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Re-mapping the Higher Education Development Community

April 19, 2017




We’re trying to update our map of what we might call the UK Higher Education Development Community – by which we mean those national professions and organisations with a substantial and explicit focus on improving higher education in the UK.
Obviously our definition of the UK Higher Education Development Community isn’t very precise. I’m not sure it can be. To make things manageable, we’ve generally not included commercial providers, or university-based development units (even those that that work outside their institutions), or Unions or employer associations. Perhaps another day, for a broader study. Accepting that many boundaries/interfaces are a little fuzzy.
Thank you to the many colleagues on the SEDA jiscmail who have already added suggestions to the (much shorter) list posted recently.
We’d welcome your help. Who’s still missing?
If you’re not sure whether it’s a Development Association or not, let me know about it anyway. If you can let me have its web address, so much the better. And please let me know if you spot any errors here.
We’ll keep updating this. A future version will add a line or two about each organisation.
We hope it will be useful to know who else is out there doing development. We also hope this list may serve as a tool to facilitate cooperation, among developers and their associations.
Thank you
David Baume


The current list

Standing Conference on Academic Practice (SCAP)  
  Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG)  
  Association for Learning Development in HE (ALDinHE)

  1. ALDinHE, the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education, is the membership association for staff who work as Learning Developers, or who have a role which involves supporting student learning.
  2. We have an annual conference, regular regional symposia, a journal (the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education), a Jiscmail list, research grants, a website of free teaching and learning resources (LearnHigher), a CPD route towards HEA Fellowship, a professional recognition scheme
  3. The Jiscmail list is lively and active, used for answering queries, sharing practice and resources, and highlighting opportunities; ACLD (ALDinHE-Certified Learning Developer) is a new professional recognition scheme to develop the professional status of learning development; founder member of the International Consortium of Academic Language and Learning Developers (ICALLD)
  4. Social media – @aldinhe_LH
  5. Contact –
  6. Founded – 2003, with the first LDHEN Symposium at London Metropolitan Univeristy 
  5  Association for Researcher Development (Vitae)  
  Association for Learning Technology (ALT)  
  Higher Education Academy (HEA)  
  Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA)  
  Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)  
  10 Scottish Higher Education Developers (SHED)  
  11 Global Forum for English for Academic Purposes Professionals (BALEAP)  
  12 Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE)  
  13 Society of College, National and University Libraries  
  14 Network For Excellence In Mathematics and Statistics Support (SIGMA)  
  15 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)  
  16 All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE)  
  17 Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)       
  18 Staff Development Forum (SDF)  
  19  The Library and Information Association (CILIP)  
  20 Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)  
  21 UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE)  
  22 Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF)  
  23 National Union of Students (NUS)  
  24 Scottish Funding Council (SFC)  
  25 Student Participation in Quality Scotland (sparqs)  
  26 Heads of ELearning Forum (HeLF)  
  27 The Economics Network  
  28 Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)  
  29 Department of Education (Northern Ireland)  
  30 Association of Colleges  (AoC)  
  31 Enhancement Themes Scotland  
  32 Collab Group  
  33 Colleges Wales (Colegau Cymru)  
  34 UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT)  
  35 Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)  
  36 Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE)  
  37 Equality Challenge Unit  
  38 Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)  
  39 GuildHE  
  40 Million+  
  41 UniversitiesUK (UUK)  
  42 University Alliance (UA)  
  43 The Russell Group  
  44 Mixed Economy Group (MEG)  
  45 Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD)  
  46 WonkHE  
  47 Universities Scotland  
  48 The Association of University Administrators (AUA)  
  49 National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – Ireland

50 The Cathedrals Group

51 Writing Developers

52 Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA)

53 Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)

54 Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning

55 National Association of Disability Practitioners

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