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The Higher Education Academy

Academy Update

May 2011

This is a regular bulletin from the Higher Education Academy about our activities, services, resources and publications, funding opportunities and forthcoming events.

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1. Teaching development grants call for bids open

The HEA is making £1.5 million of funding available for teaching development grants over the course of next year. Bids for the individual grant scheme are now invited on the themes of internationalisation or employability.


2. Opportunities for Academic Associates

Expressions of interest are sought from current academics who share the HEA's ambition to improve learning and teaching and the student learning experience. If you have experience in managing change in higher education at a subject, discipline or institutional level, find out about the flexible opportunities available.


3. Change Academy goes global

Change Academy will reach an international audience for the first time in its history this year. A team from Canada will join higher education teachers from institutions across the UK as they each develop plans for a major change initiative within their institution.


4. Still time to book a place at our annual conference

There are still some places available on our annual conference, Changing practice - changing times, 5-6 July 2011, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. The session timetable is now available to view online.


5. Call for contributions to retention briefing

Our inclusion team is looking for examples of effective interventions that have enhanced student retention and success in HEIs from across the UK. Contributions need to be of 250 words and will be considered for use in the What works? retention briefing, to be published in July 2011.


6. In the frame: Reflections on art, design and media higher education - competition winner and runner up announced

This year, the Art Design Media subject centre asked students to submit an image accompanied by a short statement that reflects their perceptions and experiences of higher education. Results can be viewed on line.

Publications, resources and funding

7. Assessing the impact of learning and teaching strategies in Wales - a guide for institutions

A guide to support HE colleagues responsible for the development, management and reporting of progress on institutional learning and teaching strategies.


8. Engaging students to improve student retention and success in higher education in Wales publication now available

Aimed at all staff with responsibility for improving student success and retention, this publication draws on a conference organised by the HEA and HEFCW entitled 'Improving retention and success: retaining students to and through higher education'.


9. Future directions: Learning & teaching and widening access resources now available

Resources are now available from the Future directions series workshop, held in April 2011. The workshop supported Welsh institutions in developing these strategies and included a surgery where institutions could discuss their strategies and get further guidance on developing them.


10. Future directions: Feeding forward, enhancing learning and teaching through technology resources now available

The second phase of resources now available from the Future directions series workshop celebrated and disseminated work carried out by HEIs through the Gwella and JISC Building Capacity Wales programmes.


11. Short guides for teaching and learning in Bioscience

The UK Centre for Bioscience has produced a collection of short guides which introduce various aspects of teaching and learning in the biosciences. Guides are available for postgraduate demonstrators, teachers and students.


12. Latest volume in 'Teaching the new English' series now available

Edited by the English Subject Centre, 'Teaching the short story' offers a practical guide to the short story in the classroom, covering critical theory, gender studies, post colonialism, literary adaptation and genre.


13. Art Design Media Subject Centre magazine now online

The first edition of ADM's Networks magazine (issue 13) to be published online is now available, exploring relationships between technology and teaching and learning in art, design and media higher education.


14. Making theatre for young audiences, 8 June 2011, University of East London

Organised by the Subject Centre for Dance, Drama and Music (PALATINE), this event will examine the ways in which making theatre for young audiences is taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level and the learning routes through which that work can engage with professional practice and audiences.


15. Starting out in assessing performance workshops, 14 June, City University London and 16 June, University of Huddersfield

Organised by the Subject Centre for Dance, Drama and Music (PALATINE), the two workshops are designed for new or relatively new lecturers in HE to explore some of the issues, and share ideas and good practices in the area of the assessment of performance in dance, drama and music.


16. Sharing and building bibliographic capacity in Islamic Studies: Law and finance, 15 June 2011, University of Warwick

This event will be of interest to anyone researching or teaching Islamic Studies. It is being organised by the UK Centre for Legal Education and the Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance Network.


17. Using the National Student Survey to improve student learning, 22 June, 2011, London

Used well, the NSS can be a genuine instrument for enhancing the quality of student learning. This workshop will help participants to better understand and make better use of the National Student Survey.


18. Ethnicity and academic attainment - promoting student success, 23 June 2011, London

The Open University in London will host this half-day research seminar as part of the access and success for all strand of the HEA seminar series.


19. Teaching about Islam in the social sciences workshop, 24 June 2011, University of Birmingham

The Subject Network for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP) is organising this workshop, which will look at issues relating to Islam in Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, Politics and International Studies courses.


20. Enabling staff engagement in the inclusive curriculum, 27 June 2011, University of Edinburgh

This one-day workshop is part of the embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum programme, managed by the HEA in association with Scotland's Colleges and the Equality Practitioners' Network.


21. Using evidence based approaches to embed inclusive practice in the curriculum, 28 June 2011, University of Stirling

This half-day workshop is part of the embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum programme, managed by the HEA in association with Scotland's Colleges and the Equality Practitioners' Network.


22. Open educational resources - using and creating sharable teaching materials in health care - findings of the PORSCHE OER project, 29 June 2011, Birmingham

Run by the Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine Subject Centre, this workshop is offered as part of the dissemination strategy of the PORSCHE OER Phase 2 project, managed by the JISC and Higher Education Academy. It will provide advice on copyright and consent when using other people's teaching materials or online images.


23. Celebrating excellence in engineering education, 29-30 June 2011, Loughborough University

This event provides an opportunity to showcase the Engineering Subject Centre teaching award 2011 shortlist and highlight examples of developing practices in engineering in the UK, which have been funded through the Engineering Subject Centre mini-project scheme.


24. Developing mathematical thinking through problems, puzzles and games, 1 July 2011, University of Greenwich

Offered by the Maths, Stats and OR Network and the University of Greenwich as part of the National HE STEM programme mathematical sciences curriculum innovation project, this workshop will explore the ways that maths problems, puzzles and games are being used to enrich the undergraduate curriculum and engage students by developing problem solving and strategic thinking skills.


25. Promoting inclusive change: addressing equity and success for Black and minority ethnic (BME) students in higher education, 4 July 2011, London

The conference is being hosted and organised by the University of Greenwich and co-sponsored by the HEA and Equality Challenge Unit, as an outcome of their developmental change programme on improving the degree attainment of BME students.


26. Digital reflection: using digital technologies to enhance and embed creative processes, 4 July 2011, University of Leeds

This collaborative event, supported by the PALATINE and Art Design Media subject centres, will look at ways in which digital technologies are being used within teaching and learning practice to help students engage in creative forms of reflection upon practice.

About the Academy

The Higher Education Academy provides support to the higher education sector by working with individual academics. Our network of discipline-based subject centres provides a range of services to subject departments. We work with UK universities and colleges, providing national leadership in developing and disseminating evidence-informed practice about enhancing the student learning experience.

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