Wednesday, 25 June 2008

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IPED conference

The 3rd International iPED Conference will take place at Coventry University TechnoCentre, UK from 8 to 9 September 2008

Please note that the reduced conference rate DEADLINE is 30th JUNE. See and

‘RESEARCHING ACADEMIC VISIONS AND REALITIES’: iPED 2008 is aimed at a broad audience of Higher Education teachers, scholars, university managers and policymakers. This year’s conference promises to challenge you, support you, interest and inform you. Our mix of participants’ disciplines, nationalities and viewpoints provides a unique forum for sharing and debating your academic research concerns on the ‘Visions and Realities’ of academic life under the themes of LEADERSHIP, LEARNING and ACADEMIC WRITING:

KEYNOTES and Invited Speakers include:

*Dr Philip Chambers - Reflective Learning, UK, “Researching Academic Visions and Realities: Learning from the Arts”;

*Stephen Downes - National Research Council, Canada (VIRTUAL Keynote), “How I Know What I Know about Online Learning”;

*Prof Robin Middlehurst - Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) and Kingston University, UK, “Transforming University Leadership: Concepts and Practice”;

*Prof James Morrison - University of North Carolina, USA, “Speculations on the Future of Higher Education”.


JISC TechDis are delighted to be able to announce the third round of the JISC TechDis HEAT scheme. The HEAT scheme is aimed at non-accessibility-specialist staff, and is designed to provide staff with technology (hardware and / or software) with which to develop or uncover an example of good inclusive or accessible practice in their particular discipline or role area. All staff involved in HE or HE in FE (i.e. librarians, staff developers, learning technologists etc as well as academic staff) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible to apply (my apologies to those in Scotland, I tried every avenue I could think of to find funding but sadly to no avail).

The deadline for submission of bids is TUESDAY 15th JULY - the maximum value of each bid is £2150. More details and a bid template can be found by following the link at where you will also find previous case studies to provide inspiration!

Dr Simon Ball
Senior Advisor
JISC TechDis Service
Supporting the education sector in achieving greater accessibility and inclusion by stimulating innovation and providing expert advice and guidance on disability and technology.
Skype: simontechdis
01904717580 / 07813917888

Friday, 13 June 2008

Engineering and Materials Science edcucation conference

At Loughborough - 14-16th July 2008

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Theories of Change in the Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Strategy

City Higher Education Seminar Series (CHESS)

Theories of Change in the Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Strategy

PRESENTER: Professor Murray Saunders

Director of Centre for the Study of Education and Training at Lancaster University

Wednesday 11th June 2008, 13.30 pm – 15.00 pm, Northampton Suite

The talk will outline aspects of the national evaluation which explores the explicit theories of change within the CETL initiative. It will identify elements of the implicit theory that characterise the initiative and also make reference to the issue of ‘engagement’ which is at the heart of widening the effects of CETL activity.


Professor Murray Saunders is Director of CSET, (Centre for the Study of Education and Training, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University) and Chair of Evaluation in Education and Work. He has acted as a consultant to, and undertaken a wide range of evaluation projects for, the British Council, DfES [Department for Education and Skills], DFID [Department for International Development], ESRC [The Education and Social Research Council], HEFCE [Higher Education Funding Council] and a variety of regional agencies. He has carried out evaluation and research projects in a wide range of cultural contexts, including Asia, Africa, Latin America an in the Middle East.

Currently he is working on the PALETTE project which is a EU funded initiative working on learning support for different kinds of community of practice.

If you would like to attend please contact Andrea Medjesi-Jones

Email: Tel: 020 7040 3107

Andrea Medjesi-Jones

Programme Administrator

CEAP Centre for Educational and

Academic Practices (part of the Learning Development Centre)

City University

Northampton Square

London EC1

Tel: 020 7040 3107