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Dr Helen Webster

Helen is the Head of the Writing Development Centre.

She has worked in Learning Development in HE for over a decade. She joined the team in October 2014, having held similar roles at Cambridge University, the University of East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), member of the Association of Learning Developers in Higher Education (ALDinHE) and Certified Leading Practitioner of Learning Development, and Arcadia Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. She holds a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education (FE and HE) from Cardiff University, as well as her DPhil (Oxon), MA (Bristol) and BA Hons (Newcastle) in Modern and Medieval Languages. She also holds an OCN Level 3 Qualification in supporting the Dyslexic Learner, and is a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

She has taught German at Oxford University, Cambridge University and University College London, as well as Newcastle University, and has experience of pastoral care, as a Director of Studies and Tutor at Somerville and Oriel Colleges, Oxford. Postdoctoral projects included Digital Literacies for Early Career Researchers and Transitions to First Year at the University of Cambridge.

Her research interests include the pedagogy and practice of academic and digital literacies, and the interprofessional intersection of these with information literacies. She is co-chair of the ALDinHE working group on Professional Development and a member of ALDinHE's steering group.


Recent publications:

Webster, H. (2017) ‘Developing the developers: professional training for learning development’, ALDinHE 2017: The Learning Development Conference, University of Hull, England, 10-12 April. Abstract available at: http://www.aldinhe.ac.uk/resources/files/hull17/abstracts/hull17-abstract5-3.pdf

Schneider. M., Kelsall, J., and Webster, H. eds. (2015). Connecting the Dots: Collaboration across Learning Support Professions in Higher Education to Enhance Student Learning. (Huddersfield, Innovative Libraries).

Webster, H. (2015) ‘“Trust me, I’m a professional” – what do learning developers profess?’ ALDinHE 2015: The Learning Development Conference, Southampton Solent University, England, 30 March – 1 April. Abstract available at: http://www.aldinhe.ac.uk/resources/files/solent15/abstracts/4-1.pdf

Webster, H. (2015). (How) Should Smart Technologies for Learning be Taught? In: Middleton, A., Ed. (2015). Smart learning: Teaching and learning with smartphones and tablets in post compulsory education. Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group and Sheffield Hallam University.

Webster, H. (2014) '#10DoT - Ten Days of Twitter'. Educational Developments, 15(4), 17-20.

Webster, H. (2014). ‘Social Media Strategy’, ʻBloggingʼ and ʻCrowdsourcingʼ in: 53 interesting ways to communicate your research, ed. I. Daly and A. Brophy Haney (Newmarket: The Professional and Higher Partnership).

Webster, H. (2012). Strand 10: The Social Dimension of Information Literacy. In: Rethinking Information Literacy ed. J. Secker and E. Coonan (London: Facet)

Coonan, E., Secker, J., Wrathall, K., Webster, H. (2012). ANCIL in action: progress updates on A New Curriculum for Information Literacy. SCONUL Focus 55, 4-8.


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