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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 11 September 2009

Date posted: 15/09/2009

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Reminder of project funding opportunity

ADM-HEA is pleased to invite funding proposals for projects of 12 months duration, which will run from March 2010 to March 2011. There are three key themes for applications this year, which align with ADM-HEA’s current strategy:

Education for sustainable development
This strand aims to assist the development of curricula and pedagogy that will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to live and work sustainably.

Student engagement
Relates to ways in which the sector involves learners in all aspects of their higher education experience at course, department and institutional level. These activities range from student involvement in curriculum design and assessment, through to contributions to departmental and institutional policy through membership of faculty boards, engagement in institutional quality processes and involvement in university and college governing bodies.

Quality enhancement and student assessment
In our disciplinary area, this strand may relate, in particular, to issues emerging from and responses to, the National Student Survey (NSS) data. Equally, it could examine ways that courses, departments and institutions collect information on the student learning experience and use this to effect change and enhance quality. We are also keen to encourage work that explores student assessment in art, design and media and the feedback available to students to enhance their learning experiences.

Applications must be submitted by Monday, 30 November, 2009

For more information:


ADM-OER Project

Currently underway the ADM-OER (Art, Design, Media-Open Educational Resources) Project is encouraging the subject community to engage in the process by sharing their perceptions, thoughts and opinions on UK higher education’s aim to make available open-access teaching and learning materials for use and repurpose through on-line repositories.
Click on the links below to find out more and to visit the project blog:
ADM-OER Project Information
ADM-OER Project Blog
Project Manager- Stephen Mallinder:



JISC-TechDis - Informing Policy, Improving Practice: making the student experience more inclusive through technology

The increasing diversity of the higher education student body means that staff involved in teaching and supporting learning are having to develop a growing repertoire of techniques to ensure their practice is as inclusive as possible. JISC TechDis provides advice and guidance for teaching practitioners, library staff, staff developers and more, to raise the level of inclusivity in mainstream practice, as well as working with senior managers and policy makers to ensure that national and institutional systems support inclusive approaches.

A leaflet, that introduces some of the resources currently provided by JISC TechDis in pursuit of these aims is available online at:



The 2012 Imperative Teach-in
Lecture theatre of the Victoria and Albert Museum
12 October 2009

The event aims to raise the profile of ecological literacy within design education and create a catalyst for action by engaging students in a trans-disciplinary event focusing on ecology and design. Presentations by scientists, researchers and designers with ecologically informed practice will focus on climate change, resource depletion and other environmental challenges relevant to design education. We will explore the scope for systemic change within the design industry, design education and within universities. The teach-in itself will be broadcast live on the Internet to groups of students at institutions around the world. The following day each participating institution is invited to turn its attention to the issue based on a plan published on the Teach-in website. Faculty, students and staff can use this space to focus on how design education can address systemic environmental issues.  

More information about the Teach-in can be found on the website: . They invite you to sign up on the site for collaboration:  . If you would like to attend the Teach-in at the V&A you can now buy your tickets here or sign up participate in a live screening of the Teach-in at the University of Brighton. The Teach-in is produced by Brighton PhD candidate Jody Boehnert’s EcoLabs , and part-funded by the CETLD. The 2012 Imperative will be an on-going project aiming to embed ecological and sustainability literacy in design education by 2012.


Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses Conference: Futurescan: Mapping the Territory

Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool
17-18 November 2009
This conference addresses the future challenges and opportunities for the development of fashion and textiles education in light of a rapidly changing external landscape, both locally and globally.
The FTC Association has assembled a number of experienced industry speakers with a range of perspectives on future trends and customer behaviour, sourcing, manufacturing and retail, to provide insights and prompt debate on a number of issues.
Keynote Speaker: Professor David Shah, Publisher of Textile View, View 2, Viewpoint, View Colour Planner, View China

  • Are our current perspectives of the ‘employable graduate’ still relevant in this ‘flat world’ and what are the implications for the student experience?
  • What really is ‘internationalisation’ and how do we ensure currency and resources to develop higher-level skills? The ‘ever-changing’ creative industries require new and exciting ways to create products, communities, opportunities and profits. Prevailing discourse around ‘interdisciplinary’ emphasises the ‘creative imagination’ as the most important attribute in breaking down traditional discipline silos. The question, ‘what are the implications for fashion and textiles within the context of art and design education and other disciplines? has prompted the FTC research study: Mapping the Territory.

