Inclusivity and Quantum Mechanics?

I teach a core third year module on quantum mechanics – not surprisingly the majority of the time is spent developing the formalism, which is ‘beautiful’ mathematically – and conceptually challenging. The extraordinary physics breakthroughs we study were mostly achieved by (now dead) white men: till last summer I had just recognised these truly impressive … Continue reading “Inclusivity and Quantum Mechanics?”

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Innovating Pedagogy 2019

Innovating Pedagogy 2019, is the latest in a series of annual reports by the Open University, which attempt to explore novel approaches to education which have the potential to transform learning and teaching. You can find a MicroCPD on this topic, here. And you can add your own thoughts on the report below. Previous editions … Continue reading “Innovating Pedagogy 2019”

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Global mega-trends and their influence on Higher Education

Yesterday the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a report that argues that in our quickly changing modern world, education cannot prepare for the future using only lessons of the past.

It highlights global mega-trends and how they will influence higher education.

For the full report please click here.

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The Big Conversation 2019

Research-intensive learning, teaching and curriculum at the University of Birmingham: Designing a model fit for the future The Big Conversation 2019 is a platform for staff, students, alumni and guests to share practices and debate ideas. More importantly, we need to settle on some principles and actions that will define our education offer for the … Continue reading “The Big Conversation 2019”

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BAME Community Champions – by Oluwaronke Oladele and Natasha Okoye

“Starting a conversation that never ends….” The BAME Community Champions was an initiative created to address the attainment gap between ethnic minority students and non-ethnic minority students in the Law School. Its aim was to encourage BAME students to apply to top firms and companies and also to respond to complaints that many BAME students … Continue reading “BAME Community Champions – by Oluwaronke Oladele and Natasha Okoye”

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Let’s talk about inequalities, inclusion and belonging – by Prof. Kathy Armour, PVC Education

In order to open the Big Conversation 2019, I thought it would be helpful to consider the issue of inequalities. While it is difficult to prioritise any one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the challenge to reduce inequalities is particularly pertinent. In our University, we can see inequalities in action because we have … Continue reading “Let’s talk about inequalities, inclusion and belonging – by Prof. Kathy Armour, PVC Education”

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Writing a blog post – by Adam Matthews (External Relations)

Writing your article Get your point across quickly and concisely. Try and get your article to about 500 words, if you can create impact with less, even better but this is a good target. You may want to use minimal words and use multimedia instead such as images or video. The first paragraph is vital … Continue reading “Writing a blog post – by Adam Matthews (External Relations)”

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Fostering inclusion in the curriculum and the classroom: Reflections from the School of Government and Society – by Jonathan Fisher (School of Government and Society)

In November 2018, around 40 School of Government and Society staff from across all three departments, professional services and our PGR cohort took part in an Away Day focused on sharing ideas, frustrations and challenges around diversifying the curriculum and fostering inclusive learning environments. The afternoon’s discussions and activities, part of a wider set of … Continue reading “Fostering inclusion in the curriculum and the classroom: Reflections from the School of Government and Society – by Jonathan Fisher (School of Government and Society)”

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Jisc Digital Capabilities Community of Practice Event – by Melanie Leggatt (HEFi)

On the 22 May some of us attended Jisc’s Digital Capabilities Community of Practice event at Leicester. It was a day very well spent. The discussions touched on the many and varied interlinked means by which ‘digital’ finds its way into every aspect of further and higher education; how academic and Professional Services staff can … Continue reading “Jisc Digital Capabilities Community of Practice Event – by Melanie Leggatt (HEFi)”

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Do digital pre-lab resources improve students’ experience of lab work? – by Joseph Berry (HEFi)

As part of the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL) project the University is investing in digital pre-lab resources. These resources will be in three main formats: instructional videos, virtual labs and 360-degree lab tours. Instructional videos aim to demonstrate either a specific technique or an entire practical procedure. Virtual labs are interactive resources, often two-dimensional simulations, … Continue reading “Do digital pre-lab resources improve students’ experience of lab work? – by Joseph Berry (HEFi)”

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