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The ELIXIR project has attracted an enormous amount of interest, for which the team is exceptionally grateful. They had a record number of attendees participating at their workshops and a hugely successful virtual symposium with 97 attendees – everyone was delighted by this level of support for this important work...

Kashmir Kaur is a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. Building on a PRiA (Pedagogic Research in the Arts) funded project exploring criticality in academic writing Kashmir used LITE’s Supporting PedR Fund to deliver a Criticality Symposium. Here, she reflects on some...

Louise Banahene, Head of Educational Engagement, provides insights into the current focus of her team’s activities and the value of the student success forums. Louise reflects particularly on initiatives that aim to equalise the degree classifications of BAME and white students. Students from BAME backgrounds are less likely to achieve...

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Education), Tom Ward, reflects on the academic year to date.  The academic year 2019-20 has thrown up quite extraordinary challenges for everyone dedicated to Student Education. As ever, I want to start by thanking everyone involved for the effort and thought that goes into enabling our students to learn effectively...

Jen Dyer is a lecturer in sustainability in the School of Earth and Environment. In this SpotLITE, Jen discusses her role as the School Academic Lead for Inclusive Practice and her interests in Mixed Ability sports. Tell us about your career before you took on your current role? (Or before...

Racheal O’Connor is a lecturer in the school of law. In this article, Rachael talks about her ongoing project to introduce a reverse mentoring scheme, which is commonly adopted in the legal sector. Here she reflects on the pilot study which focuses on supporting the international student experience. Partly supported...

Tina Overton applauds the work of the Digital Education Service in responding to the current pandemic before saying her goodbyes as Director of LITE. The world has changed so rapidly in the past few weeks and is changing so quickly that our situation will be different again by the time...

This issue’s article for the PedR Focus has been selected by Katie Livesey, Teaching Excellence Manager in LITE. This article is timely given the huge challenges facing universities, and the wider education sector as a whole, which have had to rapidly adapt in response to the ongoing worldwide crisis. With lecture theatres standing empty and campuses shutting down, lecturers will...

As Education Officer Abiha Khan‘s term draws to a close she provides an update on education developments across the University from the student perspective. We’re already three months into 2020 and what a year it’s been so far!   We kicked off this year with the iconic LITE Student Education Conference...

Could we be seeing an end to Freshers’ Week? LITE Fellows Andrew Mearman and Ruth Payne suggest that students need more than a brief introduction to academia and a pub crawl. LITE’s ELIXIR project is looking closely at what 21st century students want and need in their first year at...