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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 19 February 2010

Date posted: 21/02/2010

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Networks 09 magazine published

We are very pleased to announce that Networks 09 magazine, focusing on student engagement, has just been published and you should be receiving your copy during the week beginning 22 February. An electronic copy will be available online shortly.

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Contribute to the next issue of Networks magazine

Issue 10 of Networks will focus on the themes of Quality Enhancement and Student Assessment. Submissions are invited by Friday, 19 March 2010. Please follow the link below for full details:

Art Design Media-Open Educational Resources (ADM-OER) Project

An Opportunity for You To Share Your Views on the Changing HE Environment
The Subject Centre has been managing the Art Design Media-Open Educational Resources (ADM-OER) Project over recent months. In collaboration with partner institutions – University for the Creative Arts, University of the Arts London and University of Cumbria – this pilot project has been seeking to release teaching-learning materials online for general access, use and, where possible, repurposing.
An important part of the project has been to assess, and build upon, understandings, concerns and views within the subject teaching community. We would value your input and would appreciate you sharing your views on this topic.
What We Would Like You Do?
We would like you to spare a few minutes and respond to the two simple questions on the project’s online survey:
Find Out More
For more information please go to the project webpage:  

To access information on the project’s progress, press coverage, relevant papers and conferences please visit the project blog:
Project Manager: Stephen Mallinder

3 new case studies published on ADM-HEA website

Arts University Student Mentors and Gallery Peer Leaders: Partnerships for Learning
Case study by John Butcher, Senior Academic Development Advisor, University of Northampton

This case study describes a partnership between University College Falmouth (UCF) and Tate St. Ives (TSI). Framed within a national Enquire project (one strand of a DCMS funded commissioning programme) investigating the learning benefits of gallery education, the report tells the story of a successful collaboration which engaged undergraduate Art student mentors from UCF in a peer leadership project at TSI.

To see the full study:

Where and how do I start? Integrating sustainability and active learning in the Fashion and Textiles curriculum
Case study by Philip Hawkins, Visual Culture Coordinator in the Division of Arts and Design at Somerset College of Art and Technology

This describes how an introductory lecture on Globalisation for 60 learners on a 2nd year BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles programme, which was part of a lecture series, and required a 500 word follow-up written report became instead a successful active learning and research project about ethical fashion.

To see the full study:

Creating Curators: using digital platforms to help students learn in art collections
Case study by Dr Andrea Fredericksen, Curator of the University College London (UCL) Art Collections, and Dr Nick Grindle, Teaching Fellow in the History of Art department at UCL.

This case study describes a collaboration between Imperial College and University College London in which science and technology students at Imperial were asked to create an online exhibition from artworks they had studied first-hand in UCL’s art collections.

To see the full study:


UCAS are currently seeking specialists to work with on comparability studies

UCAS are developing the UCAS Tariff, including the management of the process of bringing new qualifications into the UCAS Tariff and reviewing qualifications already in the system. Any qualification seeking entry into the Tariff is considered against an appropriate benchmark qualification and, given the demands of conducting comparability studies, it is recognised that such work requires collaborative input and judgement from members of a panel of experts, including subject specialists from higher education.
UCAS are currently seeking to widen the pool of HE subject-specialists to call upon to work with UCAS on comparability studies; summary of call for interest:

·        Experienced HE specialists are needed for all subject areas to join a pool of experts
·        All names sent to UCAS will be considered as expressions of interest at this stage and will not guarantee work.
·        They will contact interested individuals as and when/ if their subject specialism is required with a summary of timescales.
·        If more than the required number of subject specialists express interest, UCAS reserves the right to prioritise upon merit based on their knowledge and previous experience
·        UCAS will enter into formal contracts with subject specialists for work on specific qualifications, for the period of the Tariff “project”
·        Subject specialists will need to undertake a set of tasks relating to the incoming and benchmark qualification and outline their findings to an Expert Panel
·        It is anticipated that each Tariff “project” will require approximately 3 days input (non-consecutive) – of which one day will be at UCAS offices in Cheltenham
·        Subject specialists will be recruited as a representative of their employing university/college, which must offer a suitable range of HE courses in appropriate subjects.
·        A flat fee of £1,000 will be paid to the employing institution upon completion of the work
If you would like more information please contact:
Richard Spencer, Policy Officer, Policy and External Relations Unit, UCAS, tel: 01242 544862 or email:

Design Council Multi-disciplinary Design Network project - visit to South Korea and China

