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!

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.