development Administrative Assistant

I provide the administrative support for the ASPIRE PRP. My background is mainly in public service with experience of committee work, corporate and business planning, project management and policy development. My previous job was in Bristol, managing a busy office for an older peoples' charity, helping to plan events, dealing with finance, reviewing policies and procedures, and supporting Board meetings. I have also managed a partnership project (with Macmillan Cancer Support) encouraging older people affected by cancer to take part in community based activities.

Areas of expertise: policy development, process mapping and improvement, project management, committees / board meetings, HR processes, writing and editing corporate documents, running events.


Phone: +44(0)1392 725717 (internal 5717)

Naomi Turner

Academic Development Administrative Assistant

I provide the administrative support for LTHE and PCAP. After completing a BA in Drama at the University of Exeter, my previous work has been in stage management and providing administrative support for established theatre companies. Most recently I was Deputy Stage Manager of a rural touring theatre production in Wales. Previous work experience includes committee work, dealing with finance, supporting Governor Meetings in a secondary education context, event planning and running workshops in both a musical and theatrical context.

Areas of expertise: Project management, organising events, workshop facilitating, communication/correspondence

Phone: +44(0)1392 725726 (internal 5726)

ASPIRE Framework Management Group


AFMG Chair: Dr Sue Prince, Associate Professor in Law and PFHEA

Purpose of the Group: to oversee the operational management of the ASPIRE Framework, which is designed to provide opportunities for initial and continuing professional development, and its reward and recognition, to staff who teach and/or support students’ learning (including clinicians, INTO staff, Professional Services staff, etc.)

Meetings: once per term

Chair: a senior academic and ASPIRE Principal Fellow

Membership includes:

  • a representative academic from each of the Colleges, including a representative of the Associate Deans for Education, of Associate Fellows, Fellows and Senior Fellows
  • a representative of the College Registrars
  • a representative from HR
  • a member of the Students’ Guild and FXU
  • Chair of the ASPIRE Assessment Panels
  • the Director of the ASPIRE Framework
  • the Director of the ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway
  • the Director of LTHE
  • the Director of PCAP
  • the ASPIRE external adviser