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Title: A Culture for Success Connecting Institutional Strategy, Scholarship and Research in Learning and Teaching

A Culture for Success Connecting Institutional
Strategy, Scholarship and Research in Learning
and Teaching
  • Jules Cassidy
  • Julie Baldry Currens

  • An institutional learning journey
  • Connect 3 university strategies with each other
    with national policy
  • Embed a culture of pedagogic research
    scholarship (SoTL) within our academic practice
  • Achieve cross-disciplinary collaboration-
    academic student support colleagues
  • Incentivise the pursuit of excellence in LT

UEL our context
  • 1 of over 40 universities in London
  • 12th largest by student numbers
  • Highest award in Institutional Audits
  • Research ranked in top 10 modern British
  • Highest proportion of mature students
  • gt50 of students are non-trad (BME groups
    those with no family experience of university)
  • Situated in a deprived East London area - will
    host 2012 Olympics (opportunity challenge...)

Our Vision
  • To achieve recognition, both nationally and
    internationally, as a successful and inclusive
    regional university, proud of our diversity,
    committed to new modes of learning which focus on
    students and enhance their employability, and
    renowned for our contribution to social, cultural
    and economic development, especially through our
    research and scholarship

External drivers for change
  • Government funding council directives to
    integrate teaching, research scholarship -
    research enriched teaching
  • Government quality agenda of enhancement in
    learning and teaching
  • Higher Education Academy national framework- for
    professional standards in teaching supporting
    learning in HE

Internal drivers for change
  • Integrate new strategies (2006)
  • Learning, Teaching Assessment
  • Research Scholarship
  • Professional Standards Framework
  • Embed a culture of pedagogical scholarship
    research, with measurable, quality outputs
  • Incentivise, reward celebrate achievement
    excellence in teaching supporting learning

Change Agents
  • University Learning Teaching Committee
    Director of LT, Leaders in LT (LILTS) from each
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Change Academy residential event
  • Government grant 500k pa
  • Champions within Corporate Management (Pro VC
    Academic / Research)

HEA Change Academy
Change Academy
  • 3 key outcomes
  • Enhanced group cohesion, confidence purpose
  • Commitment to developing LT committees in
    Services (as well as Schools)
  • Recognition of PSF as key vehicle for integration
    of LTA with RS strategy
  • Competitive application
  • Residential event, attended by
  • - DLT
  • - School LILTS
  • - Reps from Student Library Services
  • Aim to integrate the 3 policies (LTA, RS, PSF)
    to change our culture from one of being
    defensive... to one of celebrating the very real
    successes of both our students and staff...

Change Academy blog
A Culture for Success Our recently finalised Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategy 2009-2009 Professional Standards Framework. A work in progress. UELs Research and Scholarship strategy Already in extant.
  • Eight of our team of nine board the
  • 8.55. We meet up with 9 of 9, Helen, at
  • ..the journey turned into a brainstorm around our
    first major team activity The Rich Picture when
    Team Leader Suzanne, and team member Julie,
    found they had the same image for the three
    policies that form the basis of the change our
    team is leading....
  • The Challenge to produce a rich picture poster
    to present your team, the vision of change that
    you are trying to accomplish and the
    institutional contexts in which you are working.

Change Academy blog
  • The image of concentric circles shows how
    connected these policies are to each other. Julie
    drew it and another TM remarks that they look
    just like a flower. Yes, with our students at
    the centre. With this we are away!
  • Jules contributes a riff on the butterfly of
    change that is the symbol of the CA and this is
    incorporated into our rich picture theme.
  • The making of the rich picture posters is a
    joyful and fun experience. From the train
  • we already know where we are heading. We have 3
    poster sheets and a bag of Blue Peter type
    goodies, - scissors, glue, stickers, coloured
    paper etc about 3 hours to produce the

Change Academy blog
  • We realise quickly that a flat two-dimensional
    poster format is not how we want to express
    change at all. The flower must be 3 dimensional
    and the posters cut up. Major right brain
    activity ensues....
  • Gavin turns out to be a dab hand at origami so
    the butterflies and leaves are his handiwork.
    Alison has a good clear hand so she takes charge
    of lettering. Most of us can do colouring in ?.
    Ideas flow from all directions. The video camera
    is engaged and blogging starts up. Photographs of
    butterflies and the campus are printed off .
  • At the heart of the flower is UELs diverse
    student body. The petals are our three policies...

