Monthly Archives: May 2017

Being a magic weaver

At the recently held Service Excellence Conference 2017, Sir John Jones drew on his book “The magic-weaving business: finding the heart of learning and teaching” to inspire attendees to become agents of lasting change. Being a magic weaver may be considered not limited to individuals who can make a positive and lasting difference in the lives… Read more »

Research into barriers to pro-environmental behaviours at BU

Exciting research is being undertaken to investigate the barriers that affect the levels of engagement of staff in environmental initiatives at Bournemouth University. This student research into pro-environmental behaviours aims to increase understanding of the barriers to  participation in environmental initiatives and behaviours at BU and to identify what opportunities could help increase participation. This… Read more »

HE policy update w/e 12th May 2017

Higher Education and Research Act 2017 – the final text has now been published online and in a pdf version. The next step will be implementation of the many changes in the Act, which cannot move on substantially until after the election – and of course in the unlikely event of a Labour victory, implementation… Read more »

Widening Participation Guidance for Academic Advisers

The Fair Access Research project (FAR) has developed some guidance to support Academic Advisers when they are working with widening participation (WP) students. The results of a FAR staff survey in 2016 highlighted the vital role that Academic Advisers play in supporting members of staff in their engagement with WP students.  The FAR team worked with BU colleagues… Read more »

Benchmarking your students’ digital experience – a Jisc-hosted session on 23rd May

We wanted to alert you to this masterclass. This masterclass will provide participants with an overview of innovative techniques on benchmarking your students’ digital experience. Participants will have opportunities to consider the use of these tools to inform their own institutional practice and have a better understanding of how to gather students’ expectations and experiences… Read more »

iInnovate – please can you feedback the new ideas you have tried in the past year?

Seeking feedback on your Innovations – Staff trying something different please complete a short feedback form (available at === Since the start of semester 1, CEL has been supporting staff across the university to ‘try something different‘ to enhance their teaching and professional practice. One of the initiatives within this campaign is a BU-wide scheme called… Read more »

Are you an inspiring educator? this is for you.. Wednesday 7th June Invitation to the ‘Aspiring National Teaching Fellows’ networking event, run by NTFs for aspiring NTFs’

Are you an inspiring educator? Start to build your profile towards a national Teaching fellowship – a scheme run by the Higher Education Academy to recognise and reward excellent in teaching. Bournemouth University are hosting a free networking event; designed to give you the tools and techniques to develop a national profile. Come along and find out… Read more »

Bournemouth University: Innovation case study for JISC/ Report author Sarah Knight speaking at BU Tuesday 23rd May

Colleagues, You may be interested in work that JISC have recently launched, which features BU as an Innovation case study – details below. One of the report authors, Sarah Knight is delivering a Masterclass Tuesday 23rd May, 13.00-14.30 in F301, please contact OD to book your space.   =========== details of new online guide===== We… Read more »

Registration open for the 2017 Academic Practice and Technology conference, 4th July 2017 at the University of Greenwich, London

Apologies for cross posting [cid:image001.png@01D2C8DF.870EC500] Registration open for the 2017 Academic Practice and Technology conference, 4th July 2017 at the University of Greenwich, London The future ain’t what it used to be, uttered by the imitable Yogi Berra in 1974 who explained its meaning that times are different. Not necessarily better or worse. Just different…. Read more »

First issue of the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP)

Apologies for cross-posting.   We are delighted to let you know that the first issue of the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) was launched on 8th May 2017 at the International Summer Institute on Students as Partners at McMaster University, Canada ( The journal, which is hosted by McMaster University Library Press, is… Read more »