Tuesday, 19 December 2017

FW: HE Outreach: Developing Guidelines on Good Practice for Academics


‘HE Outreach: Developing Guidelines on Good Practice for Academics’

Call for Applications


Workshop Convener: Dr Matthew Johnson, Lecturer in Politics, Lancaster University, m.johnson@lancaster.ac.uk


Overview: A number of recent trends, notably the rise of £9,000+ fees, has brought into sharper focus the civic duties of HE institutions to engage in Outreach. While there is debate about the definition of Outreach, it is generally agreed that this consists in active efforts by academics to take the knowledge and skills of HE out of the academy and into non-academic contexts. Such efforts are often grounded instrumentally in recruitment, which is sometimes tied to the Widening Participation (WP) agenda – the obligation of institutions to encourage participation of students from a range of groups identified by the Office for Fair Access as being under-represented and disadvantaged. At the exit end of HE study, Outreach has become a site for pursuit of the employability agenda, providing experience for students as they approach graduation. In addition, there have also been more sporadic and discipline specific attempts to engage with other social agendas, such as ‘Prevent’, with its concern for de-radicalization. Finally, Outreach has provided opportunities for individual academics to integrate the impact agenda into their work with research councils and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) increasingly concerned with the value of projects beyond academia.

It is clear that academics, often in combination with Outreach professionals, are engaging in myriad different approaches to Outreach. While Outreach professionals often deploy fairly similar programmes (finance talks) and materials (presentations) by virtue of their being non-subject specific, academics often engage with the same agendas in radically different ways, reflecting divergences in discipline, subject and identity of the groups with which they are engaging. While there are clear reference points for Outreach professionals in developing, say, WP approaches (developed via OFFA guidance, as well as WP professional networks), there are seldom guidelines for good practice for academics, precisely because of divergences in motivation and content and because Outreach will seldom be the central focus of professional life. Given that Outreach is often regarded as an administrative side-line (or distraction), many good programmes and materials go unrecognized by colleagues. Perhaps more importantly, the principles behind those approaches are seldom disseminated, depriving colleagues of essential knowledge at a time in which many such endeavours are in their experimental infancy. This is unfortunate, as academics can provide the very subject- and discipline-specific content capable of engaging and interesting non-academic communities in ways that non-subject-specific programmes may not.

This one-day workshop at Lancaster University seeks to bring academics from a range of disciplines together to present and receive constructive feedback on their particular approaches from colleagues engaged in similar activities. The workshop will move, in the afternoon, towards a session in which general principles of good practice will be developed and codified. Among other things, these guidelines will be intended to help academics to:


·         identify features or essences of programmes and resources of particular value;

·         identify and manage practicable relationships with different non-academic actors and communities;

·         understand and manage the place of Outreach within a broader academic workload;

·         outline possibilities for integration of different agendas (e.g. recruitment and employability);

·         provide means of shaping research-led programmes;

·         articulate the limits of conducting research through outreach.


The aim will be to co-produce a short article outlining guidelines for good practice and illustrating those guidelines through examples presented at the workshop. The content for the collectively authored paper, which will be shaped electronically before, during and, electronically after the final session of the workshop, will be submitted to a periodical such as The Journal of Higher Education or British Journal of Educational Studies, etc., and disseminated further through public deposition of the pre-publication version. A Google Doc will be circulated outlining potential guidelines for collective development and comment in advance of the session.


Workshop schedule

Saturday 14th April, Lancaster University

10:30: Registration

10:45: 1st Panel presentations of 20 minutes in length each, with 10 minutes each for feedback

12:45: Lunch

13:45: 2nd Panel presentations of 20 minutes in length each, with 10 minutes each for feedback

15:45: Refreshments

16:00: Developing guidelines for good practice

18:00: Close


Cost: There will be no workshop fee and lunch, refreshments and venue hire are being covered by the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Unfortunately, no travel or accommodation bursaries will be available.


Applications: We invite applications from academics in any discipline who are developing, or have developed, Outreach programmes and are willing to present their work or who wish to participate in discussions as to the development of guidelines for Outreach. These programmes can include focus on such specific agendas as WP, employability, Prevent and impact. Please submit applications by email to Matthew Johnson at m.johnson@lancaster.ac.uk. Please include the following information:




Overview of programme of Outreach (no more than 300 words – please include links to any electronic materials and attach any indicative materials on which you would like to receive feedback):

Description of non-academic group, subject areas and age groups with which the programme is engaged:

Dietary requirements:


Submission instructions and deadlines

Applications: February 1st 2018

Pre-circulation of document on guidelines for group development: 14th March 2018

Pre-circulation of overviews of programmes: 7th April 2018

Workshop: 14th April 2018

Submission of article on guidelines for best practice: 1st June 2018


Dr Matthew Johnson


Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YL

Tel: 07886921377

A Cross-Cultural Working Group on ‘Good Culture’ and Precariousness: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/good-culture/ 

Precariousness: Here and There in Ashington and Aboriginal Australia, Brightmoon Media: https://vimeo.com/129011567 

Relocating Land, Memory and Place, Faze 3 Films: https://vimeo.com/137791382

Politics and IR Outreach: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/politics-outreach/

Monday, 18 December 2017

FW: REMINDER: Call for papers EFYE 2018 deadline 15Jan2018



We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the European First Year Experience Conference 2018. The conference will be held from 25th to 27th  June 2018 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

This welcoming conference brings staff and students together from across the world to explore how we all engage with the first year student experience.


The 2018 conference has two themes:

·       From Excitement to Expectations to Experiences

·       Diversity and Inclusion


Full details can be found at https://efye2018.nl/about/call-for-papers/  . Please check the explanation of the conference themes and the guidelines for the sessions. You will also find a digital form for submitting your proposal.

