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Ed Bickle

  • ebickle at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer in Learning Development
  • WH
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Journal Articles

  • Kantcheva, R. and Bickle, E., 2023. Inclusive learning development practices: the consequences of flexibility and choice in the hybrid era. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 26 (Special Edition, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion).
  • Bickle, E., Mayer, M. and Allen, S., 2022. Learning development 2030. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 25 (Special Edition, ALDinHE Conference Proceedings and Reflections).
  • Johnson, I., Welton, K., Sum, K., Rafferty, V., Kantcheva, R., Nodder, J., Chin, P., Canton, U., Bishopp-Martin, S. and Bickle, E., 2022. Collaborative writing communities for learning development research and practice. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, Special Edition 25: ALDinHE Conference Proceedings and Reflections.
  • Bickle, E., Bishopp-Martin, S., Canton, U., Chin, P. and Johnson, I., 2022. Emerging from the third space chrysalis: Experiences in a non-hierarchical, collaborative research community of practice. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 18 (7), 135-158.
  • Bickle, E., Allen, S. and Mayer, M., 2021. The use of virtual drop-in sessions during COVID-19 as a means increase engagement with Learning Development. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.
  • Gauntlett, L., Bickle, E., Collins, B., Heaslip, V., Thomas, G. and Eccles, S., 2017. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: A means of exploring aspiration and resilience amongst Widening Participation students. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 19 (2).




  • Thurston, J. and Polkinghorne, M., 2022. Students as Researchers. In: Fusion Learning Conference - Innovation and Excellence in the Pandemic 28 June-29 July 2021 Bournemouth University: UK. Poole, UK: Bournemouth University.
  • Bickle, E., 2017. Becoming Aspirational Citizens: How Young People Create and Develop Aspirations Through Their Lived Experiences. In: FACE Annual Conference: Concepts of Value and Worth: National and International Perspectives on Widening Access and Participation 28-30 June 2017 The Glasgow School of Art.
  • Gauntlett, L. and Bickle, E., 2016. A novel approach to researching the student experience across the higher education lifecycle: Using interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore ‘widening participation’ students’ aspiration and academic resilience. In: HE: Transforming lives through life-wide learning? 27-28 April 2016 Open University Milton Keynes.


  • Bickle, E., Allen, S., Mayer, M. and Naran, M., 2023. Examining change: The future of Learning Development in Higher Education. The Society for Educational Studies.


  • Bickle, E., 2018. Widening participation in higher education: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the aspirations of young people living in low participation neighbourhoods. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Media and Communication.


PhD Students

  • Denyse King. Reconfiguring clinical theory and practice: exploring the impact of virtual reality learning environments on holistic healthcare education., (In progress)
  • Rebecca Hindley. Is scholarship a thing? An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of first-year business students’ lived experiences as they transition to the demands of university study, (In progress)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Continuing Academic Development
  • Research Methods
  • Developing and Reflecting on Higher Education Practice

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Research Ethics


  • Examining change: The future of Learning Development in Higher Education. (The Society for Educational Studies, 01 Sep 2022). Awarded

External Responsibilities

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member, TeachBU Assessment Panel

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • London Review of Education, 25 Jan 2024
  • Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, Anonymous peer review, 01 Nov 2023
  • Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, Anonymous peer review, 01 Sep 2022

Conference Presentations

  • HIGHER EDUCATION THIRD SPACE RESEARCH GROUP: ONLINE SYMPOSIUM, Learning Development in Higher Education: Reimagining the third space paradox, 08 Nov 2023, Online
  • Society for Educational Studies Colloquium 2023, Artificial Intelligence: Teaching Threat or Transformative Tool?, 07 Sep 2023, University of Oxford
  • ALDcon23, Academic Integrity and the role of Learning Development, 13 Jun 2023, University of Portsmouth
  • ALDinHE Conference 2022, Collaborative writing communities for LD research and practice, 10 Jun 2022, University of Northampton
  • ALDinHE Conference 2022, Learning Development 2030, 10 Jun 2022, University of Northampton
  • SRHE Conference 2021, (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times, Challenges and solutions to combating predatory essay mills: supporting student integrity in UK higher education, 06 Dec 2021, Online
  • SRHE Conference 2021, (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times, The Lived Experience of Learning Development Practitioners: Being, Thinking, Doing, and Reflecting, 06 Dec 2021, Online


  • Certified Practitioner (CeP) (Association for Learning Development in Higher Education, 2022)
  • Fellow (Higher Education Academy, 2022)


  • The Society for Educational Studies, Member (2022-),
  • SRHE, Member (2021-),


  • Member of ALDinHE research and scholarship working group
  • Co-lead Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Research Community of Practice