ESCalate Bulletin No. 39 (9 December 2008)


  1. Introduction
  2. Events coming up
  3. Our First Annual Conference for Students - April 2009
  4. New resources from ESCalate
  5. A Changing World
  6. Out and About - where we've been recently
  7. ITE News Update
  8. Some useful resources from JISC Regional Support Centre West Midlands
  9. A request for help with an online survey
  10. Listening to Learners: Partnerships in Action a UEL event
  11. Survey on the experiences of new lecturers in Education Studies
  12. Mental Health in Higher Education newsletter
  13. There are some new faces at ESCalate


Welcome to our December bulletin. We have collected together a series of articles and notices which we hope you will enjoy reading. Please remember if you have any articles or notices you would like us to consider for our next edition, the copy date is the 2nd February 2009. Please send them to: .

All that remains is for ESCalate staff and its associates to wish everyone a very enjoyable break. Happy reading!

Thank you


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Events coming up

Tue 6 January 2009 Abstract Writing Day Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester City Centre, Room GM338 in the Geoffrey Manton
Tue 13 January 2009 Enhancing Learning and Teaching Through Employer Engagement: Best Practice

Employer engagement is now regarded as an integral element of the student experience in Higher Education, and the aim of this 'swap-shop' is to showcase examples of best practice in using employer engagement to enhance learning and teaching.

University of Chichester
Fri 16 January 2009 Reflecting on Reflection: to develop and extend our understanding of reflection University of Gloucestershire, Park campus, room TC007
Thu 22-Fri 23 January 2009 Integrating responses to child poverty conference

This two day conference will set out and showcase integrated responses to the challenge of reducing child poverty through a mix of high-profile speakers, show-and-tell seminars and offsite visits.

Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton
Thu 22 January 2009 7th Annual eLearning Conference: Supporting the iGeneration

The conference will address the enhancement of the learning experience through the impact of e-learning

University of Ulster , Belfast
Thu 5 February 2009 eCPD Enhancing Learning Programme

Supporting and enhancing learning through the effective use of technology

Mon 30-Tue 31 March 2009 HE in FE culture and experience: a partnership perspective

The conference will bring together a wealth of strategic and organisational learning from seven HE in FE partnerships and give participants the opportunity to debate, share ideas and make contacts that will help them shape the future

University of Warwick
Mon 6-Tue 7 April 2009 Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Symposium 2009: The Challenge of Learning Development

This year's symposium theme offers an opportunity to engage with a range of debates about the nature and purposes of learning development.

Bournemouth University
Mon 6 April 2009 Fourth Symposium on Social Learning Space: Learning Outside the Square

The aim of the Symposium is to explore new and innovative social learning spaces. The keynote speakers will be Nicolette Lee (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia) and Ian Bentley (Oxford Brookes University)

Oxford Brookes University’s Gipsy Lane Campus in Headington, Oxford
Mon 20 April 2009 Students as Researchers: Novice to Expert; The First Annual ESCalate Student Conference Lakeside Centre, Conference Aston, Birmingham
Tue 21-Wed 22 April 2009 The 3rd International Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising Conference; Improving Student Success

Exploring the ways in which personal tutoring, academic advising and other forms of institutional support contribute to improving student success in higher education

Holiday Inn, Lime Street, Liverpool
Wed 22 April 2009 Listening to Learners: Partnership in Action University of East London, Docklands Campus
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Our First Annual Conference for Students - April 2009

Students as Researchers: novice to expert - April 20th 2009, Lakeside Centre, Ashton University, Birmingham

ESCalate are delighted to announce their first Student Conference!. This occasion is designed to provide a forum for Education students at all levels from Undergraduate to PhD, to get together and share best practice, ideas and information. This year we are focusing on the theme of Students as Researchers; as original individual research becomes more central to studies at every level, this is a matter of vital concern to us all.

We are very happy to welcome Professor James C. Conroy of Glasgow University as our keynote speaker and there will be plenty of opportunity to have your say in the Open Space discussion we are holding as well as much to learn from a wide range of different session. More details can be found at

Booking is easy, it can all be done through the website. Please forward this notification to anyone you fell might be interested to come along to what we hope will be a valuable and thought provoking day.

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New resources from ESCalate

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A Changing World

Just a reminder to everyone that the final report of the Higher Education Academy funded project undertaken by ESCalate and LLAS, on Internationalisation, is now available online at:

'A Changing World: the internationalisation experiences of staff and students (home and international) in UK Higher Education'

The report is full of practical suggestions by staff and students on improving teaching and learning for all students in a multi-national and multi-cultural higher education. It also serves as a commentary on internationalisation in 2008 as perceived by a sample of staff and students at the ground level of UK HE.

For further enquires please contact Fiona Hyland via email at:

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Out and About - where we've been recently


Dr Julie Anderson and Dr Fiona Hyland gave a talk at UCET in Birmingham on 7th November 2008 entitled: 'Sharing recent ESCalate resources on student learning including peer support schemes, e learning and internationalisation'. The slides of presentation can be found at:


The Subject Centre of Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP) held a conference in Edinburgh on 27-28th November 2008 'The Internationalising of UK Higher Education Learning & Teaching: reflections on policy, practice & theory'.

Fiona Hyland gave a talk at the pre-session event for Scottish HEIs and her slides can be found at:

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ITE News Update

We have had a busy term so far at ESCalate at the University of Cumbria. There is a splendid set of proceedings from the 2008 conference almost ready to go to press – definitely something to look forward to in the new year. Many thanks to all contributors. The proceedings will be available in hard copy and on the website.

