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 Helen Spittle

Helen Spittle

Director of the Learning and Teaching Academy


Role responsibilities:

I lead the Learning and Teaching Academy to design and deliver institutional education support ensuring our key strategic priorities support the University’s Education and Students sub-strategy.

I am responsible for strategic delivery objectives and operational management of the LT Academy, and for managing specialist teams around Digital Education, Education Development, Student Engagement and Teaching Innovation. I ensure the sustainable and effective delivery of outstanding education support for the University, by working in partnership with the academic community, delivering transformational change in learning and teaching to meet the changing needs and expectations of students.

Key Work/Specialisms

  • Leadership and management - Leading a diverse team of experts and their work with our Academic Partners
  • Portfolio Management - Driving change through my role as Delivery Sponsor for projects within the Education and Student Experience Portfolio
  • Strategy and Operations - Developing action plans to deliver strategic objectives, whilst overseeing a high-quality ongoing service to schools and colleges
  • Planning and resourcing - Overseeing the LT Academy budget, and project budgets, and ensuring that staff roles are clear and strategically aligned


Following my BSc Physics and PGCE at the University of Birmingham, my first role was as a Teacher of Science at a secondary school in Tamworth. I have since worked at the University of Warwick and spent 10 years as a School Manager in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University.

Having worked on the 'Transforming Cardiff' programme in the early stages as a secondment from my School Manager role, I moved across to manage the development of the LT Academy at the time of COVID 19. I was appointed as Director in 2021 and am thoroughly enjoying the challenge and reward of leading this exciting work.

Outside work, communities are important to me, and I enjoy contributing my time as a School Governor of our local comprehensive. I moved with my family to a smallholder community in Chepstow in 2018 and spend a lot of my spare time managing the land and animals at our small farm.


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