The Education Show

With memories of my primary school teacher days I boarded our coach with a group of students for a day trip to the Education Show at the NEC in Birmingham. Thankfully, unlike my primary school days there was no need to sing songs, administer to the travel sick, or try and stop them from eating their packed lunches before we got there.  The show is a good outing for us. It enables us to visit trade stands and see up to date resources useful in teaching including my favourite  – rows of sparkly pens and colourful paper. Who can resist? Certainly not me.

Some of the stands offer ‘freebies’  and students came back laden although I merely managed a glue stick and a highlighter, in their eyes I had probably failed.  It also enables discussion with people providing things like outdoor activities for school groups. There are other stands which give you the chance to get ‘hands on’ so, for example, students tried making ‘slime’ a wonderfully tactile material which has qualities of both liquid and solid. Personally I couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a go at the climbing wall that Girl Guiding had on offer.  I wasn’t exactly dressed for it but why should that stop me? Continue reading

Celebration of Education at Staffordshire University

This month we warmly welcomed our partners onto campus to celebrate all our collaborative work in Education.  Following our Good OFSTED inspection earlier this year, and subsequently being ranked 36th in the country as an Education department in the Complete University Guide 2018, we took this chance to say thanks to all the schools/colleges in the region for working alongside us and supporting all our trainees.

We were pleased to be joined by our colleagues from schools, colleges, nurseries, and OFSTED, as well as graduates from our courses.

Dr Nigel Thomas, Dean of our School of Life Sciences and Education, opened the ceremony celebrating the impact of our ongoing educational partnerships with over 70 organisations.

As well as providing the chance for all of us to network and celebrate, we also shared best practice through a series of talks. Continue reading

Introducing Jonathan Disley our new Academic Practice Learning Manager

Hello all! I am really excited to have joined the team in the School of Life Sciences and Education.

As Academic Practice Learning Manager my role is all about our graduates’ employability skills. I am working with local, regional and national employers to support the development of work-experience placements for our students.We know from feedback and academic performance that our students value work placements and what they offer in terms of employability skills and opening up opportunities. Many have said their work placement has set them up on successful and previously undiscovered career pathways. Continue reading

Our work with Schools and Colleges

Our Education academics regularly work with Schools and Colleges on projects to enhance the learning experience of students and promote their progression into further study and work.

Read below for updates from our academics about activities they have been undertaking with young people across the region, including:

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Welcome to our blog and our opportunity to share with you our knowledge of life sciences and education.  Here you will find out about our events, our students and staff, as well as everything that excites us, and hopefully you, about the world.

In the School of Life Sciences and Education we work together with key external partners to deliver flexible and applied courses in psychology, sport & exercise, biological and biomedical sciences, and education.  Our students experience exciting, interactive and digitally supported learning environments.  We focus on applying research and learning to real work settings, and working with employers and industry partners to provide our students with employability skills and networks and to contribute to our communities.

Our staff are conducting international research and our staff and students are making a real difference in our regional communities. This blog is all about sharing the news and stories of our students, staff and partners, the connections we are making and the impact of our School.  This blog is about connecting to you, so please take the opportunity to interact with us through: