Meet the HEFi team

HEFi is led by Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Development - Sarah King, supported by the Digital Education and Educational Development teams.

Meet the HEFi team

Dionne Barton

Dionne Barton

Educational Developer (Beacon lead and lead for Personal Academic Tutoring)

I lead the Beacon HEA Professional Recognition Scheme; I am a mentor and assessor for the scheme. I am the lead for Personal Academic Tutoring, supporting staff to develop their expertise in Personal Academic Tutoring. I teach across a number of programmes including the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

I am passionate about developing and supporting teaching and learning practice ...

Hannah Bates

Hannah Bates

Technology Enhanced Learning Developer

Hannah joined the HEFi team in 2022. She has had a passion for online learning since 2017, leading her to complete a Masters in Online and Distance Education (completed in 2020). Her first major e-learning job was with the University of Birmingham, back in 2017, working with the NHS Leadership Academy in Park House. Since that role she has worked in other organisations, increasing her ...

Mr Joe Berry

Mr Joe Berry

Head of HEFi Digital (College of Life & Environmental Sciences)

In my role as Head of HEFi Digital for the College of Life & Environmental Sciences I provide expert guidance on all elements of digital education across the College’s programme portfolio.

 My specific areas of interest include digital support of field work, the use of 360 multimedia in education and online learning design.

 I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA, with ten ...

Mr Steven Bird

HEFi Digital Application Support and Development Analyst

I am the HEFi Digital central team’s point of contact for technical questions raised by colleagues from all areas of the university.

Mrs Marjorie Collaco

Mrs Marjorie Collaco

HEFi Digital Instructional Design Consultant

I have been involved in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) for 10 years, supporting the use of technology to enhance learning in the classroom and online. I provide consultative advice and support for the effective deployment of TEL within my college, including the design and development of high quality supplementary eLearning courses and learning objects. Much of my research in TEL involves ...

Mrs Lisa Coulson

Mrs Lisa Coulson

Projects Advisor (Education Enhancement)

I have been working in the field of Educational Enhancement for over ten years and am currently a Projects Advisor within HEFI.  This role involves providing guidance and support to the diverse range of staff involved in Enhancement Projects on all areas of project design, management, and dissemination, with a particular emphasis on approaches to evaluation.

I have a specific interest in ...

Dr Alison Davies

Dr Alison Davies

Project Advisor (Education Enhancement)

I have worked at the University of Birmingham since 2002; working firstly within the former Learning Development Unit as Research Projects Officer and then in my current role as Project Advisor for the Educational Enhancement and Educational Partnership Funds. My role is to support academic staff by providing advice and guidance at the initial stages of refining their proposals and applying for ...

Alison Gibson

Alison Gibson

Head of HEFi Digital, EPS

I joined HEFi Digital within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (LES) in April 2020 after five years working in CPD and digital education at UCL. In January 2021, I moved to a Senior Digital Education Developer role in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS).

I support colleagues across the College in improving their digital education offerings, including developing ...

Dr Marios Hadjianastasis

Dr Marios Hadjianastasis

Educational Developer (PGCHE/Birmingham Lead)

I have worked at the University of Birmingham since 2005 in various roles. I support staff development in a number of areas, through HEFi-based programmes, as well as ad-hoc support in Colleges. My areas of specialisation are:

  • Learning theories and scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Research-intensive learning and teaching
  • Authentic and formative assessment
  • Learning ...

Mr Mark Hancock

Mr Mark Hancock

Head of HEFi Digital (College of Medical & Dental Sciences)

In my role as Head of HEFi Digital for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences I provide expert guidance on all elements of digital education across the College’s programme portfolio.

I manage a team of instructional designers and learning technologists to provide specialist support to Academic and Professional Services staff in their use of technology in their research intensive ...

Mrs Danielle Hinton

Mrs Danielle Hinton

Educational Developer (ITSL Lead)

Situated within the Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), I provide support for the enhancement of teaching and learning practice, promote innovation in the curriculum, and facilitate the career-long professional development of Birmingham academics and professional staff in regards to teaching and supporting learning.

I am particularly interested in active learning (including enquiry and ...

Katie Hoare

Katie Hoare

Head of HEFi Digital (College of Engineering & Physical Sciences)

In my role as Head of HEFi Digital for the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences I provide expert guidance on all elements of digital education across the College’s programme portfolio. I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA, with over seven years’ experience working in Higher Education in a variety of roles.

Vittorio Insalaco

Senior Learning Technologist (CAL)

Vittorio has been working in education for over 10 years. He is the Senior Learning Technologist within the College of Arts and Law, with a background in face-to-face and online teaching, working on development of a range of distance, blended and fully online courses.

Mr Rob Jones

Mr Rob Jones

HEFi Digital TEL Instructional Design Consultant

I work in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences as part of the dedicated HEFI team. In my role I provide advice on the potential of the eLearning and support all technology enhanced learning activities within the college from our virtual learning environment, Instructure Canvas to integrations such as Panopto, PebblePad and Turnitin.

Sarah King

Sarah King

Assistant Director, Teaching and Learning Development

I lead the Educational Development Team within HEFi whose remit is to support the enhancement of teaching and learning practice at Birmingham, promote innovation in the curriculum, and facilitate the career-long professional development of academics who teach, and staff in supporting learning roles.

