Following the launch of BU’s Centre for Excellence in Learning in April 2014, we now have a CEL room in the heart of the Talbot campus. On Tuesday 23rd September, the CEL space on the ground floor of Poole House, PG30a, was officially opened. To mark the occasion, there were presentations from three well-renowned speakers about the ‘Importance of Learning’. Professor Stephen Heppell, BU Professor in the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP), began by talking on ‘The importance of the context for learning and the value of a Centre for Excellence in Learning’, followed by Professor Ron Barnett, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education in London, who spoke on the issue of ‘Flexibility in Learning; Challenges and Possibilities’ – his presentation can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Dr Jenny Moon, BU Associate Professor in CEMP and National Teaching Fellow, concluded the presentations by sharing her thoughts on ‘Inspiring a passion for learning about learning’.
Following the presentations, invited guests gathered in the foyer outside the Centre to hear a few words from the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Vinney about the important work that CEL has initiated to date. Before cutting the ribbon, the guest of honour, Professor Ron Barnett, said how encouraged he felt about the prominence of CEL at BU as its central location was a clear representation of the value attributed to it. A drinks reception followed where colleagues were able to further network and consider how best to use this very positive resource in taking forward student centred learning in future.