Learning and Teaching Support

The HumSS Learning and Teaching Development Group provides a forum for those who support both staff that teach and student learning. The Group meets to co-ordinate support and communication across the Faculty, with a broader aspiration of developing a collaborative teaching community and enhancing teaching and learning practices.


Profile image for Cat Hallam (90x90) Cat Hallam
Faculty Learning Technology Officer
c.hallam@keele.ac.uk, CBA1.055, 33120

As a member of the HumSS TEL Team, Cat is available to support staff in the use of learning technologies to develop curricula and promote the adoption of related digital pedagogies.

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Working as part of the Humanities and Social Sciences Technology Enhanced Learning Team, my role encompasses:

  • Providing advice and support to academic and professional services staff by encouraging innovative use of learning technologies to enhance the student experience.

  • Designing and developing appropriate training, support activities and materials for delivery to academic and professional services staff, according to their individual needs and abilities, enabling them to exploit a range of learning technologies.

  • Collaboration with Faculty schools to provide bespoke sessions which promote new and existing learning technologies.

  • Working as part of a wider group of learning technology officers, contributing to the institutional development of TEL and collaborating with key stakeholders to fulfil related University strategic objectives.

Examples of supported technologies include:

  • Learning Environments - e.g. Keele Learning Environment (Blackboard) and ePortfolio systems (e.g. PebblePad)

  • Electronic Management of Assessment - e.g. Turnitin and GradeMark, Blackboard Assignments and other electronic feedback methods e.g. audio feedback/screencasting

  • Lecture and Desktop Capture - e.g. Keele Playback (Opencast) and Snagit

  • Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

  • G Suite for Education - e.g. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, YouTube, Hangouts, Classroom and Sites

  • Student Response Systems - e.g. Socrative Pro and TurningPoint

  • Other learning technologies - e.g. apps and other specialist software


Profile image for Dan Harding (120x120) Dan Harding
Faculty Learning Technology Officer
d.harding@keele.ac.uk, CBA1.053, 34631

As a member of the HumSS TEL Team, Dan is available to support staff in the use of learning technologies to develop curricula and promote the adoption of related digital pedagogies.

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My role as Learning Technology Officer involves providing specialist advice and support to promote technology enhanced learning within HumSS. This includes delivering resources and staff development opportunities that meet the requirements of Faculty staff, working alongside colleagues to plan initiatives that have a demonstrable impact in relation to TEL. For example, maximising the potential of institutional systems, services licensed by the University and software curated for learning and teaching purposes (e.g. apps and online technologies).


Sophie Bessant Profile Sophie Bessant
Faculty Link Officer for the Learning and Professional Development Centre (LPDC)
s.e.f.bessant@keele.ac.uk, Room 9 60 The Covert, 33518

As the link member of staff between the HumSS Faculty and the LPDC, Sophie can offer a variety of teaching and learning-related support for staff in the Faculty.

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  • I am involved with all of the following teaching and learning development and scholarship initiatives that the LPDC provides and can offer advice and support with engaging with these areas: LPDC workshops; the HEA CPD Route; the TLHE programme; Introduction to Teaching at Keele and Demonstrator Training; the Keele Excellence Awards (KEAs) and Teaching Innovation Projects Scheme (TIPS); the annual teaching and learning conference and symposium; and the Journal of Academic Development and Education (JADE).

  • I can provide bespoke in-faculty teaching and learning guidance and consultancy, including contributing to staff development, away days, learning and teaching fora, IQA and validation events. Examples of teaching and learning areas I can support, amongst others, include:  personal tutoring, internationalisation, strategies for supporting international students, education for sustainability, inclusive practice, peer observation, assessment and feedback, HE policy, writing retreats, techniques for small and large group teaching, etc.

  • I can inform and guide on the implementation of university learning and teaching strategy, policy and projects.

Angela Rhead Profile Angela Rhead
Learning Developer (HumSS Faculty Link), SSDS
a.rhead@keele.ac.uk, T101 Tawney Building, 34093

Where staff identify opportunities to develop students’ academic practices on-programme, Angela can offer collaboration in planning, delivering, resourcing then reviewing lectures, seminars or materials.

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As the HumSS Faculty link, my remit is to engage in ‘Academic Partnerships’ with teaching staff that begin with a focus on student learning in the curriculum. Where staff identify opportunities to develop their students’ academic practices*, and if they would like support, I can offer:

  • time, space and a critical friend to reflect on continuing “sticky issues” regarding students’ learning in your programme,
  • advice and guidance on strategies to develop your students’ academic practices,
  • collaboration in designing resources or sessions to support your students’ academic practices,
  • co-delivery of teaching sessions to support your students’ academic practices,
  • support in researching your students’ learning.

* For example: selecting sources / analysing a text / close reading / developing a literature review /using reading to develop a position / structuring an argument / academic writing.

Some comments from HumSS staff on the value of working with SL:

  • “Getting together to share ideas etc. and to come up with ways that best help the students but that are also geared towards the module.”
  • “Encouragement, affirmation, support; accessibility to students; being prepared to be a critical friend; sharing time and resources.”

Jo-Anne Watts
Academic Services Manager, Library Services
j.watts@keele.ac.uk, IS1.14 Library Building, 34503

As manager of the Library Academic Services Team, Jo-Anne is available as the point of contact to connect Faculty staff with the appropriate support that the Library can provide.

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As part of the Library Academic Services Team, liaison librarians Jane Shaw (KMS, Law and SPIRE) and Jo-Anne Watts (Humanities and SS&PP) offer a point of contact for all faculty staff wishing to know more about library services and resources. Ask us about:

  • helping students and staff to find and use information resources effectively
  • developing library collections to meet the needs of the faculty
  • providing practical training to student groups to raise awareness of Library collections and to enhance student research skills.

The wider team can also advise on copyright for teaching and learning materials, the Library digitisation service, online reading lists and open access and the institutional repository.


Profile image for Jon Herbert. Dr Jon Herbert
Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching
j.herbert@keele.ac.uk, CBB2.027, 33539

Jon chairs the HumSS Learrning and Teaching Development Group, co-ordinating its work with the University Learning and Teaching Strategy, university-level initiatives and other strategic planning. 

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I am currently a Senior Lecturer and the Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching for HumSS. I have worked at Keele since being appointed to the American Studies Department in the 1990s, but have since moved to SPIRE, although I still contribute to the American Studies programme. My primary interest is the American Presidency, although I have broader interests in both public policy and US government as a whole. Please feel free to contact me for anything connected to learning and teaching within the Faculty.