ESCalate Bulletin No. 78 (17 November 2011)


  1. It's a wrap - our final seminar at UCET 2011
  2. News from Kathy Wright at the HEA
  3. OSIER launch event - 7th Dec at the IOE London
  4. Democratic learning conversations - event
  5. ESCalate resources now on the BESA website

It's a wrap - our final seminar at UCET 2011

Our seminar at the UCET conference on November 4th was a fitting conclusion to our work over the last 11years.

The session, introduced by Professor Andrew Pollard centred around breakout discussion workshops addressing many of the HEA focal themes that ESCalate has previously worked to. These were followed by an extended plenary to allow feedback from each workshop to be brought to the main body of the UCET conference to prepare delegates for the post-ESCalate landscape in education. It concluded with a presentation by Kathy Wright on the new HEA services to be provided for the education community.

For a summary of the seminar click here:

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News from Kathy Wright at the HEA

New Discipline Lead for Education – Good News!

From 1st December, I shall be joined by Dr Will Curtis who has accepted the role of Discipline Lead Education on a 0.4 basis to complement my 0.6 post at the Higher Education Academy.

Will is Subject Leader and Principal Lecturer in Education Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester.

We are both looking forward to working as a team to secure the ESCalate legacy of community, co-operation and collaboration within the Education sector in HE.

From January we will take over the mantle from ESCalate of producing regular newsletters, so if you have any educational news to spread please contact us at

HEA Seminar and Workshop Series – More Good News!

You can now apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to run an HEA supported workshop. (There is also an additional amount available to cover any speaker travel costs). 

We have 10 Education events to run over the year and our first two events have now been scheduled:

27th January 2012 – ‘Making the Most of Open Data in Education Studies’ at Liverpool John Moores University

9th March 2012 – ‘Paired School Placements in Secondary ITE’ at University College Plymouth, St Mark and St John

The workshops are free of charge and include refreshments. Further details will be on the HEA website shortly.

(bookings for workshops are made with the institutions running the events). 

If you are interested in either or indeed both of these conferences, why not apply for a grant HEA Travel Fund too? That way you could benefit from great CPD at no cost to your institution!

Will and I are looking forward to reading your workshop bids and hearing that you have applied for other HEA funding opportunities.

Kathy Wright

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OSIER launch event - 7th Dec at the IOE London

The event will be the official launch for OSIER, the ESCalate-led project to build a collection of freely-licensed educational resources to support the training and professional development of educators in ESD/GC, and to foster a culture of the use of open educational resources (OERs) in this area.

The launch event and buffet lunch will be followed by a workshop where delegates can explore both the OSIER resource bank and the wider issues around the use of OERs.

The event is free, with lunch provided.  To book click here

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Democratic learning conversations - event

This event is in conjunction with an ESCalate funded project 'Assessment Reassessed: A student and lecturer collaborative enquiry', led by Will Curtis of De Montfort University, Leicester.

See his project details here:

and event details here

30th November is the event registration deadline

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ESCalate resources now on the BESA website

As part of our lasting legacy to the Education community we have been asking selected colleagues to host our resources for us. The link below will take you to the BESA website which has kindly uploaded resources for us.

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