News from OCSLD

Here is the latest news from OCSLD reported to the VCs ‘good news’ meeting on Monday.

Neil Currant presented at the ‘Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education’ event held at King’s College on the 10 March on the topic of institutional support and policy for diversity and inclusion.

Maria Cerrato Lara presented  a ‘Case Study: on Internationalising the Curriculum’ at Inside Government: Designing and Delivering a Quality Higher Education Curriculum. London, 3 March 2016.

Rhona Sharpe presented ‘Developing Digital Literacies‘ in the HE Live Lounge at BETT 2016 on 22 January.

George Roberts has been invited by Cardiff University to help design, develop and support the delivery of a new supported pathway to individual membership of the Higher Education Academy. The first pilot workshop delivered by Dr George Roberts ran on 19 January. Based on the success of that session another is planned for 18 April.

Ian Whiting has taken up the post of Chair of the Midland Staff Development Partnership. This is a network of Staff Developers representing 20 HE Institutions across the midlands region. It acts as a channel of communication and co-operation on HE staff development activities within the Midlands, and provides a forum for discussion and dialogue with the Leadership Foundation and other bodies. In the role of Chair Ian also acts as a representative on the Executive Council of the national Staff Development Forum.

Kathy Greethurst reports that we have successfully completed the Executive Team Development Programme in the Faculty of Business which launched last July. The objectives of the programme were to strengthen the leadership and management of the Executive team and improve their team working. The programme consisted of a briefing workshop, MBTI survey and feedback, 360 degree feedback survey and feedback, 3 workshops on faculty vision; leadership, management,change and communication; planning priorities for the future.

First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education has just completed its 6th run. (Possibly the UK’s longest running open online course.) FSLT continues to evolve, becoming a core component of the flexible provision towards our PCTHE for in-house staff. This year we welcomed 21 assessed and 63 non-assessed participants from as far as Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Qatar and Portugal. Teaching Online Open Course launches this week.


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