Beetling off to Budapest

24 Oct

This week Phil and I are honoured to have been invited to present at the EuroCHRIE conference in Budapest: we have both enjoyed working with these European Hospitality, Tourism and Events experts in the past in Leeds and Amsterdam, so  we jumped at the chance to network with them again in Hungary. It’s really important for our own CPD to keep up-to-date about learning, teaching and assessment developments in diverse subject areas, and so we will be participating extensively (although  we do plan to make use of at least one the famous thermal spas while we are there).

We are giving linked keynotes, so our slides are here (now including the slides Phil actually used – slightly different to previous version):   Budapest-4w.pptx (1 download)

And when we come back it is straight into monster mayhem on Sunday 30th when we host a Halloween party for our grandchildren and friends. Sounds scary to me!

Family, Fellowships and Fun!

13 Oct

After a brilliant three days visiting our granddaughters Chloe and Molly (and their parents) in Wales, this week I’m working with colleagues at Nottingham Trent University on HEA fellowship applications grid-2015-11-1.docx (76 downloads) ,  and on Friday  I am starting a really exciting project at Sheffield University’s Faculty of Social Sciences where I am working to support colleagues who have teaching rather than research-orientated contracts, over a number of months on developing their pedagogic writing and research skills. Slides should be downloadable here: tess-scholarship-circle I will also be helping them to prepare submissions for HEA fellowships.
(The photo shows Becky having a minute to look at her phone while Granny keeps Molly and Chloe happy) img_1849

Phil Race’s website and emails up and running again

5 Oct

Thanks to Ed Phillips for sorting out a new host so quickly.

Autumn, assessment and auto-development

18 Sep

On Wednesday 21st September I will be contributing to Harper Adam’s Learning and Teaching Conference, where I am looking forward to learning from Harper Adams colleagues and also to meeting up again with fellow speakers Ron Barnett and Phil Gravestock. My contribution will be two workshops on assessment, the slides for which are here. Harper-Adams-Sept-2016-w.pptx (52 downloads) As Autumn gets underway, it’s really good to be reconnecting with colleagues and refreshing my own practice.

Expeditions to Edinburgh and Liverpool

12 Sep

This week I am working at Edinburgh university helping them think strategically about assessment and feedback. The slides I’m using are here  Edinburgh-NSS-and-assessmentSept-2016-w.pptx (70 downloads)
Later in the week I’m working at Liverpool John Moores University, supporting colleagues with their writing for publication. It’s great having the chance to work one-to-one with eager writers and see them successfully getting articles published over time, often leading to PhDs by publication!


Autumn Leaves

6 Sep

The trees are starting to colour and the academic year has commenced so now it’s time to return to  foregrounding teaching, learning and assessment (as opposed to jam making, grandchildren and holidays!)
So this week I am delighted to be supporting Cardiff Met’s Alumni event to celebrate 10 years of the Post Grad Cert in HE there. I am having a busy day and the slides for all four sessions I am doing can be found here:  CardiffMet-sept2016-TED-talk-w-1.pptx (58 downloads) CardiffMet-sept2016-Engagment-workshop-w-1.pptx (68 downloads) CardiffMet-sept2016-embedding-change-w-1.pptx (49 downloads) CardiffMet-sept2016-Alumni-keynote-w-1.pptx (57 downloads)

Comings and Goings at Birkbeck

28 Jul

Phil and I spent an intensive morning today working with senior colleagues at Birkbeck University of London who are currently crafting their HEA Principal Fellowship applications. This was our last face-to-face workshop of this academic year. The slides, grid and questions we referred to are open educational resources, you are welcome to use in your support for aspirant Fellows at all levels. Thanks for making us welcome and best wishes to Pro Vice Master Sue Jackson on her impending retirement.
UKPSF-recognition-slides-2015-w.pptx (86 downloads)   grid-2015-11-1.docx (76 downloads)   Questions-for-PF-w-4.docx (69 downloads)

Double Delight!

24 Jul

Phil and I are delighted to see the first photograph of our new tiny grandchildren Chloe (on the left) and Molly Race (on the right) in a cot together, in Swansea, breathing by themselves and looking quite happy with themselves. We will be going to see them again tomorrow for a couple of days, en route to our penultimate Chloe and Mollysummer working day at Birkbeck on Thursday.

Lazy, hazy days of summer?

19 Jul

Last week I undertook Fellowship consultancy in Plymouth and this week I am mentoring in Huddersfield. And next week Phil are doing consultancy at Birkbeck before my last event of the year at the Open University.
Earlier in the year Shan Wareing and I made a short video about how educational developers and senior managers can help each other and be mutually supportive. This relates to our chapter in the new Popovic and Baume book for Routledge ‘Advancing Practice in Academic Development’
If you are finding you need some light entertainment you might like this YouTube video

Leeds Beckett writing retreat: York: 7th-8th July

8 Jul

Having a very successful writing workshop with Leeds Beckett colleagues at York. Last year they produced 11 published outputs as a result. Bingo  game Writing-bingo-w.docx (86 downloads) Slides:  leeds-beckett-writing-w.pptx (90 downloads)