Book Launch next week – all invited!

Multi-dimensional Transitions of International Stuednts to Higher Education

Professor Divya Jindal-Snape from the School of Education and Social Work has co-edited  a new publication: Multi-dimensional Transitions of International Students to Higher Education.

 You are warmly invited to attend the book launch and seminar on Tuesday 26th April from 3 to 5 pm in Dalhousie Building 1G06.

Please see the book launch flyer with programme for more details and rsvp to

Dusting off the reading list – Friday Fry Up 29 April

Bookshelves for Friday Fry

Come along to the next Friday Fry Up in the EduZone, Main Library on Friday 29th April, from 12-1pm!

Lynn Boyle and Dianne Mitchell from the School of Education and Social Work will be discussing, PechaKucha style, their ‘On the Horizon’ paper recently published in  the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. The paper sets out the planned scrutiny of the (sometimes overlooked), University reading list. This work is concerned with the compiling and updating of reading lists within the context of the BA Childhood Practice programme, however it should resonate with everyone concerned with using, updating, compiling and collating reading lists for courses.

The authors invite comments and suggestions for the planned work and hope to have an in depth discussion around the way in which reading lists are created.

There will be buns, tea and coffee – please bring your own lunch if required. Contact Lynn Boyle  ( if you would like to come along.

Digital is not the Future Hack

Digital is not the future

The University of the Arts London (UAL) and the London School of Economics (LSE) have been working on developing an online hack to discuss how the sector can overcome the issues and tensions around technology and the institution.

They are are running an online hack for the next two weeks through Loomio and invite University of Dundee staff to participate.  Click on these links for a blog post  and the  Loomio site. The hashtag for the hack is #futurehappens .

This is a unique opportunity to shape the dialogue, crowdsource a solution and contribute to a different future.

Capturing learning gain from work placements

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About the project

Building on our Institutional Employability Strategy, the University of Dundee plans to use the opportunity provided by the Strategic Excellence Initiative to develop and pilot guidelines to identify and capture the learning gain of students who have been offered work-based learning opportunities.

The project is led by the Centre for enhancement of Academic Skills, Teaching, Learning & Employability (CASTLE), in partnership with the Careers & Employability Service and the School of Education & Social Work.  It will aim to determine and assess the suitability of questions related to the determination of ‘learning gain’ which are specifically relevant to an undergraduate student placement, to assess the development of students’, ‘skills, competencies, content knowledge and personal development demonstrated by students at two points in time’, before and after that work placement.

The pilot will also allow us to develop and explore the conceptual ‘learning gain’ model, along with exploring what student, institutional and employer perspectives on what learning from work placements look like currently. This in turn, will help us to advance models of what this will look like in the future.

What the project hopes to achieve

Results from the project would ensure that the learning is captured, shared and subsequently embedded within the University curricula, in a way that would inform continuing developments in this area and enhance the student experience. This would enable all students to benefit, regardless of their subject of study or ability, to engage directly with placement opportunities.

Due to the nature of the work placement/ internship as a concept, learning from the project would be generalisable and transferable across both the University and the wider sector. Specific learning could inform the work of:

  • Careers & Employability Service colleagues
  • Disciple-based programmes that offer work-placements/internships
  • Institutional employability and enterprise strategies

Specific learning will contribute to a more in depth understanding of the value of learning gain through work based learning for current and prospective employers who offer work-placement and internship opportunities.

Further information on the project including details of the ‘learning gain’ concept, the project methodology and the student questionnaires, are available from the HEA Learning Gain Report 2016