The Association for Learning Development in Higher Education

ALDinHE is committed to representing and supporting all those working in the field of Learning Development in the UK.

We aim to cultivate a community of practice, promote discussion and ideas exchange, and further the professional development of our members by offering training opportunities and quality assurance.

We have two aims:

  • To represent professionals employed in the field of Learning Development in Higher Education, primarily in the UK and Ireland, and those with an active interest in the field;  
  • To promote discussion about effective models for Learning Development (LD), cultivate a community of practice and act as a support network for the general professional development of staff involved with LD.  

 And we are guided by five values:

  • Working alongside students to make sense of and get the most out of HE learning
  • Making HE inclusive through emancipatory practice, partnership working and collaboration
  • Adopting and sharing effective Learning Development practice with (and external to) our own institutions
  • Critical self-reflection, on-going learning and a commitment to professional development
  • Commitment to a scholarly approach and research related to Learning Development.

These emerged from our Learning Development Manifesto.


The Constitution

The association operates under the ALDinHE Constitution.

Links to previous Annual General Meetings can be found here:


The ALDinHE Steering Group

The steering group consists of the Association’s Co-Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary and Co-Chairs and members of the working groups.

Please click here to read about the Steering Group’s members’ roles.

You can learn more about the people that make up our steering group here.

If you would like to nominate yourself to become a member of the Steering Group, please send the self-nomination form to the Secretary: secretary@aldinhe.ac.uk

ALDinHE Steering Group self-nomination form


The ALDinHE Working Groups

Please click here to read about the working groups.

If you would like to join a working group, please email admin@aldinhe.ac.uk


The International Consortium for Academic Language and Learning Development

We have also developed strong links with our counterparts in Australia, New Zealand and Canada through the International Consortium of Academic Language and Learning Developers, and are building strong relationships with national agencies and organisations that also work to improve students’ experience of higher education.

Along with ALDinHE, the members of ICALLD are

The Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL) – Australia

The Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Aotearoa New Zealand

The Learning Specialists Association of Canada

Members of each association are entitled to reciprocal member benefits, including:

  • access to the websites and online discussion forums of the partner associations
  • access to learning resources and publications of the partner associations
  • attendance at conferences and events at local members’ rates
  • opportunities for collaborative research and professional networking.

This is open to all current individual and institutional members of ALDinHE upon production of name and email address, or an email address from a member institution.