Thursday, 29 September 2011

Fwd: SRHE: The Ethics of Widening Participation Series

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UALL Widening Participation and Social Inclusion Network

Convenor: Annette Hayton, Head of Widening Participation, Goldsmiths, University of London

SRHE: Access and Widening Participation Network

Convenor: Penny-Jane Burke, Roehampton University


Wednesday 16 November  2011

9.30 - 4.00

SRHE,  73 Collier Street,  London N1 9BE



The Ethics of Widening Participation Series



The aim to widen participation in higher education has been high on government agendas over the last 15 years. While there has been some increase in the proportion of students from under-represented groups, progress has been quite limited. Much of the activity around widening participation has been directed at those that do not participate and, while this is valuable and essential work, universities have been slow to change. Our third event in this series will explore how the core processes of higher education have continued to privilege some sectors of society  to the exclusion of others. The speakers will review some of the underlying social, economic and cultural factors that have framed university education and consider the implications of current policy on increasing access and offer some ideas for the future to open the debate with participants and more widely in the sector.


9.30        Registration and Coffee


9.50        Introduction   and Welcome

Professor Penny-Jane Burke,  Chair for  the morning session


10.00    An Ethical Approach to Management and Governance in Higher Education

Professor Peter Scott, Institute of Education , University of London


10.45     Curriculum, employability and knowledge:   what constitutes a 'good' degree?

Annette Hayton ,  Goldsmiths , University of London



11.30     Small group discussion and tea


12.15     Report back and plenary discussion


12. 4 5        Lunch


1. 25       Introduction

               Annette Hayton,  Chair for  the afternoon  session


1.30       The Student Experience

Professor  Penny -Jane Burke, Roehampton University


2.15        Black and Minority Ethnic Students Negotiating White 'norms' , Managing Exclusion: Ethical Challenges in Higher Education

                Gill Crozier, Roehampton  University


3.00        Small group discussion and tea


3.30        Report back and plenary discussion




Event booking details

To reserve a place at this seminar please register at or telephone +44 (0) 207 4472525.   SRHE events are open to all and free to SRHE members as part of their membership package. The delegate fee for non-members is £25 [full time students £20]. Non-members wishing to join the Society may do so at the time of registration and the delegate fee will be waived. Please note that places must be booked in advance and that a £25 for non-attendance will  be charged if a place has been reserved but no notice of cancellation/non-attendance has been given in advance.


Interested in joining the Network-but not able to attend this event? To receive details of future events in this series and to join the mailing list, please email



Yours sincerely



Francois Smit

Society for Research into Higher Education

44 Bedford Row

London WC1R 4LL

tel: +44 20 7447 2525

fax: +44 20 7447 2526


David Andrew,
Head of Academic Practice

The Learning Institute at Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End, London E1 4NS



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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Re: Open Lecture in Learnign & Teaching, University of Greenwich

On 16 September 2011 16:10, Antony Coombs <> wrote:
University of Greenwich's Educational Development Unit would like to invite you to their:

Open Lecture Series in Learning and Teaching

All Open Lectures will take place between 5.00pm and 6.30pm in 080 Queen Anne Court, Greenwich Maritime Campus, Greenwich, SE10 9LS
Travel to Greenwich:

The series is open to all interested in learning and teaching and we particularly welcome those who are taking the postgraduate certificates in higher education. There is no charge for attendance at these events.

Our first lecture will be delivered by Professor Colin Beard from Sheffield Hallam University on 12 October 2011. In his session Colin will focus on the relationship of mind, body and environment in learning and he will consider how this complex relationship affects learning. Practical examples will include new learning and working environments, and movement in learning (of people, technology and information). More controversially, Colin will consider how we ignore our own human sensory intelligence, and how the communication methods of text and speech, symbolic of what it is to be human, are now presenting new challenges to the development of the human species.

