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Communicating at Cork

21 May

With Phil, I’m working today at Cork Institute of Technology, doing two workshops on assessment, the slides for which are here: Cork Assessing groupwork (17), Cork Assessing large groups (16)
It is always a delight to work with Marese Bermingham and colleagues in Cork. We are here today on a flying visit before a long weekend with all our family in the Lakes, with our car at Manchester airport full of home baking.

What an exciting week!

10 May

The next five days look like being a great deal of fun. On Monday I will spend the day at the Royal Festival Hall, where my aunt Betty Anne Tribe was one of the architects (she designed the ladies toilets). photo (41)I am honoured to be receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University who hold their graduation ceremonies there.  Pictures will be tweeted!

On Tuesday I am doing some support work for London South Bank University and going to the theatre, before contributing to their whole staff conference on Wednesday. The slides for my workshop on engaging students will are here LSBU slides (20).

Then it’s straight off to Manchester for me and Phil  for two days of joyous networking and learning opportunities at the SEDA May conference in Manchester on International Higher Education, where I will be offering the final keynote on Friday. My slides will appear here at the end of the week. I’m a very lucky woman to have such a varied and interesting life. SEDA slides (14)

What a brilliant concept!

30 Apr

Today I am acting as external at Anglia Ruskin University for a new Masters/PGCert/PGDIP in Student Affairs in Higher Education, offering a career enhancement for staff in universities working in all areas of student support. It should prove very popular and of interest for example to Counsellors, Student writing supporters, information management specialists, international officers and others.  Genius!

Supporting Staff at SAMS in Scotland

23 Apr

On 23rd and 24th April I am leading a programme for staff at the Scottish Marine Institute in Oban, helping staff there think about teaching, assessing and engaging their Masters students, many of whom are international students. The slides are here: SAMS slides (16).

What a fantastic opportunity this is to come to the north west of Scotland at this time of year in what promises to be lovely weather – yesterday was fabulous!

Sunshine and strategic support at South Bank

16 Apr

I’m working today at London South Bank University running a workshop for senior staff on preparing applications for HEA Principal Fellowships,  UKPSF slides (17), grid (11) as well as joining the panel to moderate applications at other levels under their internal scheme.

Associating with National Teaching Fellows

31 Mar

It’s great to have a chance this week to have fun and learn plenty at the Association of National Teaching Fellows conference in Birmingham, which is being sponsored by Ede and Ravenscroft, and Playdoh! (am taking an extra large suitcase!)

I am honoured to have been asked to give a keynote on Tuesday, and as the focus of the conference is passion, I am speaking about people, passion, planning and performance. A version of the slides is here, but it only contains the text elements as these might be of interest to people who want the  references. A much bigger (and frankly better) file exists containing pictures of people, furniture and masterpieces, which I am happy to send to colleagues on request.

I am really grateful to ANTF for the opportunity to talk about things about which I really feel passionate.

ANTF slides (39)

Engaging students in Brighton

25 Mar

I was delighted to be asked to keynote at the University of Sussex Teaching and Learning Conference as well as to run a workshop on masters level teaching and assessment. The slides I’ve used are here. Sussex keynote (37), M-level slides (24) It’s great to be back in Brighton and to catch up with my son Matt while I am here.

Engaging with Edinburgh Educators

5 Mar

‘Assessing Students in Large Groups’ is the topic for today’s workshop at Edinburgh University where I am working with course organizers and giving them a keynote on this crucial topic. The slides for the session are here, and like all my presentations, are open educational resources. Edinburgh Slides (60)

Designing, teaching and assessing taught Masters programmes

27 Feb

On Friday 27 February  I am offering a seminar in the Irish National Forum for the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education series on the Taught Masters Experience at Carlow Institute of Technology.  It’s great to be back in Ireland again working with colleagues keen to think how they work best with students at this level. My slides for the workshop are here: M-level slides (48)

Reassessing assessment at Anglia Ruskin University

25 Feb

Today (25 February) I am supporting Nursing colleagues at ARU developing a new curriculum for their students in conjunction with their practice partners, and the slides I am using are here. ARU Feb 2015 (42)
My current work on the Anglia Ruskin Transforming Assessment project concludes on Thursday 26th February with a final assessment design intensive with a course team and further support work.