The New Teacher Educator day held at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster campus, on November 12th was most successful. There is definitely a need for these events to continue and we hope to be able to put on another one later in the year. Watch the website and the bulletin for news and tell all new colleagues that support for the difficult transition from school to Higher Education is at hand.

Another successful event was the ‘Getting your book published’ event at MMU on November 18th. If you are not quite ready to publish a book, can I recommend our Abstract Writing Day on January 6th at MMU? Just the thing for after Christmas – support to get you started on getting accepted at conferences. Go to for full details. We realise that these kinds of events are highly valued in the sector and will endeavour to cater for your needs – please contact us with ideas of what you would find helpful.

Another date for your diary in January is our workshop on Reflection at the University of Gloucestershire on January 16th. This should prove to be a thought-provoking and stimulating day, giving us all the opportunity to stand back and ‘reflect on reflection’ – that most fundamental of teachers’ and teacher educators’ traits. Go to . With Masters and MTL and the statement in the Children’s Plan that teaching will be a Masters profession, do your students really understand reflection? What does it mean to you?

We look forward later in the year to presenting a seminar on Problem-based learning and one on Masters itself and will notify you of dates and plans as soon as they become available … and of course, don’t forget to get your papers in for the ESCalate ITE conference to be held at Glyndลตr University in North Wales in May ( for full details). The deadline for submissions is January 26th 2009 and the conference is already open for bookings if you want to get organised early!

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Some useful resources from JISC Regional Support Centre West Midlands

Kevin Brace at JISC's regional support centre based at the University of Wolverhampton has news of some useful resources for Teaching and Learning on the following Wiki Pages.

Also news of a recent e-Portfolio kit to download

" 'Effective Practice with e-Portfolios', the newest guide in the JISC Effective Practice series, The publication explores good practice in the use of eportfolios as a support for learning. It is being launched in conjunction with an e-portfolios infoKit which covers the main drivers, purposes, processes, perspectives and issues around e-portfolio use"

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A request for help with an online survey

We need you! If you are working with mentoring / mentors or Student Ambassadors in the post-compulsory sector, whether it is part or all of your role, and whether you are a practitioner or a manager to participate in an online survey. This will take just 15 minutes of your time. All you need to do is use the link below to access the survey - just click on it or cut and paste it into your internet address bar.

The survey aims to;
* Find out about your professional identity
* Find out about the training and qualifications that you have at the moment
* Find out what learning opportunities you think you would like to receive in the future.
* Understand how both those managing and those delivering mentoring and Student Ambassador services are recognised by their institutions.

By completing this survey you will be contributing to the development of new learning opportunities for your community. This may lead to mentoring and other student support becoming further embedded in your institutions, and towards greater professional and career development opportunities for yourself and your colleagues.

This survey will be online from the 12th of November until the 14th of December. It has been funded by ESCalate, the Subject Centre for Education and administered by Continuum, the Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies at the University of East London (UEL).

Please pass on details of this survey to anyone you feel might be interested. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

For more information please contact

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Listening to Learners: Partnerships in Action a UEL event

Listening to Learners: Partnerships in Action
22 April 2009, Docklands Campus, University of East London

The 'Student Voice' agenda provides students and young people the opportunity to have a say in their world, to contribute to their community, and to better inform decisions that are made on their behalf. Students will 'become more active participants in their education, including the evaluation of their own learning' and this will impact positively on standards, behaviour and inclusion' (DfES, 2003: ii, 3). The conference will bring together practitioners, academics and policy makers from all parts of the UK involved in the sector. There will also be the opportunity to pose critical questions regarding the learner voice in education. The innovative conference programme includes keynote speakers, latest award winning research on learner voice, a panel discussion session, choice of workshops, plus presentations from learners.

Who should attend? (or the conference will be of interest to:)

* Teachers & Lecturers
* Aimhigher staff
* Access practitioners
* Funding & Research Councils
* LEA staff
* Policy makers
* WP practitioners
* Researchers
* School liaison officers

Keynote speakers include: Professor Michael Fielding (Institute of Education,
Pippa Lord (NFER) and Gill Mullis (Specialist Schools Trust)

For further details please visit the conference web pages: or contact the conference team on: Tel: 020 8223 2828, Fax: 020 8223 2299, E-mail:

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Survey on the experiences of new lecturers in Education Studies

The British Education Studies Association (BESA), with the support of ESCalate, has set up a working group aiming to develop support structures and materials for new lecturers in Education Studies. Initially we are seeking to survey the experiences of those new to teaching in this subject area. So if you are a new lecturer in Education Studies or you know someone who is, please contact us for a questionnaire. We welcome your responses and will of course ensure confidentiality and anonymity to all who reply.

Questionnaires can be obtained from

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Mental Health in Higher Education newsletter

Please see the link to mhhenews19: a regular e-bulletin from the Mental Health in Higher Education Project, produced six times a year.

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There are some new faces at ESCalate

New members of the ESCalate Team

As you know Julie Anderson has been seconded to the HEA office for this academic year. You may not be very surprised to learn that it required three people to fill her shoes at ESCalate!

Dr Alexis Taylor is handling the research grant work and you should get in touch with her on anything to do with grant supported projects, guidance or information. She is Deputy Head of School of Education at Brunel University and can be contacted on .

We are also hoping that Steve Rose, Programme Manager for HE Computing based at Somerset College of Art and Technology will come on board with us in the new year. Steve has special interests in e-learning, blended learning, Teacher Education and CPD, and Human Computer Interaction.

Susanna Dammann has come from a background in Language education to act as Communications Manager. Contact her on for information and suggestions on ESCalate events and publications.

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