Meet The Team
Meet the core project team
Jane McNeilProject Lead
Jane is the Director of Academic Development at NTU and is ultimately responsible for the delivery and success of this project. She led the first institutional, multi-disciplinary SCALE-UP project in the UK, at NTU in 2013. Her perspective on higher education has been shaped by her experience as a lecturer, as a practice innovator, and as a policy developer. She was an early adopter of online learning as a history lecturer in the 1990s.
Her current interests include innovating and disruptive pedagogies, with a focus on how to engage and support colleagues in developing their teaching practices. She is also interested in learning spaces, and the wider use of technology to enhance student experiences and outcomes.
Dr Loyin Olotu-UmorenProject Manager
Loyin is currently the Planning & Projects Manager in the Centre for Academic Development and Quality at NTU. She is responsible for the planning, execution and monitoring of this project. She has a research background, and experience of working in Higher Education both in research and in professional services roles.
Loyin is MSP Accredited (Foundation and Practitioner); MSP represents proven programme management best practices in the successful delivery of transformational change. Loyin is a visionary; she holds several leadership and management qualifications and is a Member of Chartered Management Institute and an Associate Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Simon TweddellLead Investigator
Simon is the project lead at Bradford and a senior lecturer in Pharmacy Practice. He has been teaching at the University of Bradford since 1997, and in this time has been Programme Leader, Head of Division and Director of Learning and Teaching.
In 2011, he project managed the development of a new integrated pharmacy curriculum at Bradford leading to the conception of TBL as a strategy to motivate students to prepare for and attend class and once there engage them in active, student-centred learning.
Sharon WallerLead Investigator
Sharon is the Head of Anglia Learning and Teaching. She has a senior leadership role in developing a culture of research-informed teaching, cultivating and sharing good learning, teaching and assessment practice and leading and managing pedagogic initiatives.
Her passion has led to the successful introduction of active collaborative learning methodologies, which includes TBL. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is affiliated with leading the learning Landscape Network, Heads of Educational developers group and UK HE learning spaces special interest group.
Uwe is the Academic Lead for Distance and Online Learning at Anglia. He leads on university wide initiatives including TBL. He works in a consulting role in distance learning and online teaching, and with the Anglia Learning & Teaching team on, technology-enhanced learning and teaching, media, directed independent learning, pedagogic research Learning Management System and eAssessment.
Previously Uwe started his career teaching German language and culture at a number of institutions, including secondary, adult and higher education.
Dr Michaela BorgEvaluation Lead
Michaela is the Educational Development Manager at Nottingham Trent University. She has worked on SCALE-UP since it was introduced to NTU in 2013/14 and is the Evaluation Lead for the project. Michaela also leads an educational development project to close the disparities in progression and attainment among student groups at NTU.
Having started out as a lecturer in TESOL, Michaela is very interested in cultures and identities in learning and teaching, and the experiences that people have as they join and work in these cultures. She is particularly interested in the way that learning spaces interact with and mediate practice.
Jean Mutton, BA, FAUAExternal Critical Friend to the Project
Following a degree at Lancaster University in Educational Research, Jean initially trained as a teacher and then began her career in Higher Education management in 1982. In 2007 Jean joined the Student Experience Team at the University of Derby as their Project Manager where she led a wide range of projects to enhance the student journey, with a particular focus on equality and diversity and the international student experience.
Jean stepped down from her role at the University of Derby in 2015 and has since been working independently within the sector: recent posts have included acting as consultant to JISC’s ‘Optimizing the Student Journey’ project and Manchester Metropolitan University’s programme ‘Transforming the Student Journey’.
Jamie WhiteProject Business Analyst
Jamie’s role centres on the project evaluation, analysing institutional barriers to adoption of active learning and ensuring business readiness. He is a sociology graduate, and have previously worked with Nottinghamshire Police as a Research Officer, a Senior Research Officer and a Business Improvement Officer within a project management office, performing business research and analysis function.
Having worked as part of two major organisational change programmes and a regional five force IT implementation project, he has such valuable experience in a high pressured and fast-paced environment