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Friday, 15 June 2012


EVENT - New to teaching workshop: Strategies to enhance learning and teaching for home and international students           
Aston Business School, Aston University
27 June 2012

This workshop is intended for staff new to teaching who have students from a range of cultural and educational backgrounds. Getting students engaged with the subject matter has always been a key challenge, but the increased diversity of students can help to open up new ways of involving them all. Participants will be asked to think about their own expectations and to compare them with alternative views and interpretations of commonly experienced teaching situations. Practical strategies will be introduced to help develop teaching practices that include all students in the learning process.
EVENT - Inclusion in the Curriculum in the Humanities @ Aberdeen University
University of Aberdeen
19 June 2012

This workshop builds upon an existing three year programme of work which is examining equality and diversity in the curriculum in Scotland. The programme is being coordinated by the Higher Education Academy in partnership with Scotland’s Colleges and the Equality Practitioners’ Network. The programme is being funded by the Scottish Funding Council to support the delivery of equality and diversity framework for 2010-13.

The workshop ‘Inclusion in the Curriculum in the Humanities’ will explore cutting edge attempts to increase equality and diversity in humanities teaching in Higher Education. Several presentations will catalyse participative workshops in which participants will discuss issues relevant to their own context, share practice and discuss how we develop and expand inclusive practice within education.
NEWS - Summit Report published - Thinking twice: Transition, retention and success in the Arts and Humanities

In March 2012 the Arts and Humanities cluster held a Summit which sought to identify and explore the issues which impact upon first year students as they make the transition to university. The report captures the evidence and considerations which emerged from the key questions: What are students' expectations of higher education? What are their experiences of higher education? What does the radical structural transformation of higher education mean for prospective students and the institutions that will support their learning?
CALL - The UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning (UKPSF): Help us to measure its impact
Deadline for call for tenders: 9 July 2012

The UKPSF is a sector-wide framework for recognising and benchmarking teaching and learning support roles in higher education using a set of internationally-recognised criteria.

Tenders are now invited to undertake research to gather evidence about the impact of the framework (revised 2011) and to evaluate levels of awareness within the sector. This research should also investigate how the UKPSF is being used to influence the culture and practice of teaching and supporting learning in HE, and provide recommendations for further development. Funding body: The Higher Education Academy, funding available: £20,000
NEWS – Student Attitudes and Skills for Sustainable Development Report published

HEA & NUS have just published the second report on Student Attitudes and Skills for Sustainable Development.  The findings reinforce, and in many cases strengthen, the landmark key outcomes of the first study published in 2011.

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