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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 26 February 2010

Date posted: 28/02/2010

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Networks 09 magazine now online

We are very pleased to announce that Networks 09 magazine, focusing on student engagement, has now been published online


JISC Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants Programme

JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to undertake work under the fifth round of its Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants Programme.

JISC wishes to fund one year projects and activities that fit with the vision, outcomes and principles of the JISC e-Learning programme and support innovative approaches to learning and teaching. This is an open call, and projects dealing with any aspect of e-learning are welcomed. To reduce the initial investment in time and resource needed to develop a traditional JISC proposal and to encourage speculative and innovative ideas from the community bidders are invited to submit outline proposals.

JISC have run four previous rounds of the Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant funding opportunity in May 2008, August 2008, January 2009 and July 2009. In total, the programme has supported 14 projects.

Funds of up to £50,000 for projects of one year duration are available. JISC has committed at least £1,000,000 for this activity over the life of this programme which commenced in May 2008.

Proposals may be submitted by HE institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL Northern Ireland, and by FE institutions funded via SFC, DCELLS Wales and DEL Northern Ireland. FE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs are also eligible to bid provided proposals demonstrate how the work supports the HE in FE agenda.

Proposals may be from single institutions or consortia. Partnership arrangements may be developed outside the sector (for example with research council sites, publishers, commercial suppliers), but the lead partner must meet the criteria outlined above. Funds can only be allocated through the lead partner. Please note: The lead institution may only submit one proposal per assessment point.

The next deadline for submissions is 12 noon UK time on 19 April 2010.

For more information:



‘Higher Education Achievement Report’ (HEAR), SEEC Professional Development Seminar
The Women’s Library, London
Thursday 18 March 2010, 10.30-4.30pm

The seminar will be entitled ‘HEAR – Would you credit it?’ At this stage the two named speakers are Rob Ward, Director of The Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) and Phil Gravestock, Head of Learning Enhancement and Technology Support, University of Gloucestershire. There is also the further possibility of another speaker to be announced.
The deadline to inform us of your attendance is Monday 8th March and from the end of Monday 22nd February bookings will be able to be made using the on-line booking form at
Telephone/Fax: 020 7 401 7923


TAG HEA Evidence-based Practice Seminar

Scholars Bar, Foster Refectory, University of Central Lancashire
4 March 2010 at 10:00 - 15:00
TAG is a JISC funded research project that aims to explore the impact on retention of the creation of a dynamic, interactive, web based platform of support, which enables potential students to develop realistic expectations of HE.  It was developed in response to research, such as that referenced in the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (2007), which looked at retention and withdrawal in HE.  Literature shows many students are coming from backgrounds where they have no peers or family members with experience of HE to draw on (Thomson and Quinn (2007) and the students’ expectations of university do not match the reality.

Delegates will have an opportunity to think about how they can support students during their transition into HE and potential ways of developing additional support, students can access as and when they require it.  They will also have identified resources available to support them to do this.  The TAG Team aims to make the TAG project as accessible to institutions as possible and would seek to gain and understanding from the attendees about possible barriers at their institutions to adopting TAG.  This will inform the development of the TAG resources and support options the TAG Team can offer to other institutions looking to adopt the TAG project.

For more information and to book online please visit

or contact the TAG Team -


Mainstreaming Innovation in HE event invitation

Sir Colin Campbell Building, University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Friday 12 March, 10.00 - 16.00

The Design Council is pleased to announce that the next event of the Multi-disciplinary Design Network will be hosted by Professor Martin Binks at Nottingham University. This will be the third in a series of knowledge sharing events hosted by universities developing multi-disciplinary courses and collaborative programmes in response to the Cox Review of Creativity in Business.

Innovation is crucial to UK productivity and there is a direct link between the amount of innovation that companies invest and productivity output. Research indicates that two-thirds of private sector productivity growth in recent years has been driven by innovation. Design is an important part of the innovation mix and is only second to traditional investment in R&D for businesses. Design is being used as a strategic tool which enhances performance and unlocks innovation. How can HE centres build their enterprise and innovation?

The event will consider the importance and role of ‘pre concept’ innovation activities, innovation processes, building innovation studies into the curriculum and barriers to innovation in practice. Keynote sessions will include Martin Binks and Simon Mosey from UNIEI/NUBS, and Geoff Kirk, Design Council Board Member and former Chief Civil Aerospace Design Engineer at Rolls Royce. The University of Nottingham has one of the largest Entrepreneurship Education programmes in Europe.

