Monthly Archives: May 2016

Ashley Spriggs wins the ‘How do you use yours?’ competition

Congratulations to Ashley Spriggs, who won an iPad for her innovative use of the presentation software Prezi. Ashley was awarded the prize by BU’s Vice-Chancellor John Vinney for her winning entry in a competition led by the team behind the TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) Toolkit – BU’s online self-help guide to technology in teaching. The… Read more »


Obtaining a higher educational teaching qualification is an opportunity for both personal and organisational growth. It enables staff and the organisation to reflect back on their professional practice. Additionally, one of the BU 2018 KPIs is that 100% of academic staff should have either a recognised teaching qualification and/or a Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship status…. Read more »

Funding opportunities relevant to the discipline of Education

Dear colleagues, find below some funding opportunities relevant to the field of Education: 1. ESRC-DFID: Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme 2016 Pre-call announcement has been released. The focus of the 2016 call will be on the dynamic of             accountability, asking questions about how this dynamic interacts with contextual… Read more »

Students as trainers – about to start delivering support for staff

The Fusion project, Students as Trainers, will very shortly be delivering help and support to staff who have requested assistance with digital skills, for example social media, graphics, using PCs, Macs and tablets. If you are interested in participating in this pilot project that ends in July, you can sign up here. We will report… Read more »

Festival of Learning: Working Together for Widening Participation

27th June 2016 14:00-16:00 Talbot Campus In the week that sees the publication of the White Paper and the Queen’s speech, issues of widening participation and education equity seem even more topical than ever. BU’s programme of Fair Access Research seeks to create a culture of widening participation through working and learning together. As part of BU’s Festival of… Read more »

Higher education White Paper: key points at a glance

Source: The government’s higher education White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy, was published on 16 May. Key proposals in the document include: Teaching Creating an Office for Students, merging the Office for Fair Access with the learning and teaching functions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England Retaining the proposed link between… Read more »

PG Cert Public Health Online Course Development Team, HSS

A while ago a group of us in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences were tasked with developing an online Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health to complement BU’s well established MSc Public Health course provision. The aim of this development was to offer three units of the course to be studied online part-time. The… Read more »

Students Who Bounce Back Project

Are you a student carer? If you are a student carer – providing unpaid support to someone who could not manage without your help – you are invited to take part in a photo-diary research project entitled ‘Students who bounce back’, led by Dr Jacqueline Priego, from BU’s Centre for Excellence in Learning. The project… Read more »

National Teaching Fellowship – Individual and Team Opportunities

The HEA has recently announced that the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is open again for nominations; the deadline is July 28, 2016 (see below for details and links). CEL will coordinate a workshop for any interested individuals or teams to help prepare high quality nominations- the expectations are very high but we have two NTFs… Read more »