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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 13 March 2009

Date posted: 16/03/2009

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JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for grants to fund technical rapid innovation projects addressing priority areas.

Proposals are sought under the following priority areas:

  • Mashups of open data
  • Aggregating tags and feeds
  • Semantic web/ linked data
  • Data search
  • Visualisation
  • Personalisation
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Lightweight Shared Infrastructure Services
  • User Interface Design

Funding of between £15,000 - £40,000 for 6 month projects for up to 30 projects is available

The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to this call is 12 noon on Wednesday 22 April 2009.

Funding is available for projects starting in early-mid June 2009 for 6 months. All projects must be complete by 30 November 2009.

Further information can be found in the full Call http://jisc/fundingopportunities/funding_calls/2009/03/309ricall

Society for Research into Higher Education - SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers 2009

Closing Date for Applications 20 March
Each year the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) invites applications from Newer Researchers to enter a research proposal for a small scale project under an SRHE Prize scheme. All entries are reviewed by an expert panel; the successful SRHE prize winner receives a number of benefits from the Society in addition to the prize money awarded (£2,000) to fund the project selected. These awards are intended to provide support for early stage researchers in the field of higher education research to enable them to:-
·  undertake a study that will prepare the ground for a larger project
·  develop research skills which will help advance their research career.
Entry is open to all and not restricted to current SRHE Members. The SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers is jointly sponsored by SRHE and the Taylor & Francis Group. For further information on the Prize please contact Barbara Blake at or call 020 7637 2766


Collecting Experiences: enriching design students' learning in the museum
Sackler Centre for Arts Education, V&A, London
24 April 2009

Museums and their collections can offer rich learning opportunities for higher education students of art and design.  How can these opportunities be developed, supported and enriched?
Research conducted by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD) at the V&A, identified limited targeted educational provision for higher education design students in museums. The same research suggested ambivalence from museum educators about the most effective ways in which to support higher education students’ learning in this context; this is in spite of the fact that tutors see the role of the museum as “an academic facilitator, supporting student learning…”  Similarly, tutors were ambivalent about ways that they can support students’ learning from museums, although they believe that museums do provide a range of valuable learning opportunities.
This day seeks to highlight the innovative and exciting work being undertaken in this area. The day will provide an opportunity for museum educators and higher education tutors to hear about pedagogical approaches, collaborative activities and resources developed to support art and design students’ learning from museums and their collections.  Our definition of ‘the museum’ is broad and presentations will range from exploration of departmental handling collections and the uses of university archives, to collaborations between large public museums and higher education institutions.
The symposium has been organised by The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD) and the Art Design Media Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy (ADM-HEA).
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Institutional Policies and Procedures for Dealing with Plagiarism
Oxford Brookes University
Thursday, 4 June 2009

ASKe, Assessment Standards Knowledge exchange, the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to
announce their third meeting. This one day event will explore current issues in dealing with cases of student plagiarism. It will focus on the institutional rather than the pedagogic aspects of student plagiarism, including issues around international students and the legal context. There will be opportunities to share good practice and to hear how others have developed procedures in line with the changing demands of higher education in 2009.

Topics covered in plenary or workshop sessions will include:

* Contract cheating
* Policy and teaching gaps in supporting international students
* Embedding a co-ordinated approach to plagiarism through academic conduct officers
* The latest information on the capabilities of 'plagiarism detection tools'
* Newcomer forum for discussion on resources, advice and shared issues

Who should attend?

* Senior managers
* Those with responsibility for quality assurance
* Student support professionals
* Anyone with an interest in institutional policies and procedures

Keynote speakers include:

Dr. Wendy Sutherland-Smith, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia.
Jude Carroll, Visiting Teaching Fellow, Royal Technical University, Stockholm
Dr Anna Magyar, Learning Enhancement Tutor for International Students, University of East Anglia

To register for this event please go to! for booking details and to download a registration form.

Assessment in Higher Education Conference
University of Cumbria, Carlisle
Wednesday 8 July 2009
This is the second Assessment in Higher Education Conference, building on the successful event in 2008.  It is a collaboration between Cumbria Study of Higher Education Network (C-SHEN) and Northumbria University Centre for Excellence in 'Assessment for Learning'.

The conference is a response to the high impact of assessment on the student experience despite the fact that numerous reports, research and student surveys signal current practice as no longer 'fit for purpose', amateurish and in need of repair.  This conference is an opportunity to debate concerns, increase understanding of assessment practice and share innovations, reflections on practice, research and evaluative studies.  It will look at the future as well as critique the past, exploring potential in new forms of assessment and e-assessment.
For further information and to register for this event, please follow the link to the website :

The university of utopia: Radicalising Higher Education
EMMTEC Conference Centre, Brayford Pool, University of Lincoln
Thursday, 4 June 2009

2nd Annual Research Conference at The Centre for Educational Research and Development
Keynote Speakers:      
Professor Ron Barnett, Institute of Education.  “The Utopian University: Challenges and Prospects”
Professor Antonia Darder, University of Illinois.  “Breaking Silence: A Study into the Pervasiveness of Oppression”      

Thematic Workshops:
Patrick Ainley, Joyce Canaan. “The Student Experience”
Stefano Harney, Fred Moten.  “Academic Labour”
Cath Lambert, Mike Neary, Elisabeth Simbuerger. “Teaching in Public”
Dennis Hayes, Terence Karran.  “Academic Freedom”    

Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) sets out, for the first time, the paradox of the modern (new) world: the possibility of abundance (freedom) in a society of scarcity (non-freedom); and the dangers that are inherent in this paradoxical situation for the development of the emergent capitalist society.

The aim of this conference is to recover the freshness of More’s critique, while going beyond Hutchins's liberal fundamentalism, in order to imagine some real radical futures for higher education.  The conference addresses the problem of inventing a form of radicality that confronts the same paradox that emerged in Tudor England, and continues to undermine the progressive development of the postmodern world.
The conference will be of interest to all staff in further and higher education who are concerned about the future direction and role of the changing university within the emerging global knowledge economy.

Register online now at:


Annual MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference 2009
Bangor University, Hosted by the National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries
8-9 July 2009

Deadline for abstracts: 27 March 2009

The MeCCSA Postgraduate Network invites submission of abstracts for its Annual Postgraduate Conference to be held on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th July 2009 at Bangor University, Wales.

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes papers on topics relevant to any area of media, communication, and cultural studies. The conference is organised by postgraduate students and it is designed for Masters and PhD students, as well as early years postdoctoral researchers.

Presentations may take the form of papers, readings, performances, posters, films and multimedia presentations. Panel proposals with up to four papers are also welcome.

The abstract should include:
- Name, contact details, institutional affiliation and year of study;
- Title and topic of research, including method(s) used;
- Up to five key words, which will help the reviewers classify your proposal;
- Technical requirements for the presentation.

Please email abstracts of 200 words (for 20 minute presentations), by 27 March 2009 to:

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