The closing date for conference proposals is15th January 2018.


We are looking forward to your proposals. 


You are welcome to share this mail with your colleagues. You can follow us on Twitter(@efye2018) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/efye2018/).


Registration for the conference will open in March 2018.


So, please save the conference date in your diaries, submit a proposal, follow us on social media and tell your colleagues about the conference.

The European First Year Experience Organising Committee and the Utrecht 2018 team look forward to seeing you in Utrecht in June 2018.


Best regards on behalf of the programme committee EFYE 2018,


Astrid Teunissen, MA

Coordinator EFYE 2018






Tuesday, 12 December 2017

FW: Coming to our senses: embedding contemplative pedagogy in higher education


Coming to our senses: embedding contemplative pedagogy in higher education

A four-day symposium for educators

This four-day event at Emerson College will bring together educators working in higher education to explore, experience and study contemplative pedagogy. It will be a valuable opportunity to connect with like-minded people, learn from what others are doing in their classrooms and reflect on our own contemplative practice and how this impacts our teaching and conduct.

Emerson College, East Sussex, Forest Row, RH18 5JX

2pm 27 August 2018 – 2pm 30 August 2018

Fees and Payment including tuition, all meals and single room accommodation:

If booked by 31st January 2018

Employer funded: £540
Self-funded: £440
Self-funded student: £200 (not bookable on line, see details below)

After January 31st 2018

Employer funded: £580
Self-funded: £480

There are only three places available at the self-funded student rate of £200 and as such they are not bookable through the website. Please email Caroline Barratt barrattc@essex.ac.uk for more details.

There are 10 places available at the general self-funded rate which is bookable online on a first come first served basis. This rate is subject to an increase after the 31st January.

Click here for full details and to book your place


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Monday, 11 December 2017

FW: HEFCE’s third national conference on learning gain


HEFCE's third national conference on learning gain


HEFCE's third national conference on learning gain is taking place on Wednesday 7 February 2018, 0930 to 1630, at The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham B2 5EP. 


The agenda is expected to include:

·         Updates on the HEFCE's learning gain programme and related activity.

·         A discussion on learning gain in international higher education.

·         Panel sessions on measuring learning gain and ethics.

·         A series of breakout sessions focused on the following themes:

1.       Big data and learning gain

2.       Learning gain and employability

3.       Engaging students in learning gain activity

4.       Learning gain and learning and teaching enhancement.


A full agenda will be sent to all attendees when it is finalised. Lunch will be provided.


Registration is open from now until 23 January 2018. Capacity is limited at the event; we are therefore allowing for two representatives from each higher education institution or body to attend.


Any enquiries about this event should be emailed to l&tadmin@hefce.ac.uk.



Saturday, 9 December 2017

FW: ICED PreConference Workshops Schedule is Live! - Call for Proposals Are Still Open







12th Biennial Conference
June 5-8, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Dear Colleagues:

International Conference for Educational Developers is proud to annouce pre-conference workshops have been scheduled and are now available for registration. These 3-hour workshops feature some of the best names in educational development and feature speakers from 7 different countries. 

Pre-conference workshops are in two different timeslots, 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018. Registration is required for each workshop and includes lunch for all pre-conference workshop participants. 

View PreConference Schedule


Conference submissions are open until March 12, 2018. For early acceptance please submit by December 22 @ 11:59pm EST. We are accepting both one-hour workshop proposals and twenty minute paper presentations.

Submit Your Proposal Here

ICED conferences succeed because of the generosity of many thoughtful volunteers. We are looking for volunteers in three critical areas: 

  • A large team of session reviewers across multiple areas of expertise.
  • Volunteers on social media platforms to amplify all conference communications.
  • Volunteers at the registration desk during the conference. 

Sign up to Volunteer Today!

The opening keynote panel will help us unpack the conference theme, "Institutional Change: Voices, Identities, Power and Outcomes." Our illustrious international keynote panelists include:
Dr. Huang Hoon Chng, National University of Singapore
Dr. Joy Mighty, Carleton University, Canada
Dr. Torgny RoxÄ, Lund University, Sweden
Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli, University of Massachusetts—Amherst, USA

The closing keynote, titled "Reimagining the Place of Students in Educational Development," will be delivered by Dr. Peter Felten, Elon University, USA.

We will profile each panelist and their work in the coming months to set the stage for the keynotes – watch for more news.

Register Here

Hope to see you there!

Michele DiPietro, Kennesaw State University, Conference Chair
Victoria Bhavsar, Cal Poly Pomona, Program Co-Chair
Ruth Poproski, Georgia Tech, Program Co-Chair
Allan Goody, ICED President
Hoag Holmgren, POD Network, Executive Director

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

FW: ICED Conference 2018


International Consortium for Educational Development

12th biennial conference

June 5-8, 2018

"Institutional Change: Voices, Identities, Power, and Outcomes"

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


The POD Network and Kennesaw State University are pleased to host the 2018 biennial conference of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED).


ICED is a professional consortium of 24 national educational development networks around the world, and it sponsors a vibrant conference, showcasing cutting-edge theoretical and practical advances in the field. The conference theme—Institutional Change: Voices, Identities, Power, and Outcomes—asks us all to consider what kind of results we are able to document when all voices are invited at the institutional and global tables. Together we claim the power that results from our rigorous and thoughtful practices.


Atlanta is the ideal backdrop to this kind of dialogue. A dynamic world capital, home to several Fortune 500 companies and host of the 1996 Olympics, it is a modern incubator of excellence, standing strong in the diversity and social justice tradition inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We look forward to welcoming our ICED friends and colleagues with our trademark southern hospitality. Mark your calendars!


Follow this link to the conference website for the call for proposals, and be sure to sign up for email updates in the right-hand column www.iced2018.com


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