Our Team

Allison Bell – Instructional Design Manager

PENTAX Digital CameraAllison coordinates the work of our instructional designers to ensure projects are delivered on time, and to expectations. She is passionate about delivering great digital learning experiences – having 15 years’ experience delivering user-centred design online, and over 7 years’ experience working exclusively on online courses. Allison also holds a Masters in Online and Distance Education.



Jennifer Smith – Instructional Designer

Jennifer SmithJennifer has several years’ experience with the Business School working across postgraduate programmes and has studied Education to degree level at Stockton University, New Jersey. Prior to working for Durham University, Jennifer lived in Texas managing an audio and web conferencing company for over 15 years. As an instructional designer, her role is centred around enhancing the student experience through the creation of effective online and blending learning activities working in close collaboration with our academic colleagues.

Jennifer has recently begun an MSc in Digital Education (Jan 2018).

Linkedin  @jennsmith47

Jon Davidson – Instructional Designer

Jon has spent the last 30 years working in the media. Trained as a sound engineer, Jon managed three recording studios for Gateshead Libraries and Arts department, before branching into video production in the late 90s. He spent recent years as Audio Visual Manager for RNIB Gateshead. Jon is an instructional designer who brings a wide filmmaking, animation and audio recording skills to the team, creating engaging and thoughtful media content to enhance the learning experience.




 Rebecca Topping – Educational Development Coordinator

Rebecca coordinates training and development activities in the unit. Her role ranges from organising professional development programmes for academic faculty and doctoral students, to project management of key learning and teaching initiatives. She also assists colleagues in activities such as learning and teaching funding applications, accessing academic coaching services and arranging instructional design consultations.  A particular dimension of Rebecca’s role involves external liaison, however, working closely with the Head in a range of accreditation and quality assurance matters.  With ten years experience in the University in a range of customer-facing activities, from the Colleges Division to Executive Education, Rebecca has a strong customer focus, ensuring that all EDU stakeholders – both internal and external – receive the highest standards of service and support.