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Seeking to Celebrate and Recognise Teaching Excellence

15 Mar

On Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st March, Phil and I will be in Manchester at the event the Association of National Teaching Fellows is co-convening with the HEA to celebrate the impact of National Teaching Fellows and winners of the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence and Global Teaching Excellence Awards. I will be helping to lead the NTF day and Chairing the ANTF AGM, but on day Two I will be co-presenting with Kay Sambell our emergent thinking on international perspectives on assessment and feedback. Our slides are here:  International-ANTF-symposium-March-2018-w.pptx (8 downloads)
We are tackling a bold theme: is it possible to identify any particular assessment and feedback conventions, approaches, expectations and practices associated with different nations? I would be delighted to hear from colleagues who have thoughts on this area.
And then on Wednesday 22nd March Phil and I will be co-facilitating the next in our series of ANTF workshops to discuss this year’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme  at Leeds Beckett University 1pm-3pm: the slides we will be using are here:  ANTF-presentation-w3.pptx (63 downloads)

NTF 2018 Updated slides

2 Mar

I am pleased to say we had a very successful webinar today on NTF 2018 led by Peter Hartley, Helen May and me, which replaced the planned session at Edinburgh Napier University, which was closed today with the blizzards.
A couple of issues cropped up both in the planning of it and during the webinar, which required some clarification by Helen May, and Peter Hartley also provided a very useful mindmap, so this version of the slides is the the updated one, with three new slides inserted after Peter’s mindmap. We hope you find these useful.  ANTF-presentation-w3.pptx (63 downloads)
We are also discussing running a second webinar on Tuesday 13th March, 10am-11am, subject to confirmation, so I will confirm this when I can.


28 Feb

Due to the appalling weather conditions in much of Eastern England (currently a blizzard in Newcastle where I live!) and predicted worse weather for the next two days, we have with regret decided we must rearrange the two NTF support sessions in Leeds and Edinburgh. If you booked for someone else as well, please be sure to advise them too

Please do not travel to Bath either; we have postponed the NTF workshop at Bath to Friday 9th March instead, starting at 14.30 in room CB1.11. Do email me directly if you prefer attending on the 9th instead.: contact  for more info.

The revised date for the Leeds event is the afternoon of Thursday 22nd March from 1pm-3pm in the same building in Leeds City Centre, the Rosebowl in room 263.

With the Edinburgh event, we will instead be holding a webinar at the time the event was planned this Friday,2nd March at 1PM-3PM which will be supported by the HEA.

For the webinar replacement  for the NTF session planned for Friday,2nd March at 1PM-3PM  supported by the HEA, please go to this link

People other than those booked on to the event are welcome to join in


​We are also exploring a date for a physical meeting in Scotland at a later date if there is significant interest from colleagues in Scotland. Please email me if you would be interested in attending such an event in late March.

We will also be holding an ADDITIONAL SESSION in Manchester during the 2-day HEA/ANTF Teaching Excellence event on Wednesday 21 March: more details will be supplied as soon as possible via this list or by contacting

In the meantime, please note you are welcome to attend any of the other planned events in the programme including  ones at Manchester Met All Saints campus  Business School BS 1.23 North Atrium (contact C.Netantzi’ on  8th March 11am-1pm and Newcastle Herschel Building 4th Floor Teaching Room 1.on 23 March  2.30-4.30 (contact See the earlier circulated programme for details of other sessions.


Slides for Sessions Supporting NTF 2018 (see post above for changed events due to bad weather)

23 Feb

Throughout March, I am coordinating (and in six cases facilitating) a series of workshops around the UK introducing the revised process for applying for National Teaching Fellowships in 2018 and helping people think about writing good applications.  The slides we will be using, based substantially on the HEA guidance, can be downloaded here:  ANTF-presentation-2018-w-1.pptx (66 downloads) Events are scheduled as follows:

Leeds Beckett University (Now March 22nd)
Birmingham Newman University (March 1st)
Edinburgh Napier University (Webinar now on March 2nd)
University of Bath (Now March 9th)
University of Bournemouth (March 5th)
Ulster University, Belfast (March 7th)
Manchester Metropolitan University (March 8th)
University of South Wales Newport campus (March 9th)
University of Hertfordshire (March 9th)
Newcastle University (March 23rd)
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (March 28th)
City University, London (March 28th)

These events supported by the Association of National Teaching Fellows (which I chair) in conjunction with the HEA are FREE and open to aspirant NTFs and those who support them. If anyone wants to attend one of these events, book using the contacts for each event in the word document which can be downloaded here:.  NTFsupport-events-2018-1-page.docx (37 downloads)   There are quite a lot of subtle but important changes to the scheme this year (notably the focus on impact), so we are confident these events will be useful.

Mammoth (February and) March Madness in Midlands, Milton Keynes, Manchester and actually everywhere!

17 Feb

On Thursday 21st February, I am really pleased to be running a workshop and giving a keynote at the University of Gloucestershire Cheltenham campus on  ‘Making a difference though assessment’ and  ‘Feedback for learning’: the slides are here.  Gloucs-feedback-keynote-16-Feb-w.pptx (39 downloads)   Gloucs-assess-workshop-Feb-w.pptx (30 downloads) It’s been some years since I’ve been  to UoG and I’m looking forward to catching up  with colleagues I’ve known for years and meeting new ones too. A handout for the biscuit game can be downloaded here:  Biscuit-game.docx (116 downloads)

And then, after a trip to Lincoln on 28th February to work with Debbie Lock on materials to help people achieve their HEA Fellowships at different levels, I begin a marathon month of activities related to National Teaching Fellowships – see below.

