Workshop : Academic advising for taught postgraduate students: an exploratory study
Jane Fearon, Alison McCamley and Anna Wawera – Sheffield Hallam University
There had been an institution consideration of how little was done at PGT level. A small exploratory study with students interviewing other students on transition to create some scaffold for PGT support was run.
Development of: Transition support; Personal tutoring and personal development planning; Employability skills; academic literacies and study skills; English for academic/specific purposes; and academic and social integration. Continue reading UKAT Annual Conference 2018 – Workshop: Academic Advising for PGT students
Two free online courses from Newcastle University were recognised at the National Dementia Awards 2019 last night, where they won Outstanding Educational Resource.
Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well, and Dementia Care: Living Well as Dementia Progresses were both designed to provide information, advice, and opportunities to share experiences for people living with or care for people with dementia.
Developed in partnership between academic teams in FMS led by Lynne Corner and Professor Dame Louise Robinson, and the Learning and Teaching Development Service, the course are now in their 8th and 3rd runs and consistently get great feedback from learners.
Both courses are open to anyone and are freely available on FutureLearn.
If you are an undergraduate with a piece of research that you’re proud of—or you’re a lecturer with students like that—please read on!
Newcastle University is looking for students to represent us at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2020 and Posters in Parliament 2020.
You might be working on a dissertation, or you may have devised your own topic for an assessment. You might have worked with an external company, or worked with a researcher over the summer to help them with their research project. All types of research are welcome.
Postgraduates are also welcome to apply as long as the research was completed while they were an undergraduate and they graduated within the last 12 months.
Practical, transferable skills! Taking your learning outside the University! CV points!
British Conference of Undergraduate Research
- What: the UK’s premier conference for research done at undergraduate level
- Where: University of Leeds
- When: 6-7 April 2020
- How: presentations or posters
Posters in Parliament
- What: an opportunity to present your research in the prestigious surroundings of Westminster Palace
- Where: Houses of Parliament
- When: tbc
- How: posters
Continue reading Undergraduate research: present at BCUR, sponsorship available, CV points
During 2019-20, Advance HE will be running a series of one-day Innovation in Teaching Practice Workshops.
With teaching excellence still a major focus of the HE sector, and increasing pressures across institutions to respond to policies such as the subject level TEF in England and challenges such as the mental wellbeing of both staff teams and students, Advance HE’s workshops will provide practical guidance on improving your teaching practices working alongside peers from a range of institutions and disciplines.
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As members of Advance HE, staff at Newcastle University are able to receive discounted rates for Advance HE development programmes, conferences and events. Although there isn’t central funding for such events, your school may wish to fund relevant opportunities. Whether you are near the start of your career, an academic, a member of professional services, a senior leader in an executive team or working in governance, Advance HE have timely and tailored development opportunities for you and your teams.
Find out more about Advance HE programmes and events
Reviewers are sought to help select students with the best undergraduate research to represent Newcastle University at British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) events.
Successful students will represent Newcastle University with a poster or oral presentation at the main BCUR conference in the Easter vacation, or with a poster at Posters in Parliament in February / March.
What you need to know:
- You will need to have time the w/c 25 November to review approximately five to ten 250 word abstracts.
- Staff from all disciplines are welcome, as specific subject knowledge is not required to review the abstracts. BCUR’s events are generalist, so contributions are expected to convey findings and their importance to a non-specialist audience.
- Rating criteria will be provided.
- The reviewing panel will not convene physically; it will be done electronically.
Find out more about last year’s successful entries on the Newcastle University BCUR website. To volunteer, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
This opportunity to submit an abstract to the conference will be promoted to students soon. If you have any questions, or know of any students with some impressive undergraduate research, feel free to contact the organising team at email@example.com.
2nd April 2020
Newcastle University Campus
How do we deliver Newcastle’s educational vision, meet the needs of all our students and support and develop our staff?
This one-day conference will explore these questions and more.
All are invited to join the conversation on the 2nd April 2020.
Join us – Registration is open
You can book your place for the conference now.
Hear from the two exciting keynote presenters and be inspired by the work of your colleagues and students across Newcastle University’s campuses.
Keep up to date with how the day is developing by visiting the conference website.
Call for submissions
Why not share your own practice? The call for submissions is also open.
Proposals are encouraged from everyone involved in learning and teaching at all Newcastle University campuses – students, academic staff, professional services staff, technicians and external collaborators.
There are full details about how to submit, formats, themes and criteria on the conference website.
The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2020.
Spread the word
Tell you colleagues about the conference and how to register – all are welcome.
Are they doing some interesting work that deserves to be known more widely, and just need some encouragement? This is their chance, why not suggest they submit a proposal.
Newcastle University Technology Enhanced Learning Advocates (NUTELA) are passionate about promoting technology in teaching and supporting colleagues to explore technology enhanced learning. In recognition of some of the fantastic work that is delivered by colleagues across the University the NUTELA Learning and Teaching Conference Award was introduced in 2018.
