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Flags, Fellowship and Funky Fridays

29 Jan

After the excitement of our Burns night supper (none of us are Scottish but I like the grandchildren to enjoy all kinds of heritage and we never miss out on a party)  I’m busy this week again with two information sessions about the National Teaching Fellowships  scheme in 2019 for aspirants (for this year and future years) as well as those who support them. On Wednesday I’m at Sunderland 11-1pm then hotfooting down to Brighton for one at Brighton University 10-12. The slides about these sessions are here  ANTF-presentation-2019-slides-ww.pptx (85 downloads)  and all events are bookable via AdvanceHE.

You can also find information at this link about booking for the NTF-led annual open symposium at Birmingham City University 28th-29th March on the theme of ‘Making a Difference’. This must be the most cost effective learning and teaching conference this year due to the generosity of the VC Philip Plowden who is himself an NTF and is allowing us to use BCU rooms without charge!

On Friday I’m raring to go again on assessment and feedback at the Business School at Sussex University and the slides I’m using are  here.  Sussex-Assess-1-Feb19-w.pptx (49 downloads)

Next week I’m running a virtual NTF2019 seminar on Wednesday 2pm-3.30 but the rest of the week is moderately quiet so I’m aiming to continue with the New Year’s Resolution to do more of what I enjoy, so Fridays from now on are all about Family, fiends, film, fiction, food and mainly fun!

Fellowships, Feedback, Facilitation, Fun and Future Fitness and Friendship days

15 Jan

Another busy week! After reading in school with Year One in the morning on Monday I will get the train with Phil to London , Queen Mary University, where Phil and I will be based for 2 days supporting Fellowship and assessment activities.
On Wednesday 16th, I am running the first of the Association of National Teaching Fellows support workshops to help people thinking about applying for NTSs as well as those working with them. There are a dozen of these plus webinars, so that wherever you live in the UK there should be one you can attend. Full details and booking arrangements are on AdvanceHE’s website. Thanks very much to Mark Allinson at Regent’s University for hosting this first event, from 2.00-4.00 pm. The slides that we will all be using are here:  ANTF-presentation-2019-slides-ww.pptx (85 downloads)

Then we’re off to Cumberland Lodge for two days to run the NTF-led writing residential (pro bono) which will be great fun. It’s a fabulous venue and participants make great progress. Some are coming just to get peace and quiet and others will be joining in with facilitated sessions on topics we will negotiate at the start of the two days. The slides which Phil and I used are here (we only used some of these, but we hope you’ll find the rest of interest):  Cumberland-lodge-writing-residential-17-18-janauary-2019-W.pptx (39 downloads)
But I made a big decision while we were in Ireland last week. As I head towards my 69th birthday shortly I’ve decided I am not going to take any work bookings on Fridays any more (while fulfilling those already in the diary). Instead I’m making Friday’s into my Friendship and Fitness days from now on.

Conversations and Collegiality in Cork

2 Jan

Happy New Year to everyone: let’s hope we all survive the political uncertainties of the coming months relatively unscathed!

My New Years Resolutions included ‘Being More Puffin’ (i.e. giving myself a break sometimes) and a commitment to read more fiction, and I certainly succeeded in making a good start between Christmas and New Year.

What a joyful start to the year’s work in 2019 however to be presenting alongside the fabulous Michelle Morgan of Bournemouth University, Kay Sambell of Edinburgh Napier University and Phil, during  Cork IT’s ‘Conversations on Teaching and Learning’ programme next week. My session will be on applying for HEA Fellowship, taking into account developments within the emergent Irish framework for enabling HEI staff to track their professional development within the sector (see the ‘Aligning Teaching and Learning across the Technological Sector’ (ATLAS) mapping consultation). My slides are here as is Phil’s and my colourful diagram setting out the UKPSF on a single (A3) page.  Cork-January-2019-FHEA-w.pptx (50 downloads)   ukpsf-details-on-one-sheet-w.docx (130 downloads)

Christmas ‘Crackers’ in Cirencester before Coddling ourselves until Cork

17 Dec

My final workshops before the Christmas holidays will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester where I am delighted to be running workshops on Assessment (including the Biscuit Game, used to get people thinking about assessment literacy for staff and students) and HEA Fellowships at various levels awarded by Advance HE, as well as offering some informal guidance on thinking about applying for National Teaching Fellowships. The slides for both days are here as well as the game, developed by Erica Morris, Margaret Price and me.  Royal-Agricultural-University-Assess-18-Dec-w.pptx (49 downloads)   Royal-Agricultural-University-Fellowships-19-Dec-w.pptx (44 downloads)   Biscuit-game-Anglia-Assessment-Album-w.docx (237 downloads)
After this Phil and I will be signing off for the festive season, before resuming work in Cork in the second week in January. Warmest wishes to everyone in the chilliest time of year.

​Gadding about, Grandchildren and Glitter

10 Dec

This week my pre-Christmas peregrinations take me to Leeds Business School to support colleagues working (mainly) with Masters Students before setting off to take a suitcase full of presents down to Molly and Chloe, our  twin granddaughters in Wales (expect an outbreak of sleighbells and glitter).

