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2nd-14.00-16.00: Senior Personal Tutors Forum

This forum provides an opportunity for Senior Personal Tutors from different schools and faculties to discuss issues and share practice regarding personal tutoring.

3rd- 11.00-13.00: UKPSF and PgCAP Writing Cafés

These Writing Cafés are for Plymouth University staff enrolled on the PgCAP who are working on their UKPSF applications and/or associated assignments, and for staff who are aiming to gain HEA fellowship through our Teaching Development Framework route.

7th- 14.00-16.00: Changing attitudes to assessment and feedback

The session will include: perspectives on feedback, delivering feed in, feed forward and feedback throughout the programme, educating students to learn from feedback and feedback in practice.

9th-10.00-12.00: Plymouth Plus Forum

The Plymouth Plus Forum is open to any member of staff involved in design, planning, or delivery of Plymouth Plus modules.

10th-10.00-12.00: Group work

This workshop will give you an opportunity to explore the rationale behind group work and will help you design, facilitate and/or support more productive group work with your students, in a way that enhances their learning and offers them a valuable opportunity to develop employability skills and attributes.

10th-12.30-16.30: PedRIO Masters-level Theme Group workshop

This workshop is designed for higher education practitioners from a range of institutional disciplines and levels who are engaged in pedagogical and research-based activities and who are curious about the ways in which collaborative writing practices can be used to promote teaching, learning and research.

15th-13.00-14.00: Programme Leads Café

The Programme Leads Café is an opportunity for programme leads to get together in an informal environment to discuss current agendas, and develop peer networks and support.

16th-10.00-12.00: Effective pronunciation strategies for speakers of non-standard English

This is a light-hearted and solution-focused session to raise awareness of issues that face lecturers with regional or foreign accents in communicating effectively with home and international students.

16th-12:00-14.00: UKPSF Guidance Workshop

This event is for Plymouth University employees who want to gain recognition for their professional experience with the HEA. By applying for fellowship through the University’s Teaching Development Framework (TDF) scheme.

16th-14.00-16.00: Associate Lecturers Training

This workshop offers an opportunity for associate lecturers (ALs) to come together in a forum to help support and develop their practice.

If you would like to book a place for any of these sessions please click on the title and follow the link.


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These short guides provide useful information and knowledge to help improve your teaching and learning.

There are a wide range of topics covered within the series and two more have just been added:

7 steps to: delivering an effective immersive module


7 steps to: successful journal publications


For all guides in the '7 steps series' click here


The second issue of RAPPORT

(The International Journal for Recording Achievement, Planning and Portfolios) is now available online at: http://joom.ag/oLtp.

This issue contains papers by Dr Alison James on helping students become creative and reflective thinkers, Dr Neil Raven on the evaluation of widening access interventions and Dee Vyas on documenting, sharing and managing the learning in all aspects of student life.

Personal tutors and those using Pebble Pad will find this journal a source of useful information as well as a potential outlet for publications.

5th PedRIO Annual Conference

The fifth PedRIO Annual Conference is being held on 8th April 2016.

The conference will be focusing on these five key themes (below) and based on research from across and between disciplines:

  • Internationalisation
  • Educational Sustainable Development
  • Induction and Transition
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum Innovation

Keynote Speakers

Professor Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds BSc, PhD, PFHEA, NTF

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), Kingston University, National Teaching Fellow, 2001

and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2013

GPA- Good, Poor, Average! Will all things be equal?

Adam Benjamin

Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, School of Humanities & Performing Arts.

'The Pedagogic Practice of Improvisation- Will we find it when we get there?'

register here

(Please note that there is no cost to attend this one day conference. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.)


PedRIO are holding a workshop on 7th April 2016- 10am start, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

Keynote Speaker

Professor Roni Bamber, Director- Centre for Academic Practice, Queen Margaret University

'Evidencing the value of CPD: Impact, instrumentality and indicators?'

Interactive workshops will be facilitated by key thinkers in evaluation practice who will discuss evaluation that involves student and creative methodologies.

An Evaluation Toolkit developed by PedRIO through the recent HEA Project will also be introduced.

If you would like more information about the event please visit- https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/pedrio-conference-effective-evaluation

If you would like to register your interest or have any questions please contact- teachandlearn@plymouth.ac.uk

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Colleagues are invited to submit contributions to the Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE 2016) Conference

'Excellence' in Student engagement

8-9 September 2016

Loughborough University


The conference aims to offer a forum and platform showcasing practice and research about, student engagement (SE). SE is almost absent in the proposed criteria for excellence in the imminent Teaching Excellence Framework. This is despite widespread recognition in the sector of the critical importance of SE in student learning, good teaching and assessment design and practice, and the wider student experience and outcomes. Therefore our main theme in 2016 focuses on ways of evaluating SE, and evidencing the impact. There is also a general stream, to ensure we can include exciting new ideas, practices or policies on SE which lie outside the main themes.

