Introducing…Steve Briggs

The Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows with CATE are absolutely delighted to welcome Dr Steve Briggs to the team. Here’s an introduction to Steve, and his plans for CANTF…in his own words. Welcome, Steve!

I am Head of Professional and Academic Development (PAD) at the University of Bedfordshire where I manage a team of Learning Developers. My team support students to enhance their academic skills, literacies and practices with a specific focus on writing, maths, study skills and ICT. The PAD team provide a range of extracurricular student support (including drop-in, 1:1 appointments and online materials). They also work in partnership with course teams to develop and deliver targeted and contextualised learning development opportunities (such as workshops and webinars).   

I have Chartered Psychologist status from the British Psychological Society. Prior to this, I was awarded a PhD (examining how university life events impact on student career decidedness and professional development), a MSc in Applied Psychology and a BSc in Psychology. I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2020 and Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy status in 2018.   

I am also currently Co-Chair of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) and have specific responsibility for professional development activities. My main contributions to ALDinHE have been leading the development of a recognition scheme for Learning Development Practitioners and establishing ALDinHE regional networking events. I am currently co-leading the introduction of mentoring opportunities for Learning Developers.   

I am passionate about teaching and learning and particularly interested in how excellence can be promoted and recognised amongst individuals within professional learning services (such as Learning Developers, Learning Technologists and Librarians). I am delighted to join the Committee of the Association for NTF, with CATE and am really looking forward to building new connections within members of the NTF and CATE communities.  

Looking forward, I will be working with the ANTF Equality, Diversity and Inclusvity Officers to explore professional learning service under-representation amongst NTF/CATE winners. Please get in touch if you work in a learning service and would like to discuss participation barriers or make suggestions for how the ANTF could provide more tailored application support.   

Dr Steve Briggs | Head of Professional and Academic Development, University of Bedfordshire

PhD, MSc, BSc, CPsychol, NTF, PFHEA, AFBPsS, ALDinHE Certified Leading Practitioner.