Director Update: Summer 2018

Welcome to this our last newsletter of this academic year.

As we approach the end of another academic year this newsletter documents the extensive range of learning and teaching activities that we have been engaged, in or are about to undertake. Thus, we have reports on a range of projects being undertaken by our colleagues in FMS, we have reports back from meetings we have been at in the last few months, papers we have published and other events that we have attended or led.

Also in this newsletter, we are able to announce to results of the most recent round of ERDP. I would like to congratulate the successful recipients and we look forward to receiving reports on how those projects have developed.  I would remind everybody that the deadline for last round of funding for this year is July 6th and would like to encourage everybody with an idea to try to find time to make an application.  I also want to remind you that you can also apply for short periods of study leave to visit a colleague or Department whether that is to look at a curriculum or other teaching innovation, set up a project or develop a collaboration.  We would welcome all such applications.

Our events programme is coming to end this year so a thank you to everybody who has contributed to the Journal Club whether presenting a paper or simply joining in the discussion. A thank you too to Luisa for continuing to organise this popular event.  The last seminar of the year was given by Danny McLaughlin, and news of his very interesting work on tem-based learning can be read in our newsletter.  His seminar allowed us to experience TBL in action for ourselves.  I am now assembling the seminar programme for next academic year and will be approaching colleagues for ideas for speakers but if you have ideas already please do not hesitate to contact me.

We like to celebrate individual successes in the newsletter and in this newsletter you will find who from the Faculty were successful in the TEAs alongside awards from Nutela, the Tonge bequests and success in HEA recognition. Congratulations to all those who have won awards and prizes throughout this year.

Finally, we like to list all L&T publications that have appeared since the last newsletter was published. We do our best to capture everything published.  It is in the nature of educational publication that some publications might escape the usual search procedures so if we have missed something that you have published please let us know.

All that remains for me to say is to wish you some time for relaxation over the summer (though our summers become ever busier) so that we can all come back refreshed to start a new academic year.

Prof Steve McHanwell, Director ERDP

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