Tuesday 23 May 2017

Biosciences Seminar Speaker 25 May 2017

Biosciences Seminar Series - Spring 2017
25 May 2017 - 3pm - Zoology Museum

Note Change Of Time!

More than just a Teaching Fellow

Dr Anne Tierney

from: Wikipeida.org

Our Biosciences seminar series comes to an end this week for the 2016/17 academic year and before starting with our Postgraduate Student Seminar Series (stay tuned!), we are delighted to host a somewhat different speaker, on a topic of increasing interest to both the research and teaching facing staff members. 

We are delighted to welcome Dr Anne Tierney, lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University. Anne is theme leader for Research, Scholarship and Supervision in the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice and a member of the teaching team for the other areas of the PgCert Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in Higher Education and is also programme leader for the MSc Blended and Online Education (BOE). She uses her research help support excellence in learning, teaching and assessment and in supporting educational scholarship. In particular, her research considers the evolving place of Teaching Fellows in academia, threshold concepts in pedagogical research and the place of pedagogical research in the REF.

Teaching-focused academics are increasingly employed in UK universities. For many institutions, this has been as a result of REF, to free up time for research-focused academics to maximise institutional gain. However, the role of the teaching-focused academic, as an emerging role, has, in some cases, been neglected, in terms of the long term implications for the individuals who choose this path. Based on the accounts of twenty-one teaching-focused academics, I explore what it means to be a teaching-focused academic in Life Sciences in the UK.

Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

For the list of forthcoming seminars for next year, keep an eye on our blog.

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