CSHE Seminar: Thursday 2 March 2017, Rachel Forrester-Jones and Sue Casement, University of Kent

Thursday 2 March 2017 4.30pm-5.30pm, UELT Seminar Room (Canterbury Campus)
Rachel Forrester-Jones and Sue Casement, University of Kent

Experiences of University life for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome:  A Comparative Study between Spain and England

Research has consistently shown that young people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) are likely to experience increased anxiety during new social situations; yet, studies have been regionally and culturally bound.   This comparative study between Spain and England, which to our knowledge is the first of its kind, explored the experiences of university life for students with Asperger’s Syndrome and revealed experiences which appear to transcend EU borders.  At this seminar, two of the authors will discuss the main research findings.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk

 

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University Teaching Prizes 2017

Each year, the University awards a number of prizes to individual staff or teams for outstanding work in teaching and/or learning support. The call for applications for the 2017 prizes is now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 12th May 2017.

Further details and information on how to apply are available at http://www.kent.ac.uk/teaching/reward/index.html [1].

The prizes will be awarded by the Vice-Chancellor at a lunchtime ceremony on Wednesday 4th October 2017, to which all staff are invited. Please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk [2] if you would like to attend.

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Developing Teaching for Experienced Staff at Kent – Spring Term 2017

These practical workshop sessions are intended for staff who have been teaching for some time and are interested in sharing and developing their practice. Each session will begin with a short introduction, designed to set the context, present ideas and generate discussion on how you can put these ideas into practice.

These sessions continue the theme from 2015/16:  ‘Massification: Recognising and responding to change.’

The first session of the Spring Term, led by Dr Chris Shepherd (School of Physical Sciences), will be held on Tuesday 7th February 12.45pm-2.00pm and is titled ‘A novel approach to running final year research projects: empowering students to manage their own projects through embedded  employability’.

Sessions are free and take place in the UELT Seminar Room (unless otherwise stated).

Please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk to confirm your place as there is limited seating.

Please visit our website to view further workshop sessions https://www.kent.ac.uk/teaching/developing-teaching/experienced-staff.html

 

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University Teaching Prizes 2016

Excellent teaching was celebrated at the University Teaching Prizes ceremony on 5th October.  These annual awards recognise the dedication and creativity of staff working to give their students the best possible learning experience at the University.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow offered her congratulations to the winners and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education Professor April McMahon presented the  Prizes to:-

Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize
Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt (Kent School of Architecture)
Lawrence Jackson, (School of Arts)
Dr Lavinia Brydon (School of Arts)

Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Dr Chris Shepherd (School of Physical Sciences)
Professor John Batchelor, Dr Richard Guest, and Dr Kostas Sirlantzis (School of Engineering and Digital Arts)

Social Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Dr Caroline Chatwin, Dr Marian Duggan, Professor Roger Matthews and Dr Camille Stengel (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)
Dr Ian Bride (School of Anthropology and Conservation)
Dr Harmonie Toros (School of Politics and International Relations)

Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support
Jacqui Double, Ben Watson, Will Wollen, Dr. Sophie Quirk, Dr. Freya Vass-Rhee and Dr. Helen Brooks (School of Arts)
Dr Vinita Joseph (School of English)
Dr Kirsty Horsey, Ben Watson, Callum Borg, Katia Neofytou and Jonjo Brady (Kent Law School Skills Hub)
Jude O’Connor, Jo Harvey, Hattie Peacocke and Dr. Paul Hubert (Kent Law School Student Advice Office)

Gallery of images

 

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Developing Teaching for Experienced Staff at Kent – Autumn Term 2016

These practical workshop sessions are intended for staff who have been teaching for some time and are interested in sharing and developing their practice. Each session will begin with a short introduction, designed to set the context, present ideas and generate discussion on how you can put these ideas into practice.

These sessions continue the theme from 2015/16:  ‘Massification: Recognising and responding to change.’

Sessions are free and take place in the UELT Seminar Room. The first session of the Autumn Term, led by Dr Richard Guest (School of Engineering and Digital Arts), will be held on Tuesday 18th October 1.00pm-2.00pm and is titled ‘Developing problem-based learning and international collaboration’.

Please visit our website to view further workshop sessions https://www.kent.ac.uk/teaching/developing-teaching/experienced-staff.html

Please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk to confirm your place as there is limited seating

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First HEA Principal Fellowship awarded at Kent

Although UELT has supported almost 700 staff to be recognised by the HEA to date, Dr Naylor is the first member of Kent staff to be awarded a Principal Fellowship.

Dr Naylor’s fellowship is in recognition of her sustained and effective record of strategic impact in teaching and supporting learning at institutional and national level, having also been awarded a Fellowship of the Leadership Foundation (LFHE) in 2014.

As a highly experienced member of senior staff with wide-ranging academic and strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with these areas, she has strengthened the University’s ability to support both staff and students based on the services delivered by her teams.

Welcoming the news of Dr Naylor’s Principal Fellowship, Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, said: ‘I am pleased for Louise and for the University – this is a real cause for celebration, and another step in demonstrating the value we give to teaching and learning at Kent.’

Dr Naylor commented: ‘I am delighted to have received this Fellowship and hope that it will inspire others around the University to have their excellence in learning and teaching practice recognised in this way.’

