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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 27 February 2009

Date posted: 28/02/2009

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Announcing SPACE: ADM-HEA Annual Forum 2009

This year, the ADM-HEA Annual Forum, SPACE, will explore the theme of ‘learning spaces’ in art, design and media higher education, and will provide opportunities for both ‘virtual’ and ‘vital’ participation… 

Stephen Heppell, Professor of New Media Environments at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, will launch our online discussion forum, Virtual SPACE, with a video presentation on 29 April 2009. The online forum will provide opportunities for an unlimited number of participants to engage with, and share ideas about, the theme – as well as informing, and interacting with, subsequent discussion at our ‘Vital SPACE’ event at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff on 8 May 2009. There will be 100 places for participants at the WMC.

Dates for your diaries:

Wednesday, 29 April 2009 - online forum – Virtual SPACE opens
Friday, 8 May 2009 - Wales Millennium Centre Event – Vital SPACE
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 – online forum – Virtual SPACE closes

For more information:

Registration will be opening shortly.


Enhancement Themes

The Enhancement Themes initiative aims to enhance the student learning experience in Scottish higher education by identifying specific areas (Themes) for development. The Themes encourage academic and support staff and students to share current good practice and collectively generate ideas and models for innovation in learning and teaching.

The work of the Enhancement Themes is planned and directed by the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC).

For more information:

ASKe new website is now available
The site will be regularly updated with news, events and the latest literature; we are also planning a sequence of podcasts on a variety of assessment themes.

ASKe's work focuses on ways of helping staff and students develop a common understanding of academic standards, and it builds on and promulgates established good practice.

ASKe is the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning based at Oxford Brookes University's Business School. It was set up in the summer of 2005 with a £4.85 million award from HEFCE in recognition of good practice based on pedagogic research into aspects of assessment carried out by staff in the Business School and the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development. 


Creativity in the Sciences event
Hugh Fraser Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow
Wednesday, 29 April 2009

To increase the creative problem solving skills of science students attending university, the Centre for Bioscience has organised a day around the theme of creativity in the sciences in collaboration with other STEM Subject Centres (Engineering, Physical Science, ICS, Maths Stats & OR, and Materials). Through a series of interactive and creative workshop sessions as well as swapshop presentations to share examples of good practice, participants will learn more about the creative process, how to facilitate creativity in your teaching, and understand the importance of creativity as an employability trait for your students.
For more information about the speakers, the event and how to register, please visit:
Please contact Sheryl Meskin, Academic Advisor, Centre for Bioscience  if you require any further details.
Although this is designed to examine ways of bringing creativity into the teaching of the sciences it might be of interest to colleagues in art, design and media.


Venture Forward
Sheffield Hallam University Students Union.
18 March 2009, 10am to 4pm

Please pass this information on to your students.

Venture Forward is an interactive day of business activities, competition, and guest speakers; with the intention of improving students´ entrepreneurial and enterprising abilities. The students do not have to be on business related courses, just have a passion for enterprise/an entrepreneurial flair.

This event has limited places available for each university, so register now to avoid disappointment.

All information about Venture Forward is on the website Venture Forward is free to attend, they do ask however that the individual universities pay for their own students transport to the event.

If you would like any more information please contact Stu Martin at Venture Forward
07590 194 180


The 9th DIVERSE Conference
Aberystwyth University
24 - 26 June 2009

The Conference covers many aspects of using visual media and visual communications technologies in education. It brings together teachers, technicians and academics from a wide range of institutions around the world and promises a dynamic exchange of ideas on these themes.

For more information visit the DIVERSE Conference web-site:

See also call for papers



Copyright Clearance for Print, Broadcast and Multimedia Production
British Universities Film & Video Council, 77 Wells Street, London, W1T 3QJ
Monday 27 April 2009, 10.30 am - 5.00 pm

Presenters: Alma Hales and Bernadette Attwell

This is an essential one-day starter for those needing to use copy and manage existing third party content in their work and to deliver to students and the public in new services.

You can book a place  on this course
find out more information about BUFVC courses  
or contact Ali Fowler:
0207 393 1512


Productive Relationships: Creative and Cultural Industries and Higher Education in Wales
The deadline for submission of proposals is 16th March 2009
Colleagues are invited to submit 250-500 word proposals for case studies for the Productive Relationships project which aims to articulate and discuss how HEIs across Wales, in particular their art, design and media programmes, engage with cultural and creative industries. The project, supported by the Higher Education Academy Art, Design, Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) and HEA Wales, will deliver the first major report on this issue, to be published in Autumn 2009.
Case Study Proposals
Case studies should focus on the intersections between factors driving the development of creative and cultural industries and the ADM HE sector in Wales to consider forms of engagement with employers, creative and cultural industry practitioners and other agencies. This will identify potential for enhancement of engagement in key areas such as: curriculum enhancement; knowledge transfer; continuing professional development and work-force development; entrepreneurship, social and community enterprise; Welsh language; ethical and sustainable development; enhancing diversity and inclusion.
How to Submit a Proposal
Please submit a 250-500 word proposal for a case study either in the body of an email, or as a Word document, to Jo Walter by Monday 16th March 2009

Further Information and Updates
Three trigger papers, written by project steering group members, are available as an additional resource to provoke further discussion.
To obtain copies or to discuss a submission please contact:

Jo Walter at  

2nd Institutional Research Conference: Building a Community for Institutional Research in the UK and Ireland
Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 8- 9 July 2009


Building on the success of last year's conference at Southampton Solent University - Exploring the Hinterlands: Mapping an Agenda for Institutional Research in the UK - this year they wish to bring together exponents and users of a diverse range of approaches to what might be termed 'institutional research' to build a community to promote it more widely.

They take Institutional Research (or IR) to mean the use of research and enquiry to provide evidence to inform policy, practice and management at all levels within higher education. This includes management information to inform policy and strategy, evaluation and pedagogic research to inform learning and teaching, and using data gathered for different purposes to better understand and manage activities within institutions, including the student experience.

Whilst the conference is primarily about building an IR community in the UK and Ireland, they welcome submissions and delegates from around the world, presenting or representing a variety of institutional research approaches and traditions from which we can all learn.

The main themes they wish to explore include:

*       Variety in institutional research - conceptions, methodologies and institutional location
*       Using institutional research to inform policy and practice
*       Capacity building in institutional research
*       Understanding and enhancing the student experience and expectations
Proposals for papers, work in progress sessions, workshops and posters are invited from all interested in making a contribution to building a community in institutional research.

Guest presenters include Professor Vic Borden (Indiana University), Professor Glynis Cousin (University of Wolverhampton) and Professor Sir David Watson (Institute of Education, University of London)

The deadline for proposals is Friday 6th March 2009 and they should be made on-line at . Notification of acceptance will be made by 24th April 2009.

Further information and deadlines for registration can also be found on the website.

The 9th DIVERSE Conference
Aberystwyth University
Friday 24 - 26 June 2009

Deadline for abstracts by 27 February 2009

The DIVERSE Conference is an annual gathering of academics, teachers, technologists and students that engages participants in an ongoing dialogue on the
effective uses of visual media in education. The event includes a large number of presentations, discussions and workshops on a range of topics related to the
conference themes.
• Pedagogy and assessment
• Tools and content oriented applications
• Projects and cases: implementation and sustainability
• People and technology: societal aspects

The first call for papers will close on 27th February, however a second call for papers will be announced soon.

See also sector events

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