ESCalate Bulletin No. 68 (14 April 2011)


  1. New resource about Student-led research
  2. Two 'Digital Age' workshops coming up next month
  3. 2nd TEAN Conference: The Important Role of Higher Education in Teacher Education
  4. Pedagogic Research in the Disciplines Workshop - 12 May, Glasgow
  5. ESCalate Student Conference 2011

New resource about Student-led research

In conjunction with the HEA and Liz Dunne and Roos Zandstra of the University of Exeter, we have recently produced a very informative booklet and accompanying resource project page.

The booklet outlines how Exeter have initiated student-led research at their institution. It gives the background and operation behind this initiative and on the ESCalate project page gives a range of resources to help kick start your thoughts around this theme within your institution.

Resource page :

Download the publication :

If you would like a hard copy of the publication please email Teresa Nurser with your mailing details

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Two 'Digital Age' workshops coming up next month

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

Date: Monday 9 May 2011

Time: 9:45am - 4:00pm

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

Time: 9:30am - 3:45pm

Venue: Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton

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.

This event is for both the novice as well as the more experienced practitioner.

Confirmed speakers so far:

Bruce Nightingale, University of Keele

Allen Crawford-Thomas, JISC WMRSC

Kathy Wright, University of East London

Graham Lowe, Birmingham City University

Ulrike Dunne, University of Bedfordshire

Julie Hughes and post-compulsory education PGCE students, University of Wolverhampton 

For more programme details or to register please visit the event page.

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2nd TEAN Conference: The Important Role of Higher Education in Teacher Education

Date: 20th May 2011

Venue: Manchester Conference Centre

The 2011 conference will celebrate the important role that Higher Education plays in teacher education. In uncertain times, the opportunity to proclaim the value of Higher Education input and plan constructively for the future will be a priority for the conference. 

TEAN are delighted to welcome Professor Jean Murray to give the keynote address. Jean is Professor of Education at the University of East London and is a well known champion of teacher education and teacher educators. Jean has extensive experience, both home and abroad. Her research interests focus on teacher education and other professional education areas within universities and she is also involved in related research on work-based learning, induction and professional development and research-capacity building.

Who is it for?

The conference is aimed at all practitioners working in teacher education from the four countries of the UK and all other agencies with a professional interest in teacher education. It could well also resonate with colleagues from the international scene. Our focus is on schools, however, transferable knowledge from other sectors is most welcome at the conference.

For more information, please access the following link: Flyer (.pdf)

For the programme, please click: Programme (.doc)

To register for this event, please visit the TEAN conference site

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Pedagogic Research in the Disciplines Workshop - 12 May, Glasgow

This one day workshop will be of interest to subject based academics and educational developers interested in developing ideas for future research and sharing practice between disciplines in terms of approaches and issues in this field. The workshop will be very hands-on with opportunities for participants to develop their own research ideas. The event also aims to identify future areas for developmental support within different disciplines. Participants will be supported to develop pedagogic research questions and methodologies appropriate for their discipline.

The HEA is putting out a major funding call in May for ‘Teaching Development Grants’. This event therefore provides an important opportunity for colleagues in the sector to develop ideas for potential research proposals and collaborative partners.

There will be a £50.00 charge to attend this event.

Please go to for more information and to register.

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ESCalate Student Conference 2011

We held our Third Annual Student Conference this Monday 11th April at Liverpool Hope University. The theme was 'Employability and Enterprise in Education' and the day was a huge success.

We would like to thank all of those who led a session, and all those who attended; we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

Resources from the day will be up on our website within the next week so please keep an eye out.

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