AdvanceHE – Update

Welcome to the January 2019 Update

We have officially opened the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) 2019 for nominations. NTFS celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education. The award has been running since 2000 and there are now over 860 National Teaching Fellows. CATE was introduced in 2016 and recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning, highlighting the key role of teamwork in higher education.

Given the known and now regularly reported challenges for race equality in higher education, we have published the ‘Achieving Race Equality in HE’ Research Insight. You can find out more about this in our Knowledge, Insights and Innovation section below.

Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President, Brunel University London, and Chair of the Steering Group shares the latest news on the progress of the Athena SWAN review. The Steering Group is leading an independent review of the gender equality charter. The review was launched in May 2018 to ensure the Charter continues to maintain its rigour and credibility and to be a highly valued accreditation scheme, while reducing the administrative workload.

The Advance HE STEM Conference returns at the end of this month, 30 – 31 January 2019, at Millennium Point in Birmingham. This year’s conference will focus on ‘Delivering next generation higher education in STEM’ and will explore how to deliver excellent teaching in a world where technology is constantly changing. Our two respected keynote speakers, Professor Chris Warhurst and Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, share their thoughts about the future of higher education in STEM in their keynote blogs.

Two new Small Development Project (SDP) reports were published recently and are now available to Advance HE LGM members. ‘The Evaluation of a Higher Education Institution Staff Mentoring Scheme’ is a case study by project lead Dr Michelle Newberry and examines mentors’ and mentees’ perceived success of the scheme in terms of whether it helped them to identify and/or achieve their career goals, and whether it promoted improvements in psychological capital, self-esteem, job satisfaction, and job-related wellbeing. The second project by Dr Stephanie Mckendry and Dr Matson Lawrence addresses increasing evidence that trans people face significant challenges studying and working in higher education. ‘Empowering leadership to support transgender students and staff within higher education’ explores the experiences and challenges of this diverse group and uncovers a far greater proportion of students considering or having left their course, and issues around learning and teaching, placements and confidentiality.

PLUS, don’t forget there are only 6 days left to benefit from 10% off selected leadership and teaching and learning programmes. Book by 31 January 2019



About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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