Academic Administration Excellence Award Winners

Many congratulations to colleagues in UELT who won the Academic Administration Excellence Award for the development and delivery of the University’s first 4 MOOCs with FutureLearn, with over 20K participants world-wide in 2016-17.


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The Students’ Guide to Peer Mentoring

Louise Frith and Dr Gina May from the Student Learning Advisory Service have written a new book entitled The Students’ Guide to Peer Mentoring. It explains the role peer mentors play in higher education and gives practical advice for mentors on articulating the transferable skills they gain through mentoring.
The book is the culmination of collaborative module on mentoring delivered through the Kent Study Plus programme. You can read more about the contents of the book on the
Louise Frith is a Student Learning Advisor at the University of Kent, UK, specialising in academic peer mentoring and academic skills development.
Dr Gina May is a Student Learning Advisor at the University of Kent, UK, with particular interests in online teaching and learning.

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Annual Learning and Teaching Conference – Wednesday 21st June 2017

The University of Kent is pleased to announce its annual Learning and Teaching Conference. Organised by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education it will take place on Wednesday 21st June 2017 from 09.00 -18.00 in Eliot College ELT2.

The conference theme is Assessment and Feedback at the Heart of the Student Experience. There will be two keynotes during the day:

  • Sustainable feedback and the development of feedback literacies – Professor David Carless, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.
  • Outcomes from the Assessment and Feedback Audit at the University of Kent – Professor Sue Rigby Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Development, University of Lincoln.

Through a series of presentations, the conference will be an opportunity to hear about innovative assessment and feedback initiatives from across the faculties and wider University departments. The conference will also promote and encourage the development of strategic initiatives focused on learning & teaching across the University.

The event is free and colleagues can register here

For more information, please contact Dr Edd Pitt

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Do you want to develop a MOOC? E-Learning Forum (ELF)

Following the successful launch of our first courses on FutureLearn funding has now been made available to help develop up to three MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – over the next year. We are holding a special elearning forum at UELT on Thursday 18th May, 12.00-1.30pm, UELT Seminar Room to share our experience and reflections on our first courses, and invite proposals for courses to be developed.

At this event we will provide an overview of the project and our work so far with FutureLearn, explain the process for proposing a MOOC, and clarify the commitment expected from any successful proposer. UELT will provide advice and support as required to those wishing to write proposals, which are to be submitted in June. The available funding will cover the costs of media production and teaching assistants, while academic time and expertise will be provided by Schools/Centres and project management by UELT. There is also some limited funding to help Schools/Centres in enabling academic staff to contribute.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, or just want to learn more about our MOOCs project, please book your place on the elearning forum by emailing  or contact Dr Mark O’Connor (Distance Learning Technologist),m.a.o’

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Medway Post Grad Writing Retreat 2017

This year’s post graduate writing retreat organised by SLAS will take place on the 15th and 16th of June at Brenley Farm near Faversham. The aim of the event is to support and motivate Medway-based post graduate students with their dissertations or thesis. The retreat is part funded by the Dean of Medway, Nick Grief who says, “The PG writing retreats are helping to develop a confident PG community and a vibrant PG culture at Medway.”

For further details of the retreat are available at

To book a place on the retreat follow this link

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Celebrating students supporting other students – APM Awards ceremony 29th March 2017

On 29 March, students from 15 schools involved in the Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) scheme attended an awards ceremony hosted by the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS). Mentors and colleagues from participating Schools joined in the celebration of students’ engagement and achievements.
The awards were presented to the mentors by Dr Bob Newport, Emeritus Professor of Materials Physics, who was one of the pioneers and a great advocate of the APM scheme in SPS. Mentors from Architecture, KBS and SSPSSR Medway made presentations and showcased the impact this additional support has had on student achievement. The APM scheme has become an important intervention in the University’s Student Success project.


The APM experience shows that mentors benefit greatly from the scheme as they deepen their understanding of the course content as well as enhance their employability skills. 91% of previous Kent peer mentors, who are in touch with the alumni office, are now in graduate jobs, compared to 80.4% for Kent graduates in general.
“The University’s peer mentoring scheme is a fantastic way for students to develop valuable employability skills such as communication, planning and leadership” (Amy Wiggins Medway Careers Adviser)
95% of mentors would recommend the APM scheme to others.
“It is really a rewarding opportunity”
”Among the most full academic experiences”
“One of my students wanted to drop out but she didn’t and said it was down to the academic peer sessions. She wouldn’t have a degree if we’d let her drop out”
“A great experience for mentors and mentees”
If you would like to be involved in the APM scheme, please check your School’s website and/or contact your School as Schools will be shortly recruiting Mentors.
To find out more about mentoring at Kent please visit email


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Learning Teaching Network (LTN) – Team-Based Learning in Practice: Moving from theory to application

All staff are invited to attend the LTN event taking place on Thursday 4 May 2017, 10am 1.30pm, Medway Campus, Rochester R2.09.  

Presented by Rebecca McCarter: TBL consultant and L&T Development Officer, University of Bradford and Dr Catherine Robinson: Senior Lecturer in Applied Economics and Business Statistics, KBS this session will present an evaluation of the Faculty of Social Sciences L&T funded project: ‘Developing Team Based Learning in quantitative methods teaching using Interactive devices’.

Team-based learning (TBL) is more than group-work. It is a well-established systematic approach that integrates individual study, immediate feedback and small-group activities to create an engaging learning environment, supported and evaluated by peers. Come along to listen to Dr Catherine Robinson and Rebecca McCarter discussing the project and demonstrating how TBL can help you to: respond to increasing class sizes, address lack of engagement among students and support students in your modules.

  •    Session 1: Experiencing TBL and essential principles


  •    Session 2: TBL in practice, including peer evaluation


  •    Session 3: Implementing TBL, trouble-shooting practice

This session is aimed at staff interested in engaging students in their learning or who are working to improve rates of retention and progression. All staff are welcome to attend.

To book a place please email


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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


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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 [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 [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 to confirm your place as there is limited seating.

Please visit our website to view further workshop sessions


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