January 2011

Academy Update

  • Publication Date: 25-01-2011

This is a regular bulletin from the Higher Education Academy about our activities, services, resources and publications, funding opportunities and forthcoming events.


1. National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2011
The call for nominations for the 2011 (Individual) scheme has opened, with higher education institutions in Wales able to take part for the first time.

2. Early-bird bookings for the Academy’s annual conference open soon
Delegates can take advantage of the early bird booking fees from 18 February 2011 for the Academy’s conference, ‘Changing practice - changing times’.

3. Change Academy 2011
We are currently accepting proposals for participation in the year-long Change Academy programme. The deadline for submission is Thursday 3 March 2011.

4. Academy plans from 2011
Following a review of the Academy’s work and structure, we have recently announced a revised focus and structure from 2011, which includes our work at subject level.

5. Overseas academics become fellows of the Academy
Participants on an overseas programme from York St John University have received recognition as Fellows of the Academy.

6. Academy coordinates learning and teaching work in Wales
At the request of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Academy is leading work to coordinate activity in Wales to enhance learning and teaching.

7. Seminar series 2011 launched
The Academy has launched its 2011 seminar series, with 30 seminars being hosted by institutions across the UK on issues including assessment and feedback, student engagement, and flexible learning.

8. Invitation to join benchmarking student feedback special interest group
The Academy is inviting colleagues in HEIs to join a new benchmarking student feedback special interest group. The group will work collaboratively through the year to identify benchmark standards for delivering effective feedback to students.

9. Nominations open for national psychology postgraduate teaching award
This award, given by the Postgraduates who Teach Network and the Psychology Postgraduates Affairs Group, and supported by the Psychology Network, will recognise a postgraduate psychology student who has made a significant impact through teaching.

10. Call for applications: learning and teaching team awards 2011
Applications are invited for the 2011 learning and teaching awards in the Health Sciences and Practice Subject Centre’s disciplines.

11. Call for proposals for PRS learning and teaching conference
The Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies is inviting proposals from colleagues with an interest in learning and teaching in the philosophical and religious disciplines.

12. JISC TechDis launches assistive technology competitions
JISC TechDis, hosted at the Academy’s offices in York, has launched two competitions on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, aimed at technology developers and designed to promote independent learning.

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Publications, resources and funding

13. Academy annual report 2009-10 published
The Academy’s annual report for the 2009-10 academic year is now available on our website.

14. New research on student engagement
Following a review of research on student engagement the Academy has developed a range of documents which describes evidence that exists on the nature and benefits of student engagement.

15. Islamic Studies Network publishes the first issue of its Perspectives magazine
The first edition of the Network’s biannual magazine, Perspectives: teaching Islamic Studies in higher education is available to download. 

16. Academy publishes Demonstrator projects: quality and responding to employer needs
The case studies captured in this publication will support HEIs develop tailored higher education to learners already in the workplace.

17. University management of work-based learning publication
This publication was written by members of the PVC employer engagement Special Interest Group (SIG) to address institutional issues related to employer engagement.

18. Latest issue of ELiSS, Enhancing Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences, journal now available
This journal is supported by C-SAP, the Subject Network for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics.

19. The first year in higher education: considering the Scottish approach paper published
This paper, published by the Subject Network for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, is part of the Network’s ‘Why social science matters’ series. It looks at current thinking and practice in relation to the first year experience in Scotland.

20. Creative analysis of National Student Survey (NSS) data published
The Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work (SWAP) has published a new report on the creative analysis of NSS data. The collaborative project has conducted comparative analysis of current practices in assessment within the SWAP constituency, and explored data from a range of HEIs.

21. Small group teaching in English teaching: a good practice guide
This guide, published by the English Subject Centre, gives practical help to those new to teaching small groups, and suggests some fresh ideas for more experienced lecturers.

22. Funding opportunity in student engagement
The Academy is inviting bids from individuals or groups with an interest in building upon their existing work on student engagement.

23. Funding available for teaching about Islam and Muslims in languages, linguistics and area studies
As part of its contribution to the Islamic Studies Network, the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies has issued a project funding call, closing on 18 February, for up to four projects of £3,000.

24. Final call for engineering project proposals
Working in collaboration with the Engineering Subject Centre, the Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the last invitation to HE staff involved in engineering education to bid for funding and support for development projects in support of the aims of the national HE STEM programme.

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25. Teaching International Students (TIS) workshop, 17 February 2011, King's College London
This collaborative workshop between the Health Sciences and Practice Subject Centre and the TIS initiative will look at topical issues and challenges relating to teaching international students in the healthcare disciplines.

26. First year within Scottish higher education, 17 February 2011, West Park Conference Centre, Dundee
This joint event, run by the Subject Network for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics and QAA, is aimed at academic staff, admission tutors and first year tutors who want to consider and contribute to a discussion on the nature and purpose of the first year in Scottish higher education.

27. Developing a high quality and inclusive learning experience for all students: embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum, 18 February 2011, Scotland’s Colleges, Stirling and 9 March 2011, Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh
These events are an opportunity for practitioners and managers to share practice and help to shape the future of the ‘embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum’ programme.

28. External examining in the humanities, 18 February 2011, University of Sheffield
This forum will explore the ways in which external examiners can play a constructive role in the dialogue within and between programmes across the arts and humanities disciplines.

29. Engaging students in sustainable development for the 21st century, 22 February 2011, University of Leeds
This event will enable delegates to find out what students are thinking and doing with regard to sustainable development. It will also provide details of a major survey, commissioned by the Academy, which looks at the attitudes of first year students to sustainability.

30. Care and well being: personal, social and global approaches to education for sustainable development and global citizenship in international teacher education, 2 March 2011, University of East London
Organised by ESCalate, the Subject Centre for Education and the UK International Teacher Education Network, the workshop will explore and share best practice regarding education for sustainable development and global citizenship in teacher education.

31. Collaborative working for safeguarding children, 3 March 2011, King’s College London
The Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work, in collaboration with the Health Sciences and Practice Subject Centre, are holding a workshop to share and explore collaborative educational approaches to child protection issues.

32. Workshop on teaching Islamic Studies in Wales, 9 March 2011, Lampeter Campus, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
The Islamic Studies Network is organising a cross-disciplinary workshop for those working in Islamic Studies and related disciplines at higher education institutions in Wales.

33. Working with employers, 9 March 2011, University of Cardiff
The Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology, in collaboration with York Archaeological Trust, is holding a workshop designed to improve employability skills for archaeology graduates.

34. The transformative impact of international experience on professional learning, 23 March 2011, Liverpool Hope University
Organised by ESCalate and the Centre for International and Development Education, this workshop will present findings from research and practice of teacher educators with experience of leading international placements in a range of European and developing countries.

35. Live Projects 2011, 25 March 2011, Queen's University Belfast
Supported by the Centre for Education in the Built Environment, this event brings together academics and teachers in architecture, built environment and design disciplines to discuss the use of live projects in higher education.

36. Assessment matters – original assessment for original student work, 31 March 2011, Higher Education Academy, York
This seminar will explore innovation and good practice in assessment strategies and design that can help to minimise the possibilities of student plagiarism, collusion and data fabrication.

37. Assessment and external examining for practice learning in social work, 1 April 2011, the Resource Centre, London
The Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work is holding a conference for external examiners and heads of degree programmes to promote the effective development and implementation of assessment of practice learning for the degree in social work.

38. Graduates with impact: the sixth annual conference of the Business Management Accountancy and Finance Network, 10-11 May 2011, Bournemouth
Run in conjunction with the Business School at Bournemouth University, this conference will provide an opportunity for those in business education to share innovative practice in UK and worldwide higher education relating to this important theme.

39. Surveys for enhancement conference, 19 May 2011, National College for School Leadership, Nottingham
This conference will bring together research and practice in using student experience surveys, and explore their implications for the enhancement of learning and teaching.

40. GEES early career lecturers workshop, 23-24 May 2011, University of Chester
Organised by the Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, this two-day workshop is designed for staff in the first five years of teaching in the GEES disciplines. It aims to complement the learning and teaching courses and certificates provided to new lecturers, demonstrators and graduate teaching assistants in UK universities.

41. Regional workshop on teaching Islamic Studies in the north of England, 26 May 2011, Leeds
This networking workshop, organised by the Islamic Studies Network, will be of interest to practitioners who teach on modules related to Islam.

42. Effective learning in the biosciences: equipping students for the 21st century, 30 June - 1 July 2011, Edinburgh
The UK Centre for Bioscience’s international conference will provide a platform to consider how we nurture and inspire all bioscience students to realise their full potential.