Higher Education Academy Update – 10 January 2017

HEA student experience and engagement surveys 2017

We currently have more than one hundred confirmed participants in the postgraduate PTES and PRES surveys and a 60% increase in participants in the undergraduate UKES. If you want to find out more about participation and the support we can offer you in running the surveys, please get in touch as soon as possible.

HEPI-HEA House of Commons Breakfast Seminar: An unnatural division?  Research and Teaching – how can the twin pillars of HE thrive?

24 January 2017

Universities deliver good teaching and high-quality research. The relationship between the two is symbiotic. Yet the Higher Education and Research Bill arguably drives a new wedge between them by abolishing HEFCE and leaving the new Office for Students with no clear research responsibilities. A recent HEPI report (Occasional Paper 14) argued that research will always trump teaching when the two are treated separately. It called for an entirely new approach in which they feed off one another. What is the right relationship between teaching and research? Does research benefit when it is delivered by those who also teach? Should teaching and learning be done in research-like ways? And what do the Government’s current reforms mean for the traditional concept of a Humboldtian university that combines teaching and research?

Confirmed speakers:

Professor Alison Wolf (Baroness Wolf of Dulwich)

Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

NTFS and CATE Ceremony

25 January 2017

The 25 January will see the presentation of awards for the 55 2016 NTFS winners and 6 winners will be announced from the 15 CATE finalists.

This year will also see the launch of the NTFS Ambassador scheme. Two Ambassadors will be announced during the dinner in London on the 25 January.

Open for nominations:

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE) 2017

The HEA is pleased to announce that funders have agreed in principle to support NTFS and CATE in 2017 although the detail of the prize fund is still to be agreed. The overall design of the two schemes and criteria are not expected to change significantly so we wanted to give colleagues early notification so HE providers can plan internal nominations processes with further details being provided later this month.

The HEA is currently pursuing options to enable an online platform for NTFS and CATE submissions and HE providers are asked to notify their general intention to nominate by e-mailing

ntfsindividual@heacademv.ac.uk and collaborative.awards@heacademv.ac.uk respectively by 31 January 2017. Once this information has been received we will advise you on the process for final submissions.

We are currently looking towards a closing date for final nomination documentation of the first week of April 2017 for NTFS and CATE.

2017 Surveys conference – call for papers

The HEA Surveys Conference 2017: Understanding and enhancing the student experience 11 May 2017, Manchester

The insight from student surveys, metrics and other research enables us to get closer to the student experience and understand their needs. Doing so provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate the student experience, ourselves, our assumptions, and our provision, as well as helping to engage staff. However, the real value of surveys, metrics and research findings depend upon the extent to which they are used to shine a light on issues affecting the sector, inform decisions, and drive enhancement both across the sector and within institutions.

Find out more and share with members of your institution

New keynote speaker announced for the HEA STEM Conference

1 & 2 February 2017

Professor Peter Goodhew FREng has confirmed that he will join Professor Sir William Wakeham as keynote speaker at the 2017 STEM Annual Conference in Manchester.

The STEM sector has coped with an expansion in student numbers and the growing diversity in student intake profiles whilst balancing the pressures of research and teaching demands, however the challenge of maximising performance in the TEF looms large. The HEA STEM conference for 2017 will therefore focus on achieving excellence – both in our teaching and in our students’ learning. This conference follows on from a successful and well-received event in 2016, and will help you to define and deliver teaching excellence in the TEF context.

Find out more about the STEM Conference and share with colleagues to book online

The HEA Annual Conference announces more keynote speakers

4-6 July 2017

We are pleased to announce that Dr Helen Bevan will join the Annual Conference programme as the keynote speaker for Health and Social Care. Dr Bevan will be joined by Professor Danielle George and Dr Liz Barnes who will be joint keynotes for the STEM part of the conference.

While acknowledging the wider implications of TEF on UK HE (including political, financial and reputational), the HEA’s 2017 Annual Conference will position the spotlight firmly on teaching itself, in particular the learners whose experience of HE is and will take place in a post-TEF landscape. At the same time as looking to the future in order to understand and prepare for the changed expectations and rhetoric of ‘Generation TEF’, we are also keen to reflect on and learn from the backstory of professionalising HE teaching.

Find out more and share with colleagues to book online

Other events

What Works? Student retention and success change programme: Final Conference

11 April 2017

What works? Student retention and success change programme (WW-2) is a Paul Hamlyn Foundation initiative working with the Higher Education Academy, Action on Access and 13 UK universities across 43 discipline areas. The programme examined what works in terms of retention and success and, crucially, developed understanding about howto implement change.

The conference will take place at 11 April 2017, Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, Marylebone, London WIG 9DT, 9:30 – 16:30. This is a one-day event to launch, share and discuss the findings and outcomes of the What works? Student retention and success change programme – Phase 2.

Find out more about submitting a paper and share with colleagues to book online

The call for abstracts for the 28th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference is now open

NET Conference 5-7 September 2017

NET is firmly established as the leading annual conference for networking in healthcare education. NET2017 is a unique opportunity to share innovation and the latest ideas and experiences with a wide range of colleagues from the UK and overseas. It is for everyone interested in debating the latest developments and thinking in healthcare education: educators, practitioners, researchers and students from all disciplines of the healthcare professions.

Share with colleagues and book places online

National Conference for Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security

5 April 2017

In 2016 we held the first National Conference for Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security. The event was very well-received, with attendees from a range of institutions and disciplines as well as businesses and government agencies.

This year we have expanded this to a two-day event, with the first day devoted to student presentations and posters and a ‘Capture the Flag’ competition. Day two will follow the traditional format of invited speakers, and workshops and papers sharing best practice in learning and teaching in cyber security. Cyber security touches many disciplines outside of the computer sciences, including law, business studies and psychology, so we will be particularly interested to see multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches.

Find out more to share with colleagues and book online

Workshops taking place over the coming months

Ready for the start of the new year we have revised the programme of CPD events to include a series of interdisciplinary workshops which focus on key issues for the sector and invite sharing of knowledge and best practice across the disciplines.

TEF and Me

7 February 14 March

24 March – webinar

These workshops, delivered both on and offline, will give an overview of TEF, including institutional submissions and discipline-level assessment, examining the role of programme leaders in improving teaching quality.

Higher Degree Apprenticeships

19 January 9 May

Explore the changing landscape of higher and degree apprenticeships, topics include understanding government, university and employer contexts; teaching excellence and programme development.

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