Service Management Team

Service Management Team

Biographies

Biographies

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

Director

After gaining my PhD in Information Science, I began my career teaching Information Studies, Media Production and Librarianship at the University of Brighton. I moved into educational development when I joined Queen Mary University of London in 2003, and left there in 2015 as Head of Educational Development to join the University of Glasgow. 

I have been external examiner at University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and am currently external examiner for the MA in Academic Practice at City University of London, and External Assessor for the HEA-accredited APEX scheme at Brunel University, London.

I was recognised as a Principal Fellow of the HEA in 2015.

Areas of responsibility

I have overall strategic responsibility for LEADS and work with the Vice Principal (Academic and Educational Innovation) and the Deputy Secretary of Court to support and enhance learning and teaching across the institution.

Who should contact me

You might want to contact me if you:

  • have queries about LEADS as a service
  • would like to explore new ways of working with LEADS
  • have strategic issues in your School or Subject on which you need advice or support

Dr Carol Collins

Dr Carol Collins

Deputy Director - Student Learning Development

I have an degree in English, a PhD in English Literature, and a PGCE in English Secondary Education. I have worked for 13 years as an Effective Learning Adviser (ELA) at Glasgow, firstly for the Schools of Medicine and of Education, and latterly for the College of Arts. I became Senior ELA in 2012 and then Deputy Director with responsibility for student-facing services in 2017.

Areas of responsibility

I have overall operational and strategic responsibility for the student-facing activities within LEADS, and also responsibility for communication and evaluation across LEADS.

Who should contact me

You might like to contact me if you:

  • have queries about student-facing activities in LEADS
  • would like to explore new ways of working with student-facing staff in LEADS
  • have questions about how LEADS can enhance your students’ experience
  • have questions about LEADS publicity and communication or about our evaluation processes

Nicole Kipar

Nicole Kipar

Deputy Director (Academic and Digital Development)

I joined LEADS in June 2017, having previously worked as academic programme leader at Heriot-Watt University from 2006-2017, and before that at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent from 2001-2006. I have a wealth of operational and strategic experience in academic development, as well as undertaking evaluation research in Higher Education.

I have been extensively involved in enhancing curriculum design in HE over the years, and greatly enjoy critical discussions about understanding student learning and effective approaches to teaching, particularly when embedding technology. My interests are in socio-material learning theories, transnational education, and distance teaching: minimising transactional distance while fostering peer-supportive learning environments. 

Areas of responsibility

I have overall operational and strategic responsibility for the staff-facing activities within LEADS, and lead the development, delivery and review of LEADS’ teaching and staff development provision for those who support student learning.

Who should contact me

You might want to contact me if you:

  • have queries about ADD as a service
  • would like to explore areas of curriculum development, assessment and feedback, teaching approaches that support student learning, and embedding learning technologies

Patricia Cloherty

Patricia Cloherty

Head of Administration

I am head of the administration team for LEADS. 

Areas of responsibility

I manage the administrative team and am a member of the LEADS Management Team.

I am responsible for the management of all LEADS financial resources, and assist the Director with strategic planning in relation to this activity.

I provide advice across the Service on HR matters, including recruitment and selection and HR policy, with a specific remit for managing absence.

I oversee the taught provision for the MEd in Learning and Teaching In HE.

Who should contact me

You may wish to contact me if you have enquiries about:

  • LEADS Admin resources/ service delivery
  • LEADS finance and budgetary matters

Sarah Honeychurch

Sarah Honeychurch

Good Practice Adviser

I have a BA and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Southampton, and I am currently studying for a part-time PhD in Education at the University of Glasgow. I was a Learning Technology Specialist until the LEADS restructure, when I moved to this new role. I have also been a tutor in Philosophy since 2002.

My research interests centre around peer interaction, and I am particularly interested in collaborative learning designs, such as the Jigsaw Classroom (I have held an HEA grant to develop resources for this) and models of peer review, both with and without technology.

I am an editor for the open, peer-reviewed journal Hybrid Pedagogy, and an active blogger and user of social media.

Areas of responsibility

My main remit is to collect, evaluate and disseminate good practice around learning and teaching, both within the University and the wider HE community. As part of this role, I co-ordinate the CPD programme for the University. I am also developing a range of resources on learning, teaching and assessment to showcase the good practice current at the University.

Who should contact me

You might want to contact me:

  • to find out how you can embed good practice in your discipline
  • to discuss working together to develop some resources
  • to talk about the possibility of you delivering a CPD event