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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 9 October 2009

Date posted: 12/10/2009

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Networks – call for contributions
Deadline for next issue: 7 November

The broad themes for the following three issues of Networks will be aligned with the Academy-wide priorities of ‘Student Engagement’, ‘Quality Enhancement and Assessment’ and ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ (ESD).
We invite you to bring your disciplinary perspectives to these themes and submit items highlighting aspects that are of particular import to art, design and media higher education.  For example, are there particular priorities for our subjects in relation to ‘student engagement’; what particular challenges does the National Student Survey pose to art, design and media; how might disciplines ranging from fine art to interior design to radio studies, embed ESD in curricula and pedagogy?
You can contribute by submitting items for the following sections:-
Events – we welcome analytical/evaluative reports on events you have attended either in the UK or overseas and which are likely to interest ADM colleagues. Reports should be up to 300 words.
Feature articles – we welcome, for example, articles that explore, regional or national policy agendas and initiatives, departmental and institutional strategies, the outcomes of pedagogic research, new technological developments, and their impact on art, design and media higher education.  For full guidelines visit:

A fee of £300 is payable for accepted submissions. Feature articles are between 2,000-2,500 words.

Projects – evaluative reports relating to research and/or development projects of interest to the ADM sector.  These items can be up to 2,000 words in length.

Reviews – write a review of any of the resources currently displayed, along with full guidelines, on our website at:     Authors of published submissions (either online or in Networks) will receive £50 worth of book tokens and may keep the reviewed resource.  If you know of a resource, be it a book, website, CD, etc., relating to any of the above themes which you have found valuable in your teaching practice and would like to share with colleagues, please contact us with details. 

Please send items electronically to Alison Crowe  by the following deadlines:
Student Engagement: 7 November 2009
Quality Enhancement and Assessment: 19 March 2010
Education for Sustainable Development: 19 July 2010



Reminder -
GLAD09 Conference: Dialogues in Art and Design

York St John University
21-22 October 2009

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.

This event is fast approaching; to find out more or to book your place please go to:

Higher Education and Further Education National Conference 2009
‘Strategic Priorities and Managing Risk 2010’
The Queens Hotel, Leeds
10 December 2009

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This is the first EIAT National conference for Higher Education and Further Education
The executive and senior management in further education colleges are currently under external and internal pressure to ensure that higher education and higher level skills training are prioritised as part of their strategic planning.
The challenges include the uncertainty of collaborative partnerships, demand-led funding arrangements, the need to increase commercial income and reacting to a rapidly evolving environment where market potential may be lower than the expectations of policy makers.
This conference brings together expertise and experience to assist colleges in developing strategies to manage risk through informed choice. It aims to reflect the current short to medium term landscape for HE in FE.

For more information please visit the conference webpage

Conference Information and Enquiries
Tel: 01484 487994



The Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development
Online course Programme 2009/10

The range of online courses are either one day tasters or between four and six weeks long and have been designed to give you time and space to think through complex issues, identify how they impact on your own work, and make plans for future developments. All the courses are activity-based, supported by course texts and by specially developed online resources. Each week you will work through some guided readings, record your thoughts, share your work with others in your group, discuss your work and that of other members of your group, and analyse and summarise your findings.

Courses on offer this academic year starting November are:

Online tutoring
Internationalising the curriculum for all students
Engaging students with assessment and feedback
Online identity
Leading educational change (SEDA course)
Evaluating technology innovation in learning and teaching
Engaging learning with social software
Project supervision
Digital literacies
Supporting educational change
REflective learning
Benefits and challenges of communities of practice in HE
Researching e-learning
Blogging for reflective learning

They can also offer tailored courses, workshops and consultancy which are run ‘in-house’ for a particular group, team or institution in the UK and overseas. This is especially beneficial where there is sufficient need for training or where you are promoting institutional change.

For the full listing, details about the courses, and to book your place please go to :

For details about booking a tailored event, please contact Fiona Smith - Centre Administrator
Tel: 01865 485902



Flying Start Project

An NTFS project has asked for feedback for the Flying Start Project which aims to find ways of easing the transition in academic writing between school/FE and HE.

The project is a collaboration between Liverpool Hope University and the University of Derby with further partnerships with 5 other institutions. The project has three strands that seek to tackle the issue of academic writing between the sectors from 3 different angles.
The Practice Strand involves the development of a mentoring programme in which undergraduate mentors works with FE students to introduce them to some of the more generic study and writing skills they will need to develop at University.
The community strand involves bringing together teachers and HE lecturers in collaborative research into the writing transition.
The final strand is the policy strand in which, based on the evidence of the other two strands, wider literature and the work of the Write Now CETL.

They are hoping to arrive at some policy recommendations that they hope will influence the decision making of policy advisers, exam boards etc.

In order to explore potential policy recommendations, Professor James Elander, who leads this strand has written a scoping paper outlining some potential policy recommendations. They intend for this to be a working and evolving document and are keen to get feedback from as many practitioners in both the FE and HE sectors as possible.

A copy of the scoping paper is available at: . They would appreciate feedback to either Angela Fox, the Flying Start Project Administrator ( or to Professor Elander  (

For further information on the Flying Start project please see the website  

Living and Learning, Learning and Teaching: Mental Health in Higher Education
George Fox Building, Lancaster University
30 - 31 March 2010

First announcement and call for submission of abstracts (Deadline 16 November 2009)

Mental Health in Higher Education (mhhe) aims to enhance learning and teaching about mental health.   This interdisciplinary conference sets out to:

1.  shed light on the above questions, and pose others (see call for submissions, attached, for a fuller list)
2. present some new perspectives on learning and teaching in general and mental health/psychiatry education in particular.
3. fly some kites for the future, exploring how mhhe's learning and legacy can be built upon. 

The event will be of interest to, and gain from the contribution of, lecturers and tutors, practitioners, service user and carer educators, practice mentors, students and others with an interest in learning and teaching about mental health - across the disciplines in higher education.  

Bookings will open on Monday 2 November.


If you have any questions please contact Karen Hughes

The Fifth International Joint Conferences on Computer, Information and Systems Sciences and Engineering (CISSE 2009)
Online conference
4 – 12 December 2009                                                                                                                                                                                     
The deadline for submissions extended to 26 October 09
Enhancing Strategies for Global Quality Learning in Higher Education
28 – 30 June 10

The deadline for the submission of proposals: 11 January 2010
The ICED (The International Consortium for Educational Development) 2010 Conference will provide an opportunity to explore the diverse range of approaches and contexts for academic development with a strong focus on Quality Learning.

The proposed theme focuses on three deeply embedded issues in ICED Higher Education’s concerns:
_ Quality learning
_ Global quality
_ Enhancing strategies for development
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