Seminar: Constructive Alignment in Distance Learning Programmes

Date: 19th Feb

Time: 3.30 – 5pm

Panopto Webcast link:

Mentimeter for online audience:

Presenter: Dr. Pam Rogerson Revell, University of Leicester

This talk will report on an action research study (Rogerson-Revell, 2015) investigating  the use of online learning activities or ‘e-tivities’ (Salmon, 2002) to enhance the learning and assessment experience of students on our distance Masters programme.

More information about the event can be found here


Vertically Integrated Projects

The call for Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs) is now open and anyone wishing to propose a pedagogical research based project is encouraged to apply.

Projects should be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 24th January 2020.  More information about VIPs and details about how to apply can be found here.

Workshop on getting to grips with the intangibles of Higher Education – 22nd Nov 2pm.

Much of what we measure in education as KPIs is extremely useful in steering strategy around recruitment or employability as well as measuring success in education, however it is well recognised that KPIs do not measure all the qualities we use to make such measurements.  These intangibles have been the subject of a current QAA Enhancement Theme collaborative cluster called Beyond the Metrics: The intangibles.  (

Dr Alastair Robertson (Dir Teaching and Learning at Abertay) has developed resources to help evidence some of the more intangible aspects of the student experience.  At this workshop Alastair will guide us through a method we can utilise to help identify and understand the intangibles in our areas of influence.  He will provide a background perspective of the concept and work he has done so far, as well as taking us through a number of group-worked examples.

More information about the workshop and how to book a place can be found here.

Webinar on Design Thinking

All are welcome to sign up for this webinar run by IE.

Date: Wednesday 6th November

Time: 2.00 – 3.30

Title: Introduction to design thinking and implications for curriculum design

Location: International Education Institute, Kinessburn, Kennedy Gardens, St Andrews KY16 9DJ

Online location for live webinar:


Abstract: Curriculum innovation often poses a number of challenges. Often, the changes applied give participating faculty a sense of déjà vu or of re-inventing the wheel. Additionally, the evaluation of the efficacy of the initiatives is often difficult to confirm in the short- or long-term. Design thinking is a systematic method to creatively solve complex problems by putting users at the center of the design process. It has great potential to integrate user feedback into the curriculum development process to better ensure changes are serving the needs of students and faculty. The method focuses on empathizing, defining a problem based on user needs, generating multiple solutions, and then, rapidly prototyping and iterating the potential solutions. This creates space for incremental changes or wild disruptions of the curriculum because rapid prototyping creates low-fi, low-time investment experiences for users to interact with. In this workshop, we will complete a design sprint to get a hands-on introduction to design thinking and discuss the potential applications for curriculum development.


Presenter: Alliya Anderson teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design and Preparatory English at Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She is a 2019 Center for Learning and Teaching Fellow and a member of cohort 3 for the UAE-Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Education initiative.

The recording for this event can be found here.

Enhancement Theme Funding Call – October 2019

Do you have an idea of how existing data/evidence held within the institution could be used to improve the student experience?  If so, why not try applying for up £1,000 of Enhancement Theme funding to carry out some research or to develop a resource.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 14th October 2019

Please complete the Enhancement Theme Application form and submit this in MS Word format to

Conditions of funding

Funded initiatives should be completed by the 30th March 2020 to allow reporting of outcomes to the QAA.

The purchase of equipment will not normally be funded, and funds are not available to support individuals in their own research/study. Initiatives will not be funded more than once.

University Advance HE Subscription Renewed

The University is pleased to announce that it has recently renewed our collaborative institutional subscription with Advance HE—an organization which formed in 2018 from a merger between Equality Challenge Unit, Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education—and is dedicated to driving positive change in higher education. With over 15 years of resources to access, as well as knowledge and insight into the key sector opportunities and challenges, Advance HE exists to help higher education shape its future. They offer expertise in the areas of excellence in education, transformative leadership, equality and inclusion and effective governance. Further, they administer a number of development programmes and surveys which the University participates in, such as the PRES survey, as well as the Athena SWAN and Aurora programmes.

You can keep up to date with the latest HE sector news, reports and research, information on a range of Advance HE services and awards that can support you in your role by registering for Advance HE Connect. To further explore the benefits of institutional membership, including discounts on other services, visit Advance HE Memberships.

Teaching and Learning in an internationalised context: challenges and strategies

This event will be led by Katrien Deroey, a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching at the multilingual University of Luxembourg.

The event is on the 26th April 2019 in Room XL in the English Language Teaching building, and will start at 12.30pm with lunch.

The intended learning outcomes of the session are that participants will be able to:

  • explain the key challenges their international students may face in the learning context
  • identify some aspects of their teaching that may help or hinder their international students
  • formulate some strategies they could use to promote understanding and learning in this context.

After lunch, there will then be a presentation from 1pm to 2pm in which Katrien will discuss how the internationalisation of higher education has led to a variety of contexts in which native and non-native speakers of English teach students with different cultural, educational and linguistic backgrounds through the medium of English. She will also survey the key issues associated with ‘English Medium Instruction’ for lecturers and students. In addition, linguistic and pedagogical strategies that can facilitate teaching and learning in these contexts will also be looked at.

The event will finish with an interactive session from 2pm to 3pm in which participants are invited to share their experiences with and strategies for teaching and learning in an internationalised context.

This event will be taking place in Room XL in the English Language Teaching building.

Booking can be actioned through the University Events page here.