We have been asked by the Design Council to share with you information about the visit to South Korea and China they are planning for April 2010. The visit will be the part of their Multi-disciplinary Design Network project, which the Design Council runs with support from NESTA and HEFCE. The network was formed back in 2006 to support the implementation of the Cox Review which recommended the establishment of ‘Centres of Excellence’ – universities offering postgraduate multi-disciplinary programmes combining design, business, science and engineering. To date HEFCE has made significant capital investments in two new centres, Design-London and C4D based at Cranfield.  There are also other ‘Cox inspired’ initiatives underway at Kingston, Northumbria, Nottingham, Lancaster, Southampton, Falmouth, Coventry and Glasgow. The network’s aim is to support the group of HEIs to share knowledge and best practice to improve programme design and assess the impact of these new programmes.  It also promotes the concept of multi-disciplinarity to the wider HE community and government to encourage the development of new courses and the removal of barriers to collaboration.
To date the network members have done two trips to America (2006) and Northern Europe (2007). Both reports can be accessed here: (they are in the middle of the page)
Key information about the Korea / China (Seoul and Beijing) visit:
·        Dates: 10-18 April 2010
·        Cost: £1,805 per person (estimated cost from December 2009 including flights and accommodation).
The Design Council has worked out the itinerary and are setting up all the visits. They are aiming at the group of c. 15 participants and there are still places available.

If you are interested or require any further information, including a draft itinerary, please contact Weronika Rochacka at, 0207 420 5203 or Jesse Belgrave at  0207 420 5279.


New resource available from the Higher Education Academy

Developing and embedding inclusive policy and practice in higher education – FINAL REPORT

The final report and executive summary of findings from the research undertaken as part of the Academy’s ‘Developing and embedding inclusive policy and practice in higher education’ programme is now downloadable from the external website at:

The research explored  the experiences of ten institutional teams as they developed and embedded an aspect of disability equality or widening participation across the 14 months of the programme.


Symposium: Planetary Breakdown: autonomous infrastructures for a sustainable future
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Wednesday 10 March 2010

This one-day symposium looks at the future. Intersections, The Arts Catalyst and AV Festival 10 bring together an exceptional range of artists, academics and other industry experts to look at future approaches to living. It will explore the possibility of creating new autonomous infrastructures across energy, trade and transport, offering a space for everyone to contribute to an active dialogue about our futures. Confirmed speakers include: expert on utopias Dr Malcolm Miles, writer and activist Bryony Worthington and international artists Lise Autogena, HeHe, London Fieldworks, and Kate Rich.

Following the symposium, at 6.30pm, AV Festival 10 and BALTIC present a free lecture by artist Gustav Metzger, booking recommended.

£40 (£30 concessions)
Tickets:   Tel: 0191 227 5512

Bursaries are available for artists and other freelancers, contact

For more information:

Research in Education for Active Learning (REAL) Conference and workshop
University of Gloucestershire
16-17 June 2010

The University of Gloucestershire national conference and workshop event, organised in association with Teaching and Learning Innovation (TLI), Pedagogic Research Scholarship Institute (PRSI), Centre for Active Learning (CeAL)

Conference and workshop topics include: Real world learning, Enquiry-based learning, Problem-based learning, Learner autonomy, Curriculum development for Active Learning, Creative honours projects, Work-based and community-based learning, Learning and Teaching support, Engagement and Pedagogic scholarship

There is also an evening event which may be of interest for those who would like to stay on for the University Teaching and Learning conference the following day.  

Further details are available at:

Media Education Summit 2010
Birmingham City University, Millennium Point
Tuesday 7 September & Wednesday 8 September 2010

The summit builds on previous successful meetings, which attracted over 150 delegates from more than 65 Higher Education Institutions, as well as government representatives.

The event is organised by The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, hosted by Birmingham City University and supported by Skillset and the Art Design Media Higher Education Subject Centre. The event will be chaired by Jon Wardle, The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and Dan Howard Executive Dean, Faculty of Performance, Arts and Media at Birmingham City University

Confirmed Speakers
Marc Prensky, writer, scholar and author of the forthcoming book Teaching Digital Natives
Matt Locke, Channel 4
Kevin Marsh, BBC College of Journalism
Prof John Naughton, The Open University and The Observer
Cary Bazalgette, The Media Education Association
Kate O'Connor, Skillset
Prof Stephen Heppell, The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice

Tuesday 7 September 2010, 10am-12pm, Malmaison Birmingham
Media Education Research Journal Seminar hosted by Newman University College

Advice on designing and managing qualitative research projects and preparing such research for submission to peer reviewed journals. Speaker - Professor Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield. Seminar Chairs - Dr Richard Berger and Dr Julian McDougall, Editors of MERJ.

Further details about the Summit, Call for Papers and Pre-Conference can be found at together with information on how to register to attend.

See also call for papers below


Innovations in Teaching and Learning: Experiential Learning with Colin Beard
Leicester College
28 May 2010

Learn how to "unlock your students' true potential" as the day focuses on the development of engaging teaching activities and creating a set of exciting materials ready for use with your students.

This is the latest in a series of events put together especially for HE in FE, and early booking is advisable as these workshops are always extremely popular.

For further information see



2010 MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference
University of Glasgow
30 June-1 July 2010

ADM-HEA is delighted to support the 2010 MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference, hosted by the Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies, University of Glasgow.

