Welcome to 2011/12

It’s been the usual busy start to the academic year here in OCSLD with new cohorts starting on our programmes: the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education for associate teachers and new lecturers, and Leadership Dimensions for Senior Staff. In addition there are seminar series starting for those managing student research and undertaking pedagogic research, as well as the usual mandatory courses for new starters including a revised ‘Welcome to Brookes’ introduction day. I hope you find something in our courses for Brookes staff which interests you.  Please let us know what you think of this year’s programme.

We are feeling the loss of Jude Carroll and Chris Rust, who both retired towards the end of last year. You can read an interview with Chris Rust in the latest issue of BeJLT. It is a pleasure though to welcome Mary Deane who joins us from Coventry University, bringing her specialisms in academic writing and internationalisation.

We expect that much of our work this year will be focused on the continued impact of last year’s restructuring of the Faculties. We will be running an orientation programme for new Heads and a short 2-day Introduction to Management for those new to management such as Programme Leads.

We are also continuing our support for the implementation of the Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience, continuing to add resources to the ‘Graduate Attributes in Action’ wiki and to the growing collection in RADAR.

Our support for implementing university initiatives extends right through to evaluation. This year we are continuing our evaluation of the impact of the Assessment Compact and Faculty based Student Support.

This year we have also set ourselves a challenge to explore new ways of working. We have plans to overhaul our systems for events management, and make better use of social media – of which this blog is the start. I hope that later in the year you can look forward to reading BeJLT on your ipad and sharing ideas with colleagues in our online community spaces.

Rhona Sharpe


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