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Alan Tree

Teaching Development Coordinator

I joined the University of Sunderland in 2010 as the Academic Development Officer (Collaborative). My role includes supporting teaching staff delivering University programmes in our collaborative partners and supporting the University’s academic staff in our three locations.

I visit local FE and TNE partners to provide staff CPD sessions and maintain specific resources for each partner on our MySunderland platform. I also design, develop and deliver courses and programmes for staff development on our Sunderland and London campuses including the ‘Preparing To Teach’ course for new academic staff.

In addition to a BA (Hons) in Environmental Science I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Qualified Teacher Status) and a Masters in Education.

Teaching and supervision

Areas of expertise

I have over 30 years experience in teaching across a wide range of education sectors and contexts including commercial training, compulsory education, further education and higher education.


I am interested in cross-cultural learning, in developing effective teaching practice and in the development of assessment practices to improve recognition of student attainment.


Conference papers:

Tree, A. (2012) Development of a database to track staff cpd with alignment to the  UKPSF.  SEDA 2012 17th Annual Conference. Excellence in Teaching: recognising, enhancing, evaluating and achieving impact. Aston Business School, Birmingham.

Proctor, M., Round, A., Tree, A. (2013) Understanding and addressing student expectations: three perspectives & some principles for practice in the area of Learner Identity Theory. Learning and Enhancement Conference. 2013 University of Sunderland.

Tree, A. (2013) Staff development needs of teachers delivering UK Higher Education programmes in Transnational Education. PedRIO 2013 Internationalisation and the Student Experience. University of Plymouth

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0191 515 2183
Centre for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching (CELT)
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