Social Sciences at the Higher Education Academy
Social Sciences at the Higher Education Academy is led by Dr Ben Brabon
Ben joined the Higher Education Academy in February 2016 as Academic Lead for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to this he was Academic Courses Manager within the executive team of the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University. A former Reader in English Literature and Digital Education with 5 books to his name, Ben is recognised within the sector for his work on Digital Education, MOOCs, Gothic fiction and Gender Studies. The convenor of the UK’s first undergraduate credit-bearing MOOC, Ben has worked with the QAA, HEFCE and Swedish Ministry of Education in this area and his pedagogic research has been cited by the former Universities Minister, David Willetts.
The HEA has over 600 resources, which are continually added to and updated, to support teaching within the Social Sciences disciplines. These resources aim to bring you up to date with the latest innovative practice within your area, along with tools which can aid your professional development within higher education teaching.
HEA resources are accessed through our Knowledge Hub. Here you can browse:
The HEA Social Sciences blog is about empowering our discipline communities. It provides an opening to express our academic experience, share innovative learning and teaching, demonstrate our creativity and generate enthusiasm for what we do.
National Teaching Fellowship Innovative Pedagogies
National Teaching Fellows were asked to produce reports on the innovative pedagogies they have used in their practice which has led to them being recognised. The series is available to view in the Knowledge HUB and can be cut by discipline.
Are your students prepared for their future?
The HEA, through its four step process: conceptualising; planning and preparation; implementation, delivery and monitoring, and; completion and closure; can help you to tackle your strategic priorities at a school, faculty or institutional level to support student success, through:
- Identifying areas of strength and areas for improvement
- Delivering solutions-based change aimed at tackling your issues
- Reviewing the success of any initiatives against KPIs and global frameworks
Social Sciences Events
The Higher Education Academy run and support a range of events.
Providing the opportunity for the individuals to debate the key issues, share best practice and inspire change.