ESCalate Bulletin No. 32 (15 June 2007)


  1. Introduction
  2. Internal Events for June and July
  3. External events
  4. New Resources
  5. TLRP Meetings of Minds Fellowships Third Round
  6. Event Reports – ITE conference
  7. Event Report – Grants funding seminar
  8. ICS-HE project: Integrated Children's Services - Higher Education Preparing tomorrow's professionals for integrated children's services: the HE role
  9. National Teaching Fellows Project Strands – Successful bid.
  10. Education in the Media
  11. Book reviews
  12. Contributing to ESCalate


Welcome to the last ESCalate bulletin of the 2007/8 academic year. Hopefully you will soon be able to take a well earned rest, before it all starts up again.

Once again ESCalate have been very busy. In this edition you will read about…

  • Developing web resources for the Every Child Matters agenda
  • ESCalate linking further with TLRP (Teaching & Learning Research Programme)
  • Important event information.

Please note the next bulletin will be in the new academic year. If there is anything you would like to be potentially included please email it through to Jane by September 14th 2007.

Read on and find out more.

By Jane Tuffill

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Internal Events for June and July

The times they are a-changin': researching transitions in lifelong learning. CRLL 4th Biennial International Conference 2007 Fri 22-Sun 24 June 2007 University of Stirling

Sustainability and the Curriculum: Progress and potential Tue 10-Wed 11 July 2007 The Norcroft Conference Centre, Ecoversity: University of Bradford

CPD in Education - South Wales Wed 11 July 2007 University of Wales Institute Cardiff - Cyncoed Campus
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External events

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New Resources

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TLRP Meetings of Minds Fellowships Third Round

Are you an up and coming researcher looking to take the next step into project leadership? Are you credibly established in your specialist field with high quality publications? Would you like an experienced mentor to support you in securing funding and in publishing your research? If the answer to the above questions is 'yes 'then read on!

TLRP are pleased to announce the third round of 'Meeting of Minds'.

The Scheme targets educational researchers (not restricted to TLRP staff, all applications welcome) who are already established in the Education field with high quality publications but are yet to become Principal Investigators (or equivalent) in their own right. Modest funding will be provided for a targeted mentoring programme with a more experienced colleague working to enhance the applicant's ability to secure research funding and publish their work.

The Scheme's purpose is to enhance UK-wide research capacity by helping the next generation of research leaders' progress. Funding has been allocated for up to 30 Fellowships in the period up to December 2008.

Closing date for this round is 30th June 2007.

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Event Reports – ITE conference

**The third ESCalate Initial Teacher Education conference took place on Friday, May 18th at St. Martin’s College in the Lancaster campus. St. Martin’s is poised ready to become the University of Cumbria on August 1st this year and Neil Simco, the Assistant Principal, warmly welcomed delegates to the college in this final year of its present identity. The conference welcomed 150 delegates from over 40 institutions in England, Wales, Scotland and even the USA.

The day started with a thought-provoking and stimulating keynote from Professor Donald Christie from the University of Strathclyde. Professor Christie’s intriguing theme was ‘Collaborating to learn and learning to collaborate’ and discussed the differences between collaboration and co-operation. Do we work in groups or as groups? Delegates appreciated this dynamic presentation delivered with ‘pace and passion’ and hailed the address as ‘a very practical, useful introduction to the day’. Professor Kate Jacques delivered the second keynote and addressed the issue of teacher professionalism; ‘an insightful challenge’ to the notion of the professional teacher who now operates in a climate of market led initiatives. Professor Jacques left delegates pondering what professionalism means to the individual and how the professional identity of teachers can be raised for discussion with students.

Presenters from a wide range of institutions contributed in highly professional and effective ways to symposia and workshops throughout the day. It must be acknowledged that the quality of presentation was very high indeed and serves as a testament to the excellent work being carried out by teacher educators across the sector. The only problems for delegates were the dilemma of being ‘spoilt for choice’ and the wish that the day had expandable sides to allow more in! Pete Boyd from St. Martin’s launched the guidelines for the induction of newly appointed lecturers in ITE and delegates could take away copies of this important publication. Symposia topics covered student reflection and M level, support and retention of students, e- learning, the global dimension, alternative placements, learners in both schools and HEIs, and looking forward to the future. Workshops allowed further practical ideas for teacher educators to engage with, ranging from the TTRB initiatives to comparative American experiences, from ‘Wicked Wikis’ to VLEs, from student placement and observation to professional identity and research skills for students. Certainly a plethora of ideas to ensure the conference was ‘buzzing’ all day. Before leaving, delegates recorded a multitude of ideas for practice that they took back to their institutions with them. An excellent day, summed up by delegates thus: ‘This is a super conference, providing an opportunity to present work in a supportive environment’, ‘A very informative, well-organised, intellectually and socially stimulating event’.

Thanks are due to a host of St. Martin’s staff from ICT, catering, estates and timetabling whose first class service helped to make this event so successful. Thanks are also due to members of the Centre for the Development of Learning and Teaching and to the Education Faculty of the college, for guiding visitors and chairing sessions. A particular thank you is due to Kate Wenham, the ESCalate ITE administrator for drawing the whole day so smoothly together.

We are already planning the next one! Watch this space!

Dr Alison Jackson

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Event Report – Grants funding seminar

Tuesday June 12th saw ESCalate hold its first grant funding workshop: ESCalate funding opportunities: sharing good practice and tips for success.

