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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 23 October 2009

Date posted: 23/10/2009

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Project Funding call for proposals - Reminder

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
Student engagement
Quality enhancement and student assessment
Applications must be submitted by Monday, 30 November, 2009. For full details visit:

Call for project proposal peer reviewers

ADM-HEA currently has a call out for small project proposals (see above) to be submitted by the end of November 2009 and peer reviewers who are external to the Subject Centre are now being sought.

Peer reviewers will be sent a copy of the guidelines that include a list of criteria against which to assess the merits of proposals in terms of alignment with current ADM-HEA strategy, level of innovation, academic and practical experience etc.

Peer reviewers are asked to write a clear and considered piece of constructive feedback which will be sent on to the proposers.

Up to four proposals will be sent out to each peer reviewer shortly after the submission date of 30 November 2009. The review process must be completed within a relatively short timescale of 2 weeks and all completed feedback and score sheets must be returned to ADM-HEA by 11 December 2009 at the latest.

If you are able to assist with this review process within the timescale described, or would like more information, please contact Alison Crowe

01273 642321. Thank you.

Networks 08 magazine is now available online

All 8 issues of Networks magazine can be found online at:



SEDA is currently inviting bids for it's Research and Development Small Grants

SEDA has a long record of successfully supporting those engaged in educational change through conferences, publications, accredited programmes and, more recently, the Professional Development Framework (SEDA-PDF). Through the next round of SEDA Research and Development Grants they wish to encourage activities which promote greater understanding of the process of supporting and leading educational change.

For further information see:

The closing date is Friday, 15 January 2010.



Developing and enhancing the practice and management of scholarly activity and research within Further Education colleges
Stockport College
4 December 2009

The Higher Education Academy will be running three, one-day events to support practitioners to engage with scholarly activity / research and to allow managers to receive information in regard to successfully managing it within an FEC setting. Key issues to be covered at these events are as follows:

i)            The meaning of scholarly activity and research;
ii)           The key aspects of the research process including research design/dissemination;
iii)          Making funding applications;
iv)          Managing a research project;
v)           Key resources to support their engagement with scholarly activity
vi)          Considerations for and management of scholarly activity / research within an FEC 
vii)        Institutional impacts from scholarly activity / research

The first event will be held at Stockport College on the 4th December 2009.  Two further events are planned, one in the Midlands (to be held on 25 March 2010 at The Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre) and one in the South (between the 7-18 June 2010) of England.
For further details visit and booking form: or contact Sara Bath

Collaborative action research: exploring the complexities of students' expectations and experiences of widening participation
Newman University College
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
The Higher Education Academy and Newman University College 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:
30 free places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a place, please email Carol Millington directly.



The University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Conference
Sunley Management Centre, Park Campus
13 May 2010
Following the success of the second Learning and Teaching conference Transitions last year, the organisers are delighted to invite abstracts for their third conference on Thursday 13 May 2010. They welcome submissions from as wide a range of Higher Education practitioners as possible with presentations addressing the theme of learning dialogues.

Better understanding of learning dialogues is an important element in the scholarship of Learning and Teaching. Our conference is designed to provide a forum in which effective, evidence-informed practice can be shared and debated. They are particularly interested in submissions from individuals or groups reporting innovative research into learning dialogues.

The learning dialogues conference will be organised around four themes:

 Learning dialogues as a professional development tool
 Virtual learning dialogues
 Learning dialogues as talk and discussion in HE settings
 Researching the student experience through learning dialogues
The conference provides an opportunity to present through research papers, interactive workshops or posters. The intention is to develop discussions about the significance of learning dialogues for effective Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Submissions are welcomed from all involved in Learning and Teaching, both those with significant experience in this area, and those who are new to Higher Education.

Student work placements evaluation

Universities UK are asking for help in finding out whether the provision of work placements for students as part of their courses has changed as a result of changes in the economy or initiatives aimed to support graduates at risk of unemployment (eg the Graduate Talent Pool).  Work placement is defined as paid or unpaid periods of attachment to employing organisations which are an integral part of the course of study and thus comprise a course requirement.

UUK request that you either complete the survey yourself if you have the appropriate knowledge or forward to the institutional and/or departmental work placement co-ordinators/tutors or industrial liaison tutors.  All replies will be treated in confidence and no identifying data will appear in any report.

Survey link

Determining Creative Practice
University of Bedfordshire
Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Deadline extended to 2 November

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

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.
For more information go to:

The event is free and includes lunch and refreshments.

Please e-mail proposals of 300 words to both organisers by 2 November 2009.
Joanna Callaghan:
Dr Jason Lee:

Further information:


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