About Us

Jo Peat

I am Head of Educational Development and work with my colleagues in the LTEU to lead and support the development of high quality student learning. I also work with HR to ensure that Learning and Development and Learning and Teaching link to form a coherent CPD offer for staff across the University. 

As well as my internal work at Roehampton, I am a core member of EU-funded project teams working in Lebanon (E-Taleb), Armenia and Bosnia (INCLUSION ) on the development of pedagogic practices in higher education. I have also led and been involved in other funded projects at Roehampton on BAME attainment, gender and pedagogy and engagement with the USF. As a result, I have designed CPD resources and led events around issues of pedagogy in universities throughout Britain and internationally. 

I am Co-Chair of SEDA, the Staff and Educational Development Association. SEDA is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education. This enables me to work regularly with colleagues from across the sector to develop and promote best practice.

I have particular interest in the attainment gap in higher education, working with colleagues to enhance student learning, professional development and, a more recent addition, the notion of challenge in learning in HE.

Bridget Middlemas

I am a senior lecturer in learning and teaching in higher education, based in the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit at the University of Roehampton. I teach on a range of learning and teaching programmes for academic staff and PhD students, and also regularly contribute to awaydays and other staff development events. I am responsible for the two SEDA programmes currently run by the LTEU: An Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; and Supervising Postgraduate Research. My research interests are in the area of technology enhanced learning; internationalisation; postgraduate education; cognitive overload; inclusive approaches to learning and teaching; and academic writing. 

I have been actively involved in leading a number of EU funded projects relating to learning and teaching, including the EU Tempus funded PICASA Project (internationalisation of higher education in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus (2013-2016); Erasmus+ INCLUSION project, working with universities in Armenia and Bosnia to develop guidelines on inclusive learning and teaching (2016-2019). I have also contributed to the E-TALEB project which is working with universities and the Ministry of Higher Education in Lebanon (2016-2018), to develop a professional standards framework for university teaching.

I have worked at Roehampton since 2007. I have also worked at the University of Surrey and Kingston University. I am a member of the Staff and Educational Development Association’s publications committee, and regularly review papers for their various journals.