Monthly Archives: September 2017

TEF going for gold workshop

Professor Debbie Holley, Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning at BU and Jacky Mack, the Head of Academic Services, co-hosted a workshop at BU entitled “TEF: going for Gold” with Jane Forster, the VC’s Policy Advisor and 23 staff members from across BU. The workshop started with an update from Jane on the… Read more »

Supporting WP ‘Pracademics’ across the Sector

Dr Sue Eccles delivered a workshop to 50 WP Pracademics at Sheffield Hallam University in September 2017, as part of the conclusion of a one year writing programme sponsored by the Office for Fair Access, delivered by Sheffield Hallam University and supported by academic mentors from across the sector. Her workshop focused on how the… Read more »

New book by CEL’s Dr. Jenny Hall

Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Hall in the Centre for Excellence in Learning (CEL) who published a new book this month Spirituality and Childbirth: meaning and care at the start of life.  The book is published by Routledge (which is part of the Taylor & Frances Group) and co-edited by Professor Susan Crowther, at The Robert Gordon University… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 15th September

REF 2021 As we noted last week, on 1st September 2017 HEFCE published the initial decisions on REF 2021. This does not include decisions regarding submitting staff, output portability or the eligibility of institutions to participate in the REF. There is another consultation on those issues and BU’s response is being prepared by RKEO –… Read more »

BU Learning and Teaching Fellows 2017/18

Congratulations to the four new BU Learning and Teaching Fellows who start their role this month. Camila Devis-Rozental (FMC), Nicole Ferdinand (FM), Karen Thompson (FM) and Steve Trenoweth (FHSS) will each be embarking on funded projects around education. The aims of the BU Learning and Teaching Fellowship Award are to: • Recognise and celebrate excellent… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 8th September 2017

REF 2021 On 1st September 2017 HEFCE published the initial decisions on REF 2021. This does not include decisions regarding submitting staff, output portability or the eligibility of institutions to participate in the REF. There is another consultation on those issues and BU’s response is being prepared by RKEO – please contact Julie Northam if… Read more »

BU’s presentations at the ALTC conference

One of the largest learning technology conferences, ALT (Association for Learning Technology) took place this week in Liverpool.  BU was represented by Professor Debbie Holley and David Biggins amongst some 400 delegates. There is an ALT YouTube channel which contains some videos from this week’s conference including the three keynotes which are also available from the ALT… Read more »

Audience response systems – an update

A team from CEL, IT and LLS have been looking at our options for audience response systems.  In the past, we have used the Turning Point clickers which have been very successful in some applications.  Dedicated devices to capture audience responses have diminished over time due to their cost and the wide availability of users’… Read more »