The HEA held its first policy think tank, designed to facilitate the discussion of significant themes in UK higher education. The think tank was dedicated to education for sustainable development (ESD) and focused on the green economy and graduate attributes for the 21st century.
On 6 March 2012 HEA Chief Executive, Professor Craig Mahoney, accompanied by Dr Janet de Wilde, HEA Head of STEM, gave oral evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into higher education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Hosted by Professor Stephanie Marshall, the HEA's Deputy Chief Executive (Research and Policy), the topic discussed was 'The future of teaching and learning: how will UK HE differentiate its student experience over the next ten years?' A follow-up story about the round table will be published on 17 April.
The HEA has opened submissions (deadline 16 April) for its change programme dedicated to the theme of internationalisation. The new programme is designed to help institutions develop a culture of internationalisation at all levels of practice and enhance the quality of learning and teaching experiences for all students, both home and international.
Institutional teams, made up of at least 50% students, are invited to submit proposals to join the Students as partners change programme. The programme is an HEA joint initiative with Birmingham City University. Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2012.
The HEA, in collaboration with the Association for Technical Staff in Psychology (ATSiP), is sponsoring an annual award for a psychology technician who has provided outstanding support for the student learning experience in their department. Closing date for nominations is midnight on 23 May 2012.
Delegates can now book their place at the HEA's eighth Annual Conference, which will focus on the theme of Great expectations: are you ready? Confirmed speakers include Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor at The Open University, Ewart Wooldridge CBE, Chief Executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE.
A record number of 85 UK higher education institutions will take part in PTES 2012. PTES is a unique survey managed by the HEA which collects feedback from current taught postgraduates to inform enhancements to the student learning experience.
Further education institutions have now signed up to a commitment to make sure that students on their higher education courses are more involved in influencing their time at college. WISE was set up in 2009 to ensure that students in universities played an active role in shaping their higher education experience.
Submissions are invited for this year's conference, Employer engagement in a digital age. Sponsored by the HEA, this conference will explore the complex interaction between higher education, employers and technology in an international digital workplace. The closing date for proposals is 2 April 2012.
This evaluation of the HEFCE-funded flexible learning Pathfinder projects, published by the HEA, reports that the performance of students who took part in two-year accelerated degree programmes was comparable to that of three-year degree students.
The HEA's most recent Annual Report is now available to download. The report features the impact of our work across HE communities including lecturers, institutions, students and disciplines during the 2010-11 academic year, as well as our plans for the future and work in partnership with other higher education organisations.
The HEA has published this discussion paper about the access, retention and attainment of male students in higher education. It provides an overview of national data and research, and highlights some institutional strategies designed to address the barriers thought to account for lower rates of participation and success of male students.
This guide is a revised version of the publication first published in 2006 which offered guidance to staff involved in the enhancement of student employability. This publication has been updated with the practitioner in mind.
This guidance was commissioned to support the higher education sector to think creatively about, and implement, inclusive curriculum design from a generic as well as subject or disciplinary perspective.
The HEA has opened the call for the third phase of its teaching development grants scheme which, in total, will see over £1.5 million of funding being made available for individual grants, departmental grants and collaborative grants. Deadline for submission is 22 April 2012.
This workshop is a practical hands-on introduction to the creation and dissemination of electronic Open Educational Resources in mathematics, statistics and numeracy. It is aimed at all in numerate disciplines who want to create such material and make it available to as wide an audience as possible.
The aims of this event include to share experiences of developing the content, delivery, and assessment of modules through student feedback, and to provide insight from current students and staff about their experiences.
The HEA is running this two-day residential event that will support academic staff who may be new to teaching in higher education, or who may be in the transition from clinical practice to the academic environment.
This one-day symposium will explore how technologies and the internet have opened up new 'places' in which learning can happen, how students learn in these 'places' and in what ways might, or should, institutions respond.
The overall focus of this session will be the concept of the 'enterprising university'. It will also explore evidence-based approaches being used at Glamorgan Business School, and will share results of research into student perceptions of a range of initiatives, which will be showcased.
The HEA in Wales is leading this conference to showcase the first Wales-wide quality enhancement theme – Graduates For Our Future, and its three work strands: students as partners; learning in employment; and learning for employment.
This seminar will focus on bringing together UK researchers investigating the relationships between students, doctors and patients within workplace-based learning activities, eg bedside teaching encounters (BTEs).
This conference will bring together research and practice on the use of student surveys for quality enhancement. Among other topics, sessions will address the use of qualitative data, methods of developing and measuring student engagement, and institutional experiences of surveying postgraduate students.
The dates for the seminars on the theme of internationalisation have been announced. The series includes 10 seminars ranging from supporting international students through an integrated approach to student engagement with international curriculum development.
This cross-disciplinary workshop will bring together teachers of Islamic Studies from a wide range of disciplines (eg Theology and Religious Studies, History, Politics, Literature, Sociology, Anthropology, Law, Business and Finance) from higher education institutions in Wales. It is open to both specialists and non-specialists who teach on modules related to Islam.
A series of workshops will be held in four regional locations for staff new to teaching who have students from a range of cultural and educational backgrounds. Participants will be asked to think about their own expectations and to compare them with alternative views and interpretations of commonly experienced teaching situations.
This event will showcase the impact of the ScotPID change programme and the outcomes of the various institutional projects. It will highlight a number of institutional change models, provide an opportunity for structured reflection, and give focus for future development activity. ScotPID was a major HE PDP and e-portfolio institutional change programme tailored for the Scottish sector and supported by a partnership of the HEA, QAA Scotland and the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA).
This conference will provide the opportunity for the Social Science community to come together to address the concerns and issues being generated by current developments to teaching and learning in the HE sector.
This practice-focused event will identify the opportunities and challenges that implementing a successful Higher Education Achievement Report within the overall guidance framework could bring to institutions. It will explore the importance of Scottish, UK, and European synergy, whilst ensuring that the HEAR can best reflect the ethos and needs of individual institutions and their students.
Unprecedented changes in UK higher education have placed Arts and Humanities subjects under particular scrutiny and pressure. This conference will celebrate the Arts and Humanities in higher education and highlight and share the many creative and innovative ways in which courses, and those who teach and study them, are meeting the serious and complex challenges confronting them.
This conference will bring together over 200 health science professionals and speakers from across the UK to explore the latest and most inventive use of technology to enhance Nursing, Medicine, Health, Dentistry and Veterinary medicine education.
The HEA is presenting this one-day conference on behalf of HEFCE, which will celebrate the many successes of recent HE workforce development projects as well as anticipate ways of supporting transition in the future. It will also provide an opportunity to reflect on the learning achieved and the challenges emerging in the new landscape.
The main focus of this workshop will be to demonstrate how simulation and its use of high fidelity technology can enhance the development of the technical and non-technical skills of the health care professional, thus improving communication between teams working with secondary care.
This event is being hosted as part of the HEA workshop and seminar series 2012. The seminar will identify key development themes in supporting the co-curricular student experience to enhance retention and success and to provide opportunities to discuss potential collaborative opportunities.
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