Monday, 7 July 2014

Employability Summit: The Student Development Journey

Cover On Friday 4th July the University ran its fifth Employability Summit with several members of the School of Biological Sciences in attendance. The Vice Chancellor opened and closed the meeting.

The keynote address was given by Eimear Bryson, UK Account Director from Trendence UK: Student Employability - Perceptions, Aspirations & Expectations.

Bob Athwal (Director of Student Experience) talked about highlights and progress review since the last Summit, and introduced the new Employability Strategy, based on The Student Development Journey

Dr Sam King (Criminology) described departmental practice, involving a Year 1 "Talent Academy" module, followed by small group discussions and a summary from Bob Athwal.

The next Employability Summit will be on 16th December 2014.



Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Biological Sciences Pedagogical Research Group Friday 11th July

Research The next meeting of the Biological Sciences Pedagogical Research Group will be from 12 to approximately 2pm on Friday 11th July 2014 in Adrian 207e (GENIE meeting room). These meetings are open to all staff and cross-disciplinarity is encouraged. We would like to welcome you to our next meeting!

At this meeting we will be discussing:

  1. Take home messages from the University Learning & Teaching conference (and other recent conferences).
  2. Strengths and weaknesses of the current QAA Benchmark Statement for the Biosciences, last reviewed in 2007. 

We hope to see you are the meeting, which will be the last for this academic year.


Friday, 27 June 2014

Student use of recorded lectures: a report

Report Via David Hopkins, this report from the LSE about lecture capture. This is a nice piece of work, and if you're interested in lecture capture, worth reading for the bibliography alone.

Unsurprising conclusion - technology is neutral and can be used well or badly.
That's worth bearing in mind when dealing with this technology, which generates strong feelings.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A Competitive Environment

Mark Goodwin
Mark Goodwin
This week Mark Goodwin ran the Year 1 and Year 2 employability events with input from the Career Development Service.

The Year 1 Intentions event was held on Tuesday 10th June. The programme was comprehensive and varied, but this event is also designed for data gathering so that we can support student intentions in subsequent years.

  • Careers in the biosciences: Lara Husain, Society of Biology
  • Academia and research (via Masters or PhD): Julian Ketley, Department of Genetics
  • Medicine: Dr Margaret Barnes-Davies, Senior Tutor for Admissions, University of Leicester Medical School
  • Teaching: Dr Maarten Tas, School of Education, and Jean Baxter, Tomorrow’s Teachers
  • Teaching: Tom McGhee, Teach First
  • Graduate careers open to all: Tom Lyas, Tesco
  • Conservation and environmental work. David Watson
  • iGEM: Dr Richard Badge
  • Conservation work: David Harper
  • Year in Industry: Dr Alan Cann
  • Year Abroad: Salvador Macip




Ian Walker
Ian Walker
The Year 2 Intentions event was held on Wednesday 11th June. This consisted of information about possible application schedules for Year 3 and a simulated application exercise which students participated in.



Monday, 9 June 2014

Engaging Students with Audio Feedback

Audio feedback
Students express widespread dissatisfaction with academic feedback. Teaching staff perceive a frequent lack of student engagement with written feedback, much of which goes uncollected or unread. Published evidence shows that audio feedback is highly acceptable to students but is underused. This paper explores methods to produce and deliver audio feedback to a range of students engaged in a variety of academic tasks with the aim of maximising student engagement while working towards a framework which could increase the use of audio feedback by teaching staff.

Alan Cann (2014) Engaging Students with Audio Feedback. Bioscience Education. doi: 10.11120/beej.2014.00027


Thursday, 29 May 2014

Biological Sciences PedR Meeting Tuesday 3rd June - Summer Surprise!

Surprise The next meeting of the Biological Sciences Pedagogical Research Group will be from 12 to approximately 2pm on Tuesday 3rd June in Adrian 207e (GENIE meeting room). These meetings are open to all staff and cross-disciplinarity is encouraged.

At this meeting we seek to lift our spirits from exam marking and soar away into new heights of creativity (hint) - so come along and join in!

We hope to see you are the meeting.