ESCalate Bulletin No. 53 (29 July 2010)


  1. VACANCY - Chair of Education and Director of ESCalate
  2. VACANCY - ESCalate Research Associate
  3. Alert - Consultation on the future of the Higher Education Academy
  4. Visit the ESCalate Blog
  5. Student Engagement Survey
  6. Help requested for scoping interest in an event around Student Wellbeing
  7. A new resource for people working with learners who experience mental health difficulties

VACANCY - Chair of Education and Director of ESCalate

The Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol and the Higher Education Academy jointly seek a new Professor of Education as Director of ESCalate. An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced innovator with a national and international reputation in teaching and learning to take on the leadership of the Education Subject Centre.

Further information can be found at the link below:

Closing date: 3rd September 2010

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VACANCY - ESCalate Research Associate

The role will include research and development activities within the Higher Education Academy community, seeking further funded awards, providing academic input to the ESCalate team, contributing towards events and ensuring the dissemination of research project resources for ESCalate, the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Education hosted by the University of Bristol.

We are looking for a team player with effective communication skills and a positive attitude to working in a flexible role that enables the ESCalate team to respond to arising opportunities. This vacancy is offered on a fixed-term contract until 31 July 2011 in the first instance starting September 2010.

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Alert - Consultation on the future of the Higher Education Academy

During August the Higher Education Academy we will be giving colleagues the
opportunity to look at the options for the future structure of the Academy
and at the work being planned in the sector.

Once comments have been gathered from the internal consultation the HEA will also be sharing its thinking with the sector in the latter part of August. The HEA is keen to make sure that people can see the Executive proposals well in advance of the September board meeting.

The full consultation timetable is below:

Tue 03 Aug - Consultation paper released internally to HEA
Thu 12 Aug - Internal Consultation ends
Mon 16 Aug - Review of paper in light of internal comments

Tue 17 Aug - Paper released for external consultation
Tue 31 Aug - External Consultation ends
Thu 16 Sep - Deadline for completion of Board paper
Thu 30 Sep - Board meeting

Once we have been given details of how our community can be involved in the external consultation we will put these details up on our website.

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Visit the ESCalate Blog

If you would like to add to the debate, raise a question or post an example of innovative practice, then please feel free to do so.

Please visit the link:

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Student Engagement Survey

ESCalate is continuing to work in the area of student engagement and internationalisation and would like to consult with students to get a better picture of developments in this area.

We have put together a very simple survey for students and would be very grateful if you could forward the link to the questionnaire to your students to help us with this research.

With very many thanks for your help!

The ESCalate team

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Help requested for scoping interest in an event around Student Wellbeing

The Mental Health in Higher Education project (mhhe) was established in 2003 with the aim of enhancing networking and the sharing of approaches to learning and teaching about mental health across the disciplines in UK higher education.    Workshops on wellbeing and Initial Teacher Education have been delivered at the last two Initial Teacher Education conferences - run by ESCALATE, the Higher Education Academy subject centre for Education and the Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN).  This has served to raise awareness amongst teacher educators of the range of resources available to support the integration of wellbeing issues within programmes. 

A follow up event on the overall theme of mental wellbeing and its place within the curriculum for Initial Teacher Education has been proposed.  We would like to scope the level of interest, and get a sense of the issues educators would like to see covered.  To that end, we would be extremely grateful if you could take a few moments to our brief questions.  Click the survey link below:

NB: If you have any problem in opening this URL, please copy and paste it in to your browser.

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A new resource for people working with learners who experience mental health difficulties

Further Education (FE) teachers often express concern that they do not have the knowledge or expertise to meet the needs of learners who experience mental health difficulties. This resource, which has been supported and funded by the Learning and Skills Council as part of their commitment to the professional development of the FE workforce, aims to address that concern by providing materials that teacher educators, or those providing staff development opportunities, can use as part of the training of teachers.  The toolkit comprises a set of cards (download pdf above) and a CD (see CD electronic contents below).

It is aimed at FE teacher educators but is of wider relevance.

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