Advance HE: Good Practice Grants

The Advance HE Good Practice Grants are now open for applications. These grants will give Advance HE members an opportunity to develop and share innovative practice.

Newcastle University is an Advance HE member so all Newcastle University staff would be eligible to apply.

There are two funding strands:

  • Up to £1000 for ‘What Works’ case studies
  • Up to £4000 for solution-based proposals

Projects that use creative approaches and mediums such as film, animation, and infographic-rich reports are particularly welcomed.

Advance HE are also particularly interested in:

  • Good practice in inclusive leadership: What works?
  • Fostering a sense of belonging for staff and students: What works?
  • Successful transitions: What works for different student groups?

Application deadline is the 7 February 2020 and you can find full information on the Advance HE website.

Advance HE Subject Networks Engagement Events

Advance HE are holding a series of engagement events to help shape the way they can support Subject Networks, a method of sharing ideas and best practice . These are being developed as a result of a recent consultation and Advance HE are hoping to engage with staff from a range of institutions to ensure that they meet the needs of modern day HE.

As we are an institutional member of Advance HE, attendance at these events is free for Newcastle University staff.

Please find details of the events below. The links will take you directly to the Advance HE booking page: Continue reading “Advance HE Subject Networks Engagement Events”

Advance HE Membership Update: October 2018

The latest edition of the Advance HE update includes:

  • Information about Small Development Project grants and how to apply
  • The latest publication on guiding principles for teaching promotions
  • Thought pieces on employability, networking and leadership development
  • PRES Survey results
  • Information on Advance HE’s look at addressing subject challenges and how you can get involved
  • An Athena SWAN update
  • And dates for your diary

Newcastle University staff can view the newsletter here (log in needed).

Please get in touch with with any questions.

Advance HE: Teaching and Learning Conference

The theme of the 2019 Advance HE  Teaching and Learning Conference  is Innovation for Teaching Excellence and papers that cover the following themes are welcomed:

  • Interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary innovation in teaching and learning practice
  • Innovation in inclusive curricula
  • Innovation in blended and immersive teaching and learning practice
  • Innovative practice that aids transition and retention
  • Innovation practice to support employability
  • Innovative practice to enhance assessment and feedback

Call for papers now open

The deadline for submissions is 7 January 2019.

Event details

Conference theme:

2-4 July 2019

Day One: Arts and Humanities, Health and Social Care

Day Two: Thematic/interdisciplinary

Day Three: STEM, Social Sciences

Find out more on the Advance HE website

Advance HE: 15% off selected Programmes, Conferences and Events

Advance HE offer a number of Programmes and Events over the course of the Academic year. They are offering a 15% early bird discount on a selection of these events for attendees who sign up before the 30th September 2018.

There are opportunities relating to :

Leadership, Governance and Management Programmes

Teaching and Learning Programmes, Conferences and Events

Full details are available on the Advance HE Website

June 2018 Learning and Teaching Newsletter

Information gathering: future demand for online exams and in course tests

The eAssessment and Feedback Steering Group are currently gathering information about potential demand for online exams and in course tests in the next 5 years.

We are asking all colleagues who are interested in introducing a new online exam (whether for a new module, or a change to assessment method in a current module) to complete a short online form for each potential new exam.

The information collected will be used to gauge demand and assist in planning future provision.

Continue reading “June 2018 Learning and Teaching Newsletter”

Conference Summary: Advance HE Surveys 2018

Dr Joe Barton (Representation & Research Coordinator, Newcastle University Students’ Union)

On 9 May, I ventured to Leeds to present at the Surveys 2018 conference, organised by Advance HE (formed from the recent merger of the Higher Education Academy, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the Equality Challenge Unit).

As far as I am aware, I was the only representative of a Students’ Union at the conference, and so this was a unique opportunity to promote NUSU’s work and our partnership with the University.

This year’s Surveys conference explored ‘the potential of insight from surveys, metrics, qualitative research and wider methods of capturing the student voice for driving excellence and enhancement within higher education’.

At NUSU, we have been reflecting on similar themes as we prepare our third Teaching Excellence Awards Report. In recent months, we have consulted with staff at the University about the extent to which our TEAs Reports are useful as enhancement tools and what we might do to improve them. These discussions have in turn focused our attention on the methodological and theoretical challenges inherent in dealing with student-led teaching award nomination data.

Continue reading “Conference Summary: Advance HE Surveys 2018”

May 2018 Learning and Teaching Newsletter

Advance HE continuing to support the HEA Fellowship network

As you’ll probably have seen in the press Advance HE is the new agency formed from the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

However your Fellowship post-nominals to demonstrate Fellowship status: AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA will stay the same. If you’re just going through the process of applying for fellowship, it too is not changing and our accreditation for programmes is continuing.

New or innovative approaches to Learning and Teaching

The ULTSEC Innovation fund provides a fantastic opportunity for you to propose and develop projects with real benefit to learning. Continue reading “May 2018 Learning and Teaching Newsletter”

Advance HE: new sector agency

Advance HE, the new sector agency, has been formally launched.

Advance HE is a merger of  Equality Challenge Unit, Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

One of the first things the agency will focus on is consultation with the sector and the agency have outlined their aim:

” to advance practice and improve outcomes for the benefit of students, staff and society.”

The organisations that have merged will continue to work towards their business plans for the current academic year and the HEA website has been retained at the moment so staff will still currently be able to access this, however, this may change.

You can read full details on the Advance HE website.