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Friday, 2 March 2012


EVENT - Change Symposium
Lakeside Centre, Aston University
8 March 2012

The Symposium, organised by the Higher Education Academy is an opportunity for those with an interest in institutional change to share knowledge and experiences. Discussions will focus on the following issues: 
  • The HE ‘market’ – competition, brand, reputation and distinctiveness;
  • Refocusing on the student experience – aligning institutional processes with student priorities;
  • Spend or save? – Resources, efficiencies, investment and risk;
  • Culture and capability – leadership, attitudes, motivation and incentives.
There are a few places remaining at the Symposium which will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The event is free to attend and will run from 10.30 to 3.30. To book a place, please use the link below (bookings will close at midnight on Monday 5 March).

EVENT - Supporting disabled students in HE

Sheffield Hallam University 
14 March 2012

RAISE (Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement)  are hosting this workshop, which aims to cover both on- and off-campus situations for students. They hope it will be a valuable opportunity for them to share good practice on this important issue - whether one personally researches in this area or simply recognises its significance in day-to-day practice.
EVENTS - UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B5: Student engagement - Consultation events
Glasgow Caledonian University
15 March 2012
Woburn House, London
16 March 2012

QAA is currently consulting on the content of Chapter B5: Student engagement of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. This new Chapter is intended to recognise the value of student engagement in quality assurance, and the important role that students can play in enhancing their learning experience. (Also see CALL below)
As part of the consultation process for this revision, QAA will be holding two consultation events. They will bring together representatives from across the UK to share their thoughts on the content of the Chapter, and provide comments on the draft text. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear about innovations, and share practice, in student engagement. These events will be of interest to higher education staff working in quality assurance and/or student engagement; students and student reps; representative bodies; and policy makers.
EVENT - Supporting Professional Practice and Recognition within HE in FE
Wakefield College, West Yorkshire
19 March 2012
A half day workshop for FE Colleges delivering Higher Education: Engaging with the UKPSF and the HEA’s Professional Recognition opportunities. The workshop is suitable for Deans, Managers and Directors of Higher Education and other staff with responsibility for developing staff and the quality of higher education provision in FECs.
EVENT - Introduction to Open Educational Resources
The Open University, Edinburgh
27 March 2012

This one-day workshop is aimed at those in Higher Education who are new to Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Education Practice (OEP).  Delegates will be offered an introduction to the key issues, motivating factors, tools for creating and finding OER, and repositories hosting OER, as well as an overview of licensing and rights. 
EVENT - Improving Graduate Employability: Responding to the Needs of Students and Employers
The Commonwealth Club, London
27 March 2012

This Policy & Practice Briefing will address key issues in regard to the issue. In the face of rising tuition fees and competition for student numbers, universities are striving to improve and demonstrate their employability track records. These efforts are set to be helped by the publication of The Wilson Review, which will recommend ways in which HEIs can establish industry links and prepare students for work. Capitalising on the proposals and effectively implementing reforms to information on HE will be crucial in meeting the demands of students and employers. 
EVENT - 5th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference
Empowering Student Learners in Higher Education
University of Glasgow
17 April 2012

The Conference will be of interest to all members of the Higher Education community with an interest in teaching, learning and assessment, and in a change to previous Learning and Teaching conferences, will be open to a limited number of external delegates.

EVENT - SEDA Workshop - UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning: from PG certs to provision at all levels
Birkbeck University of London
24 April 2012

Most universities and HE colleges provide Post Graduate Certificates or equivalent courses for staff new to HE teaching. This event will share expertise and explore models of provision and HR processes for developing and rewarding across the whole range.
CALL – for comments on UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B5: Student engagement - Draft for consultation

Deadline for responses: 18 April 2012

In recent years, student involvement in quality assurance and enhancement processes has become a higher priority for institutions, to the extent that it is now well established. Across the sector, students’ voices are heard and their views are being taken seriously. This new Chapter is intended to recognise the value of student engagement in quality assurance, and the important role that students can play in enhancing their learning experience.

The QAA hope that this consultation process will be provocative, generating widespread dialogue and discussions about what it is possible to say, at a sector-wide level, about student engagement in the UK. They welcome contributions to this consultation from anyone with an interest in student engagement in the UK - including representatives from all four countries; prospective, current and past students; and staff from the full range of higher education providers.
CALL – for contributions to Sharing Practice Conference 2012
Exploring How Practitioners Enhance Practice – A Research-informed Approach
The University of Central Lancashire
4 July 2012

Deadline for Abstracts: 20 April 2012

Contributions, in the form of posters with short accompanying presentations, are invited which address a broad range of themes including, but not limited to: Learner experience and engagement; Professional Identities; Collaborative and practice-based learning; Effective learning environments.

Submit 300 word abstract describing the research, link to themes and impact of 
outcomes. E-mail abstracts to YAppleby@uclan.ac.uk or RMHPilkington@uclan.ac.uk
NEWS & CALL – for submissions to the Journal of Pedagogic Development

JPD is developed in the Centre for Learning Excellence at the University of Bedfordshire. Volume 1 Issue 2 is now available online.

The editors also hope that you will consider submitting a paper or an article to the journal for Volume 2 Issue 2. Deadline for submissions: 30 May 2012 
NEWS - Journal of Curatorial Studies published

Intellect has announced the publication of a new journal and, they are offering issue 1.1 for FREE online.

The Journal of Curatorial Studies is an international, peer-reviewed publication that explores the cultural functioning of curating and its relation to exhibitions, institutions, audiences, aesthetics and display culture.

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