ESCalate Bulletin No. 67 (29 March 2011)

Contents

  1. Student Conference Bursaries - Announcing the Winners
  2. New ESCalate publication: The Doctorate: international stories of the UK experience
  3. Two 'Digital Age' workshops coming up in May
  4. Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund for Wales 2011
  5. HEA Report: First-year student attitudes towards, and skills in, sustainable development
  6. Equality in higher education: statistical report 2010
  7. Guardian HE Network

Student Conference Bursaries - Announcing the Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the ESCalate Student Conference Bursaries for 2011. We had an impressive number of applicants this year, and they were of such high calibre, that we decided to offer 5 bursaries rather than 3!

Our winners - in no particular order - are:

Tim Parkes, studying a Doctorate in Education at the University of Hertfordshire. Conference: BERA 2011

Aswathy Vinod, studying Psychology in Education at Lancaster University. Conference: ESCalate Student Conference 2011

Dawn Mannay, studying for a PhD in Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Conference: FACE 2011

Megan David, studying for a BA in Primary Education at the University of Worcester. Conference: ESCalate Student Conference 2011

Garth Stahl, studying for a PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge. GEAC 2011

We look forward to reading all about their experiences at their chosen conferences so keep an eye on the student pages as we will be publishing their accounts over the coming months.

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New ESCalate publication: The Doctorate: international stories of the UK experience

Edited and introduced by Sheila Trahar from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol. Within this collection of stories are personal accounts from the doctoral researchers as they outline the barriers they have overcome and the feelings they encountered on the way. Click on the link to read it onlline.

http://escalate.ac.uk/8137

If you would like to receive a copy while stocks last please email teresa.nurser@bristol.ac.uk with your details. We can only post to UK addresses.

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Two 'Digital Age' workshops coming up in May

Effective Teaching and Learning in the new and extended learning environments of the Digital Age

Date: Monday 9 May 2011

Venue: Nuffield Learning Centre, University of Birmingham

It is intended for teachers and those responsible for the effective deployment and use of learning technologies in HEIs and Further Education Colleges delivering HE programmes. The workshop provides an excellent opportunity for colleagues to meet, network and share good practice and ideas about using technology to enhance learning and teaching.

We have a full programme up on the event page. Registration is now open.

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

Date: Thursday 12 May 2011

Venue: University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus

Are you a teacher educator? This half day workshop may be for you! The workshop will draw upon cross phase examples (Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory ITE). Speakers will offer thought provoking contexts for the workshops which are intended to be opportunities for networking and discussion.

To register please visit the event page.

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Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund for Wales 2011

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is inviting applications to the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund for Wales for up to £2,500 per proposal. This is an open call and proposals are welcome any time up to Friday 13 May 2011. Projects need to be commenced no later than 31 May 2011 and need to be completed no later than 31 July 2011. Proposals should be submitted to wales@heacademy.ac.uk using the template available to download from the HEA website.

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HEA Report: First-year student attitudes towards, and skills in, sustainable development

This is the final report from a HEA-funded project on student attitudes towards, and skills in, sustainable development. The project was undertaken by NUS Services in collaboration with StudentForce for Sustainability and the University of Bath.

The findings from a June 2010 purposive desk research study informed an online survey of 5,763 first-year higher education (HE) students, across all four UK member nations to investigate the role of developing skills for sustainability literacy. This is an important and timely piece of research. It follows on from the recent Government announcement outlining a package of sustainability initiatives, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to greener and more sustainable economy.

For more information, and to download the report, please visit the HEA website.

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Equality in higher education: statistical report 2010

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) published on 17th March 2011 a commentary to provide higher education institutions with ideas and examples on how to support Black and minority ethnic (BME) students to achieve a better degree classification on graduation.

The online publication can be accessed here:

http://www.ecu.ac.uk/publications/equality-in-he-stats-10

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Guardian HE Network

The Guardian Higher Education Network is a new site, dedicated to those that work in and with higher education.

The new section follows in the digital footsteps of our local government, sustainable business and social enterprise networks (to name a few) which provide an online meeting place, discussion hub and resource of industry intelligence for the professionals that work in and with those industries.

You can register online to become a member or to simply take a look around the new network please visit:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network

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