Eastern Region Forum for Staff and Educational Developers

n June, the East Region Forum held its annual Fountains in the Sand workshop, facilitated by Jacqui MacDonald of IoE, University of London. This session was open to colleagues in other SDF groups and takes its guiding principle from the view that much of our professional learning takes place through exposure to new ideas and/or techniques, which we happen across sometimes by accident or in unusual ways.

Our regional forum groups are, by their very nature predisposed to learn from each other. The Fountains format gives an opportunity to cascade innovative development ideas and techniques to forum colleagues.

For the rest of the day we enjoyed a session on Mindfulness and a fantastic introductory session from Mythodrama, entitled, Lessons from Shakespeare’s Henry V. Well worth seeing if you have an opportunity to see them in action!

Everyone felt positive about the sessions and offered a big thank you to Jacqui for organising such a successful day. We look forward to another Fountains in the Sand next year.


Jane Hay

Eastern Region Joint Group Representative

Group Representative Profile –

Linda Bryant

I am currently Head of Learning & Development at Cranfield University having joined in October 2008. I was engaged to provide a strategic approach to learning and development and some OD, ensuring provision of a business-focused range of development activities. I had previously worked at the University of Hertfordshire as Head of People Development for 17 years, which followed a number of similar roles within a range of commercial companies (including food and furniture retail, clothing manufacture, car rental, amongst others, as well as running my own ladies tailoring business


Jane Hay

Jane is an HR Manager: Learning and Development at Anglia Ruskin University. Along with others on the L & D team, Jane is responsible for the provision of staff development opportunities including personal and management development.

Jane previously worked as a Managing Consultant with a particular interest in conflict resolution. She worked as an external investigator for several years and is a trained mediator.


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