About the CDE

Our core function is to support the University of London and member institutions by promoting best practice in distance and open education.

There are currently 26 CDE Fellows drawn from across the University of London member institutions, and from thought leaders in the area of distance and open education.

Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper

About the CDE

Our core function is to support the University of London and member institutions by promoting best practice in distance and open education.

There are currently 26 CDE Fellows drawn from across the University of London member institutions, and from thought leaders in the area of distance and open education.

Executive lead roles

Head of CDE: Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper

  • Appointed by UoL
  • Budget holder, member of UoLW Senior Leadership Team
  • Oversight of CDE Activity, projects, awards, events
  • Represents CDE internally and externally
  • Supported by CDE Administrator

Editor in Chief and lead on Communications: Prof Stephen Brown 

  • Manages the CDE website development and oversees content
  • Leads the social media and communications campaigns activity
  • Oversees communications schedule

Joint Research and Dissemination Executive Leads: Prof Alan Tait and Prof Stylianos Hatzipanagos 

  • Coordinate CDE Research activity and dissemination
  • Support CDE Fellow research activity
  • Review opportunities for research grant capture
  • Support Visiting Scholar activity
  • Coordinate and oversee major CDE Events including RIDE, Supporting Student Success  conferences

Joint Teaching and Learning Executive Leads: Dr Gwyneth Hughes and Dr David Baume

  • Coordinate CDE Teaching and Learning Activity (projects, capacity building, staff development)
  • Support CDE Fellow Teaching and Learning activity
  • Support Visiting Scholar activity.

CDE Student Fellows

This is an initiative whereby University of London distance learning students are given the opportunity to gain transferable skills through collaborating with CDE Fellows on current projects funded by the Centre.  Typical topics include:

  • Educational research
  • Development of student support material
  • Project or resource evaluation
  • Focus group and other data gathering activities

Read more about CDE Student Fellows

Visiting scholars

Visiting Scholars have the opportunity to engage in projects and activities that are mutually agreed with identified intended outcomes. A bespoke programme of activities is developed to support the intended outcomes for the placement. Placements at CDE usually last for between four and six months. The nature of the placement can vary from specific research projects and evaluation, to capacity building, programme/short course development and training. Read more about Visiting Scholars.

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