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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 16 October 2009

Date posted: 20/10/2009

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Enhancing Learning and Teaching through the use of Technology: Evidence-based Practice Syntheses - Call for proposals

Deadline for receipt of proposals: 12:00 noon Monday 23 November

As part of its HEFCE funded Enhancing learning through Technology programme, the Higher Education Academy is offering grants of up to £20,000 for the production of in-depth syntheses of research and/or evaluation project findings in the following areas:
i.    Assessment and feedback;
ii.  Employability and employee learning;
iii. Professional learning and teaching practice.
The syntheses will include the implications for practice and provide exemplars of evidence-informed practice in the use of technology in each of the above areas.  

They are particularly looking for specialists in the use of learning technology, who are working within a Higher Education institution or Further Education college delivering HE in England, to undertake a lead role in this synthesis work.  There is no restriction on partners.

More information and proposal forms are available from the ELT pages of the website
Any enquiries should be directed to


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

Understanding the experience of Black and Minority Ethnic Students in HE and shaping the curriculum 
London Metropolitan University, Graduate Centre, Holloway Road, London N78HN
Wednesday 11 November, 12:00-16:30
The Higher Education Academy and London Metropolitan University would like to invite you to the above research seminar, which is part of Research Seminar Series 2009: Access and Success for All.  Details of the Series are available at

Details of the above seminar including abstract, speakers and bookings are available at

35 free places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a place, please email Jan Miles directly.

More Choices, More Chances: developing an on-campus social enterprise model to widening participation to HE among the young adults out of work, training and education
University of Abertay Dundee, EpiCentre Conference Room
Wednesday 11 November, 13:00-16:00
The Higher Education Academy and University of Abertay Dundee would like to invite you to the above research seminar, which is part of Research Seminar Series 2009: Access and Success for All.  Details of the Series are available at

Details of the above seminar including abstract, speakers and bookings are available at

45 free places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a place, please email Jonathan Staal or call 01382 308245 directly.

Transitions to higher education: research into students' expectations and experiences of learning and teaching
UCAS Conference Suite (in Cheltenham)
4 November 2009 14:00-16:00

The seminar will be given by Dr Matthew Williamson and Dr Giles Martin of Queen Mary, University of London and will be presenting results of their research into student transition into higher education.

This research focuses on expectations and experiences of learning and teaching and the ways in which students negotiate the transition from the teaching they have experienced before entering higher education and the methods they are exposed to, and skills they have to develop, once they start at university. The project used a survey of all new undergraduates, together with a series of interviews with selected students and visits to schools and colleges in the local area for observation and interviews. The seminar suggests ways in which students and staff can be better prepared for the transition into higher education.

If you, or any of your colleagues would like to attend, please email to book your place.


‘Widening Participation in the 21st Century: A Decade of Learning’
24 and 25 June 2010
The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2009.

The Open University’s Centre for Widening Participation is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its biennial Widening Participation Conference which will focus on three main themes:
Evidence Gaps
Learning Design
Knowing the Learner.

Submissions of papers and posters are requested that address these themes. They are keen to look for new research outside the more traditional core Widening Participation groups.
For full details of the conference and a template for your submissions please email

If you would like to discuss potential submissions or would like further information about the conference, please contact John Rose-Adams by email


2010 MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference
University of Glasgow
30 June-1 July 2010

Deadline for submissions is 15 March 2010.

The MeCCSA Postgraduate Network invites submission of abstracts for its 2010 Annual Postgraduate Conference, to be held on Wednesday 30 June and Thursday 1 July 2010, hosted by the Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Proposals for 20 minute presentations are invited from postgraduate students and early doctoral researchers from any discipline on topics relevant to all areas of media, communications and cultural studies.

Presentations may take the form of papers, posters, films, multimedia presentations and performances. They also welcome panel submissions with up to four papers and ask you to submit a 150 word rationale for the panel.

Please submit abstracts of 200 words by 15 March 2010 to

Your abstract details should include:
· Your name, email address, institutional affiliation and year of study
· Title of PhD and disciplinary field
· Up to five key words, which will help reviewers classify your panel
· Technical requirements for presentation


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