Off and running…..that is what October feels like. As September fades into a memory of meeting new students, rushing to get handbooks and other resources ready, dealing with unplanned situations, and the general excitement of a new term, October comes in hard and fast as the time to get down and do some serious teaching and learning.
Here at the HEA we are working on a number of projects to support you in delivering and developing your teaching and I want to highlight a few of them. Below you will find information on recently published reports, calls for funding/papers, and upcoming events. For more information on HEA publications, resources, projects and calls, see our Academy bulletin.
In October I will be visiting a number of Marketing, Finance & Accounting and Public Relations departments across the UK, reviewing project proposal bids, working on upcoming events, attending meetings associated with our professional bodies (BAFA and Academy of Marketing), and delivering a few lectures on ethics in marketing at the University of Greenwich. I am always close to my email, so feel free to contact me at anytime, and if you would like me to visit you, don't hesitate to ask!
Please note that if you are new to teaching in Business Education or have colleagues who are, we would welcome you/them at our New-To-Teaching Workshops (see below). For information on our new strategic priorities in the Social Sciences, please see our cluster pages here. Finally, June Dennis (University of Wolverhampton) and I are doing some work on curriculum development in Marketing and we would welcome your inputs. We have a LinkedIn group up and running. If you would like to joint the discussion, please write to June Dennis. Contacts for our other Marketing, Finance and Accounting and Public Relations communities of practice can be found at the end of the newsletter.
Up and ready to go: New reports
Flexible pedagogies: part-time learners and learning in higher education
The report contributes to the development of a better understanding of part-time learners and the types of flexibility that may well enhance their study especially pedagogically. The main report is also supported by an audit tool and a selection of case studies.
Promoting teaching resources – an international collaboration
Since 2009, the HEA has been working with the universities of Leicester & Newcastle in the UK and Wollongong & Tasmania in Australia to develop resources aimed to benchmark promotion practice and support in the HE sector. We now have a range of resources on our website to support the review of practices and policies designed to recognise teaching in academic promotion.
Results from PTES and PRES surveys 2013
Summaries of the findings from our Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research Experience Surveys (PTES and PRES) are now available. Both show high levels of student satisfaction with their programmes. You will find the PTES 2013 report here and the PRES 2013 report here. Your institutions can now register to take part in the 2014 PTES survey.
Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development
This joint HEA/NUS report found that more than 80% of students surveyed believe sustainable development should be actively promoted and incorporated by UK universities. The HEA Social Sciences publication Enhancing education for sustainable development in Business and Management, Hospitality, Leisure, Marketing, Tourism provides case studies that focus on how to enhance students’ understanding and application of ESD in various whole-school, programme and module initiatives, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and include several examples from colleagues outside the UK.
Ready when you are: Funding and other calls
Call for papers: HEA Social Sciences annual learning and teaching conference
Our third annual learning and teaching conference entitled ‘Teaching forward: the future of Social Sciences’ will take place on 21-22 May 2014 at The Studio, Birmingham.
Everything we do has consequences. Think about the work you are doing right now: the research you have just completed, the report you are finishing and the teaching that you are embarking upon. These will affect the future like ripples on a pond. The theme for this year's HEA Social Sciences conference focuses on these consequences by taking us into the future or rather, into a range of potential futures. Further details and submissions forms are available via insert link.
Call open: HEA international scholarship programme
The scheme supports individuals in the sector to undertake specific investigations outside of the UK to explore innovative examples of teaching excellence and learning and teaching policies, translate these for a UK audience, test them within a UK setting and to make a difference for UK student learning.
National teaching fellowship scheme (NTFS) 2014
The call for nominations to NTFS 2014 will open on 15 October 2013 and close 14 January 2014.
Call for papers: Business and Management Education in Higher Education: An International Journal
BMHE looks to publish three types of paper: Research Articles, Excellence in Teaching and Learning Notes and ‘Views From’ opinion pieces. The first edition will be available within the next month on the website link above. BMHE welcomes papers which are accessible to both a specialist and generalist readership and are theoretically and empirically rigorous.
Call for papers: ELiSS
The mission of ELiSS is to provide a forum for pedagogic research within the social sciences. Editors seek a range of papers, practice papers and reports of developments in teaching and learning.