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Newsletter Featuring: News, Events, Conferences & Funding

Internal Conferences - Methodological Innovations, Masters Teaching & More...

Semester 1

Methodological Innovations Conference: Methodology and Methods: Innovations, Challenges & Opportunities. 10th December (8.45 - 5pm) Rolle 605.

To Register

Call for Papers 19 October

PedRIO Conference: Masters Teaching: Setting New Agendas. 8 January 2016

To Register

Call for Papers is now open and will close at 12pm on Thursday 15 October 2015

Semester 2

Fifth PedRIO Annual Conference - 8 April 2016

Digital Learning Conference - 29 June 2016

VC’s 14th Teaching and Learning Conference - 30 June 2016

Email us to pre-register your interest

External Conferences

Don't miss out - SRHE Conference

Converging Concepts in Global Higher Education Research: Local, national and international perspectives 9-11th December 2015, Celtic Manor,Newport, Wales, UK

HEA Conferences

Inspire - sharing great practice in Social Science teaching and learning

3-4 December 2015, The Studio, Manchester.

Call for papers Deadline: 11 October 2015

Inspire to succeed: Transforming teaching and learning in STEM
28-29 January 2016, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.

Call for papers Deadline: 8 November 2015

Inspire to succeed - sharing great practice in Arts and Humanities teaching and learning
3-4 March 2016, venue tbc

Call for papers Deadline: 11 January 2016

Click here for further details

Higher Education Conference 2016

Partnering EARLI-Sig 4 & ECER Network 22

July 13-15 2016 Amsterdam www.HEC2016.org

Interested in Sustainability?

Why not come along to our October Introduction Workshop next Friday 2nd October & Innovation in Pedagogy Cafe Wednesday 14th October

The Centre for Sustainable Futures, (part of Teaching and Learning) will host a series of sustainability education workshops and innovation cafes during this Academic year that will provide colleagues with the creative opportunity to consider innovative teaching and learning practice within sustainability, with the overall aim of creating graduates that leave the University as active global citizens wanting to make a positive contribution.

Starting a conversation between Sustainability Education and Enterprise Education

Thursday 19 November 2 - 4pm

PedRIO Sustainability Education Research Group invite you to attend this event

with Dr. Rita Klapper, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of Manchester, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

A recent PedRIO research project at Plymouth University (with Enterprise Educators and Sustainability Educators across the UK and beyond) found that entrepreneurship and sustainability operate within distinct cultural spheres and the ‘languages’ of both are often perceived to be in tension.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Klapper, to lead a conversation around exploring the synergies between sustainability and enterprise. Dr. Lynne Wyness will present the findings of the PedRIO research project that supports the notion that creative pedagogies can develop students’ own creativity and enhance their learning, as well as building the capacity for the generation of more sustainable enterprises.

Contact us for further details/to register your interest.


HEFCE Learning Gain Project - Awarded £100k

Dr. Claire Gray, Mark Stone, Julie Swain, (Academic Partnerships), Prof. Pauline Kneale, Dr. Rebecca Turner (PEDRIO) and Carole Sutton (School of Government) have been awarded a £100,000 HEFCE project, Piloting and Evaluating measures of Learning Gain.

The project builds upon a programme of existing research on teaching research methods in Higher Education and Further Education settings funded by the HEA and PEDRIO.

Working in collaboration with academic colleagues in HE Colleges across the partnership network the research will evaluate the use of research methods knowledge, skills and attributes gained over a student journey from level 5 to 6 in both college and university environments. Utilising a mixed methods approach the focus is on the commonality between subject disciplines in relation to the development of the critically analytical graduate . The project runs from September 2015 for two years.

You can follow the project development on Twitter @LearningGainPlym

The Postgraduate Experience Project (PEP) Completed

A national study in which Plymouth participated, has now been completed, and the Executive Summary of the Plymouth report is available on the T&L web-site.

The project involved a collaboration between PedRIO (Professor Debby Cotton and Ms Tricia Nash), the Faculty of Science and Engineering (Dr Karen Gresty) and the Graduate School (Professor Mick Fuller).

It was funded by HEFCE, and comprised a number of activities that took place across 11 UK universities, with Kingston as the lead university.

Research into the postgraduate experience is limited and applications for postgraduate study have been declining in recent years, thus this project was part of a HEFCE initiative to understand the decline in numbers and to support widening participation.

The executive summary and other papers are available on the on the university website.

More information will also be available in the T&L handbook soon. For briefing papers produced from the project, please see: http://www.postgradexperience.org/briefing-papers/

Personal Tutoring Guidance available- HEAR

In July 2015, the University awarded its first summative Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) to final year Plymouth undergraduate students completing their programme of studies. The HEAR is hosted by an external company (GradIntel). Available now: Guidance on how you can support as Personal Tutor: Personal Tutoring Guidance - HEAR

Well done to Academic Support, Technology and Innovation (ASTI): Competition Success!

ASTI has been awarded the runners up prize for the 2015 Learning Technologist Team of the Year award. The Awards, which are open to individuals and teams all over the world,

celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the field of learning technology, whilst also promoting intelligent use of Learning Technology on a national scale.

The winners were announced at the annual ALT conference held at the University of Manchester, 8-10 September. Read more about ASTI's award on the University website.

Further details, including information about the other finalists, can be found on the ALT Annual Conference 2015 website. Learn more about ASTI’s work in this short video

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'Teaching & Learning Inquiry' Publication goes Open Access in 2016

Beginning in July 2016, Teaching & Learning Inquiry (TLI), the official publication of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) will be hosted at the University of Calgary as part of the university’s Open Access publishing program. The 4.2 issue (scheduled for September 2016) will be the first to appear in the new format.

If anyone would like some peer feedback on pedagogic research papers prior to submission / general support, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us

Coming Soon

Internal Funding Opportunities to develop pedagogic research and innovative teaching practices, get in touch if you would like to be kept informed.


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