ESCalate Bulletin No. 57 (14 October 2010)


  1. Share thoughts and comments with the Education community?
  2. A short questionnaire for students, on studying abroad and student engagement
  3. Latest resources from our funded project teams
  4. Welcome to new ESCalate team members
  5. New! a guide to effective CPD for teachers, trainers and leaders

Share thoughts and comments with the Education community?

If you have thoughts that you would like to share with our community around developments in teaching Education in HE including the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review or the Browne Review please visit our Blog and post your comments, we have! NB comments won't appear immediately, please be patient.

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A short questionnaire for students, on studying abroad and student engagement

Fumi Kitagawa from the University of Bristol and Fiona Hyland from ESCalate are doing some research on student engagement and student mobility and have developed a short questionnaire for students.

We would be very grateful if you could forward the following link which describes the study in more detail to any students you think might be interested in helping.

Very many thanks, Fiona Hyland.

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Latest resources from our funded project teams

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Welcome to new ESCalate team members

ESCalate warmly welcomes two new members of staff to its team. The team which is nearly up to full strength has a full programme of activity planned for 2010/11, details of which will be communicated as they become available.  

Lyndsay Grant joins us as a Research Associate. As a researcher for ESCalate, Lyndsay's work will include quality assurance and enhancement, e-Learning and EvidenceNet.  She is currently working part-time (Monday-Wednesday) until the end of the year, and will be working full-time from January until July.

Lyndsay has five years experience as a researcher in education, most recently as Senior Researcher at Futurelab, a not-for-profit research organisation exploring education and digital technologies.  She has edited and published in academic journals and written and presented for practitioner, policy, and research audiences on subjects including digital inclusion and social justice, digital literacies, social software, participative approaches to learning and design, and connecting learning in and out of school. She has led empirical qualitative research projects with children, young people and adults in schools, museums and science centres and online.  

Bianca Soucek is our new Graduate Placement Project Officer and her work includes further developing the Student section of the ESCalate website and managing the administration of various workshops and seminars.

Bianca has previously been responsible for the organisation of a number of workshops and conferences within the Graduate School of Education and run in collaboration with other institutions such as Plan International.

She has an undergraduate degree in Genetics which she completed at Cardiff
University. More recently she completed a Masters degree in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Bristol. 

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New! a guide to effective CPD for teachers, trainers and leaders

Brilliant teaching and training in FE and skills

This report about brilliant teaching in further education and skills is based on research that the Institute for Learning (IfL) undertook in early 2010 as part of a project supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Flexibility and Innovation Fund. It reflects the views of more than 5,000 IfL members – teachers and trainers from across further education and skills – and of other experts and researchers on teaching and learning and effective continuing professional development (CPD).

The report is designed to be a practical and accessible guide, and amongst other things to support individual teachers and trainers to think about their own personal development.

In the second section Sources of Evidence the report describes the findings from a specially commissioned review of the literature, a series of consultations with stakeholder groups, an expert seminar for leaders across the sector and an online survey of IfL’s own membership. We hope that you might find some of this detail useful in planning your own CPD or in planning support for colleagues.

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