Then on 20th-21st March I will be helping to welcome delegates to the two day ‘Impact of Teaching Excellence ANTF and HEA Teaching Excellence Awards symposium’ in Manchester see:

Day one is for National Teaching Fellows only, but day two is for the wider community and I hope to see lots of friends and colleagues there. On the second (open) day Kay Sambell and I hope to be presenting our emergent work on international perspectives on Assessment, which is a major project I am working on currently.

It’s all a bit hectic but in the middle of it Phil and I are going to Center Parcs at Woburn Sands with all our sons, partners and grandchildren (just the twelve of us) so that should be nice and quiet!

A nice peaceful Easter at home in Newcastle planned though!

Enhancement Endeavours

25 Jan

It’s quite a quiet week this week in which I’m concentrating on writing and researching, (as well as granny duties) but also going up to Edinburgh Napier University to meet up with Kay Sambell and others to continue to discuss the production of our ENhance guides. These open access resources on all aspects of assessment and feedback have been published under creative commons and can be accessed here:

And the weekend coming, we are again hosting our PhD by publication group in Newcastle. It’s great to see all these doctoral candidates working so hard and getting closer and closer to achieving their higher degrees.

Reading, Role Play, Recreation, Renewal and Research

15 Jan

This week I have two exciting projects as well as having got back in the saddle with school runs and listening to reading with Year One Pupils in their school!

The first is a virtual event, the inaugural SEDA webinar entitled “Can we find five minutes for a chat?” fostering effective dialogue between educational developers and leaders of learning and teaching in universities” which I am doing with  Shân Wareing on Thursday 18th January, 14.30 – 15.30.

This is billed as “reprising their successful workshop at the 21st Annual SEDA Conference in Brighton in November 2016, Sally Brown, a former senior manager and Shân Wareing, a current one, both of whom have backgrounds as educational developers, will demonstrate through role-playing scenarios how better mutual understanding and congenial/productive co-working can be fostered. The session will include us role playing live as well as using some rather startling photo-story images to illustrate the key issues.  

Participants will have opportunities to consider the key issues being explored in the scenarios and to discuss how educational developers can support senior managers and vice versa to their mutual benefit.  SEDA members who want to join the webinar should send an email to We will send out details of how to join nearer the time.

The second is a keynote at  Newman University in Birmingham on Friday 19th January at their conference entitled  “Assessment, Evaluation a feedback: learning with and from each other.”  It’s a real pleasure to have been invited by National Teaching Fellow John Peters to  contribute to this exciting event, alongside veteran National Teaching Fellow Peter Hartley and numerous internal colleagues.  My slides for my keynote are here:  Newman-19-Jan-assess-keynote-w.pptx (60 downloads)

I rather prematurely indicated I would be tailing down my workload this year, but that really doesn’t seem to be the case. And I’m also starting to work with Kay Sambell on another book project on ‘International Perspectives on Assessment and Feedback’: if you have suggestions about who might be willing to share examples of good practice in this area in different nations, do get in touch and let me know. I am in the active investigation stage of this project at the moment!

A Corking week away!

10 Jan

This week I will be chairing the Association of National Teaching Fellows Committee meeting on Monday in Manchester,  hosted by the University of Law, then mentoring colleagues at Liverpool John Moores University on Tuesday, before flying to Cork on Tuesday night to do two workshops at Cork Institute of Technology on Professional Development Frameworks, and Assessment and Feedback, the slides for which are here. All my resources are freely available as open resources for anyone to use! Cork-IT-assess-workshop-w.pptx (67 downloads)   Cork-Prof-Dev-final-w.pptx (57 downloads)

Grid for UK HEA Fellowships:  grid-2017-w.docx (45 downloads)

New year, new directions, same old me!

1 Jan

Happy New Year to everyone!

I hope your festive season was delightful and satisfying!

And have you made any New Year resolutions? I’m largely in favour of active ones rather than ones that require stopping doing something, so mine is at last to try to publish some children’s stories (I had better do so, or my granddaughter Poppy will be very cross with me!)

So this week Phil and I are off to London and environs where he will work for Capel Manor College and I will be keynoting at Greenwich University on Friday 5th January on Enthusing and Energizing Students: celebrating and recognizing excellent teaching, and also running a workshop on assessment: my slides for both are here: Greenwich-assess-workshop-4-engagment-and-retention-w.pptx (79 downloads)   Greenwich-Jan5th-w.pptx (67 downloads)

Link to ‘A marked improvement’ (HEA, 2012)

Link to ‘Anglia Assessment Album’ (Sally Brown, Margaret Price et al)

Link to Napier ‘Enhance’resources: (Kay Sambell, Sally Brown and Phil Race)

Edinburgh Napier Resources

7 Dec

Edinburgh Napier University has now launched a brand-new series of ‘Quick Guides’ to matters relating to Assessment and Feedback, written by Kay Sambell, Sally Brown and Phil Race. These can be downloaded from the link here:

These guides are published as Open Educational Resources, and I hope colleagues in universities and colleges will find them really useful. We welcome all feedback on them. Photo shows the authors at the launch today: