Dr Helen Pokorny is Assistant Director of University Campus St Albans (UCSA) a joint venture between the University of Hertfordshire and Oaklands Further Education College where she is responsible for academic development. UCSA has a unique curriculum designed solely for part-time mature students which builds on prior learning credit, providing all students with advanced standing. Previously she was Director of Professional Development at the University of Westminster and a Principal Lecturer London Metropolitan University. She has maintained throughout her career an abiding commitment to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) researching and publishing on this topic and is a founding Director of the Prior Learning International Research Centre, based in Canada. She has worked with colleagues on a range of research and professional development projects publishing in the areas of assessment and feedback and student belonging. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.