Centre for Learning and Academic Development and Learning Spaces

CLAD & Learning Spaces is Academic Services’ division that covers most aspects of learning, from staff development for those involved in teaching through to technical support for venues and the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The Educational Development teams offer a range of staff development opportunities including the Higher Education Academy accredited PGCert in Academic Practice. A guide for teaching staff is also provided, as well as advice on developing your learning and teaching.

The Technology Skills Development Team train in a very wide range of software applications, serving both staff and postgraduate students. The eLearning Team provides support to Colleges and Corporate Services in the use and development of learning technologies most especially the new VLE - Canvas.

The Learning Spaces teams cover many areas of University activity – examinations, room bookings and timetabling and the development and maintenance of more than 170 teaching rooms and computer cluster. Experienced innovative staff drive forward the creation of new and enhanced learning spaces, using contemporary space design and new technologies where possible. We are here to make our learning environments as engaging and usable as possible.

Our technical team (LRAT) provide support and installation of AV and IT to other areas of the University and external customers. They also provide video-conferencing facilities and support for conferences and events.

Also included in the division is the project team who provide a range of management, support and quality assurance services for projects across Academic Services.
The division is committed to the continual development of the University's space, refurbishing and investing in new technology.


Key people

Director of CLAD and Learning Spaces
Julie Scarratt
Email - j.c.scarratt@bham.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)121 414 3452

Assistant Director (Educational Development)
Clare Saunders
Email - c.saunders@bham.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)121 414 8947

Assistant Director (Customer Support)
Gareth Rainford
Email - g.d.rainford@bham.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)121 414 6495

Assistant Director (Learning Environments)
Matt Sherlock
Email - m.sherlock@bham.ac.uk  
Telephone - +44 (0)121 414 7115

Assistant Director (Scheduling)
Carmel Clifford
Email - c.c.clifford@bham.ac.uk  
Telephone - +44 (0)121 414 8629