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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 4 September 2009

Date posted: 06/09/2009

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We hope that you have had a good summer. Welcome back to the new academic year.


GLAD09 Conference: Dialogues in Art and Design
York St John University
21-22 October 2009
ADM-HEA is supporting and contributing to this event through the production of the conference book which brings together research work from the Centres for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CETLs). Initiated in England and Northern Ireland, CETLs reward excellence in teaching practice, and invest in pedagogic development. Most of the CETLs are focused on specific subject areas or groupings in specific institutions. They have been conducting research projects, stimulating innovation and disseminating good practice since they were established.  The GLAD09 conference, through dissemination and sharing the work of the CETLs across the whole of the UK, will help deliver substantial benefits to students, practitioners and HE institutions. The CETLs contributing are:

·       Artswork, Bath Spa University
·       Bridges CETL, University of Bedfordshire
·       Centre for Employability Through the Humanities (CETH) CETL
·       Centre for Learning in Practice (CLiP), University of the Arts London
·       Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) University of Bournemouth
·       Centre for Excellence in Product & Automotive Design (CEPAD), University of Coventry
·       Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Through Design (CETLD),  University of Brighton.
·       Collaboration for Creativity (C4C) CETL,  York St John University
·       Critical Interventions for Enhanced Learning (CIEL) CETL, Wolverhampton
·       Foundation Direct CETL, University of Portsmouth
·       Higher Education Learning Partnership (HELP) CETL
·       LearnHigher CETL, Liverpool Hope University
·       InQbate, The Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Creativity (Universities of Brighton and Sussex)
·       Music and inclusivity CETL, Newcastle University
·       Reinvention Centre, University of Lincoln
Challenging and insightful conference workshops will focus on topics drawn from the new publication based around three main themes:

·       Learning, teaching and studio practice
·       Strategies, tactics and change
·       Learning spaces and learning technologies

This conference has been organised and sponsored by GLAD, ADM-HEA and the featured CETLs. It will be hosted by York St John University and the C4C CETL.

The cost of the conference is £180, or £279 including one night’s accommodation (21st October) at the Park Inn Hotel in York. The conference fee includes a copy of the new book.
To book your place, go to the York St John University conference website:
If you require any further information, please email the Conference General Information Contact:

Feedback from students – request for information

In collaboration with other humanities Subject Centres, ADM-HEA is trying to gather some information about how its community collects and uses feedback from students. (By ‘feedback’ we mean information gathered from students about their learning experience). This would include the National Student Survey data as well as data gathered by the course, department or institution.)  In order for us to plan how we can best help departments make use of feedback data, we would be interested to know:
-         how you gather feedback from students
-         what sort of feedback is most useful
-         what you do with the data that’s gathered
-        whether you give ‘feedback on feedback’ to students
-        about any successes or problems you have encountered
A quick email response would be great, but if you’ve done some work on this topic and could contribute something more substantial we’d welcome a case study. See

Debbie Flint



Resources available from the Visual Arts Data Service

A set of posters and postcards are now available which showcase the thousands of digital images that are available online and free for educational use from the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) at

The publicity material is available freely to universities, colleges, schools and libraries across the UK to promote the VADS image collection to staff and students and will be useful for inductions and library training sessions in the new term.

To request copies, please contact

You can also download the poster directly from the VADS website, at:



This September JISC Digital Media are hosting two free seminars focussing on key topics for individuals involved with digital media.  The seminars are funded by the Joint Information System Committee under the 'JISC ITT Workshops & Seminars: Achievements & Challenges in Digitisation & e-Content' strand.

Successfully Building and Managing Digital Media Collection
ILRT, University of Bristol, 8-10 Berkeley Square BS8 1HH
15 September 2009

In order for a digitisation project to provide useful, effective content many interlinking aspects need to be considered.  This seminar, which draws on the knowledge of experts in the field, considers some of the vital facets which lie quite apart from the actual act of digitising.  Topics range from case studies of large, successful projects, recording accurate and relevant metadata, rights issues and balancing the demands of users and stake holders.

