I recently attended the HEA workshop for those of us who have recently won an Individual Teaching Development grant. Lots of techniques at play to ensure we interacted as widely as possible which was important as there were about 60 folk in attendance.Image

And it worked well!  Not so much (for me) in terms of the specifics of my individual project but more widely in terms of our FLP. Specifically I came across several people, and hence several institutions, who are developing case studies and resources to contribute to the teaching of research methods. Those of us who are planning contextual and discipline-based cases to illuminate methods, for instance on our quantitative methods initiative, agreed to explore the possibility of sharing our efforts.  Since the creation of cases takes time, such sharing would allow is to move much more quickly in having a rich and diverse set of examples. A potential collaborative teaching development grant application was also considered. Watch this space……


Grant success

I am delighted that my HEA Individual Teaching Development Award proposal was successful and can be used in engaging our prospective stakeholders- students and employing organisations- in the process of designing flexible provision and making sure we make it relevant.

Just off to the HEA Networking Event in Birmingham for all those folk who also were successful in winning an Individual award this year. It will be interesting to see what links we might make.

Opportunities and friends

We were visited recently by Liz Anderson, the Higher Education Academy’s discipline lead for Medicine and Dentistry, who is interested in our postgraduate Primary Care programme, for which I am Director of Studies, and the ways we are exploring flexibility within it and through the FLP project.

We explored how we might link the pathways within the Primary Care MSc, especially medical education, with the new Professional Standards Framework and particularly whether the cpd pathway could be submitted for accreditation by the HEA.  An important consideration will be the value that students, and prospective students, on this programme place on gaining the status of FHEA. Medical educators are usually clinicians who teach part-time be it within medical schools, in clinical practice or as part of doctors’ speciality training. We need to explore the extent to which association with the HEA is as meaningful in these contexts as it is in HE institutions. More later…….

Liz reminded us of the funding opportunities available from the HEA for staff development, teaching development, travel and international scholarship opportunities.

And great that Liz also agreed to be one of the project’s Critical Friends. As she is based in Bristol we hope to see more of her.