Senior Academic Developer
Telephone: (01792) 513166
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Room: Office - 317
Third Floor
Taliesin Arts Centre
Singleton Campus

Debbie joined Swansea University in January 2016. She has 19 years experience in the HE Sector, with a wide background covering all aspects of the learner experience, working previously for the Open University and the University of South Wales and most recently as Project Manager for OER Wales Cymru, a national and sector wide Open Educational Resource Initiative

Debbie’s role at SALT as a Senior Academic Developer is to develop, support and embed best practice in Learning and Teaching across the university within the SALT team. She has responsibility for the organisation of the annual SALT Learning and Teaching Conference and various learning and teaching projects.

Debbie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a keen open educational resource advocate and open educational practitioner. She serves on the ALT (Association of Learning Technology) Special Interest Group for Open Education. She has a research interest in the area of social and collaborative learning and the use of Open Digital Badges in Higher Education.

Debbie holds a number of external facing roles including positions on the organisation committees for the OER16 Conference(University of Edinburgh April 2016), and the Open Badges in HE Conference Planning Committee (University of Southampton March 2016. She is also a member of the Badge Alliance, Open Badge Network and is a Mozilla Badge Advocate.

Debbie is a member of the organising team for the weekly Learning and Teaching Tweet Chats (#lthechat) and has undertaken several course facilitator roles for open online courses within the open education community including #FOS4L (Flexible, Open and Social Learning) .

Areas of Expertise

  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Open Digital Badges
  • Open Education Resources


  1. (2016). Open Digital Badges in HE Poster Presentation. Presented at Open Digital Badges in HE 2016 Southampton University,
  2. (2014). OER Wales Cymru Project : A Collaboration to embed Open Educational Resources and Practice in the HE Sector in Wales. Presented at ALT-C 2014 Association of Learning Technology,

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2016 Present Senior Academic Developer Swansea University (SALT)
2014 2015 Open Educational Resources Project Manager University of South Wales
2011 2013 Head of Student Registry University of South Wales
2003 2011 School Registrar (School of Education) University of Wales Newport
2003 2003 Head of Admissions(Acting) University of Wales Newport
2002 2003 Deputy Head of Admissions University of Wales Newport
1997 2002 Student Support Advisor & Deputy IT Facilitator Open University
2000 2000 Associate Lecturer (PT) Open University
1989 1996 Chartered Surveyor DTZ Debenham Thorpe

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2015 MA Online and Distance Education Open University
2014 MSc Business Psychology University of South Wales
2003 Professional Certificate in Management Open University
2000 BSc (Hons) Psychology 2:1 Open University
1994 Diploma in Surveying University of Reading

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Management of the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference - SALT

    2016 - Present

External Responsibilities