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Enhancement Theme Fund: Student Transitions


Funding is available from the University Enhancement Fund to support the implementation of a short learning & teaching-related project. The topic of your project should align with both the current Quality Enhancement Theme: Student Transitions and the aims of the University Vision (

To be eligible for funding your project:

1. Must be able to begin in January 2015 and be completed by 1 June 2015.

2. Can be either a stand-alone initiative or a discrete element of a longer-term project.

3. Must include the ‘student voice’.

Funding is available to support a small number of projects and bids are restricted to a maximum of £1,000 per project.

Contact Lorraine Anderson

RSA Fellows Networking Lunch

RSA logo9th of December, EduZone, 12-2pm

On the 9th of December all RSA Fellows working at the University of Dundee are invited to a networking event in the EduZone, in the main library, to meet local fellows working at Dundee University and in the Tayside area.

If you are interested in meeting other Fellows and discussing your interest in the RSA’s strategic foci and change aims: Design, Enterprise & Manufacturing; Public Services & Communities and Education & Creativity we want to met you too

Jamie Cook, Head of RSA Scotland will be here to discuss what Scottish fellows are doing to take action on the change aims. Please come along if you want to know more about the RSA and membership. RSVP essential if you want a mince pie!

Share a Tip

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The next issue of the Enhancement Themes newsletter will be published at the beginning of December. If you would like to feature in the newsletter then you can do so by submitting a Themes in Practice article for the TiP Zone section.
TiPZone articles focus on how higher education institutions have used or built on the previous Enhancement Themes to enhance the student learning experience. Contributions are welcome from staff and students so please consider submitting a piece.
Articles should be no longer than 500 words and sent to by Friday 7 November.

Don’t Miss the Deadline! Student Transitions International Conference June 2015


Make sure you don’t miss out on submitting a proposal for a poster, workshop or presentation for the Student Transitions International Conference in Glasgow next June 9-11.

The deadline for proposals from staff is 3 November.

Student-led proposals are also very welcome and the deadline is a little later – 9 January.

‘We need to talk about happiness’ … Eduzone, 18th October


‘We need to talk about happiness’ … is the proposition from our first speaker, Dr Ruth Cigman, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education, London, at our next meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society, Dundee branch, on 18th October. Dr Cigman’s work is in ethics and the philosophy of education, with special reference to literature, emotion and the nature of thinking. Her recently published works focus on what it is to live well and to think about living well. Ruth has also written about philosophy of music, animal ethics, disability, and medical education.

Our second speaker is Euan Macpherson. Euan has broad experience of working at school, further and higher education levels and his presentation will focus on Consciousness-based Education, the significance of which is that it recognises three components to the philosophy (and delivery) of education, where standard educational practice traditionally recognises one. Consciousness-based Education is not currently being delivered in Scotland and Euan’s discussion of this topic is therefore timely and apposite.

Everyone welcome – colleagues and students – and you don’t need to be a philosopher to be able to contribute to and enjoy the discussion. Just someone with a lively mind and an interest in the world of education.

We supply the refreshments – and we would be delighted if you could bring a friend along to enjoy the speakers and the discussion. Please register with if you would like to come along so that we can cater appropriately. Thank you.

Saturday 18th October – Eduzone – Main Library

10 am – refreshments and an opportunity to chat informally with colleagues

10.30 – Dr Ruth Cigman, Institute of Education, London – working title ‘We need to talk about happiness’

12 noon – Euan Macpherson, Consciousness-based Education

1pm – close

Dr Lorraine Anderson FRSA FHEA
Secretary, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) Dundee branch

Student Transitions

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The new Enhancement Theme is ‘Student Transitions’. What does this mean to you and your students? Where should the University focus its activities under the Theme?

Join the conversation and share examples of transitions from your area of practice.

Date for your diary –inspirED seminar on ‘Student Transitions’ 28th October 12.30-2pm.

Embedding Employability into the Curriculum – University Place Secured in HEA Initiative

Susan Buckman, Linda Walker (both ESWCE) and Lorraine Anderson (CASTLE), working with DUSA and the Careers Service, have been successful in their joint bid  to take part in the latest Higher Education Academy (HEA) Strategic Enhancement Programme.

The University has been offered a place on the HEA Embedding Employability into the Curriculum programme and the initiative will build on the excellent work already being carried out by Susan and her colleagues in relation to the development of placements, including international opportunities, for initial teacher education (ITE) students . The aim is to enhance the student experience, as well as contributing to the development of enterprising and internationally-minded professionals, who can work within a global society.



Save the Date! DLF dates for the new semester

The Distance Learning Forum is up and running again for the new academic year and kicks off this Thursday, 18 September, with a pecha kucha style session on Approaches to Student Induction (14.00-16.00 hrs – Dalhousie 1G10).

Dates for future meetings as follows

Tuesday 11.11.14
Thursday 12.02.15
Tuesday 05.05.14

Aileen McGuigan & Linda Martindale, co-conveners, invite you to join in the discussion and share your own induction experiences this Thursday and to keep in touch with the DLF at