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Improving Teaching and Learning for International Students: strategies for supervision & assessment

Date(s) Tuesday 11 May 2010
Venue University of Bristol
Room 410, 4th Floor
Graduate School of Education
35 Berkeley Square
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Organised by ESCalate
In partnership with Higher Education Academy, University of Bristol, Prime Minister's Initiative for International Education, UK Coundil for International Student Affairs - composite logo

Details of further events and resources can be found on the 'Teaching International Students' website

If you have any queries about this event or would like to contribute to the project in any way please contact Fiona Hyland on



ESCalate is working with 'Teaching International Students' a new national initiative centred on improving teaching and learning for international students. This project is funded by the Prime Minister's Initiative and the Higher Education Academy with support from the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

As part of the goal of improving teaching practice for international students, we are holding an event on 11th May 2010 at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. Themes for the day are: practical approaches to supervising and effective assessment of and feedback to international students. The day has been designed primarily for practitioners working in the field of education.

Jude Carroll, 'Teaching International Students' team member, and co-author with Janette Ryan in 2005 of 'Teaching International Students: improving learning for all', has run workshops on assessment issues involving international students for over a decade.  Year after year, student surveys show that all students are concerned about assessment but ‘for international students, the problem is deeper’ (Sovic, 2008).  For teachers, too, assessment and feedback challenges many of their customary practices and often brings up decisions and actions which challenge deeply held beliefs and values. Jude will lead a session which identifies the issues surrounding assessment and feedback for international students and will then provide a space for looking at how teaching practice can be one part of addressing them.

Dr Sheila Trahar of the University of Bristol will talk about the supervision of international postgraduate students - a topic about which she can offer insights drawn from both practice in the UK and Hong Kong and through her research.  Sheila, the ESCalate Academic Consultant on internationalisation, wrote the popular Discussion Paper on ‘Teaching and Learning: the International Higher Education Landscape’

There is no charge for the event, but you will need to fund your own travel expenses. A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.

We hope that the workshop will appeal to practitioners looking for support in this area. If you have any queries then please don't hesitate to contact Fiona Hyland on   tel: 0117 3314323.

Speaker Biographies

Jude Carroll is a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and works with the Teaching International Students project, especially on staff development issues. She co-edited (with Dr Janette Ryan) the book, 'Teaching International Students: improving learning for all' (Routledge, 2005) and wrote 'The Handbook for Deterring Plagiarism in Higher Education' (Oxford Brookes University, 2007). She lectures, writes and consults around the world on these topics. In 2008, Jude spent a year at the Royal Technical University in Stockholm as a visiting lecturer and in 2009 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her work on plagiarism and international students.

Sheila Trahar is a senior lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol and Director of the Master of Education (MEd) programme taught in Hong Kong at City University. She has extensive experience of teaching and supervising postgraduate students – whether they are from the UK or from further afield – many of whom engage in methodologically innovative dissertations. Sheila also teaches on the MEd and Doctor of Education (EdD) programmes, both in Bristol and in Hong Kong and on the MSc Educational Research. She has been an invited lecturer at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the University of Malta and the University of Barcelona. Her research interests are wide-ranging, but the common themes that connect them all are cross-cultural communication, learning and teaching in higher education and the methodological complexities of researching across cultures. Current research projects focus on the ways in which academic staff experience teaching and assessment in international higher education communities and the possible intersection between  ‘internationalisation’ and equality and diversity agendas in higher education. Sheila is also Secretary of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE).