The Higher Education Academy launches its new, UK-wide Enhancement Events Series on 2 October 2014, combining keynote presentations, workshops, masterclasses, and new-to-teaching and professional development sessions.
The first of the 15 events is ‘Moving with the times: Continuing professional development for changing academic careers’. William Locke, Reader in Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London, and former Head of Learning and Teaching Policy at HEFCE, will be the keynote speaker, discussing his new research commissioned by the HEA looking at the changing nature of academic careers in HE. The report examines the shift towards ‘teaching-only’ contracts, the emerging professional development needs of staff, and the impact on the student learning experience.
Each event includes workshops or a masterclass related to the theme of the event, or a masterclass on recognition or accreditation delivered by the HEA. There are also sessions designed especially for staff new to teaching. All the activities at the events are aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). Alongside the parallel sessions, each event will also host a full day writing retreat for one of two audiences – either those applying for Associate Fellowship or Fellowship of the HEA, or for more experienced delegates those applying for Senior Fellowship.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: “We have put together 15 exciting events across the UK, each examining one of the key strategic issues facing higher education today. We are proud that some of the leading thinkers in these areas have agreed to speak at these events including William Locke, Christine Keenan and Annette Cashmore to name just a few. And our own academics will be leading sessions designed for a wide range of staff, from those new to teaching, to others looking to become Principal Fellows of the HEA.
“Most importantly these events reflect the work the sector really values from us and has specifically asked us to focus on. I am looking forward to meeting colleagues from all levels at institutions – those making strategic decisions about learning and teaching, those developing their careers and, of course, those new to teaching.”
Bookings are now open for the first event, with others opening shortly. In the meantime, you can find out more information about the first six enhancement events here.