This will be followed by Malcolm Ryan from University of Greenwich on 9 November 2011. Malcolm will reflect on how  technology has enhanced learning and teaching over his 40 years of service to education and training. He will consider the relationship between a range of  technologies, contexts and users.

Future dates for your diary:

Professor Phil Race, Emeritus Professor: Leeds Metropolitan University – Assessment and Feedback – 7 December 2011
Dr Anna Jones, Glasgow Caledonian University – Graduate Attributes – 22 February 2012
Dr James Atherton, Retired Academic, National Teaching Fellow – 21 March 2012

Please forward this email to people who might be interested.

Looking forward to seeing you there

Educational Development
University of Greenwich
Tel: +44 (0) 208 331 7683 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +44 (0) 208 331 7683      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Friday, 9 September 2011

Fwd: Threshold Concepts Conference: Dublin, Ireland, June 27-29 2012

4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference and 6th NAIRTL Annual Conference THRESHOLD CONCEPTS: from personal practice to communities of practice

Some concepts are crucial to a deeper understanding and mastery of a discipline and have been called Threshold Concepts1. The 2012 International Conference will examine how the idea of Threshold Concepts is used to advance student learning not only within but between disciplines.

The 4th Biennial threshold Concepts Conference travels to Dublin, Ireland from 27-29 June 2012 and will be hosted by the National Academy. The call for abstracts is now open and interested participants are invited to submit a 300 word abstract for a paper, workshop or poster based on one of the following themes:
• Engaging Students with Threshold Concepts • Interdisciplinary Threshold Concepts • Threshold Concepts in Professional Development • New Developments in Threshold Concepts

The deadline for abstract submission is November 11th 2011. Please go to for further details and to download the abstract submission form.

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Interim Symposium on Threshold Concepts, Cork, October 27th 2011

An interim Symposium will be held in Cork, Ireland on October 27th 2011 in advance of the 2012 International Conference. The purpose of this symposium is to provide theoretical background underpinning the idea of Threshold Concepts; to highlight how the idea of Threshold Concepts can be used to advance student learning not only within a discipline but between disciplines; and to share examples of teaching that enable learners to grasp the threshold concepts and gain a deeper understanding and mastery of their discipline.

Please register to attend this free event on the event webpage ( or remote participants can visit the NAIRTL website to access a live webcast of the Symposium.

Further information:
Catherine O Mahony, Events Coordinator, NAIRTL, Distillery House, North Mall, Cork
e:  t: +353 21 490 4682   w:

2012 International Threshold Concepts Conference - Steering Committee
Professor Ray Land, Director of Centre for Academic Practice & Learning Enhancement, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Professor Jan (Erik) Meyer, Director of the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Research in Higher Education, Durham University
Dr Sarah Maguire, Professional Development Manager, Staff Development Unit, University of Ulster
Vicky Davies, Professional Development Manager, Staff Development Unit, University of Ulster
Dr Brian Foley, Director of Centre for Academic Practice and e-Learning , Trinity College Dublin
Dr Catherine O'Mahony, Events Coordinator, NAIRTL
Dr Bettie Higgs, Academic Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Centre, University College Cork (Chair)
Jennifer Murphy, NAIRTL Manager

David Andrew,
Head of Academic Practice

The Learning Institute at Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End, London E1 4NS



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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Re: Registration for LIN 2011 is open

On 7 September 2011 09:46, Mark Glynn <> wrote:

Registration for the 4th Annual LIN Conference is open and can be completed here:


The conference will be held in DIT Bolton Street on October 27th. The theme of this year's conference is Enhancing the Learning Experience: Learning for an Unknown Future (Barnett, 2004).


Further details are on


Could you please circulate this to your colleagues?


Thank you in advance.


Kind regards,



Dr. Niamh Rushe

Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI)

1st Floor, Fumbally square,

Fumbally Lane

Dublin 8

David Andrew,
Head of Academic Practice

The Learning Institute at Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End, London E1 4NS



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