Acting DL for Law
Helen Jones (Helen.Jones@heacademy.ac.uk)
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Merry Christmas everyone! I know I’m posting this at the start of December but I wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone festive greetings and best wishes for 2014. It has been quite a year for the Law community and I’m sure the coming year has more change and challenges for us to deal with. In this month’s blog I want to give a summary of the funding and events coming up and I hope you all get a well-earned break to consider your own needs and replenish your energy levels.
Since mid October I have visited London to meet with the QAA panel reviewing the Criminology benchmarks, reviewed the Teaching Development Grants and Doctoral Studentship applications for Law and visited Manchester, Lancaster, with a visit due to Derby in mid December. The biggest news of this year was the LETR report which has clear implications for the range of academic and vocational qualifications in Law delivered by HE institutions. In September 2013 we invited expressions of interest from colleagues to work with us to address the issues highlighted. So part of the last month was also taken up with reviewing the applications submitted for this ‘Supporting the future of legal education’ strand of the Social Sciences cluster initiative and I look forward to working with the teams working on the projects selected for funding. We will also be holding a Law Summit in January 2014 to develop our work with the Law community (more below).
I’ve put some diary dates at the end of this blog posting but make sure you put this straight into your 2014 year planner:
HEA Social Sciences conference Our third annual learning and teaching conference entitled ‘Teaching forward: the future of Social Sciences’ will take place on 21-22 May 2014 at The Studio, Birmingham. The call for papers closes on 17 December 2013.
Do consider applying for our Collaborative Teaching Development Grant scheme (up to £60,000) and/or the National Teaching Fellowship Award (up to 55 awards of £10,000 made to recognise individual excellence). You might also want to take a look at the list of previous successful applicants to our International Scholarship scheme (up to £20,000) who took time out to visit the globe. Plus you can read about Dr Jenny Gilbert’s current exploits on this blog ‘Postcards from an international scholar’ The call closes 20 January 2014.
Workshop and Seminar Series
Free workshops and lots of opportunities to network. Check out our events scheduler for more information but here is a summary of the most relevant for Law: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events?disciplines=Law
Teaching research skills to Law Students: a workshop on best practice. 5 February 2014, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
Running a legal clinic: facing the challenges and sharing good practice. 12 February 2014, Northumbria School of Law
A new approach to problem based learning in law; turning pedagogy upside down. 25 February 2014, Nottingham Trent University
Embedding legal research skills into the LLB curriculum. 7 April 2014, University of Greenwich
Using game-design pedagogies to embed skills in the law curriculum. 15 April 2014, Staffordshire University
I hope you come to join us but if you can’t, we will try to ensure that all workshops have an accessible output. Here are a couple of examples of blog posts from Law workshops last year:
It is not just blogs though. Using technology means that you have many ways to catch up with events that have already taken place. One example of this is how Storify can provide a summary of tweets, capturing the thoughts of participants during the event. In November, Professor Daniella Tilbury and Dr Alex Ryan, from the University of Gloucestershire, presented an HEA seminar/webinar, Higher education for the future: flexible pedagogies that empower learners for complexity, uncertainty and change. A new HEA report, Flexible Pedagogies, was launched at the event and you can catch up with the report itself, the video launching it and the contributions of those present by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/pn7qrpv
The Guardian also holds a useful archive of events. They held a live Q&A in November on legal education which many found useful at the time and with which you can still engage: ‘How to make a legal qualification pay off’.
HEA Law Summit – This invitation-only event will open a space to examine the next steps for legal education. January 2014.
Socio-Legal Studies Association will hold their annual conference at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 9-11 April 2014 http://www.slsa.ac.uk/content/view/179/#futurehosts
The Association of Law Teachers has announced that the 49th Annual Conference will be held in Leeds from the 13 -15 April 2014. The call for papers is now open. http://www.lawteacher.ac.uk/annual-conference/
British Society of Criminology annual conference 2014. The School of Law and Social Justice, The University of Liverpool will be hosting this event. Full details here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/law-and-social-justice/conferences/bsc/
Solicitors Regulation Authority - Webinar 5 December - Training for Tomorrow is the SRA's policy document published in mid-October in response to the Legal Education and Training Review report. This webinar provides an overview and an opportunity to ask questions. http://www.sra.org.uk/webinars/
Congratulations to the three Socio-Legal teams (Edinburgh, Kent and Sheffield) who are part of the £19.5 million Q-Step programme, jointly funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the ESRC and HEFCE, to produce a step-change in the teaching of quantitative methods. Along with new appointments in quantitative methods teaching, this funding will produce a range of innovations including new modules and degree programmes, work placements, summer schools and dissertation support. The social sciences cluster at the HEA has already been exploring some of these issues through its strategic priority funding and initiatives in teaching research methods both last year and this year. http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/q-step
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