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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 30 October 2009

Date posted: 30/10/2009

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Discipline-focused Learning Technology Enhancement Academy Programme 2010

ADM-HEA is pleased to invite proposals from art / design / media departments to participate in the Higher Education Academy's Discipline-focused Learning Technology Enhancement Academy Programme 2010.

Beginning in January 2010, the Academy is running the second round of a discipline-based organisational development programme as part of its Enhancing Learning through Technology (ELT) programme.

Discipline-focused Learning Technology Enhancement Academy aims to support subject-focused department teams, based in HEFCE funded higher education institutions, in the use of technology to enhance learning, teaching and assessment with a view to increasing institutional capacity in alignment with HEFCE's policy statement: Enhancing Learning and Teaching through the use of Technology (ELTT). 

For full details about the programme and to download the relevant documents visit:



The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) Individual Awards 2010

The call for nominations is now open for the individual strand of the NTFS 2010 and the nomination documents are available to download from the Higher Education Academy website where you will find further details of the scheme, the nomination requirements, and the full application pack.
Please note that the deadline for the submission of electronic nomination documents is 12 noon on Wednesday 3 February 2010.

If you have any queries regarding the Individual strand please email
Academy Postgraduate Experience Surveys

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) and the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) allow institutions to enhance the quality of postgraduate degree provision by collecting feedback from current postgraduate students in a systematic and user-friendly way. The PTES 2009 report is now available on our PTES webpage.

In 2010 the Higher Education Academy will be running the PTES survey and are keen to highlight this opportunity to as many institutions as possible. Any institutions wishing to take part needs to register their interest by 30 November 2010 by emailing

For more information All necessary details are contained within the pdf and the survey team will answer any specific queries.



Education for Sustainable Development in Scotland's colleges and universities: halfway there?
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
Thursday 26 November 2009

This Free event has limited places available so sign up soon. Deadline for registrations is 13 November 2009

This conference will consider the contribution that Scotland's colleges and universities are making to the targets in the Climate Change Act and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and will be of interest to:

* college and university staff involved in sustainable development
* student associations
* volunteering and community organisations
* national organisations with an interest in sustainable development

If you are interested in attending this event, please email for more information and a registration form.

First meeting of E-learning and the First Year Student Experience Special Interest Group (ELFYSE)

Hendon Hall, London
Thursday, 26 November 2009

Following on from last year’s success of the Managing Connections Project and conference the organisers would like to introduce ELFYSE, a new national special interest group bringing together E-learning and the First Year Student Experience. Supported by Middlesex University and the Higher Education Academy this SIG is open to practitioners from further and higher education. This will be of interest to those involved in learning technologies and those supporting the first year experience and the challenges with which institutions and students are faced.

Specifically, these are: transition, retention and progression.

The aims of ELFYSE SIG are to:

*       Support the growth of learners through the use of technology
*       Secure a better understanding of how technology is being used to aid transition into HE and to support students in their first year. This will be done through sharing experiences and building synergies
*       Gather and consider specific examples of where and how e-learning has assisted individual institutions and the wider sector in aiding persistence and enhancing the first year student experience;
*       Identify key issues in order to inform prioritisation of future work across the sector.

This SIG aims to bring together a community of practitioners, both academic and support staff who contribute to students’ first year experience: e-learning managers, learning technologists, widening participation managers, induction leaders, student achievement advisors and those implementing enhancement initiatives for the student experience.

To become a member of ELFYSE and to join them at this free event please download, complete and return the booking form available at: by 23 November 2009 at the latest. Please note that there are limited spaces available and will be allocated on a first come basis.


A workshop on Intra and inter-cultural Communications
University College London
Tuesday 10  November 2009

UCL's Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching, University College London warmly invites you to a one day workshop exploring effective face to face communication within intercultural contexts.  The workshop has been designed for university teachers and those involved in the support of student learning in an academic or pastoral capacity.

For further information please go to:

Symposium on Research-Informed Teaching

Djanogly International Centre (DICe), Nottingham Trent University
13th November 2009

The symposium will provide an opportunity for colleagues to reflect on the relationships between teaching and research and the impact of such relationships on student learning. The programme of events will run from 9am until 2pm.

It includes a keynote and interactive workshop with delegates on the subject of undergraduate research and inquiry by Prof Mick Healey.

For more information please contact Helen Puntha
Tel: 0115 8483161



Fifth European Conference on the First Year Experience
Antwerp, Belgium
26 – 28 May 2010

Deadline for submissions: 3 January 2010

This conference will be organised by the European First Year Experience Network together with the Plantijn Hogeschool University College in Antwerp, Belgium. The aim of the European First Year Experience (EFYE) Conference is to explore the student experience at institutions of higher education across Europe, with a specific focus on the importance of the first year.
This call for abstracts will focus on the following topics:
·         Retention
·         Student diversity
·         Student induction
·         Training on the job
·         Institutional change
·         Student participation
·         Students for students
·         Guidance and counselling
·         Curriculum and course development
·         Transition secondary to higher education
·         Supporting student learning and study skills

For more information please go to the website:

Screen Studies South West: Animation and Computer Games Symposium

Arts University College at Bournemouth
30 March 2010
Deadline for proposals: 8 January 2010

Proposals are invited for 20 minute presentations on topics related to the broad field of Animation and Computer Games. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Techniques and technology
The (inter)disciplinary nature of the field
Philosophical and theoretical debates
Historical case studies
Methodological issues (e.g. the relationship to cognate areas such as film, digital media)
Hybridity and convergence (animation, games, digital effects)
Audiences and fans
Communities of practice; the relationship between theory and practice

The symposium will consist of panels chosen from accepted proposals, along with some invited presentations from academics, practitioners and industry insiders. Please note that all presenters must be affiliated to the South West region – either working, studying or living in the region – in order to present. (Research students who are from the South West, but studying elsewhere, are eligible). Attendance at the symposium is free and open to all however.
For more information please contact Dr. Paul Ward –
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