8th Annual UK and Ireland PASS/PAL Conference, Cork

Following the amazing 7th Annual UK and Ireland PASS/PAL Leader Conference held at BU in 2016 this year’s annual conference in November took the PAL Team, including four BU students (Jessica Jones, Franceska De Ruyter, Joshua Carr and Katrin Mahfuz), to the Cork Institute of Technology.  Delegates from 24 universities and institutes of higher education from the… Read more »

Save the Dates: iVLE Workshops (Prep Activity)

This year’s PREP activity across all Faculties is called iVLE. It is an opportunity for you to share best practice on your use of the VLE: MyBU or Brightspace and how this contributes to the student experience. The areas of education practice that comprise iVLE include but are not limited to: Content of units, ie learning… Read more »

‘Elevator pitch’ event to enrich student experiences

Nasiru Taura and Thanh Huynh recently organised a successful ‘elevator pitch’ event to enrich student experiences at BU, by enabling them to showcase their start-up projects as part of their Entrepreneurship and Business Ventures (EBV). The event featured four industry experts (including entrepreneurs, investors, and practitioners) as panelists. More than 70 people attended and participated in the event. Groups of students… Read more »

British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) abstracts by 21st December

Dear all The University of Sheffield is delighted to be hosting the British Conference of Undergraduate Research  (BCUR) on 12th and 13th April, 2018.  In its 8th year, the conference attracts a footfall of around 500 (majority) students and staff from a wide range of universities, across two days.  It is considered a leading channel through which undergraduates can present their high… Read more »

‘HEA Transforming Assessment in Higher Education: A case study series (2017)’ features BU

The Higher Education Academy has just published their ‘Transforming Assessment’ case study series for 2017, and the Online Assignment Handling project at BU features as one of the case studies. Under the ‘Using technology-enhanced assessment’ strand, the case study details our approach to overcoming barriers to online assessment and feedback during the roll-out out and… Read more »

The Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (JLDHE) issue 12 inc 2 articles from BU staff

Colleagues, I am delighted to announce the latest issue of JLDHE has two articles from BU staff – abstracts below the link. Well done! ==== The Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (JLDHE) issue 12 is now live online – go to http://journal.aldinhe.ac.uk/index.php/jldhe. This contents of this edition explore subjects such as: ·         the development of learners’ socio-emotional intelligence… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 8th December 2017

Fees and funding – the latest developments The fees and funding discussions continue with some interesting developments this week. Firstly, there was a written response by the Minister  -responding to the Resolution of the House on 13th September 2017 on tuition fees (the non-binding one that was essentially passed unanimously because no Conservative MPs attended). … Read more »

Kindness Summit 14th February 2018

We have seen kindness  and service excellence everywhere at BU this week. Our Random Acts of Kindness week has included free donuts to students in our halls of residences, and a visit by the Anthony Nolan Trust to sign up Life saving Heroes to help save lives.  Another highlight of the week – the CEL student co-creation… Read more »

BTEC Champions Group

===apologies for cross posting=== In response to sector-wide and institutional data that highlighted disparities in achievement and progression between BTEC entrants and their A-Level counterparts, NTU set up a ‘BTEC Champions Group’ as a university-wide initiative to identify, pilot and evaluate interventions aimed at understanding and addressing these disparities. It was also an institutional forum… Read more »

BU’s first Senior Fellow of the HEA from the professional services

I am delighted to announce that Anne Davey, Faculty Librarian for the Faculty of Management has just been accredited as BU’s first Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA for short!) from the professional services via the TeachBU route.  Anne was commended for her outstanding application, that was interesting, reflective, well-constructed, met all the criteria and was “a joy to read”…. Read more »

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