This Multi-disciplinary Design Network event will build on previous discussions at Cranfield and Northumbria, and a visit to London firms which looked at innovation in different settings.

For more information:


Developing employability potential for design graduates through work based learning experiences in the global fashion and textiles industry
University of Bolton
17 Jun 2010 at 12.00-4.00 p.m.

This free seminar is part of the Academy's Evidence-based Practice Seminar Series 2010 and is being hosted by the University of Bolton. Places are limited, so please apply a.s.a.p.

How do we educate our students for a global industry and provide them with a contemporary skills base to equip them to survive and flourish whilst competing with many others for scarce employment? This seminar aims to address this question and will be facilitated by Cassandra O'Connor (University of Bolton) and Lynne Webster (University of Leeds).
The seminar will share the findings from a large data set that one of the presenters has been collecting for several years. This data set is from major UK fashion producers, importers and retailers to whom students have been sent for work placements as part of their Fashion Studies degree. This workshop will provide insight into current trends and issues relating to the appropriateness of design curricula; interaction between academia and commerce; the employability of students; and overarching, employer needs within the discipline area.

The session would be of relevance to academics and professional staff that are engaged in the support of work-based learning activities not only in the Creative Industries but across the range of disciplines. The workshop would be particularly valuable to individuals that are responsible for curriculum content and design, and for those that wish to fully engage with the issue of utilising a range of technology led learning situations and tools within complex educational settings involving external employers and commercial organisations.

The workshop will be structured to allow ample opportunity for participants to engage in group work and discussion based around these themes. The intended outcomes of the event will be an increased understanding of the current graduate employability agenda and the use of technology in curriculum design and content in this field.

Contact details:

International Summer School: Implementing Bologna in your institution
University College Cork
5 - 9 July 2010

With the 2010 deadline fast approaching for alignment with the Bologna Process, the International Summer School in Cork, Ireland offers you the opportunity to acquire the strategies and tools required to enable the implementation of Bologna in your institution.
The Summer School will feature an experienced range of presenters addressing topics focused on the Bologna action lines.

Ireland has been very successful in implementing the action lines of the Bologna Process, evidenced by the country’s position at the top of the Bologna Scorecard in 2007, and its second place in 2009. Ireland is also one of the few European countries that has successfully established and implemented a National Qualifications framework.
The key people involved in assisting the implementation of Bologna in Ireland such as Dr Declan Kennedy (author of international bestseller Writing and Using Learning Outcomes), Dr Norma Ryan (Irish Bologna expert), Professor Áine Hyland (member of EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Team) and Dr Jim Murray (CEO of National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) amongst others will share their experiences and advise you on the best strategies to facilitate effective implementation.

The International Summer School is targeted at policy makers, senior managers, lecturers and educational developers in Bologna countries and countries aligning with Bologna. Please note that it is hoped to provide accreditation in terms of ECTS credits for those who complete this course.
For further information and to register for the Summer School please go to:



Developing and Enhancing the Practice and Management of Scholarly Activity and Research within Further Education Colleges

25 March 2010 at Engineering CETL, Loughborough University
11 June 2010 at City of Bristol College, Ashley Down Centre

The Higher Education Academy has two workshops planned to support practitioners and managers to engage with scholarly activity and research.  These events will address the following key aspects:
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.
For further details and booking form please visit:  or contact Sara Bath



Designing & Delivering Curricula for the Future
All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) 6th International Conference
Dublin City University, Dublin,
26 – 27 August 2010

Submission of abstracts is now open, and will close on 26 March 2010.   

The conference home page is here:
Registration opens Friday 26th February 2010.

Keynote Speakers for the Conference are -
Professor Denise Chalmers, Winthrop Professor and  Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and learning (CATL) at  the University of Western Australia.
Professor Richard O'Kennedy, Vice-President for  Learning Innovation at Dublin City University.
Dr Paul Kleimen, Deputy Director of Palatine, the  Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Dance, Drama and Music based at  Lancaster University.

They look forward to welcoming you to DCU for a conference that presents original research and practice in teaching and learning in higher education in Ireland and further afield.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact Linda King -
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