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Evaluation: institutional needs versus individual motivations

Queen Mary, University of London
22 February 2010 15:00-17:00

It is with great pleasure that the organisers can announce the third in the 2009/10 Educational Research Seminar Series, hosted by Educational and Staff Development.  This seminar is presented by Dr Roni Bamber, the Head of Centre for Academic Practice at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh 

About the seminar
Modern academics are constantly pressed to evaluate and improve what they  do. Universities are likewise constantly pressed to evaluate and improve what they do. Are these two needs compatible?
A survey of staff at one university in the summer of 2009 asked how they evaluate their teaching, how they get evaluated, and what can be done to improve evaluation. Some interesting responses were received from 50 staff (around a third of all academic staff). There was clear commitment to evaluation and improvement, but difficulties in making it happen. Institutional requirements for evaluation were not at the top of most people’s agenda. This short seminar  will consider the findings of this research within a theoretical framework, and consider whether institutional needs for evaluation data and individual academics’ motivations can be compatible.

About the speaker
Veronica (Roni) Bamber: Dr Roni Bamber is Director of the Centre for Academic Practice at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. The Centre for Academic Practice is responsible for enhancing learning, teaching and research at the University.  Previously she was Director of Educational Development at Heriot-Watt University.  She has worked as an educational developer for ten years, and has participated in numerous national initiatives, including the Scottish Enhancement Themes.  Prior to this, Roni was a lecturer in Spanish for 18 years, teaching in four different universities around the UK.  Roni has had significant experience in other academic activities, such as course leadership, curriculum consultancy, external examining, and quality audit. Her current research is in the area of the implementation of staff development programmes, evaluation of university activities, and introducing change in universities.
The seminar takes place on Monday 22nd February and, as with all the seminars, takes place at 3pm in Room 602 on the sixth floor of the G. O. Jones Building (formerly known as the Physics Building) on the Mile End campus of the College.
As spaces are limited, please email Dr Matthew J. Williamson to let him know if you wish to come along to this seminar.
The remaining seminars for this year are:
29th March
Dr Margo Blythman, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, University of the Arts Implications of change for the working worlds of staff in higher education
26th April
Dr Chris Trevitt, Director of Studies, Oxford Learning Institute, University of Oxford Research supervision at Oxford: tales from the development experience coalface
24th May
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Director of Programmes, The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Leadership in Learning and Teaching
28th June
Dr Matthew Williamson, Education Adviser, QMUL, and Dr Giles Martin, Learning and Teaching Development Adviser, QMUL Transitions to Higher Education: reflections on a three-year study

Contact Name:
Dr Matthew J Williamson
Contact Telephone:
020 7882 2813
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