Currently, the University supports staff in gaining fellowship of the HEA through their academic practice and education programmes and has increased HEA recognition by over 2.5 times over the last three years.

https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/kentlife/10945/first-hea-principal-fellowship-awarded-at-kent

 

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Learning and Teaching Network – Writing Workshop for administrative staff on 10 November 2016 – this event is now full with a waiting list

You are invited to a unique Learning and Teaching Network session on Thursday 10th November from 9.30am–12.30pm in the UELT seminar room 

A half-day workshop with novelist Susan Barker

The ability to write well is an indispensable skill that most people wish they could improve. This inspiring workshop will explore techniques you can use to become a more efficient and persuasive writer. Run by Susan Barker, a novelist with extensive experience as a writing facilitator, this half-day course will include many practical tips and fun activities to strengthen and energise your writing. Participants will complete a pre-workshop questionnaire, so specific writing issues can be addressed.

As places are strictly limited, priority will be given to those who can attend for the whole course.

Who should attend: This workshop is for those who would like to improve the effectiveness and quality of their non-academic writing. All staff are welcome to attend.

Due to the popularity of this session and the limited number of spaces available, please note the following:

The session is free of charge to participants, but schools/departments are asked to provide a cost code. If a participant fails to attend or cancels without at least 2 working days’ notice, the code will be debited £60 for a half day programme,  A charge will not be made in cases of illness or for other valid reasons.

To book your place – please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk along with your cost code.

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University Teaching Prizes 2016

Once again the University is celebrating excellent teaching and learning support with the announcement of 2016 University Teaching Prizes. The winners are:

Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support
Jacqui Double, Ben Watson, Will Wollen, Dr. Sophie Quirk, Dr. Freya Vass-Rhee and Dr. Helen Brooks (School of Arts)
Dr Vinita Joseph (School of English)
Dr Kirsty Horsey, Ben Watson, Callum Borg, Katia Neofytou and Jonjo Brady (Kent Law School Skills Hub)
Jude O’Connor, Jo Harvey, Hattie Peacocke and Dr. Paul Hubert (Kent Law School Student Advice Office)

Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize
Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt (Kent School of Architecture)
Lawrence Jackson, (School of Arts)
Dr Lavinia Brydon (School of Arts)

Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Dr Chris Shepherd (School of Physical Sciences)
Professor John Batchelor, Dr Richard Guest, and Dr Kostas Sirlantzis (School of Engineering and Digital Arts)

Social Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Dr Caroline Chatwin, Dr Marian Duggan, Professor Roger Matthews and Dr Camille Stengel (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)
Dr Ian Bride (School of Anthropology and Conservation)
Dr Harmonie Toros (School of Politics and International Relations)

You can find further details of the awards at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/teaching/reward/index.html [51].
The prizes will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor at a lunchtime ceremony on
Wednesday 5 October 2016, from 12.30-14.00 in Darwin Conference Suite.

All colleagues are welcome. Please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk [52] if you wish to attend.

 

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Developing teaching for more experienced staff

What are lectures for and how can we maximise their benefits for teaching and learning?

This session will centre on the role of the lecture in contemporary university practice and student learning. In a university environment where the latest technological developments can be seen as a boon to teaching, how do traditional methods fare? As student diversity is increasingly recognised, how should we pitch our lectures to have the most impact?

In this session, Jonathan Ilan (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, SSPSSR) will lightly introduce some sociological concepts that support the continuing relevance of the traditional lecture. There will be some reflection offered on practical techniques that might be used to hold the attention and focus of a majority of students within them. With attendee discussion and participation actively encouraged, the session will provide a forum for us to share effective practice and to reflect on our role as human educators in an increasingly online world. ​

Who is it for: experienced staff

When and where: Tuesday 24th May, 4.30 – 5.30, Marlowe Lecture Theatre 2

To register: the event is free, please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk to book a place.

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Student Mentors’ Awards Ceremony 30th March 2016

On the 30th March students from 18 schools involved in the Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) scheme attended an awards ceremony and lunch hosted by the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS). The awards were presented to the mentors by Dr Louise Naylor, Director of UELT. Mentors from the KBS, CEWL, Pol IR and SECL made presentations and showcased the impact this additional support has had on student achievement. The event was recorded graphically by a small team of mentors who have received graphic recording training from Banter: a Medway based graphic recording company http://www.banter.uk.net/
“Being a mentor has been fun and I have learnt skills which have helped me to prioritise my workload and communicate effectively with lots of different people.” (Fatin Binti-Azhar: KBS stage 2)
The APM scheme now has 350 mentors and it has proved to be an excellent way of promoting student-centered learning. This initiative depends on student volunteers and is very much a student-led response – both undergraduates and postgraduates offer encouragement and academic advice to other students in the year below thus helping them to improve their performance.  As such, it has become an important intervention in the University’s OFFA project.
Mentors benefit greatly from the scheme as they deepen their understanding of the course content as well as enhance their employability skills. Mentoring counts towards the KSCV and employability points scheme. This year it will also be a verifiable activity itemised on students’ HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record) as SLAS has also delivered a new optional Kent Extra module for mentors.
The module made me a lot more confident about my own study skills which I have been able to pass on to my mentees” (Charlotte Harding: MFA stage 3)
If you would like to find out more about mentoring at Kent please email slasapm@kent.ac.uk

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