Do you have experience designing and developing professional development programmes?

Philip Long of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Faculty of Management, would be very pleased to hear from any colleagues who have experience in designing and delivering professional development programmes in collaboration with external partners. He will submit a bid to the Newcastle/Gateshead Cultural Initiative for a feasibility study on designing a CPD programme… Read more »

TEL Toolkit – a first look

We had a early Christmas present this year with a first look at the initial designs for the TEL Toolkit. The Toolkit is due to be released in the first week of February so this sneak preview was great to see. The home screen will enable you to access information on the tools in the… Read more »

Circular Economy Study Group: 27 Jan 16

BU is hosting the first study group which is discussing ‘The Circular Economy’. The group is based around ‘The Circular Economy; A Wealth of Flows’ by Ken Webster, Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The group works through a learning method that addresses the whole of us (imaginative thoughts; feelings/ existing patterns and… Read more »

Fair Access Project Fund

BU’s Fair Access Agreement includes a project fund to support Fair Access (FA) and Widening Participation (WP) projects, research and innovation. Faculties and Professional Services are invited to bid for funding to support specific and targeted projects that will have FA or WP impact. The projects will contribute to and inform the growing evidence base… Read more »

TEL Toolkit drop in sessions – 7th and 11th of January

As part of the Vision4Learning Project we are developing the TEL Toolkit to support and encourage our academics to consider different tools and techniques to support the learning for our students. The project team are now modelling the TEL Toolkit and will be using the next V4L Drop In Sessions to welcome as much feedback… Read more »

Highlights of UCAS and SMCPC annual reports

UCAS and SMCPC have recently published their annual reports. You may find the following highlights of interest: 532,300 applicants got admitted in higher education through UCAS (up by 3.9 per cent). Acceptances from EU increased by 11 per cent while those from outside of EU increased by 1.9 per cent. Pupils in the White ethnic… Read more »

Sector Leading Learning Development in FMC

Marian Mayer recently gave an excellent talk on what has been described by John Hilsdon, the noted expert on Learning Development as “Sector Leading” provision. This presentation took place on the 2nd of December 2015 and was part of an ongoing CEL seminar series. It drew on a variety of reasons to support Media students… Read more »

12 Days of Library and Learning Support Roundup

In the first twelve (working) days of December, CEL hosted a campaign to promote the Library and Learning Support available at BU. This initiative, which we disseminated on Twitter with #12DaysOfLLS, was produced by our colleagues at BU Library, and had the aim of spreading the word about the wealth of services, resources and support… Read more »

A new teaching and learning philosophy for a new building

The new Talbot building, Fusion Building 1 or FB1 for short, is progressing well with new developments visible to passers by every day. The plan is for the building to be released to us around Easter with its use for teaching commencing in September 2016. The screens around the side of the site provide an… Read more »


Starting in 2010, SUBU have adopted a culture of recognising and rewarding professional and service excellence amongst BU staff via an initiative captioned “YOU’RE BRILLIANT AWARDS”. This year was no exception as students nominated staff who they think are brilliant as academics or in rendering services to the student body, but also have been immensely… Read more »