I’m particularly concentrating at the Leeds session on thinking about how assessment can be made fit-for-purpose  and productive of learning while aligning with professional body requirements in a highly internationalized context. My slides are here:  Leeds-AssessFeedbackDec12-w.pptx (51 downloads)

Festive Feedback Forays (1) with Phil

5 Dec

Today I’ve been working with Phil at the University of Manchester helping the School of Social Sciences and later in the day the Economics Department think about Assessment for Learning, particularly formative feedback and feed-forward. I am then travelling tomorrow via Preston to the South to examine a PhD on a related topic, which has really made me think. The slides we used today are here: AssessFeedbackManchester-w.pptx (90 downloads)
This weekend, more festivities, when we take the grandchildren and other assorted relatives to see Northern Stage’s Christmas production on ‘A Christmas Carol’, and on Sunday we’re hosting drinks and mince pies for our neighbours.
Then there are two more assessment and feedback related workshops before Christmas, one at Leeds University Business School and the other at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, slides for which will appear here in due course.
After that, it’s jingle all the way ….!

Fellowship, Feedback and Fun

22 Nov

Phil and I are just commencing a block of work at Queen Mary University London supporting Max Addo and colleagues in increasing the take up of HEA Fellowship applications and supporting their whole-institutional drive to improve assessment and feedback.
Here is a Word file of the diagram showing the relationship between the various kinds of HEA Fellowship which we used yesterday, to help colleagues prepare to apply for HEA Fellowships:  ukpsf-details-on-one-sheet-w.docx (130 downloads)
Here are the main slides that we used in our workshop on Assessment and Feedback today.  QMU-AssessFeedback-22-Nov2018-w.pptx (66 downloads) and here is a link to the Biscuit game which which we started the workshop:   Biscuit-game-Anglia-Assessment-Album-w.docx (237 downloads)
It was great to see Dianne Nutt, Jo Masterson, Suzannah Quinsee and others there on Wednesday working with the network of institutional leads supporting colleagues going for National Teaching Fellowships in 2019. Please also see the now-bookable series of events being organized by the Association of National Teaching Fellows nation-wide from mid January to early February to support those wanting to apply this coming year.

Energy, Excellence, Erudition , Enthusiasm and Excitement

5 Nov

Here starts the high energy fortnight during which on Wednesday, the 7th of November I am delighted to be helping Becky Huxley-Binns, Chrissi Nerantzi and Advance HE staff  to induct and celebrate the 2018 National Teaching Fellows in Edinburgh. Looks like being a glittering event and what a privilege to be invited and welcome new NTFs to the fabulous Fellowship of Fellows.
The next day I will be flying down on Thursday to Southampton to go to Bournemouth on Friday for the great delight of being awarded an honorary doctorate at Bournemouth University. ​ Another great privilege and cause for celebration.

And then after spending a weekend with Debbie Holley and Michelle Morgan there, it’s off to Hove on Sunday to see my son Matt, and then Phil and I  are flying to Venice on Monday to attend a conference on Wednesday and Thursday at Padua University, one of the oldest and most venerable universities in Europe, on assessment and feedback, jointly with Phil and Kay Sambell. Thanks so much to Anna Serbati and Valentina Grion  for inviting us: our draft joint slides are here.  Padua-2018-draft-slides-Phil-Race-Kay-Sambell-and-Sally-Brown-w.pptx (71 downloads)

Then back to the UK post haste to join the SEDA conference in Birmingham, where I will be running an interactive workshop on professional identities: again the slides are here:  SEDA-Prof-Identities-Sally-Brown-ww.pptx (75 downloads)

As you might imagine, packing for this marathon tour is providing some challenges, so I am sending a box Parcelforce to Birmingham with supplies for my workshop, which you can see here:

Steely Determination to Enhance Student Experiences

24 Oct

Today and tomorrow I am working at Luxembourg University at their fascinating new Esch Campus on the site of former steelworks. And I will be running a substantial programme of activity for staff assessment, feedback, inclusivity and international perspectives. The complete slides are here.  Luxembourg-Assessment-oct-2018-w.pptx (70 downloads) It’s great to be back in Luxembourg, discovering a new part of the country.

​Compass collegiality: South West, North West, North and then North East

16 Sep

Super week this week! I’m off to Harper Adams to work with the wonderful new NTF Lydia Arnold by contributing to Learning and Teaching Conference alongside Liz Thomas and Yaz el Hakim as well as many excellent-looking internal workshop, (see my workshop slides here: Retention-Harper-Adams-w1.pptx (96 downloads) )

Then up to Preston to meet Duncan Cross and then up again to Edinburgh, meeting Kay Sambell in Carlisle en route, to help them celebrate their two NTFs Mark Huxham and Michelle O’Reilly and to talk about long term planning for  future NTFs.

It will be great to see lots of old friends and colleagues and work productively with them at all points of the compass.