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Dr Robert Johnson, left, and Professor Ian Jamieson at the event
Dr Robert Johnson, left, and Professor Ian Jamieson at the event
Marianne Ellis receives an award from Professor Jamieson
Marianne Ellis receives an award from Professor Jamieson
The event organisers
The event organisers

Internal News - 26 September 2007

New staff to attend off-campus event as part of Teaching Development Programme

Forty-two new staff will attend an afternoon off-campus event next Wednesday (October 3) as part of the Teaching Development Programme to help them develop their skills and become familiar with the University.

The event is being held at Combe Grove Manor & Country Club near Bath and those addressing the staff will include the Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Learning & Teaching and for Research, Professor Ian Jamieson and Professor Kevin Edge.

There will also be representatives from Research and Innovation Services, the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office, the Academic Staff Development Team and the Marketing & Communications Department.

The afternoon will consist of a series of round table discussions which will give the new staff the opportunity to find out about the sessions offered by the various parts of the University, to get to know the key staff better and to answer questions.

The Teaching Development programme is a flexible work-based and accredited course which runs every year. Staff map out their own professional development needs and discuss them with an experienced practitioner. They then elect to participate in a variety of workshops, consult with their peers in learning groups and can call upon the advice of experienced departmental mentors and the Academic Staff Development Team of the University.

Last year, the first successful participants of the programmes were awarded their Postgraduate Certificates in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Dr Robert Johnson, Head of Academic Staff Development, said: “There is plenty of support on hand for staff to develop their working practice, from course design, to getting the best out of seminars and running effective labs.

“The programme is matched to the professional standards we have set ourselves, which go beyond the professional standards framework set by the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom.

“Last year we focussed on the theme of research-based learning for undergraduates, which produced a lively debate across the University. It was clear that the involvement of students in our research gives them a strong sense of purpose and a great experience.

“This year, as we embark on the programme at Combe Grove, those findings will be shared with our new colleagues to make this another successful year at Bath.”