Penny Vincent, Senior Lecturer in the Creative Commuities Unit hopes that you can join her to start the conversation about a new Public Engagement Network at Staffordshire University.
She has booked room
L134 in Flaxman building from 3.30-5.30pm on Thursday 21st May.
Penny has invited university colleagues that
- are already well connected with community partners,
- involve themself and their students as volunteers in local communities, or
- that practice a highly engaging approach for students and the public.
She is looking to:
- draw out some great examples of good practice to share more widely,
- identify the benefits and challenges for public engagement at Staffordshire University,
- think about what support is needed to be more participatory and
- create a guide for colleagues who might want to engage communities in their teaching, research and practice.
You may want to check out the NCCPE website on Public Engagement in Higher Education – an excellent resource – http://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/
This is an interesting article about public engagement and research – http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/jul/21/10-ways-make-public-engagement-work-for-you
Please pass this invitation on to any colleagues who you think will be interested.
Please bring your own refreshments to the meeting, which will be an informal sharing session to get us started.
If you can’t make it on the 21st but would like to be involved, please let Penny know by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Society for Research into Higher Education invites applications for its research awards. These awards are funded entirely by the Society, and intended to support new research into higher education. Applications on any aspect of HE should be submitted under the three overarching themes of higher education policy, higher education and society, and higher education practice.
Individual members of the society at the date of application are eligible to apply. Where a proposal is submitted by a research group or a team, the lead proposer must be an individual member of the society.
Up to four awards annually, worth £10,000 each, are available.
Two to four scoping awards annually of £5,000 each for the exploration of any new or emerging area of higher education research leading to the development of a plan for further research, are also available.
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Closing date: 1st September 2014
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Higher Education Academy call for proposals – The impact of pedagogies of partnership on the student learning experience in UK higher education
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) recognises ‘Students as Partners’ as a priority thematic area to enhance student learning through regarding students as active partners in their educational experiences. This theme explores student engagement in learning, teaching and research as well as quality enhancement and change. To support this work, the HEA have a call for proposals to commission research to:
- increase understanding of pedagogical approaches that foster partnership and the impact on student learning
- offer clear implications for teaching and learning practice
Proposals should be distinct from existing HEA and partner research in the area and can encompass qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. Funding of up to £20,000 is available, with a deadline for applications of 14th March 2014, with work to commence in May 2014.
Call details http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/SAP-research-call-Jan-2014
HEA information on Students as Partners theme http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/students-as-partners
Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliances
Knowledge Alliances are a new type of project which, following pilot calls in 2011 and 2012 under the Lifelong Learning Programme, will form part of the Erasmus+ Programme 2014 – 2020.
Knowledge Alliances are structured partnerships between Higher Education Institutes (HEI) and the business community. They are intended to facilitate long-term active exchange and collaboration between HEI and business to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. Knowlege Alliances are part of the second key activity area for HEI under Erasmus+: cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practice.
Knowledge Alliance activities are expected to trigger innovative approaches, entrepreneural skills and the possibility of new products and services. They are therefore broadly defined and might include the development and implementation of new learning and teaching methods; structured mobility; a new multidisciplinary curriculum or a new company approach to staff development.
At least three counties must be involved in a Knowledge Alliance represented by at least one HEI and one private company in all participating countries. Partner organisations will be expected to raise at least 25% of the funds required for their Knowlege Alliance.
The concept of Knowledge Alliances was piloted in 2011 and 2012. Three out of 94 proposals were selected for funding in 2011 and three out of 103 applications in 2012. The successful pilot proposals are:
CIAKL – Cinema and Industry Alliance for Knowledge and Teaching
EUEN – European University Enterprise Network
KNOWFACT – European Teaching Factory Paradigm in Manufacturing Education
E-NSPIRATION – Energy Innovative Training programme
EDUCCKATE – Education Cultural and Creative Knowledge Alliance for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs
EURL3A – European Real Life Learning Lab Alliance
For further details see the Knowledge Alliance web site
Reform of Higher Education through International University Co-operation
The European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, has launched a call for proposals in the provision for the fourth phase of the Tempus programme, a reform of higher education through international university co-operation.
The overall objective of the programme is to support the modernisation of higher education in the EU’s surrounding area. The Tempus programme promotes institutional co-operation and focuses on the reform and modernisation of higher education systems in the partner countries. It contributes to an area of co-operation in higher education involving the European Union and partner countries in its wider proximity. In particular, the programme will promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in the field of higher education, deriving from the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy, the strategic framework for European co-operation in education and training (‘ET 2020’) and the Bologna process.
The purpose of this call for proposals is to promote multilateral co-operation among higher education institutions, authorities and organisations from EU Member States and partner countries, with the focus on the reform and modernisation of higher education.
To find out more about this call please click HERE