The Digital Media Collection +100 Years
ILRT, University of Bristol, 8-10 Berkeley Square BS8 1HH
16 September 2009

Obsolescence, deterioration of physical storage media or withdrawal of institutional support: just what will prove to be the greatest threat to the materials we digitise today? This seminar projects one hundred years into the future and attempts to predict the future ‘preservability’ of what we digitise today. This seminar will examine changing user demands and inevitable developments in technology.

Presenters, facilitators and details of speakers' topics will be announced shortly. The seminars are free to attend.  If you would like to participate in one or both of these events please email with the number of attendees, their names and date/s of interest.

If you have any questions please contact Dave Kilbey


Exploring formative assessment in practice
University of Kent, Canterbury Campus
30 October 2009

One day symposium
All sessions will be practice focused and include:

University of Kent case studies on formative assessment practice in:

  •    Self/peer assessment
  •    Group work
  •    Assessing practical skills
  •    Using journals/reflection
  •    Using technology to enhance formative assessment

Keynote speaker

Dr Berry O’Donovan: Deputy Director of Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange CETL (ASKe) and Acting Head of Learning and Teaching at the Business School (Oxford Brookes). Her current research is focused on assessment and feedback, cultivating student community and the intellectual development of management undergraduates.

Confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Prof Peter Hartley, Professor of Education Development, Director of the Centre for Academic Practice and Head of the Educational Development Team, University of Bradford.
  • Dr Karen Handley, Senior Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour and a Fellow at the Brookes Centre for Teaching and Learning. Her particular interest is in student engagement with feedback.

There is no charge for the day. To book or for further information email


Over the summer ADM-HEA has put information about sector events on the website: brief details and links can be found below:

Media and the Inner World: Paranoia and Television
Wednesday 16 September 2009 - an AHRC funded Research Network round table discussion taking place in the Media School, Bournemouth University (Talbot Campus).


IPED 2009 – 4th International Inquiring Pedagogies Conference
14-15 September 2009 at Coventry University Technocentre


Art and Design Postgraduate Training Day for art and design PhD students
1 December 2009 at the British Library


Postgraduate and Newer Researchers’ 4th Annual Conference
7 December 2009 in Newport, South Wales


Interdisciplinary Discovery Through Design
28 September 2009 at the Design Council in London - workshop organised by the Designing for the 21st Century Research Initiative team


The Future of Local Media
22 September 2009 at the Innovation Centre, Salford - organised by Ofcom and the University of Salford. This event is in association with the 17th annual Nations and Regions Conference, to be held on 18 and 19 January 2010 at The Lowry, Salford.


REACH Seminar series 2009: Access and Success for All
15 September at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln.


CLTAD 5th International Conference: “Challenging the Curriculum: Exploring discipline boundaries in art, design and media”
12-13 April 2010 in Berlin


14th Annual SEDA Conference 2009: “Changing Educational Development: New ideas, new approaches, new contexts”
17 - 18 November 2009 in Birmingham



British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC)

Regular one day courses and workshops are held at the BUFVC, promoting subjects related to the use of moving image in learning, teaching and research. A range of topics are covered, such as copyright, streaming and shooting with high definition video.

For details of upcoming courses:



Research Conference: Promoting Equity in Higher Education
Eastwood Hall, Nottingham
27 - 28 January 2010

This two-day residential research conference provides an opportunity for colleagues to take stock of, and engage with, equity research five years after the HEFCE-commissioned ‘Barriers Review’ was initiated.
The wide-ranging review of widening participation research was critical about both the quality and scope of much equity-related research.  It also noted the lack of evidence about the effectiveness and impact of work in this area. This event will examine the role of research in promoting equity in higher education, seek to build sector capacity to undertake and use research and evaluation data and provide the opportunity for delegates to hear about current projects.
Equity is taken to mean the access, participation and experience of diverse students in higher education, including institutional anticipation and response to diversity.  In short, we are connecting the areas of widening participation and equality and diversity.
We envisage colleagues from the widening participation, equality and diversity, disability, lifelong learning, research, learning and teaching, academic/student support, marketing, recruitment and admissions communities will be interested in attending.
The conference is organised by the Higher Education Academy, as part of its EvidenceNet service.
Call for Contributions
They are currently calling for contributions for the following types of conference sessions – a paper; poster or workshop.  The deadline for submitting an abstract is Wednesday 14 October 2009.  The email address for submissions is:
Further information about the conference and submission of abstracts is available from:


