ESCalate Bulletin No. 62 (13 January 2011)

Contents

  1. A message from the new Director of ESCalate - Professor Andrew Pollard
  2. A call for peer reviewers for our next round of Developing Pedagogy and Practice funding bids
  3. Third ESCalate Student Conference – Employability and Enterprise in Education
  4. Using student feedback for enhancement - call for case studies
  5. ‘Care and Well being: personal, social and global approaches to ESD/GC in ITE’ Workshop
  6. 'The transformative impact of international experience on professional learning' Workshop

A message from the new Director of ESCalate - Professor Andrew Pollard

The New Year starts with considerable uncertainty for ESCalate and for our stakeholder communities.  The HEA faces dramatic reductions in funding, and is introducing radical organisational changes which threaten the very existence of subject centres.  More widely, changes in the funding of Higher Education and in relation to Teacher Education have enormous implications.  

ESCalate has worked to enrich and enhance the quality of teaching in Education and Teacher Education in HE for over a decade.  That is its rationale.  Over the next few months, we will be consulting with our stakeholders on how, in present circumstances, such developmental work can best be sustained.  We will welcome and carefully review proposals from colleagues, including those at the HEA, collaborating HEIs and other organisations.  Meanwhile, ESCalate's planned services and programme of events, and its staff, will be supported in every way possible.  If you have ideas, comments or proposals, please do not hesitate to make contact with me or with any member of the ESCalate team at heacademy-escalate@bristol.ac.uk .

We don't choose our circumstances, but we can make our own decisions.

Professor Andrew Pollard,
DQSS, Institute of Education, University of London and ESCalate, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol

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A call for peer reviewers for our next round of Developing Pedagogy and Practice funding bids

Our next round of Developing Pedagogy and Practice funding is soon to be complete (deadline for submissions is January 31st) and we are looking for practitioners within the community to act as peer reviewers for the incoming bids.

External peer reviewing is an essential part of the bidding process for us. It enables us to offer our bidding teams unbiased and relevant reviews that inform our decisions. We are therefore seeking individuals who have a proven track record of working within the Education community and if possible experience of looking at other bids either for conferences, publications or funding. If wished ESCalate can offer support with the reviewing process for those new to it.

If you would be interested in helping with the next round; the bids will be posted on your ESCalate page at the beginning of February for reviews to be completed by February 21st. Please send teresa.nurser@bristol.ac.uk an email to indicate your interest by January 28th.

If you have not done so already you will need to register with us to specify your area(s) of interest and the review process will be completed online via your ESCalate member page. We aim to send one or two bids which we ask you to review against a set of criteria and then we allow a free text area for your own comments. The whole process takes approximately 20mins per bid.

We try to marry the bids submitted with the reviewers areas of demonstrated interest and so, if your skills are not appropriate at this time, we may keep your details for another round.

Thank you in advance for any offers of help.

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Third ESCalate Student Conference – Employability and Enterprise in Education

We are holding our Third Student Conference at Liverpool Hope University on Monday 11th April 2011, and the theme this year is ‘Employability and Enterprise in Education’.

The conference will explore and discuss different ways in which students in Education can give themselves a competitive edge in the jobs market and how academic institutions can facilitate this development. With input from students, academics, and employers this event promises to be both professionally and personally rewarding.

The conference will present case studies, research, and a wide variety of perspectives on themes including but not limited to:

  • enterprise in education
  • embedding employability
  • workplace learning in HE
  • engaging employers

We're inviting students and academics who are interested in leading a session, to submit an abstract of around 200 words - you can submit as an individual, or part of a group. Regardless of what stage in your course or career, we want to hear from you.

As in previous years, we will also be running a poster session to give students the opportunity to share with delegates their opinions and insights on the conference theme(s). If you would like to take part in this year’s poster session, send us a brief outline of the content of your poster. Taking part is just one way you can start to improve your employability!

For more details on how you can contribute, or to submit your presentation abstract or poster outline, check the main event page or contact B.Soucek@bristol.ac.uk.

Registration is open now and spaces are limited. Click here to register for the event.

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Using student feedback for enhancement - call for case studies

We would like to share examples of how Education Departments have used student feedback data, including the National Student Survey as well as institutions' own feedback systems, to enhance students' experience and the quality of provision.

If you would like to submit a short case study, please contact Lyndsay Grant at lyndsay.grant@bristol.ac.uk or see the student feedback webpage at: http://escalate.ac.uk/studentfeedback

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‘Care and Well being: personal, social and global approaches to ESD/GC in ITE’ Workshop

A one day workshop in London for teacher education tutors, teachers, researchers and any educational professional with an interest in Education for Sustainable Development.

Organised by ESCalate (HEA Subject Centre for Education) and the UK ITE Network in conjunction with the University of East London.

For further details and to register online please visit:

http://escalate.ac.uk/7675

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'The transformative impact of international experience on professional learning' Workshop

A one day workshop in Liverpool presenting research findings from teacher educators with experience of leading international placements in a range of European and developing countries.

Organised by ESCalate (HEA Subject Centre for Education) and the UK ITE Network in conjunction with Liverpool Hope University

For further details and to register online please visit:

http://escalate.ac.uk/7733

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