BA Hons, PhD, PGCE, SFHE
Senior Lecturer, Teaching and Learning; Deputy Head of EDU
Educational Development Unit
Dr Sally Alsford has been working for the University of Greenwich since 1989. She was a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for many years, before she began working with the Educational Development Unit (EDU) in 2009. Sally's first degree, PhD, early publications and teaching in the School of Humanities were in Theology and Religion. Prior to this she was a post-doctoral researcher and part-time lecturer at the London School of Theology.
During her time in the School of Humanities at Greenwich, she became induction coordinator for the School and this was the focus of her early work with the EDU.
From the start, Sally's work with the EDU has had a strong focus on student experience and she has worked on cross-university initiatives and coordination in the area of new arrival, transition and retention and personal tutoring. She has conducted research in these areas, and has headed a number of cross-university working groups. She has led a range of pilot and other projects, and has developed new policy (New Arrivals and Transition 2011; Personal Tutoring 2013), as well as contributing to university working groups on Retention (2010-11) and Student Engagement (2014).
Sally is committed to working in partnership with students and in 2009 set up the EDU Student Forum which, in 2013, developed into the Greenwich Graduate Student Network. http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/ggsn/ This work is informed by sector research and development in the field of student engagement, such as the work of the RAISE network. It aims to enhance and explore student engagement as well as to raise student awareness and understanding of the Greenwich Graduate Initiative.
Responsibilities within the university
Sally is part of the teaching team on the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and her role in the team includes liaison with international participating institutions. She works with academic teams across the university on curriculum design and delivery, including preparation for programme review and CPD activities related to teaching, learning and personal tutoring.
Sally co-leads student partnership activities in the EDU, including running the Greenwich Graduate Student Network, http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/ggsn/ and the Language Connect project http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/languageconnect.
She is responsible for the EDU Student Experience project, one of the projects in implementation of the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy, and is a member of the University Student Experience Committee.
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
- Member of RAISE: Researching, Advancing & Inspriring Student Engagement
- Member of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE)
My recent research has focused broadly on student experience, more specifically on the areas of transition and induction, personal tutoring and student engagement and my recent publications are all in this field.
Partnership, co-creation and co-research with students is a growing emphasis in the sector both in practice and in research and scholarship. I have always sought to work in collaboration with students and this key focus to my work is stimulating, enjoying and, I believe, crucial for the future of Higher Education.
My work in these areas has led to conference presentations and to publication and in two cases, transition and personal tutoring, my institutional research has led to the development of new University policy.
(forthcoming) Alsford, S and Pazio, M Language Connect, a case study; student-led english conversation groups. European First Year Experience Conference proceedings (2014).
2014 Alsford, S. and Rose, C. Practice and policy to enhance induction and transition. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603108.2014.918568
2013, Sally Alsford and Karen Smith, Transition into Postgraduate Study. Case Study 23 in Learning from International Practice – Taught Postgraduate Student Experience. SHEEC Enhancement Themes, http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/sheec/learning-from-international-practice/taught-postgraduate-student-experience
2013 Alsford, S. and Eustance, C. Mapping transition: an interactive workshop. Clark, R., Andrew, J. and Thomas, L (eds). Compendium of Effective Practice: Proven ways to improve student retention and success – 2nd Edition. York: HEA, Paul Hamblyn, Hefce, Action on Access. http://scotland.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/retention/Compendium_volume_two
2012 Alsford, S. What are our students hoping for? Educational Development Unit, [blog] 2nd November, Available at: http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/ed/2012/11/02/what-are-our-students-hoping-for/ [Accessed:10/11/2012].
2012 Alsford, S. An Educational Development Student Forum : working partnerships with students. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol4, No 2 : 186-202. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/17581181211273291
2012 Alsford, S. The Greenwich Graduate – Engaging with Students. Compass : the journal of Learning and Teaching at the University of Greenwich. 4 (January 2012): 1-8
2011 Alsford, S. Moving from "induction" to "transition", Stepping Stones 2STEM, National HE STEM Programme Briefing Document 2 (April 2011), p.6. Bournemouth University. http://www.hestem-sw.org.uk/project?id=9&pp=514
2010 Freshers' refreshers: encouraging students to reflect on transition, Supporting the First Year Student Experience through the use of Learning Technologies. Ed. K. Anagnostopoulou and D. Parma, on behalf of the ELFYSE Special Interest Group. Middlesex Uni. and HEA. http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/10624/1/ELFYSE_Anagnostopoulou_Parmar_2010.pdf
Recent conference presentations
June 2014 Sally Alsford. Moving from 'induction' to 'transition': whole-institutional change. European First Year Experience Conference, Nottingham.
June 2014 Sally Alsford. Language Connect – student-led English conversation groups. Poster presentation. European First Year Experience Conference, Nottingham http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/events/9/home.aspx/event/151843/default/european_first_year_experience_network_(efye)_2014_conference_
2013 Sally Alsford, Paul Dennison. Personal Tutoring. Using student and staff experience to drive Institution-wide change. SRHE Annual conference, Wales, December. http://www.srhe.ac.uk/conference2013/
July 2013 Sally Alsford and Paul Dennison, SHIFT 2013 : Sharing Practice developing community. Greenwich. https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/edu/sp/schedConf/program
June 2013 Sally Alsford and Karen Smith. Post-Graduate Transition: how differnet is it from undergraduate transition? International Enhancement Themes conference, Glasgow. June 11-13.
2012 Sally Alsford and Karen Smith. Post-graduate transition: challenges for staff in higher education. SHIFT 2012: Inspiring Teachers: learning and leading in academic practice, July 3rd 2012, University of Greenwich https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/edu/SHIFT2012
2012 Sally Alsford and Paul Dennison. Personal tutoring : a defining thread in the academic role. SHIFT 2012 : Inspiring Teachers: learning and leading in academic practice, July 3rd, University of Greenwich. https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/edu/SHIFT2012
2012 Moving from Induction to Transition. National STEM project seminar 2 May 22nd Bournemouth
2012 Sally Alsford and Christine Child. 'Cross-institutional collaboration to enhance student transition'. AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition, Manchester April 3rd.
2012 Sally Alsford and Claire Eustance. 'Snakes and Ladders : strategies for transition and retention' workshop; What Works : Student Retention and Success, HEA, HEFCE, Paul Hamlyn, Action on Access. York, 28/29th February
2011 Sally Alsford and Lenka Podolanova. New ways of collaborating with students. Educational Development Student Forum. Engaging Voices: participation and the student experience. Sheffield Hallam University, October 25th.
2011 Sally Alsford. ''New Ways of Collaborating with students : an EDU Student Forum' poster presentation, RAISE (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement) Inaugural conference, Nottingham September 15-16
2011 Sally Alsford, Gabriella Maria Cagliesi, Internationalisation of the Curriculum – what does it mean in practice? SHIFT : Redefining the Student Experience : directions for learning, teaching and assessment. Greenwich July 5. https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/edu/shift2011
2011 Sally Alsford, Claire Eustance, Yusuf Ibraheem, Damallie Lwanga, Chinedu Ogbu Lenka Podolanova. Graduate attributes – turning the rhetoric into reality. SHIFT : Redefining the Student Experience : directions for learning, teaching and assessment. Greenwich, July 5. https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/edu/shift2011