Monthly Archives: July 2017

HE policy update w/e 21st July 2017

REF 2021 and outcome of Stern Review – staff selection A blog from David Sweeney on Wonkhe sets out the approach to staff selection post Stern. At BU we wanted all staff to be returned to avoid pressure on the sector to shift staff to teaching only contracts. The new definition will be “all staff with… Read more »

Questionnaire on the use of the Fusion Building for teaching and learning

The Fusion Building has been in use for almost a year.  We would like to ask you a few questions about your use of the building in teaching and learning. Please use this questionnaire to tell us about your experiences. Other than your department, all questions are optional.  You can but you do not… Read more »

Worldwide changes in Turnitin: how will it affect you?

For its 15,000 partner institutions and 30 million students worldwide, Turnitin is changing both how it looks and how it integrates with other systems.  The new version of the interface, called “Turnitin Feedback Studio”, offers all the functionalities of Turnitin GradeMark and Originality Reports, but with a simplified, more intuitive interface. This change will present… Read more »

Widening Participation: Guidance for Admissions

The Fair Access Research project (FAR) has developed some guidance to support admissions staff as they consider applications from widening participation (WP) students. The results of a FAR staff survey in 2016 highlighted the key role that the admissions team and faculty admissions staff have to reduce barriers to successful applications for students from a WP background… Read more »

Applications sought for Data Impact Fellowships (£2000 )

BU Colleagues – do you have a post-doc/PhD student engaging with datasets? If so, please cascade…many thanks Debbie Are you a post-doctoral researcher or PhD researcher based in a UK university? Do you use UK Data Service data in your research with a focus on impact? If so we are offering you the opportunity to… Read more »

Brightspace drop-in sessions on 27th July, 1st and 2nd August – in person or online

Now that the majority of staff have received their initial Brightspace training in readiness for the semester 1 rollout, we are still delivering face-to-face training for staff and now transitioning to a less structured and more personalised support model of drop-in sessions for academic staff. We have organised the first three sessions: Thursday 27 July. … Read more »

CELebrate 2017: A pedagogical approach to fostering assessment for learning and student engagement through the use of smartphones

A pedagogical approach to fostering assessment for learning and student engagement through the use of smartphones: a practitioner experience. Abstract: Different types of assessment abound in existing literature. The focus of the presentation however was on Assessment for Learning which is formative in nature and can be strategised in different ways to enhance the student learning experience…. Read more »

CELebrate 2017: Motivating the unmotivated

Motivating the unmotivated: a case study in STEM, Debbie Holley Abstract: A significant issue for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students, is where employers, government  and higher education policy makers have identified a lack of preparation in crucial soft skill areas such as presentations and team working. Moving first year gaming and computer science… Read more »