The event brought delegates from all around the UK to hear from the ESCalate project team (Julie and Teresa) and from some of our current grant holders, Fiona Campbell (Napier University), Steve Rose (Somerset College of Arts and Technology) and Lisa Lucas (University of Bristol). Their talks gave an enlightening insight into bid application, project management, dissemination and future plans for their projects.

A thought provoking and informative panel session ended a very successful event, one which we hope to hold again in the future.

By Teresa Nurser

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ICS-HE project: Integrated Children's Services - Higher Education Preparing tomorrow's professionals for integrated children's services: the HE role

A new project hosted by SWAP is under way focusing on professional education for integrated children's services. Funded through the Higher Education Academy (Academy) with a grant from HEFCE, the remit is to strengthen employer engagement in HE and improve links between HE and Sector Skills Councils. Other projects funded under this call include projects in Hospitality and Tourism, Engineering and Business Ethics.

The 'Every Child Matters' agenda, bringing together health, child care, education, social work, youth justice and support services to improve outcomes for children, young people and families has far-reaching consequences for HE, ranging from revision of curricula, to joint working, to new programmes taking into account the "Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children's Workforce'' and the Integrated Qualifications Framework being developed by the Children's Workforce Network (CWN) and the Children Workforce Development Council (CWDC).

The new project is a partnership between five Subject Centres in the Higher Education Academy (Education, Health Sciences and Practice, MEDEV, Psychology and SWAP), and the CWDC and CWN. It builds on work commenced in October 2006 at an Expert Forum convened by SWAP (for the workshop report visit the SWAP website). Other key partners will include regulatory and professional organisations (e.g. GSCC, GTC) and bodies such as JUC-SWEC and UCET.

The new project aims to bring together relevant subject disciplines and sector bodies to:

  1. Provide an evidence-based approach to identify the most effective ways of developing inter-professional curricula and pedagogy for professional practice in children's services.
  2. Scope existing initiatives and support the development of informed educational policy and practice for professionals who will be working in reconfigured children's services.
  3. Provide a more coherent HE response to the Integrated Qualifications Framework for the children's workforce

The work will be undertaken by two teams. A team from the University of Bedfordshire, led by Judy McKimm and Patrick Ayre, will focus on developing networks of communication across the HE sector and between HE and the CWDC and CWN, with a major national conference in autumn 07. A team from the University of Sussex, led by Imogen Taylor, will focus on the knowledge review. A report combining the output of both strands will be circulated across HE early in 2008.

The project will work between and across the relevant Subject Centres to

  • Raise awareness of the new agenda and continuing policy development in children's services
  • Identify examples of emergent practice for integrated provision in HE
  • Identify barriers to change and suggest ways to overcome these
  • Promote collaboration between disciplines
  • Contribute to knowledge generation about IPE in this arena
  • Promote dialogue between HE and the CWDC and CWN

All HEIs will be contacted in due course to take forward the development of the network and the knowledge review. In the meantime, the project teams would welcome queries or expressions of interest in engagement in the project. Interested individuals or departments should contact Judy McKimm (Network) or Imogen Taylor (Knowledge Review).

UPDATE: A new dedicated ICS-HE website hosted by ESCalate has now been set up and if anyone would like to suggest relevant resources or links to enhance the site, please contact Janie McKie.

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National Teaching Fellows Project Strands – Successful bid.

In the first round of the NTFS Project strand, nine projects have been selected to receive funding of up to £200,000 over three years.

The project strand presents opportunities for HEIs to work with National Teaching Fellows to build on current expertise for their own benefit and that of the wider HE community. Projects will be expected to bring substantial benefits to student learning experiences in the HE sector.

The Academy is leading the scheme, funded by HEFCE, as part of its remit to recognise individual excellence in teaching and provide support for sector-wide projects.

Even though this is the first year of the NTFS project strand the Academy received 82 stage one project bids led by English institutions, making it a particularly competitive selection process. As a result of the first assessment round 18 project bids were invited to submit a more detailed project bid. From these, nine projects were selected to receive funding.

  1. UCE Birmingham: Creating Future-Proof Graduates: Transformative Learning through Critical Incidents: realising student potential using critical points in professional practice scenarios

  2. University of Bolton: National Action Research Network on Researching and Evaluating Personal Development Planning and e-Portfolio

  3. University of Brighton: Supporting and enhancing doctoral students' research and related skills development through research evidence based practices

  4. University of Gloucestershire: Leading, promoting and supporting undergraduate research in the new university sector

  5. University of Huddersfield: REQUALLO: Reusable Qualitative Learning Objects: Resources to support the learning of methods of qualitative data analysis in the social sciences

  6. University of Central Lancashire (UCLan): Every Student Counts: Promoting Numeracy and Enhancing Employability

  7. Manchester Metropolitan University: The Shock Absorber.

  8. Norwich School of Art and Design: INCurriculum. Developing the AchieveAbility of an inclusive curriculum in Higher Education drawn from learning and teaching strategies for students with specific learning differences

  9. The Open University: E-Learning in Physical Science through Sport (ELPSS)

If you have any queries regarding the scheme that please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Academy support team.

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Education in the Media

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Book reviews

Interested in reviewing a book? Check out the book review section of the website to find out all the books that are available; this is updated regularly.

Once you are a registered user, you can request up to two books to review at any one time, through the registered user’s section of the web.

Do keep an eye on this section of the website.

If you would like to know more about the book reviews or would like to recommend a particular book, please email Jane Tuffill

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Contributing to ESCalate

Thank you for reading until the end. Please do let us have news of developments and activity in your department, or look out for the next bulletin.

Next Bulletin: October 2007

Deadline for Copy: 14 September 2007 emails to the ESCalate Team

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