ESCalate Bulletin No. 63 (27 January 2011)

Contents

  1. Third ESCalate Student Conference – Employability and Enterprise in Education
  2. Two workshops for people working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age
  3. Two Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) workshops coming up soon
  4. £50 worth of book tokens up for grabs.
  5. Bursaries of up to £500 available for students to attend an Education conference
  6. Change Academy 2011: Call for proposals
  7. New Welsh enhancement themes announced
  8. A Fond Farewell

Third ESCalate Student Conference – Employability and Enterprise in Education

ESCalate's Third Annual Student Conference will be taking place at Liverpool Hope University on Monday 11th April 2011, on the theme of ‘Employability and Enterprise in Education’.

Building on the success of previous years, this conference will bring together a range of perspectives and initiatives from academics, students and professionals. Our aim is to dissect and examine what employability and enterprise skills mean in the context of graduates in Education. This is an all day event for staff and students (undergraduate to doctoral) working in all fields of Education.

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.

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, send us a brief outline of the content of your poster. Taking part is just one way you can start to improve your employability!

To register to attend, or to find out more details about how to contribute, check the main event page or contact B.Soucek@bristol.ac.uk.

Please download a copy of the Student Conference flyer (PDF) and forward it to your colleagues, students and friends who may be interested in attending or presenting at this year's conference.

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Two workshops for people working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age

Are you a teacher educator or someone working in an FE college? These upcoming workshops may be for you! Speakers will offer thought provoking contexts for the workshops which are intended to be opportunities for networking and discussion.

Teacher Educators Workshop: Working with Diverse Groups of Learners in the Digital Age

Date: Monday 28th February

Venue: University of East London

This workshop will draw upon cross phase examples (Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory ITE). Speakers will include Tim Tarrant and Claire Moore from the Teachers Development Agency (TDA), Moira Savage, Kathy Wright and Warren Kidd from the University of East London (UEL) and researchers from the field.

To register online or for more information please visit:

http://escalate.ac.uk/7797

HE in FE Workshop: Working with Diverse Groups of Learners in the Digital Age

Date: Wednesday 16th March

Venue: University of Bristol

The workshop will hear from practitioners who are working at the leading edge of teaching and learning with digital and emerging technologies. There will be an opportunity to network and participate in lively discussions about the issues raised and approaches demonstrated by the presenters. The discussion will be captured and inform an ESCalate publication later in the year. The publication will offer advice and guidance to colleagues considering working with a variety of new and emerging technologies, in a range of practice contexts, to meet the needs of learners in the digital age.

John Traxler, Professor of Mobile Learning at the University of Wolverhampton and Director of the University’s Learning Lab will give the keynote speech.

To register online or for more information please visit:

http://escalate.ac.uk/7808

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Two Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) workshops coming up soon

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

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 London South Bank University.

For further details and to register online please visit:

http://escalate.ac.uk/7675

'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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£50 worth of book tokens up for grabs.

We are still running our Hot Topic funding scheme, where, if your idea about enhancing an aspect of T&L or an exciting initiative you would like to share with our community, is successful - we send you £50 of book tokens.

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Bursaries of up to £500 available for students to attend an Education conference

ESCalate is offering funding of up to £500 per successful applicant to attend an Education themed conference within the UK (for example BERA, BESA, FACE 2011, or our very own ESCalate Student Conference).

In return, we would expect the student to write about their experience of attending the conference and what this has enabled them to do. It will be posted on our website and/or we may ask for a newsletter article of about 450 words.

For more details please visit: http://escalate.ac.uk/studentbursaries

To apply, please go to the link above and download an application form, complete it and send it electronically to Bianca Soucek at B.Soucek@bristol.ac.uk with the approval of your supervisor.

The closing date for applications is Monday the 28th February 2011.

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Change Academy 2011: Call for proposals

Organised in partnership between the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Change Academy is a year-long process that includes specific development opportunities for nominated team leaders, an ongoing support network and a four-day residential. It provides a creative environment in which the whole team can focus on planning and developing strategies for lasting change.

The deadline for proposals for the 2011 Change Academy is Thursday 3 March
2011. To find out more, please contact the Change Academy team (01904
717500 or change@heacademy.ac.uk) or visit http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/universitiesandcolleges/changeacademy

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New Welsh enhancement themes announced

The HEA in Wales is currently leading work to coordinate activity in the Welsh sector to enhance specific areas of learning and teaching in HE at the request of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). This joint approach will lead to greater benefits for students as a result of both universities and sector organisations working together to enhance students' learning experiences.

A new enhancement theme - Graduates for our future - has been identified
for higher education institutions and sector organisations in Wales to focus
their learning and teaching activities. Three work-strands will sit under this theme:
  • Students as partners;
  • Learning in employment;
  • Learning for employment.

More information about the work please download the paper attached on the right.

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A Fond Farewell

We would all like to say goodbye to Dee Miles and Paul Ayres who have been working with us at ESCalate. Both have moved on to pastures new and we would like to thank them wholeheartedly for the work they have done for the subject centre and to wish them all the best for the future.

The ESCalate Team

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