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The Centre for Innovation and Development in Education (CIDE) works collaboratively with colleagues and students in the institution and is responsible for the strategic direction and provision of educational development opportunities for all staff and learning support for students.

Who we are

  • Sally Mitchell, Head of Centre for Innovation and Development in Education
  • Saranne Weller, Reader in Higher Education Practice and Development
  • Elizabeth Staddon, Reader in Higher Education Practice and Development
  • Thushari Welikala, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Innovation and Development in Education
  • Rosie MacLachlan, Senior Lecturer in Learning Development
  • Olga Rodriguez-Falcon, Lecturer in Learning Development
  • David Ross, Lecturer in Inclusive Education
  • Paola Motta, CIDE Manager
  • Shira Meah, CIDE Administrator
  • Salman Usman, Lecturer in Higher Education Practice and Development

Headed by Sally Mitchell, CIDE is the university’s scholarly hub for educational practice and scholarship. The centre is aligned with the education and students strategy, of which it espouses the overarching aim of promoting educational experiences that are transformative for students and staff alike.

What we do

Established in 2017 and made up of a small number of educationalists and educational scholars, the centre provides support, guidance and inspiration to all those individuals and groups which are interested in enhancing their educational understanding and practice, and/or wish to be involved in educational scholarship and research.

Importantly, we support students in their learning development and advise academics about the best way to assist their students with their learning needs and capabilities.

We are guided by the principles of collaboration, dialogue, inclusivity and respect, and we support an educational culture that is principled, evidence-informed and forward-looking.

We offer a wide-ranging number of activities, from the SHINE professional recognition scheme for St George’s staff, to validated, credit-bearing programmes (our PGCert, in Healthcare and Biomedical Education), learning support for students and a series of initiatives for sharing good practice and enhancing educational scholarship and research.


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