Retention Convention: What works?  Student Retention and Success
Leeds City Inn, Leeds
3 - 4 March 2010
This Retention Convention aims to identify research to help answer the question ‘what works’ in relation to student retention and success.  It further aims to promote theory and research evidence in this area.
The convention is jointly organised by the Higher Education Academy and Action on Access, and will draw on the Student Retention and Success Programme funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).   The seven projects involved in the programme will be represented.
The event is open to individuals with a strategic or operational interest in retention and student success.
Call for Contributions – new deadline!
They are currently calling for contributions for the following types of session at the convention – a paper; symposium/panel; special interest group; workshop or poster.  Deadline for submission of abstracts is Thursday 10 December 2009.  Please note this is one week earlier than the date previously advertised. The email address for submissions is:
Further information about the convention and submission of abstracts is available from:


DRS2010 Conference ( Design Research Society International Conference)
Montreal, Canada
7-9 July 2010

Deadline for proposals: Monday, 12 October 2009

To be held under the theme, Design & Complexity, the Conference will be a springboard for sharing ideas and concepts about issues in design research. The theme is intended as a focus for stimulating discussion and exchange among researchers exploring design problems of a complex nature as well as novel approaches for dealing with them. Contributions are sought on a wide range of topics, whether relating directly to the theme or to other contemporary issues of interest to the design research community

This is a general design research conference, and it is expected that a wide variety of work in progress or with final results will be reported. Irrespective of range and stage of research, the organisers expect the highest standards of scholarship in setting the work in context, explicating the methods of inquiry,
and reporting results which may be of help to other researchers or practitioners.

In addition to other streams, DRS 2010 will provide dedicated sessions addressing topics of particular pertinence to specific special interest groups (SIGs). Contributors are invited to submit proposals on themes that relate to the three active DRS SIGs:

- Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge
- Special Interest Group on Design for Health and Well Being
- Special Interest Group on Design Pedagogy

Contributions are invited on papers that deal with different facets of contemporary approaches to design research, education or practice. All proposals will be independently peer-reviewed by at least two members of the DRS 2010 review committee.

For more information:


First issue of UCAS’ new research journal

The editors of the UCAS Admissions Research Journal (UARJ), a new electronic, peer-reviewed research journal, are pleased to invite submissions to the first issue.

The focus of UARJ is admissions, with a particular emphasis on work that contributes to shared understanding, among academic researchers, policy-makers and admissions practitioners, of factors that affect the transition to higher education, widening participation, recruitment, and good practice in admissions.

Authors of original research interested in submitting manuscripts to be considered for publication should go to for information on submission requirements for the journal.


Over the summer ADM-HEA has put information about calls for contributions on the website: brief details and links can be found below:

The Cultural Studies Association (U.S) invites participation in its 8th Annual Meeting from all areas and on all topics of relevance to cultural studies. 
18-20 March 2010 in Berkeley, California.  
Deadline for submission of proposals is 15 September 2009.


Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, entitled “The Discursive Space of Artists’ Films”
15-17 April 2010 in Glasgow
Deadline for submission of proposals is 9 November 2009.


CLTAD International Conference: Challenging the curriculum: exploring the discipline boundaries in art, design and media
12 - 13 April 2010, Berlin
Deadline for papers is 7 December 2009.


Subject-Oriented and Interdisciplinary Research in Higher Education: What can we learn from each other?
DOSS 2010 4th International Conference
3-5 March 2010 in Dortmund, Germany
Deadline for submissions is 1 November 2009.


Special issue of “Communications” - the European Journal of Communication Research
Call for Articles on “Mediatization: Empirical Perspectives”.  
The deadline for submission of articles is 15 November 2009.


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