Posts By: upatel

The context of the inclusivity health check at BU

Last week the FLIE education enhancement workshops reached a milestone session as the third and final in the series on Inclusion Equity and Social Justice. It was taken as an opportunity to step back to review the context(s) of inclusivity in HE and at BU. In our globalised, internationalised, and interlinked world, we regularly encounter… Read more »

This week – Education Enhancement Workshops

Looking for case studies ideas for your Advance HE Fellowship application?  The lunchtime Education Enhancement workshops are a low stake investment in your professional development. Wednesday 9th March 12:00-13:00.  Education Enhancement Workshop. Previous sessions on the Higher Education: Inclusion, Equity and Social Justice introduced the Equity Compass and in particular how approaches to learning can… Read more »

What do we have in common? Education research and discipline-based signature pedagogies research.

Long ago and far away (well 1989*) the notion of academic tribes entered the discourse around what universities are for, what academics do and what counts as teaching and learning in Higher Education. There is evidence that some territories (aka disciplines and fields) have a less active pedagogical research tradition and less emphasis on publishing… Read more »

Blended and Flipped the time has come!


Can there possibly be a silver lining to our experience of teaching and learning during Covid-19? A Wonkhe/Aula survey of 630 academics and professional staff found some interesting positives.  More than 80%  are more willing to experiment with digital technologies for learning and teaching. The devil, of course, is in the detail in context. In… Read more »

Workshop – Microaggressions: A Risk For Everyone

Athena SWAN bronze award logo

Congratulations to the BU Department of Design and Engineering for being awarded the ATHENA SWAN bronze award. One of the developmental workshops is open to BU staff. A workshop organised by Dr Roya Haratian and Professor Philip Sewell Date:  Wed 19th of Jan 2022, 12:00 -13:00 Workshop Place: Online – MS Teams: Access Link Workshop Topic: Microaggressions: A… Read more »

Teaching Large Cohorts – Education Enhancement Workshop Summary

Many lecturers at BU teach classes with 60-120+ students. These are large cohorts! In the last workshop on this topic, it was clear that the specificity of discipline/field and teaching context are critical. The workshop in January draws on case studies and will make space for audience experience and group thinking. As I said in… Read more »

Inclusion, Equity and Social Justice – Workshop summary

Equity compass

The second FLIE workshop versed on the topic of Inclusion, Equity and Social Justice. We had the pleasure of having Chiko Bwalya, SUBU VP Education, joining us and offering some eye-opening insights on inclusion, diversity and decolonisation from a student perspective. Race and student perspective Chiko shared her experience as a student at BU and… Read more »

Teaching Large Cohorts – Workshop summary

Students in lecture theatre

The problem of teaching large cohorts has attracted a lot of attention in HE. Anything above a ratio of 60 students to 1 lecturer changes the pedagogical dynamics. A systematic review of the bigger picture of managing large cohorts from induction to graduation and the redesign coming from this kind of intense commitment is the… Read more »