Mrs Christie Pritchard

Mrs Christie Pritchard

Student Learning Manager

Learning Development and Peer Learning - Student Services (Academic Registry)


As the Student Learning Manager I am responsible for leading the Student Learning Services, including our innovative Writing Cafe and well established Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS). My role sees me manage the Learning Development team, RLF Writing Fellows, PALS leaders and Writing Mentors to design and deliver services to support student learning.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Certified Leading Practitioner of Learning Development and have worked supporting student's learning for over 10 years. In addition, I have SI-PASS Supervisor Training through the European Centre for Peer Assisted Learning, a Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice, and I am in the final stages of writing up a professional doctorate focused on social learning spaces in Higher Education.  


  • Doctorate in Education (2015 - 2020)
  • Mental Health First Aid Training (2019)
  • Certified Leading Practitioner of ALDinHE (2017)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2014)
  • Masters of Research (2010)
  • BA (Hons) (2009)

Professional membership

  • Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE)
  • Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE (formally Higher Education Academy) 2017
  • Fellow of AdvanceHE (formally Higher Education Academy) 2014

Roles on external bodies

  • Steering Group member of Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE)
  • Chair of Research and Development for the Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE)
  • Editorial Advisory Board for the Open University Press

Research interests

Grants & contracts

Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory Fund, 2015. £6550 'Hovering on the Threshold? Tracking intentional and transitional behaviours at the Writing Cafe'. 

Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory Fund, 2015. £9785 'Becoming Student: partnerships and voices. Developing a relationships for academic success and transformation model.'

Centre for SustainableFutures (CSF) Curriculum Development Grant awarded. Transformative and active learning with interdisciplinary staff team at Schumacher College, £4,000,June2014.


Journal Articles:

      Pritchard, C. (2015) 'Mentoring in the Writing Cafe: Identity, belonging and ownership, Journal of Learning         Development in Higher Education, Special Edition: Peer Learning, 9th November.

Conference Presentations:

Pritchard, C. (2015) 'It looks like my Gran's house: an exploration of 'thing power', Education for Sustainability in Higher Education: Achievements and Prospects. Plymouth University, Plymouth 8th January. Plymouth University Centre for Sustainable Futures.

Pritchard, C., Bowstead, H. (2015) 'It looks like my Gran's house: an exploration of 'thing power' Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) conference: Imagining Learning Development, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, 30th March - 1st April 2015. 

Pritchard, C., Bowstead,H. (2014) ‘Space Pirates of the Ocean City’, Higher Education Academy (HEA): Heroes and Monsters: Extra-ordinary Tales of Learning and Teaching in the Arts and Humanities, The Lowry, Manchester, 2-4th June 2014.  

Pritchard, C., Bowstead,H. (2014) ‘A tent for the nomad: Welcome to the Writing Café’, Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) : Learning Development Spaces and Places, Huddersfield University, Huddersfield, 14-16th April 2014.

Pritchard, C., Bowstead.H. (2014) ‘Welcoming and Purposeful: Coffee and Conversation at the Writing Café’ academic poster at PedRIO: Spaces to Think, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 2nd April, 2014.

Pritchard, C., Bowstead,H. (2013) ‘Learning Spaces beyond the Lecture Hall’, Centre for Sustainable Futures Pedagogy Café, 20th November 2013, Plymouth University.

Pritchard, C., Bowstead,H. ‘Making Writing Happen’, PASS/PALS National Leader Conference,Plymouth University, Plymouth, 8th –9th November 2013.