The award is open to anyone who is selected to be part of the Learning and Teaching Conference programme who is effectively using technology in their teaching. All eligible abstracts are judged by members of the NUTELA Steering Group and should include:
• Elements of technology enhanced learning
• Innovative teaching and learning practice
• Student engagement in teaching and learning
• Practice which can be transferable to other disciplines or areas of study.
The top three abstracts are awarded up to £150 to further the work of their projects or disseminate their findings.
2019 Learning and Teaching Conference NUTELA award winners
- 1st Prize: Dr Alesssio Ianetti, Teaching Fellow, School of Pharmacy Who wants to be a millionaire: A game for the Pharmacy curriculum
- 2nd prize: Dr Emma Cockburn, Lecturer, School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences Fusing team-based flipped learning and animations
- 3rd prize: Dr Chris Graham, Director of E-Learning, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics Building flexible and accessible web-based course material
Dr Alessio Ianetti shares more about his project and how he used his award in this blog post.
If you are interested in finding out more about the learning and teaching conference visit the conference website. Registration and the call for submissions will open on the 1st October 2019.
Dr Alessio Iannetti, School of Pharmacy
At the Newcastle Teaching and Learning conference in April, I received a NUTELA award for my presentation “Who wants to be millionaire as a game for Pharmacy Curriculum”. I have used an adapted version of this game as part of my biology seminars for Stage 1 Pharmacy-students. I did this to make the seminar sessions more fun and engaging thanks the competitive nature of the game, but at the same time to test a new approach to facilitate student knowledge retention on a difficult topic of biology, such as immunology is.
The game worked well and the data collected showed that it augments student knowledge retention. Student feedback showed that the game activity was very engaging and that students appreciated working in teams for the game. Therefore, a second aim to keep this game in the seminar sessions, is to help students to practise the team-work skills that they will need in their career. In the feedback form, students acknowledged that they prefer a game activity to a seminar and underlined how enjoyable this is. One student said: “Much better than seminars” Another student said: “Thoroughly enjoyed the session”.
Thanks to the NUTELA award, I was able to fund part of my journey to the Biennal Monash Pharmacy symposium in Prato (Italy) last July, where I presented my work to Pharmacy educators coming from all the world. It was a great experience, I networked with a number of colleagues who expressed interest in the game and in applying it in their own institutions.
Read the full case study on the Case Studies Website.
The Advance HE National Teaching Fellowship scheme is a prestigious, national competition where nominees submit a reflective account of their approach as an educator, hoping to be one of the 55 NTF’s created annually. The University is delighted to announce that all three of the institution’s nominees have been awarded National Teaching Fellowship.
Dr Lindsey Ferrie, School of Biomedical Sciences
Dr Lee Fawcett, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
Dr Helen Webster, Writing Development Centre
Find out more from the winners on the Newcastle University website.
Turnitin have organised an interactive webinar on contract cheating, presented by Dr. Thomas Lancaster and Dr. Irene Glendinning.
The webinar will discuss contract cheating, including recent developments in the contract cheating industry and consider why we need to take action to address contract cheating.
The webinar will launch the fourth International Day of Action against Contract Cheating, which takes place on October 16, 2019, and provide opportunities for you to make suggestions and ask questions about the event.
The first webinar will be on Wednesday 14th August at 11:00 British Summer Time. Register here.
The second webinar will be on Monday 16th September 14:00. Register here.
Anyone interested is most welcome to join.
Newcastle Educators is a peer-led community of educators, who value the opportunity to get together and discuss common interests and who are committed to continued professional development and peer review.
Newcastle Educators bring together this community through a series of events called EduBites.
These lunch-time sessions cover a wide range of topics related to learning and teaching, and are a chance to hear from colleagues, make connections with other educators and share ideas, all over a spot of lunch.
We also run an informal and supportive peer observation scheme – get in touch to find out more.
Follow us on twitter: @NewcastleEduca1
We blog at: https://ncleducators.wordpress.com/
Who is Newcastle Educators for?
Newcastle Educators community is for all academics and professional service staff with an interest in learning and teaching at the university. From those just embarking on their careers to those with a wealth of experience to share.
How do I get involved?
Newcastle Educators Teams Page
Join the Newcastle Educators Teams Page to:
- Access materials from Edubites sessions
- Find out about conferences and meetings
- Get information on pedagogic opportunities
- Have conversations with colleagues
All are welcome to join us.
To join the mailing list complete this quick form: Join our mailing list.
Notifications about upcoming events and opportunities will be sent to the mailing list.
Have you got something you want to share?
Have you got an idea for a session, or something you’d like to share?
Or do you know of interesting work from colleagues that you think the wider network would benefit from hearing about?
Contact us at Educators@newcastle.ac.uk