Transforming Assessment Webinars

Dr Mathew Hillier, Monash Education Academy, Monash University, Australia and Professor Geoffrey Crisp, PVC-Education, University of New South Wales, Australia will be hosting a series of webinars over the coming months focusing on transforming assessment with  topics such as digital literacy, written and audio feedback and blended simulation-based learning. Take a look at the further details below. Continue reading “Transforming Assessment Webinars”

Learning and Teaching Conference: Full Programme Announced

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Education for life: Celebrating partnership, encouraging innovation
The Boiler House
Wednesday 21 March 2018

The full draft programme is now ready.

There are a varied range of presentations, workshops, lightning talks and posters. Contributions have come from branch campuses,  partners, students, professional services and all faculties. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone on the day to celebrate a partnership approach to education at Newcastle University.

Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor & President, will open the event and welcome delegates. Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching will then deliver a keynote presentation outlining the new Education Strategy.

As well as a further keynote presentation about Learning Gain from Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, King’s College London,  and a range of plenary sessions, you can choose from  the different strands on the programme to tailor your day, whether you are interested in:

  • How do we adopt and develop approaches to education which
    actively engage students in their learning?
  • How can we encourage an educational experience supported and enhanced by technology?
  • How might we develop students as whole people, preparing them
    to flourish for futures we can’t predict?
  • How might a research intensive environment add value to the education of all students at all stages?
  • Or a combination of them all.

If you haven’t yet registered there is still time as registration is open until 9 March 2018. You can sign up here and if you have any questions please email

Star Case Study: Dr Rajesh Tiwari: Flipped Classroom Videos

Enhance the variety of teaching, create a resource students like to engage with and save time in the long run.  These are just a few positive outcomes Dr Rajesh Tiwari, School of Engeneering,  has seen through his use of videos when using a flipped classroom approach.

The videos work brilliantly well when Rajesh wants to give information about practical skills, as well as when there are difficult concepts that need some extra explanation.

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Dr Rajesh Tiwari, School of Engineering

Student Voice

Students have fedback some really positive comments about the videos: Continue reading “Star Case Study: Dr Rajesh Tiwari: Flipped Classroom Videos”

Case Study: Class generated content: Student Perspective

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By Sarah Atkinson former Speech and Language Sciences student and current MSc student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

“Professional Issues… Sounds fascinating.” Thus my (admittedly extremely sarcastic) thought  upon hearing a module of this name would comprise the greater part of my workload during semester one of my final year becoming a speech and language therapist.

Despite hearing great things about it from my forebears in the year above, the prospect of this module did not fill me with delight. I certainly could not have guessed it would turn out to be one of the most enjoyable modules I have had the happy chance to participate in. Continue reading “Case Study: Class generated content: Student Perspective”

Higher Education Academy: Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The Higher Education Academy will be launching the  2018 Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) on 5 March 2018.

These awards aim to celebrate collaborative learning and teaching initiatives that positively impact on the student experience in creative and innovative ways. Each award will recognise a team who have enabled a change in practice for colleagues or students at an institutional or discipline level.

Only one bid can go forward from each institution. To become the Newcastle University bid you are invited to put forward a draft claim (max 1000) and a draft of the dissemination and impact plan (max 2000 words). Please note you do not need to submit a draft of the Institutional statement of support. Continue reading “Higher Education Academy: Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)”

Learning and Teaching Workshop: 8th-9th March

Following the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017, UK Universities are required to demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement in the quality of learning, teaching and student experience that students receive.

The University aims to achieve this by delivering an educational experience within a research informed, supportive and engaging academic environment that adds value to learning. Such added value will ultimately provide students with opportunities to develop both personal and professional skills and attributes, enhance their career prospects, and prepare them for active participation in society as responsible and ethical global citizens.

The learning and teaching workshop (8th – 9th March) will be hosted by Newcastle University Business School but is open to colleagues from any discipline within business, management or social science. Continue reading “Learning and Teaching Workshop: 8th-9th March”

Draft programme: Learning and Teaching Conference 2018: Education for Life: Celebrating partnership, encouraging innovation

Wednesday 21 March 2018
The Boiler House

Draft programme

09:00 Arrival and registration

09:30  Welcome
Prof Chris Day, Vice Chancellor

09:40  Keynote: Newcastle University education strategy     
Prof Suzanne Cholerton, PVC Learning and Teaching

10:30  Choose from a range of parallel sessions

11:15  Break

11:30  Integrated work study programme at Singapore Institute of Technology
Associate Prof Foo Yong Lim
Assistant Prof May Lim
Singapore Institute of Technology

12:30  Inclusive learning
Dr Ruth Graham, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, HaSS
Sandy Alden, Team Leader, Student Wellbeing Service

13:00  Lunch

14:00  Choose from a range of parallel sessions

15:00  Break

15:15  Keynote: Learning gain
Dr Camille Kandiko Howson
Academic Head of Student Engagement, King’s College London

16:00   Reflecting on partnership: Articulating the purpose of academic representation at Newcastle University
Rowan South, Education Officer,
Dr Joe Barton, Representation &Research Coordinator
George Watkins, Representation & Democracy Manager
Newcastle University Student Union

17:00  Presentations and awards, followed by drinks reception 

You can also download a PDF version of the programme here.

Further information about the conference is available here.

If you would like to attend please fill in the registration form. We look forward to seeing you there.


Learning and Teaching Conference 2018: Newcastle University Students’ Union Workshop

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by Dr Joe Barton, Newcastle University Students’ Union

Dr Joe Barton is the Representation & Research Coordinator at Newcastle University Students’ Union (NUSU). His main responsibilities are providing training and support to Academic Student Reps, assisting NUSU’s Education Officer with initiatives to improve the learning experience of students and reporting on student opinion to the University through analysing surveys, running focus groups and writing reports. Continue reading “Learning and Teaching Conference 2018: Newcastle University Students’ Union Workshop”