Change Academy blog
  • And here it is, in all its glory, sharing a board
  • Leaves are external influences, interested
    parties, important players. Change agent
    butterflies pollinate the flower. Note Suzannes
    UEL flag top left

Reflections on CA...
Its like the light dawned I suddenly realised
we needed a Learning Teaching Committee in
Student Services, we might be smaller, but what
we do is just as much a part of learning
teaching as what happens in the Schools...
(Alison, SS Associate
... Im so proud of our achievements - I took a
group of colleagues to CA, and I brought back a
team (Suzanne, DLT)
It was my eureka moment before then I secretly
thought professional standards were soo boring,
but then it fell into place they could be the
very thing that linked learning teaching with
research... (Jules, LILT)
HEA Professional Standards
HE sector owned, national framework For HEIs to
demonstrate that professional standards are being
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  • Accredited praised by HEA as
  • sector leading, innovative, model of best
    practice, models choice and flexibility
  • Developed by cross disciplinary working group
  • Offers 3 routes to Fellowship of HEA
  • Direct application
  • Taught programmes
  • Continuing Professional Development

  • Enables Academic Service colleagues to achieve
    Fellow or Associate status of HEA
  • Embedded within Probation, Promotion, and CPD
  • Support of Corporate Management team
  • Roll-out continues throughout this year

Recognising Excellence in SoTL
UEL Teaching Fellowships
  • 9 Awards since 2005
  • Each award carries the title, and 10k to fund
    research, CPD, buy-in/out time etc for SoTL
  • e.g. 2008 awards, projects
  • Classroom Mobile phone technology
  • Serial breaches of academic integrity
  • Academics attitudes towards academic practice

Recognising Excellence
  • We have achieved
  • 3 HEA National Teaching Fellowships

Connecting TF Awards with practice
My UEL Teaching Fellowship has enabled me to
undertake projects that I have long wanted to do
but never had the time or space, or means to
do... Its a marvellous opportunity to connect
research with my teaching practice, and to
receive recognition for my achievements... UEL
TF, 2008
Im very proud to be a national teaching fellow,
it validates the work Ive been doing in the UK
and Europe in the end its all about trying to
improve the students experience, and now Ive
money to extend my research further and do more
work on the ground... UEL NTFS, 2007
Facilitating small projects LEOs
  • Learning Enhancement Opportunity Projects
  • Individuals or teams apply for small project
    funding (up to 10k for 2 years) to innovate
    evaluate aspects of pedagogy and practice
  • Funding available for small equipment, buy-in
    expertise, buy-out teaching time, fund research
  • Available to both academic service colleagues

11 projects since 2006
  • E.g
  • Assessment framework evaluation revision
    (Health and Bioscience)
  • Securing effective student representation
    (Quality AssEnh)
  • Development evaluation of multimedia on-line
    tutorials for SPSS stats software (Psycholgy)
  • Second Life Educational usage technical
    requirements (Distance e-learning)
  • Archives as a tool for learning (Architecture
    Visual Arts)
  • Hows it going? Week 4u project (Student
  • The library game (School of Computing
    Technology / Library)

Learning Teaching Research Groups
  • Aim to establish a LT Research Group in each
    School Service to pump-prime/ enhance
    evaluation innovate practice
  • 7/8 Schools have groups Student Library
  • 10k pa funding available for measurable outputs
  • Research activities include
  • colleagues invited speakers sharing research
  • evaluation of aspects of student success
  • CPD e.g. workshops supporting funding
    applications, conference presentation /
  • evaluation of student perceptions of service

Additional activity
  • Lunchtime discussion forums on pedagogy
    practice e.g. Peer Review of Teaching, Formative
    Assessment, PBL
  • Annual Learning Teaching Conference abstracts
    now submitted for peer review by LTC - includes
    LEO, TF, LTRG presentations
  • New policies on Assessment Academic Integrity
    Use of Turnitin
  • Current work - Inclusive Curriculum Good
    Practice in Assessment Supporting Student
    Success, Personal Tutoring, English Skills...

  • Significant cross-disciplinary collaboration, and
    student representation, is proving successful in
  • Broader participation in pedagogical scholarship
  • Incentivising rewarding quality excellence
  • These are
  • Innovating practice
  • Enhancing student experience...

  • j.cassidy_at_uel.ac.uk
  • j.baldrycurrens_at_uel.ac.uk
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