An excellent conference with links to many ideas, documents and people who are worth watching. From a curriculum, pedagogy and policy perspective, there is a lot of guidance out there: QAA have appointed a chair for their review body of the 2012 QAA Enterprise and Entrepreneurship guidance. There is likely […]

Takeaways from the IEEC Conference

On 11/05/17 York St John hosted the inaugural Learning and Teaching Conference titled: ‘Formulating excellence in inclusive learning, teaching and assessment practice: have we reached the tipping point in higher education?’ Professor Alan Hurst’s opening address focused on ‘Reflections on 45 years’ of practice: 71-17 from then to today’. The […]

Inclusive Learning and Teaching Conference

Universities across the UK have recognised the need for investment in both formal and informal learning spaces to support the student experience and this includes the requirement to balance innovative and collaborative spaces with traditional tiered lecture theatres, which are increasingly being adapted to new learning practices and continue to […]

HG147 Learning Spaces Survey

The Technology Enhanced Learning team were tasked with running a team afternoon for the Academic Development Directorate under the title of “Embracing the Digital”. After initial discussions we decided to take some inspiration from the Stanford 2025 project, described as “an exploration of undergraduate experiences in the future”. On their […]

ADD Embracing the Digital

Books, papers and pencils
On Tuesday 28th March the Academic Development Directorate ran a Masterclass presented by Corony Edwards, a staff development and higher education consultant, on learning gain in higher education. Learning gain is described by Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) on their learning gain website as, “an attempt to measure the improvement […]

Learning Gain: ADD Masterclass write-up

The Motivation, Performance and Wellbeing research group is delivering a guest lecture on 5 April. PERFECTIONISM IN AN IMPERFECT WORLD Cafe-scientifique 5 Apr 2017 @ 7:30 PM City Screen Basement Bar Speaker Dr Sarah Mallinson-Howard, Daniel Madigan, & Esmie Smith EVENT INFORMATION Perfectionism in an Imperfect World What is perfectionism […]

Guest Lecture Event

Lunchtime Session with Dr Alison Laver Fawcett, Monday 8 May from 12:00-13:00 in SK036 How do we facilitate our students to become passionate about learning, capable of investigating new problems and ideas? In this session we will discuss the Higher of Education Academy (HEA; 2015) ‘Framework for Student engagement through […]


On 16th March, I attended the Higher Education Beyond Fellowship Conference at Conference Aston, Birmingham. The event gathers together colleagues from across the UK who are involved in academic development, mainly those who are responsible for leading postgraduate certificates or internal CPD schemes.   There was good representation from York […]

Higher Education Beyond Fellowship Conference

This is a question we often get asked, particularly by new staff. It’s a good question and worthy of clarification, which is the intention of this post. The Academic Development Directorate provides a large and varied range of development opportunities for both new and more experienced academic staff. Two of […]

PCAP and the CPD framework – what’s the difference?

You don’t have to go far in Kenya without bumping into a real social issue that needs solving. A good friend of mine shared one with me today. I have known Mary Omingo for 8 years and worked closely with her. She was interested to hear about my social innovation […]

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