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Contents: Issue 49, 6th October 2010

1. News and opportunities

i) Meaningful Student Engagement in Higher Education

ii) Share Project - call for participants

iii) Creation of a Human Taphonomic Facility for Teaching and Research

2. Forthcoming Centre Events

i) Modelling in physics: getting our students to think like physicists, 20th October 2010, Higher Education Academy, York

ii) More Effective Learning in Laboratories, Wednesday 17th November 2010, CELS, Nottingham Trent University

iii) New and Aspiring Lecturers and Teaching Fellows Workshop, 19th - 20th November 2010, Novotel Hotel, York, UK

iv) Using Technology to Enhance Learning in Physical Sciences, Wednesday 8th December 2010, Leeds

v) More Effective Lectures, Wednesday 15th December 2010, University of Edinburgh

 

 

1. NEWS AND OPPORTUNITIES

i) Meaningful Student Engagement in Higher Education

The Higher Education Academy is launching a new, year long programme to help HEIs enhance the engagement of disabled students in the design and delivery of learning and teaching. We are inviting expressions of interest from HEIs in England and Wales who wish to develop opportunities for disabled students to be engaged in dialogue and the decision-making processes related to their learning experience.

 

There are 10 places fully funded by HEFCE and HEFCW and the programme is being supported by the NUS. The deadline for expressions of interest is 27 October 2010, and the year-long programme will begin in December 2010.

 

More information and all relevant documentation can be found at: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/teachingandlearning/inclusion/alldisplay?type=resources&newid=ourwork/inclusion/Disability/MeaningfulStudentEngagement2010&site=york

 

ii) Share Project - call for participants

Funded by the Higher Education Academy through the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Project strand, the Share Project is asking academics to keep an anonymous diary of their day on the 15th of every month for one year, starting 15th September 2010. The aim of these diaries is to learn more about the lives, beliefs, conditions of work, important issues and habits of 'the everyday academic'.

 

For further information visit http://www.sharingpractice.ac.uk/ 


iii) Creation of a Human Taphonomic Facility for Teaching and Research

Omega Supplies Limited (based in Lincolnshire) is currently in the final planning stages of building a human taphonomy and research centre in Lincolnshire. Discussions with appropriate agencies concerning human tissue usage and storage are well advanced.

 

The considerable investment required for this facility will be financed by Omega Supplies Limited and will be designed to be a state-of-the-art facility working alongside a number of major international companies to create a centre that has full teaching, dissection and up to date facilities for all students of all levels (undergraduate to professional practitioners).

 

This 30 acre site will be the only facility of its kind in Europe and will also have accommodation to facilitate long-term research observational studies and data gathering.

 

Omega Supplies Limited have recently met with senior representatives from a number of University departments; Staffordshire University, Department of Forensic and Crime Science has already supported this venture in writing.  Omega are now also seeking further written support (non-committal at this stage)  from any University, research facility or independent company  that may be interested in accessing this facility.

 

Omega Supplies Limited would be pleased to receive any positive input into what such organisations would wish to see built and developed at this centre. The centre is its early design stages and therefore specific equipment and environments can be accommodated into the design plans (e.g. remote data capture and monitoring equipment, ‘walk-in’ fridges, dissection facilities). Omega Supplies Limited wish to build the centre to accommodate as many and varied projects as possible.

Please feel free to contact Mr Richard Arnold on 07970 409853 (office number 01507 440200) or please email ([log in to unmask]) if you wish to be kept up to date with our newsletter

 

2. FORTHCOMING CENTRE EVENTS

i) Modelling in physics: getting our students to think like physicists, 20th October 2010, Higher Education Academy, York

This meeting will look at modelling in physics education. Topics covered will include the nature of models and modelling, the importance of qualitative reasoning, the role of mathematics, and the cognitive science of thinking and reasoning with models, including the potential to promote a deeper understanding of physics through modelling. Examples of different modelling practices within physics education will also be given. Anyone interested in contributing should contact David Sands, [log in to unmask].

 

This meeting has been jointly organised with the Higher Education Group of the Institute of Physics. There is no registration fee for this meeting for those working in UK HE and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

 

Registration is available online: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/physsci/events/detail/2010/modelling_in_physics


ii) More Effective Learning in Laboratories, Wednesday 17th November 2010, CELS, Nottingham Trent University

In the current HE environment academics will inevitably find themselves teaching more students with fewer resources. The pressures to do things more effectively and efficiently whilst maintaining a quality student experience will be acute, and probably nowhere more than in the laboratory.

 

This workshop will provide an opportunity to hear how colleagues have adopted pedagogies, assessment procedures and novel strategies in order to enhance student learning and make the best use of resources. If you would like to contribute to this workshop, please contact Ruth Mewis, [log in to unmask].

 

There is no registration fee for this meeting for those working in UK HE and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Online booking is available: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/physsci/events/detail/2010/more_effective_learning_in_labs

 

iii) New and Aspiring Lecturers and Teaching Fellows Workshop, 19th - 20th November 2010, Novotel Hotel, York, UK

A residential workshop for new and aspiring lecturers and teaching fellows in physical sciences. The aim of this workshop is to give subject specific support to new and aspiring lecturers and teaching fellows. The event will be delivered by physical science practitioners in a context relevant to chemistry, physics, forensic science and related disciplines. The meeting will provide the opportunity to discuss issues related to teaching your discipline and raise awareness of the wide range of discipline specific resources that are available. Participants should leave the workshop with ideas and resources that they can use in their teaching.

 

There is no registration fee for new and aspiring lecturers working in UK HE. Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Lunches and refreshments will also be provided. Registration is available online: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/physsci/events/detail/2010/new_and_aspiring_lecturers

 

iv) Using Technology to Enhance Learning in Physical Sciences, Wednesday 8th December 2010, Leeds

This workshop will consider ways in which technology can be used for more effective learning in the physical sciences.

 

There is no registration fee for this meeting for those working in UK HE and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please see the website for more details:

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/physsci/events/detail/2010/using_technology_to_enhance_learning

 

v) More Effective Lectures, Wednesday 15th December 2010, University of Edinburgh

The Centre has organised a series of workshops around the theme of doing things more effectively. The aim of these workshops is to make the student learning experience more effective in a rapidly changing Higher Education environment.

 

There is no registration fee for this meeting for those working in UK HE and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please see the website for more details: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/physsci/events/detail/2010/more_effective_lectures