All posts by Lorraine Anderson

Free e-book – ‘How to write a research dissertation’

How to Write a Research Dissertaion

Free to download on Amazon for 5 days only

November 9th to 13th

e-book with companion website

 ‘How to write a research dissertation’ by Professor Frank Rennie and Professor Keith Smyth of UHI is a multi-disciplinary and multi-level e-textbook, suitable for undergraduate, honours, taught post-graduate and PG research activities. The textbook is published by the e-Textbook Institutional Publishing Service (e-TIPS) which is a 3 year JISC-funded project.

The Friday Fry!


Did you miss the Fry last Friday?? If so, you missed out on a great meeting, looking at ‌The University of Dundee’s Young Researcher’s Association. Find out more through –




or on Twitter:

Here is a little clip of our symposium last year:

Find out what the Fry’s about and never miss another event – check out the Friday Fry pages on the CASTLE website where you’ll also find videos from previous events, including an interview with the Principal

The next Friday Fry will be on Friday 27th November.

Learner Experiences of eLearning – FREE local event

This is an excellent opportunity to hear a range of views on learner experiences of elearning at the next ELESIG Scotland event on 23rd November. Go along to listen to the presentations, join in the discussions and take the opportunity to share your thoughts through a poster or mini presentation if you would like.

What? ELESIG Scotland meeting

Where? University of St Andrews

When? 23rd November from 10am (for 10.30 start) – 3.30pm


Welcome to the PGCAPHE – and some thoughts on the UKPSF

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Hi everyone

great to see and meet you all yesterday. Please check this blog regularly, and the CASTLE website, to find out about resources, events, ideas etc. that could be useful to you in your studies on the module or programme and to your academic practice.

At the ‘teas & scones’ event yesterday the UKPSF was flagged up on your handout. The UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)underpins the PGCAPHE and supports your engagement with and attainment of professional recognition as an Associate or Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Here are some useful links to help you get started:

Higher Education Academy

Fellowships and the UKPSF

YouTube videos explaining the areas of activity dimension of the UKPSF

Area of activity 1

Area of activity 2

Area of activity 3

Area of activity 4

Area of activity 5



ECU webinar events: designing accessible courses

What can academics do to advance disability equality?

=        The webinars will be interactive, with opportunities throughout for questions and discussion. You will have the opportunity to learn from guidance recently released by ECU.


To ensure examples and discussion are relevant, the webinar will be run four times with a focus on different subject clusters.


Subject cluster


Arts and Humanities


Health and Social Care


Social Sciences



Webinars will run from 12:30 – 13:15. This will include a short introduction on how to use Blackboard Collaborate to ensure you can engage fully with the webinar.

Get involved

To sign up for the webinars, please fill in the form here:

Although the webinars will be aimed at academics, staff working in equality and diversity or disability services are also welcome to attend.

Further information

ECU has recently produced guidance on ‘Understanding their interaction of competence standards and reasonable adjustments.’ Download the guidance for free:


Thinking about Open

Thinking about Open

  • Start: 27 Oct 1:30PM      End: 27 Oct 4:30PM
  • Location:Dalhousie Room 2S16
  • Organiser: InspirED events

Thinking About Open is a half-day workshop exploring openness and open educational practices. The workshop aims to help instigate discussion at the University on how openness could make a difference to your own practice – whilst acting as a springboard for further discussion on the practicalities of open practice.

Contact for further information or to book a place.

HEA Fellowship Workshop – 28 October

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Are you aiming for Fellowship, Senior Fellowship or Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy ? Finding it difficult to get started – or to know where to start? Then this workshop is for you!

Angela Benzies, Principal Fellow and accreditor with the HEA, will be running a workshop on 28th October between 2-4pm in the EduZone, main library. The session will provide information on the HEA Fellowship structure and how to get started on your application.  Please email to let us know if you plan to attend.

For those of you who have already started on your applications, Angela will be providing a one-to-one feedback opportunity in November. More information to follow.

Contact Lorraine Anderson with any general questions about the HEA Fellowship structure.


Digital Literacies at the Distance Learning Forum

Don’t miss the Distance Learning Forum on Tuesday 20 October

The LLC’s Andy Jackson will lead an interactive session on digital literacies at the next meeting of the DL Forum on Tuesday 20th October, 2 – 4pm, Dalhousie 1G10.

Also under discussion will be what UoD IT can offer to distance learners.

Come prepared to join in!  Any questions?  Get in touch with Linda or Aileen (

All welcome to attend.

South African Visitors

The University welcomed a group of Deputy Vice-Chancellors from South African universities on Friday 2nd October as part of a Scotland-wide tour.  The visit was hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency Scotland to foster closer links between the two countries and to showcase the Scottish approach to enhancement-led teaching and learning. The visitors enjoyed a tour of the state-of-the-art collaborative and innovative learning spaces in the Library & Learning Centre and the School of Medicine and learned more about the successful partnership working between the University and the Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA).


Read more: University Press release

A virtual ‘ campus tour’ ( see Wendy Alexander’s presentation) followed by a ‘campus stroll’ past The Enquiry Centre and DUSA concluded the visit.

Presentations from the event can be accessed on our CASTLE web page

  • Professor Karl Leydecker, Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching) –
  • Tim Hustler (DUSA President)
  • Wendy Alexander (Vice-Principal (International))

Revamped HE Academy website

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The HEA website had a revamp over the summer. Have you had a chance to look at it yet? A good place to start is the new Knowledge Hub area and check out the toolkits. May be just what you’re looking for to kick-start thinking about your teaching for the new academic year!