In addition the conference will include over 25 research presentations from the sector.

For more information:
Or email Sally Wade


Request for information for Widening Participation Review

Following the research and subsequent report into widening participation in Higher Education Art and Design carried out by Dr Caroline Hudson on behalf of CHEAD, (Council for Higher Education in Art & Design),  ACE ( Arts Council England) and ourselves (ADM-HEA), and the follow on seminar 'Transforming
research findings' in  2007 run by ADM-HEA, a further publication was commissioned by the above agencies.
The review is being undertaken by Dr Dipti Bhagat and Dr Peter O'Neill from London Metropolitan University. The primary aim  is an anthology of all research and other relevant work that  might effectively be used to inform the development of practice, policy and research on widening participation in the broad subject areas of Art Design and Media across the four nations. 

For the purpose of this volume WP is understood as a socio-economic issue and should allow for diversity of research and authors.

If you are able to  recommend additional texts and or research you think relevant please contact  Dr Dipti Bhagat and Dr Peter O’Neill at:


Call for new Student Learning and Teaching Network Committee Members


The deadline for applications is Monday 28 September 2009.

Please pass this message on to any students who you feel would be interested in becoming a committee member for the Student Learning and Teaching Network. As a cross-institutional learning and teaching student network they rely heavily on staff to identify students engaged in Learning and Teaching projects and point them in their direction.

“ Call for new Student Learning and Teaching Network Committee Members

We invite any undergraduate or postgraduate students to volunteer for three available positions on the Student Learning and Teaching Network Committee. The positions will run from September 2009 to September 2010.
The committee is made up of student and recent graduate volunteers who work together to promote students as active participants in learning communities. The committee’s main responsibilities include organising events for students and staff, liaising with external organisations such as the HE Academy, NUS and QAA, maintaining the interactive networking site and increasing the network’s visibility through presentations, publications and meetings.
Becoming a committee member for the Student Network will enhance your CV and allow you to gain knowledge and understanding of a variety of issues in the Teaching and Learning community. Committee members will also have the opportunity to network and share best practice with a wide range of students, academics, educational developers and others involved in the HE sector.
Committee member responsibilities:

  • Attend regular meetings (roughly every 2 months in different locations across the country)
  • Voice your opinion within meetings and  volunteer for tasks
  • Contribute to the development, organisation and facilitation of network workshops and events
  • Contribute to the interactive networking site
  • Contribute to conference presentations and publications
  • Meet occasionally with senior staff from external organisations

Committee members should also be willing to:

  • Positively promote the network within your own institution
  • Forge new relationships for the network


  • An interest and role within learning and teaching or student development
  • All applicants must be current students for the year 2009/10

We are particularly interested in new committee members from outside the CETL community or from institutions who have not been previously represented on the committee.
If you are interested in becoming a committee member please email including your name, institution, degree course and year and a short written statement (250 words max) outlining your interest in the position and any experience of active involvement in learning and teaching you may have.
The deadline for applications is Monday 28 September 2009.”

The Fifth International Joint Conferences on Computer,  Information, and Systems Sciences, and Engineering (CISSE 2009)

Virtual online conference
4 – 12 December 2009
Sponsored by the University of Bridgeport                                                            
Paper submission  Deadline:  12 October 2009         

CISSE 2009 provides a virtual forum for presentation and discussion of the state-of the-art research on computers, information and systems sciences and engineering. CISSE 2009 is the fifth conference of the CISSE series of e-conferences. CISSE is the World's first Engineering/Computing and Systems
Research E-Conference.

The virtual conference will be conducted through the Internet using web-conferencing tools, made available by the conference. Authors will be presenting their PowerPoint, audio or video presentations using web-conferencing  tools without the need for travel. Conference sessions will be broadcast to all the conference participants, where session participants can interact with the presenter during the presentation and/or during the Q&A slot that follows the presentation. This international conference will be held entirely on-line.

The accepted and presented papers will be made available and sent to the authors after the conference both on a DVD (including all papers, PowerPoint presentations and audio presentations) and as a book publication. Springer, the official publisher for CISSE, published the 2005 proceedings in 2 books and the CISSE 2006, CISSE 2007 and CISSE 2008 proceedings in four books each.

