Monthly Archives: December 2015

A new teaching and learning philosophy for a new building

The new Talbot building, Fusion Building 1 or FB1 for short, is progressing well with new developments visible to passers by every day. The plan is for the building to be released to us around Easter with its use for teaching commencing in September 2016. The screens around the side of the site provide an… Read more »


Starting in 2010, SUBU have adopted a culture of recognising and rewarding professional and service excellence amongst BU staff via an initiative captioned “YOU’RE BRILLIANT AWARDS”. This year was no exception as students nominated staff who they think are brilliant as academics or in rendering services to the student body, but also have been immensely… Read more »

SURE 2016 – deadline for abstracts submission EXTENDED TO 10 JAN

Yesterday was the ‘original’ deadline for abstract submissions to the SURE conference. So far a significant number of abstracts have been received, which is an improvement compared to the same time last year. In order to further increase participation and give more students the opportunity, deadline has been extended to 10 Jan 2016. SURE is a one-day conference… Read more »

CEL drop in sessions

Dear colleagues, the Centre for Excellence in Learning (CEL) will be running drop in sessions in Talbot and Lansdowne campuses for the first quarter of 2016. These sessions are intended for any academic who want to know more about CEL, discuss ideas, check out opportunities, identify resources, share good educational practices or receive support to inspire… Read more »

Study: Millennials Spend More Than 3 Hrs/Day on Mobile Phones

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Study: Millennials Spend More Than 3 Hrs/Day on #MobilePhones By Rhea Kelly 11/19/15 The average U.S. millennial (aged 16-30) with Internet access spends 3.1 hours a day on a mobile phone — totaling 21.7 hours a week or 1,128 hours (47 days) a year, according to a new study from global research consultancy TNS…. Read more »

New publication from our fantastic PAL team: Peer learning leaders: developing employability through facilitating the learning of other students

Colleagues, I am delighted to share some good news with you: Peer learning leaders: developing employability through facilitating the learning of other students …authors: Neil Ford, Charlotte Thackeray, Paul Barnes, Katharina Hendrickx …and abstract: Employability is a key theme in higher education and attitudes towards its development have shifted from a focus on technical skills… Read more »

Education for Sustainable Development – students want more, BU Vision and Values highlights our ambitions, so can we up our game?

The results of the fifth NUS student survey reveal students’ attitudes towards sustainable development: 80% of students said that they want their institutions to be doing more on sustainability, and 60% want to learn more about it. So are we doing enough at BU and how could we do more? BU 2018 articulates the vision:… Read more »

Today’s Let’s talk about IT session postponed

Due to illness, we have had to postpone today’s Let’s talk about IT drop in session in PG30a.  We apologise for the cancellation.  We will reschedule the session shortly and advise of the new date(s) here on the CEL blog.

Large group sizes: the challenge of facilitating effective learning

The undergraduate-nursing programme within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences attracts large cohorts of students that are increasing year on year. This presents challenges to ensure effective facilitation of learning in larger groups, with potential issues around staff preparedness, provision of appropriate learning spaces, as well as staff and student satisfaction. With this in… Read more »