Category Archives: News

HEA Monthly twitter chat

Why not get involved in  #HEAchat ? It’s a regular, open forum for HEA Fellows and non-Fellows to come together and share their experiences of teaching and learning in HE/FE. Each month the chat covers disciplinary or other issues relating to teaching and learning.

The next chat scheduled is Mind the Gap…How can we help commuter students get the most out of thir studies on 28 March.

Learn more

New Open Access book: Shaping Higher Education with Students (UCL Press)

You can download this new book for free here

“Forging closer links between university research and teaching has become an important way to enhance the quality of higher education across the world. As student engagement takes centre stage in academic life, how can academics and university leaders engage with their students to connect research and teaching more effectively? In this highly accessible book, the contributors show how students and academics can work in partnership to shape research-based education.

Featuring student perspectives, it offers academics and university leaders practical suggestions and inspiring ideas on higher education pedagogy, including principles of working with students as partners in higher education, connecting students with real-world outputs, transcending disciplinary boundaries in student research activities, connecting students with the workplace, and innovative assessment and teaching practices. Written and edited in full collaboration with students and leading educator-researchers from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines, this book poses fundamental questions about learning and learning communities in contemporary higher education.”

Nothing Works Everywhere: Evidence-Based Approaches To Learning And Teaching – A TILE Network Talk, 21 March

21 March 4pm Scrymgeour Building Room 2.12

The first in the series of talks arranged by the  new Teaching Innovation & Learning Enhancement (TILE) network at the University of Dundee will be presented by Mark Healy, Deputy Head, St Andrews High School, Coatbridge. TILE aims to bring  people from different disciplines and sectors together to discuss ways to improve education using evidence-based findings. It is a network of academics at uni, teachers at schools, educational developers, and science communicators. Learn more

In this talk, Mark will ask: What do we mean by an evidence base in education? Who gets to decide the canon of knowledge that sits behind the choice of evidence and why?

For example, why do aspects of Cognitive Psychology seem to reflect the zeitgeist of evidence base in schools, but perhaps not sociology, philosophy or anthropology? Why Cognitive Psychology and not Social Psychology or humanistic lenses on learning and teaching?

Mark will highlight some of the processes and scaffolds they have put in place at his secondary school and then also widen the dialogue to assert that reductionism to a sole lens of Cognitive Psychology may be helpful, but does not fully embrace all factors that influence effective approaches to learning and teaching.

Booking essential

Staff – got a great business idea?

Venture 2018 is a £26K new business idea competition  for University staff,  students and recent graduates with 7 prize fund categories. As well as prize money, there will be 10 Memberships for the ‘Emerging Tier‘ category of the Entrepreneurial Scotland network on offer. Winners will also gain a place on the 3-month summer cohort of Elevator’s Dundee accelerator programme

Full information here

Call for Papers – RAISE

Working better together: collaborations in student engagement

5th – 7th September 2018, Sheffield Hallam University

The annual conference for Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) is being held on 5th to 7th September.   The call for papers is now live and proposals should be received by 28th February 2018.

The conference offers the opportunity to showcase practice and research and take part in lively discussion about student engagement and partnership. Staff in all roles, students, and others interested in university and college higher education are welcome to contribute.

For more details, visit the Call for Papers on the RAISE 18 website.

@RAISEnetwork   #RAISE18

www.raise-network.com

External examiner training opportunity

The HEA is running a 2-part professional development course for aspiring, new or experienced external examiners. The design of the course reflects an active learning approach, with an emphasis on valuing participants’ experiences and prior knowledge.

Part 1 takes the form of online activities and reading, with Part 2 being a face-to-face workshop to be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 7th February.  Click here for more details and to book.

As the University of Dundee is an HEA-subscribing institution, this course  is free for members of our staff to attend.

Evaluation, Evidence and Enhancement conference 2018- deadline for proposals 12th January

Proposals are invited for next year’s Enhancement Theme conference. Closing date 12th January 2018.

You can submit a proposal for a paper presentation, workshop or lightning talk on one of the 4 broad conference tracks:

  1. Navigating the data landscape
  2. Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to enhance student retention, attainment and employability
  3.  Finding effective evidence for prompting student engagement in their learning
  4. Evaluating improvements in the student experience

For more information see the conference website

Call for Papers- University of Stirling L & T conference April 2018

Our collegues in Stirling have just announced the Call for Papers for their annual Learning and Teaching conference ‘Seeing things differently: learning, teaching and assessment practices in higher education’, which will take place at the University of Stirling on April 18th 2018.  The keynote address will be provided by Siân Bayne, Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and also Assistant Principal for Digital Education www.sianbayne.net

Please click on the link below for the Call and all additional information. The deadline for abstracts is the 20th December 2017.

https://www.stir.ac.uk/ltconference/callforabstracts/

This is always a worthwhile conference and we would encourage you to submit and/or attend!

Working towards fellowship of the HEA?

Professors Phil Race and Sally Brown have just released an updated version of a document with all the details of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) details as currently on the HEA website. This is a useful at-a-glance guide, especially for those working towards the various levels of Fellowship of the HEA.

Phil suggests printing it onto A3 for best results!

Phil Race UKPSF_HEA

As a result of this, Dr Sophie Bessant, University of Keele, has shared a document which lists requirements of each level/category of Fellowship to help you establish which level to aim for.

Which category of fellowship_Nov17

Did you know that the Academic Skills Centre can support you in your application and are running several sessions specifically regarding this? Check our events page for the latest details.

Academic Skills Quick Query Drop-in service

Did you know that the Academic Skills Centre has just started a Quick Query Drop-in service for students?

Tutors will be available from 9-10am, every weekday except Wednesday in the ASC Zone, opposite the Main Library cafe.

Please do promote this to your students. If their query is more in-depth, direct them to our webpages, where they can request a one-to-one appointment.