Sally Alsford

Sally Alsford

Dr Sally E Alsford

Senior Lecturer, Teaching and Learning; Deputy Head of EDU

Educational Development Unit

Dr Sally Alsford is a Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning and Deputy Head of the EDU. Prior to joining the EDU in 2000, she was a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. During her time in the School of Humanities, she was induction coordinator for the School and student experience and engagement has been a strong focus of her work with the EDU, including research on new arrivals, transition and retention; leadership of university-wide projects and working groups and development of policy.

In 2009 Sally set up the EDU Student Forum which has now developed into the Greenwich Graduate Student Network, This work 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 Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, and Admissions tutor and leads on expansion and delivery of the programme for international participants.

She works with academic teams across the university on curriculum design and delivery, including preparation for programme approval and review and on CPD activities related to teaching and learning, personal tutoring and Programme Leaders' support and development.

Sally co-leads student partnership activities in the EDU, including running the Greenwich Graduate Student Network,  and works on strategic university initatives such as the Student Engagement Framework.

External recognition

  • 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)
  • Sally is a regular review for a number of Higher Education journals.

Recent funded projects

Sally's recent research has focused broadly on student experience, more specifically on the areas of transition and induction, personal tutoring and student engagement and her recent publications are all in this field.

Her work includes institutional research, which has been the basis for policy which she developed for the university on New Arrivals and Transition (2011), and on Personal Tutoring (2013); her research has also informed the development of the university's Student Engagement Framework (2015).

Recent publications

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.

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,

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.

2012 Alsford, S. What are our students hoping for? Educational Development Unit, [blog] 2nd November, Available at: [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.

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.

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.

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Recent conference presentations

May 2015 Sally Alsford, Karen Smith Meeting Expectations: the challenge of providing staff development to overseas collaborative partners.  SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference, Manchester, May 15.

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

2013 Sally Alsford, Paul Dennison. Personal Tutoring. Using student and staff experience to drive Institution-wide change. SRHE Annual conference, Wales, December.

July 2013 Sally Alsford and Paul Dennison, SHIFT 2013 : Sharing Practice developing community. Greenwich.

June 2013 Sally Alsford and Karen Smith. Post-Graduate Transition: how different is it from undergraduate transition? International Enhancement Themes conference, Glasgow. June 11-13.

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