CISSE 2009 is composed of the following four conferences:

International Conference on Engineering Education,  Instructional Technology, Assessment, and E-learning (EIAE 09)

Topics: Instructional Design, Accreditation, Curriculum  Design, Educational Tools, 2-2-2 Platforms, Teaching Capstone Design,  Teaching Design at the Lower Levels, Design and Development of e-Learning  tools, Assessment Methods in Engineering, Development and Implementation  of E-learning tools, Ethics in Education, Economical and Social Impacts of E-learning.

International Conference on Systems, Computing Sciences and  Software Engineering (SCSS 09)

International Conference on Telecommunications and Networking (TeNe 09)

International Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology  & Automation (IETA 09)

Paper Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers electronically in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format through the website of the conference at Accepted papers must be presented in the virtual conference by one of the authors.

For more information go to the website:


MeCCSA 2010 Conference (reminder)

London School of Economics and Political Science
Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 January 2010

Deadline for submissions: 18 September 2009

MeCCSA is the UK subject association for those teaching and researching in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies. The organisation holds its next conference from 6th -8th January 2010, hosted by the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science and held at LSE.

Call for Abstracts
They invite papers, panels, presentations of practice and posters across the range of interests represented by the Association and its networks ( Some sessions will weave together ‘practice’ and ‘research’ and there will be separate screenings, in full, of this material.  

Poster Competition
The MeCCSA Executive Committee is offering a  poster competition prize of £100.  The academic poster is highly valued by MeCCSA as an indicator of current research and there will be a good space set aside at the 2010 conference for this activity.

Competition for Best Paper on Art, Design and Media for Higher Education
The Art Design Media - Higher Education Academy Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) is offering a £500 prize and publication for the best paper analysing key issues impacting on media, communications and cultural studies in higher education.  

Competition for Best Paper on Media and Communications Policy LSE's Department of Media and Communications is offering a £300 prize and publication in its Media@LSE Electronic Working Paper Series (subject to final revisions by the conference organisers), for the best paper addressing critical perspectives on key issues of policy relevance in a convergent media and communications industry.

Submission Procedures
Please submit online by 18 September 2009.  Proposers will be notified of acceptance no later than 23 October 2009.

Determining Creative Practice

A practice-based research symposium
University of Bedfordshire, UK
Wednesday December 2 2009

Deadline for proposals: 21 October 2009

The University of Bedfordshire, University of Derby & the Practice Section of MeCCSA present a one day practice-based research symposium for media practitioners and academics.

The contribution of practice-based research within arts and humanities has become increasingly recognized and indeed inter-disciplinary collaborations are creating recognition outside of the field. A key criteria of practice-based research is the role of critical writing and reflection. The process relies on forming explicit relations between practice and outcome and reflexively exploring the role of the researcher in producing the creative output. Theoretical paradigms for the latter are many and varied. Indeed it is possible to ‘justify’ any form of practice as research through sufficient theoretical cause. The creative process however is often organic, multi-valent and can be driven by unknown causes, disparate events or what appears as irrelevant information. Some creative practitioners would claim this drive is ‘something’ beyond them. Others may argue this is simply the nature of the creative process.  

In the context of writing, reflecting and presenting practice-based research what role do notions of determinism play? Are the requirements of practice-based research over-determined? Is there space to consider the concept of pre determination within creative practice?  

They welcome presentations of all forms of creative work, including films, creative writing, performance, sound and new media that address the following themes:

  • Is the core origin of creativity within the individual, society, or something else?
  • Is the conscious processing of creating work just one part of the creative story?   
  • What is the role of collaboration in questioning the self-determination of the artist, or the work of art?
  • If media practice is predetermined, what does this say about the product, the practice, and the practitioner? How does this relate to originality, creativity, and progress?
  • If proposals ‘determine’ how useful are they in a process of creative discovery? What alternative models exist?
  • What role does commissioning and pre-production play in determining a creative practice?
  • To what extent do the institutional and commercial bodies that enable and fund practice-based research encourage the production of paratexts which predetermine the nature and scope of the practice and the context within which that practice can be 'read'?

Creative presentations of 10 minutes followed by 10 minutes of theoretical interpretation / reflection are encouraged.
The event is free and includes lunch and refreshments.  

Please e-mail proposals of 300 words to both organisers by 21 October 2009 -
Joanna Callaghan:
Dr Jason Lee:
Further information:

This event is funded by the University of Bedfordshire, University of Derby and MeCCSA, the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association.  It follows on from the symposium Circularity, Narrative and Aesthetic Translation held in April 2009 at the University of Bedfordshire.


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