Staff in all roles and others interested in university and college higher education are welcome to contribute. Submissions from students are especially welcomed (student pay very low delegate fees and student presenters are eligible to apply for a bursary for support the costs). We can accept a range of modes of submission (including remote participation and contribution-subject to practicality)

Full details on themes and how to submit: http://raise-network.ning.com/page/raise16

Email: raise@ncl.ac.uk

International Women's Day: A Plymouth Conversation

Plymouth University are celebrating International Women's Day by holding an event on 8th March, 14:00-17:00, Rolle Marque, Plymouth University.

Four female leaders representing institutions from across the city will be contributing to this landmark afternoon: Professor Judith Petts, CBE and Vice Chancellor, Plymouth University; Ann James (HonD Health), Chief Executive, Plymouth University Trust; Carole Burgoyne, Strategic Director for People, Plymouth City Council, and Professor Debby Cotton, Professor of Higher Education, Plymouth University.

If you would like further information or to book a place please visit- https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/IWD2016


We are delighted that the TDF provision was recently re-accredited by the Higher Education Academy. One of the changes to the scheme is a larger word count for Senior Fellowship applications and Principal Fellowship applications. The Spring Panel – submission deadline 23rd March 2016 at 12 noon – is the last panel where we can accept the old application forms. The updated documentation is available via our website: www.tdfplymouth.co.uk.

Since June 2015, 25 colleagues have been awarded a fellowship of the Higher Education Academy via the TDF route, raising our total to 124. These are:

· Emily Beaumont, Plymouth Business School – Senior Fellow

· David Bilton, School of Marine Science and Engineering – Senior Fellow

· Mandy Bloomfield, School of Humanities and Performing Arts – Fellow

· Gerry Butler, Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry – Associate Fellow

· Catherine Coelho, PUPSMD – Senior Fellow

· Christopher Cook, School of Art and Media – Fellow

· Pete Cotton, School of Marine Science and Engineering – Senior Fellow

· James Daybell, School of Humanities and Performing Arts – Fellow

· Sally Hanks, Peninsula Dental School- Senior Fellow

· Margaret Jelley, School of Health Professions – Fellow

· Tasos Kitsos, Graduate School of Management – Associate Fellow

· Caroline Leeson, Institute of Education – Senior Fellow

· Helen Lloyd, School of Psychology – Fellow

· John Matthews, School of Humanities and Performing Arts – Fellow

· Paul McGannity, Peninsula Dental School – Associate Fellow

· Mahrukh Mirza, PUPSMD – Fellow

· Paul Reynolds, School of Computing and Mathematics – Fellow

· Lynda Rodwell, School of Marine Science and Engineering – Senior Fellow

· Rebecka Slater Lyons, School of Humanities and Performing Arts – Associate Fellow

· Rebecca Turner, Teaching and Learning Support – Senior Fellow

· Ismini Vasileiou, School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics – Senior Fellow

· Oliver Webb, Teaching and Learning Support – Senior Fellow

· Claire Williams, School of Architecture, Design and Environment - Fellow

· Robert Witton, Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry - Fellow

· Daniel Zahra, PUPSMD - Fellow

Many congratulations to all of you from the TDF team and from all of us at Teaching and Learning Support!

We would also like to express our warmest thanks to David Bristow for his support, significant contribution, and hard work as a TDF assessor.

We have recently welcomed several new assessors to the team. These are:

· Caroline Leeson, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Institute of Education

· Liz Hellier, Faculty of Health & Human Sciences, School of Psychology

· Steven Burr, PUPSMD, Medical School

· Miriam McMullan, Faculty of Health & Human Sciences, School of Health Professions

· Julie Luxton, Technology & Information Services, Library & Digital Support

· Anne Mather, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

· Veronica Maynard, PUPSMD, Medical School

· Virginia Fisher, Faculty of Business, Plymouth Graduate School of Management & Plymouth Business School

We look forward to working with you!

The TDF team is offering applicants one-to-one sessions to discuss their applications on 20th April 2016. We will email applicants directly and invite them to book a 30 minute slot. They will be able to ask any questions relevant to the TDF and their professional context as well as discuss and get feedback on draft applications.


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