National Teaching Fellow 2009
Alan Hayes is the Director of Teaching in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath. In his relatively short time at Bath he has had a major impact on many aspects of his discipline and Department, from instigating change through his work on the Honours degree in Computer Science, to introducing new educational technologies which have benefitted both staff and students.
Much of Alan’s work over the years has concentrated on assessment. He is a strong advocate of utilising assessment as a vehicle to support learning, feeling strongly that assessment should move beyond a summative measure of students’ performance. It should be a vehicle to facilitate, support and enhance the learning process; i.e. assessment for learning rather than of learning. Projects he has managed in the past include the creation of a cross-institutional enabling regulatory framework linked to enhancing the student first year experience and facilitating the development of study and assessment skills in a widening participation context. The framework focused on the balance between formative and summative assessment of the first year of undergraduate programmes. Through institution-wide curriculum review, the first year was established as an enabling environment within which the students developed their learning skills without there being an over burdening summative assessment regime. This project was led by Alan and undertaken under the auspices of the Higher Education Academy’s Change Academy.
Alan is in great demand, not only within his own institution but nationally, for example, presenting a case study on the use of NSS data to support the enhancement process at the Academy’s National Conference on the National Student Survey.
Alan has extensive experience of working with international students both in the context of overseas students studying in the UK and those studying at collaborative overseas partner institutions. He has worked with institutions in France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Dubai, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China. He has also been extensively involved in facilitating the exchange of pedagogic practices with these international partners.
Alan has been awarded a University of Bath teaching award and funding for a project that will develop a pedagogic model for utilising technology to promote deep learning within final year undergraduate students.
Director of Teaching and Director of Studies (Undergraduate Programme)
University of Bath