Clare Saunders
St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Clare was initially an ‘accidental’ educational developer, moving from an early-career lectureship in her home discipline of Philosophy into what she thought would be a short-term role with the then Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies, with a remit to support subject-specific learning and teaching enhancement UK-wide. She then realised she had found her ‘tribe’, and has worked in educational development ever since, with various roles spanning Russell Group, post-92 and small and specialist institutions.

Clare’s eclectic interests encompass curriculum development, inclusion in higher education, academic identities and values. She’s also a bit of a policy nerd. She is passionate about making connections between sometimes ‘siloed’ aspects of higher education, and relatedly is a great believer in the power of networks, so is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the sector through her role on the SEDA Executive Committee.

Clare has been recognised as Principal Fellow of the HEA since 2016 for her strategic contribution to learning and teaching nationally.

SEDA Co-Chair