In this section you will find contact details and information regarding all members of staff affiliated with the Centre for Academic Practice.
Dr Nick Allsopp
Assistant Director (Academic Practice)
During his career Nick has worked in three sectors of education. He started his teaching career in a comprehensive school in Derby before moving on to further education in Leicester. After 12 years teaching and managing in the post-compulsory sector he moved into higher education, initially to coordinate and manage further education provision within a higher education context.
In 2001 he moved to De Montfort University proper to be responsible for developing and coordinating the quality enhancement agenda that emerged and is still developing in HE. This included working with teams to redesign their curriculum so that they are better able to cater for the needs of the increasingly diverse nature of the student intake and highlighting and helping to disseminate examples of good practice in learning and teaching.
From 2012 Nick was Head of Academic Professional Development at DMU where he lead a team of educational developers who designed and delivered DMU’s HEA accredited PGCertHE and supported colleagues across the institution to develop their practice. He was also responsible for a range of strategic learning and teaching projects such as the development of criteria for promotion to Reader and Professor based on pedagogic research as well as the introduction of key university awards for the development of innovative teaching projects.
Nick joined Loughborough University in October 2013 as Head of Academic Practice within the Teaching Centre (now the Centre for Academic Practice) and is currently working on the key strategic priority of developing an HEA-accredited framework for continued professional development.
His doctoral research was concerned with academic professional identity and the evolution of quality improvement in learning and teaching and his current interests include the politics of assessment, on which he has recently published, and the changing nature of academic professional identity.
Dr Sarah Williamson
Assistant Director (Technology-Enhanced Learning)
Sarah is Assistant Director of the Centre for Academic Practice, with responsibility for Technology-Enhanced Learning. Sarah’s role implements appropriate aspects of the University’s strategy by fostering excellence in learning and teaching through the promotion of effective and extensive use of technologies to enhance learning across the University, championing and facilitating good pedagogic practice in the use of learning technologies in Schools and evaluating associated innovation and effective practice and disseminating this within and outside the University. Sarah oversees the University’s team of technology-enhanced learning officers, providing direct support to staff in our Academic Schools.
Sarah came to Loughborough in October 2015 from Cardiff University where she held a number of posts including Assistant Director (Education & Quality) of Registry and Academic Services, Head of Student Engagement & Education Support and eLearning Change Champion and brings a wealth of experience in curriculum design, teaching delivery, student engagement, student communication and quality & standards. During her time at Cardiff, Sarah was also an Online Tutor and Personal Tutor for postgraduate distance learning programmes on Medical Education and Dental Education, experiencing first-hand the challenges and opportunities of engaging students through Virtual Learning Environments.
Sarah has previously been based at Loughborough University, where from August 2005 to May 2007 she was the Assistant Director of sigma - a Centre for Excellence in the Provision of University-wide Mathematics and Statistics Support - funded by HEFCE and run collaboratively by Loughborough and Coventry Universities, and prior to that in roles for the Engineering Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy where she worked to develop engineering curricula at a national level.
Sarah has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University and has previous experience of working in industry.