Monday, 25 September 2017

FW: Announcement: The Centre for Recording Achievement 4th National Tutoring Seminar and Cohort 3 of the SEDA Personal Tutoring Award


We are pleased to announce that the 4th National Tutoring Seminar will take place at Sheffield Hallam University on Wednesday 11th October 2017 between 9:45am and 15:10pm. The focus of the seminar will be on contemporary narratives of personal tutoring and academic advising including work being done by colleagues to enhance student learning and success.  A programme is attached and further details are available on our website.


Confirmed contributors include:-


Mike Laycock who wrote a SEDA Special on Personal Tutoring - Personal Tutoring in Higher Education - Where Now and Where Next?


Cathy Malone and colleagues from Sheffield Hallam University describing their successful institutional strategy to enhance personal tutoring.


Sam Dent from the University of Sheffield will talk about the HEFCE-funded RARA project - Raising Awareness, Raising Aspiration project that focuses on personal tutoring to close gaps in student attainment.


Alison Wilkinson and Ben Walker from the University of Lincoln started working on the HEFCE funded Intervention for Success project this summer, and have created a suite of materials for tutors and their tutees. They will share their work so far with participants.


All of the institutions that are subscribers to the CRA and acheived a Gold TEF Award had explicit statements about personal tutoring and academic advising in their submissions. Steve Outram has explored these statements and will share his findings with participants.


You can book onto this event by clicking the following link or by completing and returning the attached booking form.


SEDA CRA Personal Tutoring and Advising Award


The third cohort of this highly successful SEDA accredited programme will be launched at the end of this seminar where participants will be able to find out more about the programme as well as get started on it.  You can now reserve your place on this award by clicking here or by completing and returning the attached booking form. More details are available on our website.


Any queries, please contact Cath Hewson or Steve Outram.


Best wishes




Steve Outram

The Centre for Recording Achievement


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Friday, 22 September 2017

FW: Research concerning Use and Abuse of the Student Voice


Please see details below of a free workshop to be held in Sheffield on 20th October concerning some LFHE-funded research into use and abuse of the Student Voice. If you can make it, the booking link is at the bottom of the message. Please feel free to forward to other interested colleagues. If you have any further questions about the project, please email me (Jill) directly at or the co-research lead, Stella Jones-Devitt at


With all good cheer,



Dr Jill LeBihan SFHEA Head of Student Engagement

Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research

Oneleven Building | City Campus

0114 225 5983 | |






The Use and Abuse of the Student Voice: a National one-day workshop at Sheffield Hallam University


The current climate in H.E. for lecturers, students and leaders of both of these groups can be uncomfortable. Discomfort is generated by a perception that measures such as the Teaching Excellence Framework and module questionnaires operate as proxies for evaluation of the performance of academic staff. These processes of evaluation (managers evaluating lecturers who are evaluating students who are evaluating lecturers) potentially disrupt the traditional trust between lecturers and their students that is required for effective learning.


‘The Use and Abuse of the Student Voice’, funded by a Leadership Foundation Small Development Project grant, investigates the challenges for academic leaders created by the need to develop education in the context of evaluation of teaching by students. You are welcome to share the emerging findings of our project at a national workshop on 20th October 2017 at Sheffield Hallam University. We aim to help colleagues to make best use of the student voice to recognise and support teaching excellence. We will also use workshop participants’ feedback to further define and develop the project’s leadership materials. 


The event will be of interest to staff in Higher Education involved in making use of student evaluations of teaching, and to leaders of academic staff with a commitment to using the student voice productively to inspire professional development.


The workshop is free and includes lunch.  You can register for it here .




Good summary of learning theory

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

FW: Transforming Assessment webinars next session: 30 Aug 'My course map' +recording 'Competency based assessment' [JISCmail]

1) Next session: My Course Map, 30 Aug 2017
2) Recording available: Competency based assessment, 2 Aug 2017

Please forward to interested colleagues!
All sessions at no cost.


1) Next session: 'My Course Map', 30 Aug 2017

This session explores the MyCourseMap online course mapping tool and its role in making complex curriculum more transparent to both students and staff.

Presenter: A/Prof Lisa Tee (Curtin University, Australia)

Further information and registration:

2) Recording available for 'Competency based assessment', held 2 Aug 2017

Outcomes based training and assessment supports the development and judgement of the ability of students to demonstrate a defined set of skills and attributes. A programmatic approach to outcomes-based learning and assessment describes a program of learning and assessment methods, over the duration of a course, that contribute to the development and attainment of skills and attributes. This session will focus applying a programmatic approach to assessment to ensure graduate competence.

Presenter: A/Prof Claire Palermo (Monash University, Australia)

View and download resources:

Further information:
The Transforming Assessment webinars are part of a series of free events covering a range of assessment and e-assessment topics.
Sessions are hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, PVC Education, University of New South Wales and Dr Mathew Hillier, Monash Office Learning and Teaching, Monash University, Australia.
Further information on this and future events, recordings of past sessions, links to resources and participation/technical help on using the virtual seminar system can be found on our website at

Support for this activity has been provided by the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (as the 'e-Assessment SIG'), the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, University of New South Wales, Monash University and the University of Queensland. The views expressed in this publication/activity do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring institutions.

Dr Mathew Hillier
Honorary Academic/Snr Lecturer
The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
(was 'Teaching and Educational Development Institute'),
The University of Queensland, Australia
Substantive post:
Academic/Snr Lecturer
Office of Vice-Provost (Learning & Teaching)
Monash University, Caulfield Campus (Melbourne), Australia
Transforming Assessment

Monday, 31 July 2017

FW: Enhancing the employability of bioscience students


The Society for Experimental Biology, Physiological Society and British Ecological Society are organising a one-day employability information day on 12th September in London for those who support and advise students in the biosciences. The event features speakers working in different bioscience career sectors and aims to help university staff to find out more about how they can enhance the employability of their bioscience students. For example, we will provide information on the role of learned societies in assisting students with their careers, including offering placements, internships and employment opportunities. There will be plenty of scope for discussion and questions during the day, as well as resources to take away.


For more information and to register for the event go to: or please pass the information on to teaching colleagues or career staff who you think would like to attend.


With best wishes.



Sarah Blackford, BSc, MA CIEGHE

Head of Education & Public Affairs

Society for Experimental Biology

Bailrigg House

Lancaster LA1 4YE

+44 1524 594850