I have a particular interest in authentic, inclusive assessment practice.

I sit on the ...

Mr Edd Kyi

Mr Edd Kyi

(CTL) Multimedia Learning Experience Developer

Working in partnership with STEM-based academic colleagues and laboratory staff across LES and EPS to design and develop rich media resources to support lab teaching and learning for the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL).

Mrs Sarah Letters

Mrs Sarah Letters

Quality Enhancement Manager

I have worked at the University since 2005, initially as the Assistant Secretary to the Registrar and Secretary, and then as the Academic Quality Manager within Registry.  I have been in my current role since October 2013, working part-time (50%), following maternity leave.

I am currently Project Manager for the Module Evaluation enhancement project, which will deliver an upgrade of the ...

Amy Lord

Amy Lord

Learning Technologist (Digital Education Team- MDS)

Amy has worked at the University of Birmingham as Learning Technologist since 2015 as part of the HEFi Digital team for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. In this role she has supported academics in the design of online programmes and modules as well as training and supporting on the universities digital learning platforms such as the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Lecture Capture ...

Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan

HEFi Digital TEL Developer

In my role as TEL Developer for HEFi Digital, based in the College of Social Sciences I work alongside Instructional Design Consultants to develop capability and capacity for alternate modes of delivery within the college. I provide direct help and support for staff within the College, as well as helping to develop resources and learning objects in support of the College’s strategic targets.

Mr Jamie Morris

Mr Jamie Morris

Educational Developer (CPD Events Lead)

I am an Educational Developer in HEFi and have worked in Higher Education for 10 years. I am currently a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have mentored and assessed on professional recognition schemes for awarding fellowship since 2016. I currently lead on CPD events for the Educational Development team, coordinating the HEFi Showcase Series and HEFi Festival. I am a tutor and ...

Mr David Price

Mr David Price

VLE Business and Engagement Manager for HEFi Digital

I have been at the University of Birmingham since 2014 and have been working in education and technology enhanced learning since 1999.  After starting in MDS I have moved to a central role in the HEFi Digital team which supports my college based HEFi Digital colleagues.  

Melanie Roxby-Mackey

Melanie Roxby-Mackey

HEFi Digital TEL Instructional Design Consultant

I am a HEFi Digital Instructional Design Consultant based in the College of Arts and Law (CAL). My core responsibilities include:

  • Working with academic staff across the College supporting innovative practice in research intensive teaching and alongside Professional Services colleagues in developing their use of technology
  • Supporting the College’s Digital Humanities ...

Kacper Saar

Kacper Saar

Senior Developer

Kacper is the Senior Developer (Digital Education) in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences where he leads on delivering enhanced digital learning assets and spearheads the use of the core digital tools across the UG and PG programmes in the School of Dentistry.

Mr Joey Spink

Mr Joey Spink

HEFi Digital Education Developer

I joined the HEFi Digital team for EPS in December 2021 after working at University College Birmingham as a e-Learning Developer for 5 years.

I have extensive experience working alongside academics to develop their digital offering using a wide variety of learning technologies including (but not limited to) Canvas, PebblePad and Panopto.

I have supported colleagues through either developing ...

Louise Staffell

Louise Staffell

Programmes, Administration and Engagement Manager

I have worked in Higher Education for over 10 years and am responsible for the Programme Management and Quality Assurance of all programmes undertaken in HEFi.  Alongside being a super-user for all main systems, I am also responsible for Annual Reviews and Assessment Support Week (staff). 

Please contact me regarding any enquiries regarding Programme matters (such as extensions, Leave ...

Mr Matt Turner

Mr Matt Turner

Head of HEFi Digital (College of Arts & Law)

In my role as Head of HEFi Digital for the College of Arts and Law I provide expert guidance on all elements of digital education across the College’s programme portfolio and consultative advice across the University.

My team and I work closely with academic and professional services colleagues across the college, championing and supporting the use of the core institutional digital tools ...

Dr Els Van Geyte

Dr Els Van Geyte

Educational Developer (PGTA Programmes Lead)

I am a teacher, teacher developer and author. As a member of the Educational Development team, I am responsible for the Introduction to Learning and Teaching Programme for postgraduates who teach and the Introduction to Academic Practice course for Doctoral Researchers. I am also a facilitator and cohort lead on the PGCHE. My background is in Applied Linguistics and I started at the University in ...

Mr Ian Wells

Mr Ian Wells

Senior Digital Educational Developer for College of Social Sciences

Ian currently works as a Senior Educational Developer for HEFI based in the College of Social Sciences. He supports academic and professional services staff by providing pedagogical and technical support in the design and delivery of learning programmes using learning technologies.

Luke Westwood

Luke Westwood

Digital Learning Advisor (MDS)

Luke began working at the University of Birmingham in 2018 as part of the Medical and Dental Sciences HEFi Digital Team. In his role Luke supports academics with a wide range of digital tools such as the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Online portfolio Tool and Lecture Capture Software focusing on a combination of design and pedagogical approaches.

Luke has a background in video and film ...

Ms Gabi Witthaus

Ms Gabi Witthaus

HEFi Digital Instructional Design Consultant for College of Arts and Law

I support academics in the College of Arts and Law in designing programmes and modules for online learning, with a focus on designing for student engagement and inclusivity.