ESCalate Bulletin No. 59 (19 November 2010)

Contents

  1. Stop Press: New Director
  2. New ESCalate Education for Sustainability website
  3. ESCalate Pedagogy and Practice round of funding
  4. The future work and structure of the Higher Education Academy

Stop Press: New Director

The ESCalate team are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Professor Andrew Pollard to the post of Director of the Subject Centre.

Andrew, currently Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) Research Fellow at the Institute of Education, University of London, will be joining us in early January. He has worked extensively with a wide range of universities, colleges, schools and local authorities including many UK education agencies and funding bodies.  He was Director of the TLRP from 2002-2009; this was the UK's largest ever research investment in education and involved over 700 researchers.

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New ESCalate Education for Sustainability website

The ESCalate team are pleased to announce the release of their new ESD website which is accessible via the left menu on the ESCalate Home page or

http://esdgc.escalate.ac.uk/

The website has been designed to be a useful starting point for teachers and teacher educators across the UK in providing ideas and guidance in an educational context of how to implement appropriate mechanisms for integrating 'sustainable development' into teaching and learning.

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ESCalate Pedagogy and Practice round of funding

We are pleased to announce our new pedagogy and practice round of funding for 2010/11. There are three awards available for up to £5K each and the deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2011. For more information including how to apply please see http://escalate.ac.uk/911

Projects, to be completed during 2011, should directly benefit Education students through developments in pedagogy and practice. Applications must demonstrate a scholarly approach to raising the status of teaching and learning. Applications must include plans for dissemination of outcomes both within the award holder’s institution and beyond, and include strategies for evaluation.

If you have any questions regarding these awards please contact teresa.nurser@bristol.ac.uk in the first instance.

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The future work and structure of the Higher Education Academy

ESCalate would like to draw your attention to the following statement that was released by the Higher Education Academy on the 17th November 2010.

“The HEA has reviewed its work and structure in discussion with a number of Vice-Chancellors and other institutional and academic leaders.

Changes in the funding and in student expectations of higher education have focused increased attention on the quality and recognition of teaching. The HEA’s future work will concentrate on activity that supports institutions and their staff in improving teaching in higher education. The Board has agreed a range of services which will be built around three related aspects of the student learning experience - teacher excellence, developing academic practice, and institutional strategy.  

Support at subject level to academics in their discipline communities will remain at the heart of our work. However from 2012, the HEA will no longer be providing grant funding to support a network of Subject Centres based in a small number of universities.

Key services such as the provision of subject-level support to new teachers and graduate teaching assistants, and consultancy support at departmental level will be provided and delivered by subject specialists and a network of academic associates. The HEA will provide on-line materials, events and subject-specific resources to academics in different discipline areas. It will continue to work with the Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies and subject associations.

A significant proportion of the core staff roles in the HEA will be for academic and subject specialists. These will be filled through secondment as well as direct employment. The HEA will also look to work with academic associates based in or linked to HEIs across the UK. A substantial proportion of the HEA’s work will be carried out by people working directly in the sector. Employment arrangements for both core specialist staff and associates will be determined flexibly.

The decision to restructure was based on a careful appraisal of the HEA’s ability to deliver services consistently to the sector and of the costs involved. The current network of Subject Centres has many strengths but is costly and complex. The new structure will increase the proportion of staff and other resource that is used to work directly with academics and learning support staff in institutions.  It also gives greater flexibility to move resources around or change emphasis as the needs of the sector develop and reductions in funding take full effect.”

The ESCalate team will be working with colleagues in Education departments and in relevant subject associations and networks, with stakeholders including the HEA, and with the senior management team at the University of Bristol to ensure a successful transition to a new mode of working post-2011.   We will continue to inform our contacts about changes as soon as we can.

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