A “gemba” walk – and how I have been inspired by Kevin Costner

Reflections from Susanne Clarke – Head of Service Excellence. Having recently returned from the fabulous “Lean in Higher Education” conference hosted by The University of Waterloo in Ontario, I have been brushing up on my technical knowledge of Lean and its application in Higher Education. One of the Japanese terms used regularly by Lean and… Read more »

A first look at the TEL toolkit

One of the CEL/Vision4Learning initiatives this semester is to produce a central repository of technology enhance learning tools that can be deployed in teaching and learning, the TEL toolkit. The plan is that the toolkit will contain information, guidance, videos and other supporting material that will help you gain the most from the available technology…. Read more »

What’s happening in CEL in October?

We encourage you to get involved in CEL; attending one of our events, bidding for fusion money or fellowships, inviting CEL to one of your team meetings … Here is our schedule for the rest of October: 19th – Call out for Learning and Teaching Fellow applications FUNDING CALL OPEN LTF.  Launch SURE conference to… Read more »

Don’t forget to submit your CEL Fusion bids by 9 November

The latest round of funding opened last week (Wednesday 14 October) and staff are encouraged to submit their proposals.  The aim of the funding is to lead to tangible outputs such as papers, products and presentations. There are 5 briefs aligned the CEL themes and against which you can bid: Employability and work-based learning Evaluation… Read more »

JISC elevator pitch challenge – staff and/or students win £5,000

Open data mashup challenge An open data challenge that UUK are running using the Jisc elevator to any of your staff or students who might be interested in applying for. Open data mashup challenge;Do you have a brilliant idea for an app that uses open data sets to support university students through their learning journey?… Read more »

New resourcepack for your students: SUCCESS project

Anita Diaz and Jacqueline Priego present SUCCESS, an online resourcepack available to BU students. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) recognises the importance for student employability and personal development of students engaging in co-curricular learning opportunities provided by universities. These opportunities include academic societies, sports societies, volunteering, PAL leadership, SUBU student representation and student ambassador work…. Read more »

“It fell flat. I thought I was in a university lecture”

If you saw the Apprentice, episode 2, last night you will have heard Baroness Brady utter these words (at 50 minutes and 40 seconds). In the same episode, Baroness Brady points out how insulting stereotypes can be but I fear she has steroetyped universities and ignored all the excellent work that nowadays goes on inside… Read more »

Teaching and learning in the new Fusion1 building

The new Fusion1 building is taking shape on Talbot campus and will see students being taught there for the first time in September 2016.  Far more than solely a new building with extra lecture and seminar rooms, the plan is that BU should develop an innovative philosophy for teaching and learning to make Fusion1 a… Read more »