The HEA Surveys Conference 2017 was a Great Success!

This year’s HEA Surveys Conference was a great success with academics and professional support staff from a wide range of UK universities mixing to discuss experiences and to share top tips. Survey discussions were not just limited to the Undergraduate NSS/DLHE and the Postgraduate PTES/PRES surveys of which most of us are familiar, but also incorporated the… Read more »

HE policy update w/e 16th June 2017

New Parliament – On Monday we sent out a special edition policy update to keep you current on the political arrangements as the new government is formed. If you missed it you can read it here. Locally, all the incumbents were re-elected, meaning the whole of Dorset continues to be represented by Conservatives. A breakdown… Read more »

Special edition of TEF articles

Colleagues, Prior to the publication of TEF assessments (coming soon, date delayed due to general election) please do take the time to read this excellent special edition. Debbie ====== We would like to announce publication of a TEF special edition in our open access journal Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching. A table of contents… Read more »

iInnovate: Scaling innovation from the individual to the institution

Further to Debbie Holley’s post about the acceptance of an abstract for the ALT-C conference in Liverpool in September, we have just had a second submission approved.  This second abstract focuses on the iInnovate initiative and reports on institution-wide innovation and the sharing of best practice. ==== A significant issue for HEIs is how to… Read more »

HE policy update w/e 12th May 2017

Higher Education and Research Act 2017 – the final text has now been published online and in a pdf version. The next step will be implementation of the many changes in the Act, which cannot move on substantially until after the election – and of course in the unlikely event of a Labour victory, implementation… Read more »

HE policy update w/e 28th April 2017

The Higher Education and Research Bill – now the Higher Education and Research Act 2017– was finally passed on Thursday. As expected, the House of Commons rejected the Lords amendments, including those relating to the TEF and international students. The government did propose a number of amendments to address some of the issues raised in… Read more »

Update of BU’s Learning and Teaching Fellowships for 2017/18

Jacqui Taylor, Jonny Branney, Ann Luce and Laura Bunt-MacRury were awarded BU Learning and Teaching Fellowships for 2017/18. They have been engaging in activities and initiatives which support and develop student learning in a range of contexts.  The aims of the BU Learning and Teaching Fellowship Awards are to recognise and celebrate excellent achievement and/or… Read more »

Digifest 17 @ ICC Birmingham 14th – 15th March 2017

So, how to sum up two days of keynotes and simultaneous presentations, workshops and debates? Certainly not an easy task and one which definitely would not do justice to the wide range of subjects covered. So rather than trying such a difficult task, click this link https://www.jisc.ac.uk/digifest to view the recordings and presentation slides. There… Read more »