Meet the Learning Design Agency team

Meet the Learning Design Agency (LDA) team

The Learning Design Agency is a curriculum enhancement function that will support, facilitate and help design conversations that draw upon Student Education expertise from both within and outside the University.

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LDA core leadership team

  • James Pickering – Academic Director

    James has research interests in technology-enhanced learning. He helps colleagues realise their ambitions for student education and enhancing the student experience across their programmes.

    James Pickering, Academic Director of the Learning Design Agency
  • Iria Lopez – Senior Designer

    Iria specialises in people-centered design. She supports colleagues with design-led practices and guides them through people-centered design and design sprints.

    Iria Lopez, Senior Designer at the Learning Design Agency
  • Terry Owens – Head of Operations

    Terry leads, designs and implements the operational activity for the LDA. He can connect colleagues to the right support and subject experts and help develop curriculum design-related workshops.

    Terry Owens, Head of Operations at the Learning Design Agency
  • Louise Woodcock – Business Lead

    Louise leads the LDA’s academic development provision for student education, research and PGRs. She advises colleagues on innovation and research, academic inclusivity and diversity.

    Louise Woodcock, Business Development Lead at the Learning Design Agency

Academic Design Consultants

Our Academic Design Consultants (ADCs) are academics who specialise in supporting the schools' academic design needs within the University.

  • Caitriona Dennis

    Caitriona has a background in research, specialising in structural biology and biophysics. She draws on her academic background to help colleagues enhance students' learning experiences.

    Caitriona Dennis, Academic Design Consultant
  • Cathy Malone

    Cathy has nearly 30 years’ experience in higher education, including teaching, working on student experience projects and institutional strategies. She supports course and staff development.

    Cathy Malone, Academic Design Consultant
  • Eva Sansavior

    Eva is passionate about making transformative learning experiences available to all students, regardless of background. She helps with interdisciplinary programme design, creative pedagogies and more.

    Eva Sansaviour, Academic Design Consultant
  • Cynthia Heiner

    Cynthia is a experimental physicist and physics education researcher. She uses her varied and international experiences to help colleagues shape shared learning and teaching at the University.

    Cynthia Heiner, Academic Design Consultant
  • Allie Mills

    Allie is an experienced practitioner, consultant, and educator in the arts, heritage and cultural industries. She helps colleagues with building knowledge and confidence within their work.

    Allie Mills, Academic Design Consultant
  • Richard de Blacquiere-Clarkson

    Richard’s academic focus is on critical digital pedagogies and inclusive practices. He helps colleagues with equity, diversity, and inclusion, assessment, design thinking and active learning.

    Richard de Blacquiere Clarkson, Academic Design Consultant