Gillian Auld

Dr Gillian Auld

Manager, Academic Development and Enhancement Director, ASPIRE Framework

I joined the University of Exeter in September 2018.  I gained my PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2001.  After working in commercial R&D and academic research, I returned to the University of Aberdeen to support the grant application life cycle from identifying opportunities to post award contracting.  I played a key role in initiating and establishing internal peer review, fellowship support and other key processes to enhance success rates.  These activities were pulled together to form the Aberdeen Grants Academy.  Latterly, I was part of a small team establishing Online Education and other key priorities at Aberdeen.

I have overall responsibility for the Academic Development Team, working with the Head of Teaching Quality and Enhancement to provide strategic direction and identify opportunities for the support and promotion of teaching enhancement in Exeter. 

Contact me if you have any queries about support from Academic Development team or the ASPIRE framework.

 

Email: g.auld@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0)1326 725719 (internal 5719)

Rebecca Edgerley

Rebecca Edgerley

Academic Developer

I am a tutor for the LTHE programme at the Cornwall campuses. I also provide support for colleagues on the ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway, as well as facilitating other developmental opportunities within education practice such as the Teaching Essentials series, Writing Spaces, and the Academic Practice Network. I have a background in HE quality Assurance and enhancement, where I specialised in policy development, course approval, and collaborative provision.

My interests are broad, encompassing pedagogic theory, education policy, academic writing, creative writing, literature and linguistics. I hold a BA(Hons) in English Studies and an MA in Norse & Viking Studies from the University of Nottingham. I have a PGCHE and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Areas of expertise: academic development; LTHE programme; HEA accreditation and the UKPSF; HE regulatory frameworks; HE policy development; HE quality assurance and enhancement processes; academic administration.

 

Email: R.Edgerley@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0)1326 255731

Jo Ellis

Jo Ellis

Administrative Assistant

I provide the administrative support for Cornwall campus, primarily for the ASPIRE PRP.  My previous work has been in higher education and providing administrative support for established academic institutions, my first being at the University of Warwick.  Most recently, I worked with the NHS sector, providing secretarial services for Adult Learning Disabilities services.  Previous work experience includes research, data analysis, committee work, dealing with finance, supporting the CEO and Executive meetings in an HE context, event planning and supporting student workshops and field trips, in both widening participation and the Foundation Art Diploma.

Areas of expertise: office co-ordination, technology management, organising events, workshops, client relations.

Email: j.ellis2@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0)1326 255731

Rebecca Hill

Dr Rebecca Hill FHEA

Academic Developer

I am the Cornwall Co-ordinator of the Advance HE-accredited ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway which provides experienced educators the opportunity to apply for recognition and reward of their HE teaching practice. I contribute to the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme – designed for Postgraduate Research students with teaching responsibilities – and the Teaching Essentials courses for staff new to teaching and/or new to teaching at Exeter. Based at the Penryn Campus, I facilitate education development including the Academic Practice Network/Cornwall Campuses Teaching Forum. I lead on university-wide developmental opportunities relating to group work in the curriculum.

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: ASPIRE/HEA Fellowship and academic teaching qualifications/accreditation, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, education enhancement, fostering adaptive motivational climates

Email: r.hill@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0)1326 255731 (internal 5731)

Caitlin Kight

Dr Caitlin Kight

Senior Academic Developer

I am the director of, and also the STEMM tutor for, the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme. I am the lead for the Teaching Essentials training suite and am liaison to the Doctoral College, for whom I oversee the development and delivery of training 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

 

Email: C.R.Kight@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0)1392) 724104 (internal 4104)

Tamsin Kilner

Dr Tamsin Kilner

Academic Developer

I’m the Director of the ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway, the route through which anyone supporting teaching and learning at the University of Exeter can apply for fellowship of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy). As an academic developer I work in various ways to support academic practice across the institution. This includes leading the Humanities and Social Sciences stream of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme, developing structured writing workshops designed to offer space to make progress on academic-related writing in the round, and working with colleges to enhance education and share good practice across disciplines.

Areas of expertise – ASPIRE framework, LTHE, academic writing, wellbeing and mental health support in HE, managing education enhancement projects.

Email: T.Kilner@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0)1392 723669 (internal 3669)

Giorgia Pigato

Giorgia Pigato

Associate Academic Developer

I support activities across the Academic Development team, with particular focus on the LTHE Programme. My background is in teaching, teachers’ training and International students and staff mobility. I hold an MSc in Education from Oxford, and I have worked at the University of Warwick.

Areas of expertise and interest include: Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Learning Strategies, International Mobility, and blended learning.

 

 

Email: g.pigato@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0)1392) 724104 (internal 4104)

Michelle Trottier

Michelle Trottier

Academic Developer

I lead the Academic Tutoring Framework providing resources and support for academic personal 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 taught and developed courses centred around student employability and experiential leaning at both the University of Bristol and McMaster University in Canada.

Areas of expertise: Academic personal tutoring, student employability, student wellness, coaching, innovative teaching techniques, networked learning, widening participation

Email: m.trottier@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0) 1392 726902 (internal 6902)

Anne Wilkinson

Anne Wilkinson

Academic Development Administrative Assistant

I provide administrative support for the team, and in particular 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.


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

 

Email:  A.Wilkinson@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0)1392 725717 (internal 5717)