The MeCCSA Postgraduate Network invites submission of abstracts for its 2010 Annual Postgraduate Conference, to be held on Wednesday 30 June and Thursday 1 July 2010 at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Proposals for 20 minute presentations are invited from postgraduate students and early doctoral researchers from any discipline on topics relevant to all areas of media, communications and cultural studies. Presentations may take the form of papers, posters, films, multimedia presentations and performances.

The organisers also welcome panel submissions with up to four papers and ask you to submit a 150 word rationale for the panel.

Please submit abstracts of 200 words by 15 March 2010 to

Your abstract details should include:
Your name, email address, institutional affiliation and year of study
Title of PhD and disciplinary field
Up to five key words, which will help reviewers classify your panel
Technical requirements for presentation


Media Education Summit 2010
Birmingham City University, Millennium Point
Tuesday 7 September & Wednesday 8 September 2010

Call for Papers deadline for proposals is 31 May 2010

 Teaching and learning for Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants
 Developing Higher Level Skills
 Innovative Pedagogy related to specific learning contexts
 Media learning practices in 'Media 2.0'
 14-19 Educational Reform
 The relationship between theory and practice
 Assessing media learning
 Students reflecting on their creative practice
 How media literacy and media education relate
 The teaching, research and enterprise nexus

CEMP are inviting proposals for papers and panel discussions relating to the conference themes. Please submit a short abstract of up to 500 words. All sessions will be forty minutes.

Please send abstracts and any queries to

Beacons for Public Engagement Initiative  - Online survey of UK higher education staff, and researchers

The Beacons for Public Engagement (BPE) initiative was launched by the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust in January 2008.

The initiative aims to:
·       Encourage a change in culture within Higher Education with regard to engaging with the public.
·       Support the development of public engagement across all subject areas and activities.
This ongoing work is to be achieved through building on and refining existing work, and through the development of new practice.

There are six Beacons for Public Engagement based around the following universities:
·       Beacon North-East (Newcastle and Durham)
·       CUE East (UEA)
·       Edinburgh Beltane (Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh Napier, UHI Millennium Institute, Edinburgh College of Art, Queen Margaret)
·       Manchester (Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Salford)
·       UCL (UCL and Birkbeck)
·       Wales Beacon (Cardiff and Glamorgan)
There is also a National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) involving the universities of Bristol and UWE.

The Evaluation
Oakleigh Consulting Limited are evaluating the Beacons for Public Engagement (BPE) initiative on behalf of the funders.
An online survey was completed in 2008 forming part of our baseline assessment for the evaluation. A similar survey is now available to allow us to identify any changes in perceptions relating to public engagement.

This survey is for all staff working in:
·       UK higher education institutions.
·       UK research institutes or centres.

They are interested in the views of staff within both BPE institutions and those who are not in BPE institutions because we want to see what is happening across the sector, so please complete the survey wherever you work.

Completing the questionnaire
The questionnaire will be available online from Monday 15th February to Friday 2nd April 2010.
To access the online questionnaire, please use the following link:
If you have any queries regarding the completion of the e-survey, please contact Zeb Nash at Oakleigh

Designing Inclusive Curriculum in Higher Education (DiCHE)

Inclusive Curriculum Design: an opportunity to share your good practice

The DiCHE project is funded by the Higher Education Academy and is being undertaken by colleagues from Lancaster University’s Departments of Applied Social Science and Educational Research.  
The DiCHE project aims to gather from the sector and disseminate information about, and provide examples of good practice of inclusive curriculum design.  There will be a dedicated section of the final report for each subject centre.
They are seeking examples of inclusivity that take account of the six key areas of equality legislation: gender, race, disability, age, sexuality, and religion/faith as well as other social, cultural, experiential and circumstantial factors that may lead to exclusion for example students with caring responsibilities; working class students; and international students, among others.  
They would be especially interested in examples of inclusive practice that go beyond the mere adaptation of materials or teaching methods, and instead view it as something that permeates the curriculum.  This might include: syllabus content and reading lists that highlight equality issues; assessment arrangements or teaching approaches that ensure that all students’ needs are met, though do not single out a group or certain individuals for special treatment.  
If you have details of effective, inclusive curriculum design in your subject area or have come across institutional or discipline based barriers to inclusion please send brief details using the following link  A member of the team will then contact you to discuss further.

Or for more information

Freiburg, Germany
26 - 29 July 2010

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2010

The IADIS e-Learning 2010 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within e-Learning. This conference covers both technical as well as
the non-technical aspects of e-Learning.

The conference accepts submissions in the following seven main areas:
Organisational Strategy and Management Issues; Technological Issues; e-Learning Curriculum Development Issues; Instructional Design Issues; e-Learning Delivery Issues; e-Learning Research Methods and Approaches; e-Skills and Information Literacy for Learning.

The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (accessible on-line).

Selected authors of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to selected journals (i.e. IADIS International Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems - ISSN: 1646-3692) including journals from INDERSCIENCE Publishers.

Topics related to e-Learning are of interest.

Full and Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

Web site:

part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems(MCCSIS 2010)
Freiburg, Germany 26 – 31 July 2010

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