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Academic Reading Workshops : exploring purpose and process

  Huge thanks to the students who joined Fenella and myself on Monday 20th and 27th February to discuss purpose and process when we read academic texts.   The project involves use of an academic reading strategy that Fenella, a specialist lecturer, produced as part of her post-graduate portfolio of work. The strategy breaks down the processes a ‘skilled reader’… Read more →

Culture, conversation and character: discussing Perry’s Reith Lectures

Huge thanks to the 12 students and staff who joined us for conversations based around Grayson Perry’s ‘Reith Lecture’: Nice Rebellion, Welcome in. I love how the Research Room space transforms (with the help of Oliver Cameron-Swan) into a movie theatre at a moment’s notice. For this informal event we weren’t, strictly speaking, watching, but instead were listening to the… Read more →

Learning Gain with Ravensbourne

3 ½ minute read We were delighted to welcome delegates from Ravensbourne college to Hereford College of Arts on the 31st January. The visit was to share some very recent research on Learning Gain with us and discuss some of the findings. Ravensbourne are a lead college in this HEFCE-funded project and, like us, a specialist arts college so their… Read more →

Continuing the conversation: remembering the work of John Berger

3 minute read Last month, the great critic, artist and writer John Berger died. Renowned for his Marxist ideologies, he was a public intellectual who we will miss hugely for his writing and radical, unafraid wisdoms that have challenged, provoked and inspired us. Rather than dwell on the many memorials and obituaries, we wanted, at Hereford College of Arts, to… Read more →

Scholarship and teaching excellence in College-based Higher education

4 1/2 minute read   “The learning environment is enriched by student exposure to and involvement in provision at the forefront of scholarship, research and professional practice.” (TEF assessment criteria LE2)   It would be easy to interpret this assessment criteria as a reference to Boyer’s ‘Scholarship of Knowledge’ and for more vocational college-based HE providers to rely on their… Read more →

The power of ingenuity: animating with Aardman

4.5 minute read   Just before Christmas, I caught up with Mark Woods, animator, and lecturer at Hereford College of Arts. Mark was kind enough to agree to be interviewed about his recent visit to Aardman Studios, where he was part of a small team of lecturer/tutors involved in three days of workshop/training sessions around their professional and teaching practice.… Read more →

Scholarly Practice and Audiovisual in Education: Learning on Screen

3 1/2 minute read I have often thought about the potential power of the audiovisual essay and how this might support students in creating links between practice and theory. However, I have never had the extraordinary potentialities of the medium pointed out to me in a clear way before watching Catherine Grant’s work at a recent Learning on Screen event: Audiovisual… Read more →

Sharing scholarship at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s collaborative partner conference

4 minute read It is always lovely to be invited to present our work within The Scholarship Project, and the opportunity afforded at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s annual collaborative partner conference was no exception. The relationship between a college and its awarding body is something I know the project finds interesting and I would argue that value… Read more →

Evidence-informed Decision-Making at the LSRN discussion workshop

2 minute read A wonderful view from the top of the Pearson building on the 24th November where I met with project director, John Lea and fellow Scholarship Development Managers Patrick and Gail  at a Learning Skills and Research Network group meeting. The LSRN workshop covered the broad theme of ‘Evidence-Informed Decision-Making’: from classroom to boardroom. Quoting from the LSRN… Read more →

Creative Tea #2: A conference, short films and a book

4 minute read Thanks enormously to all those who attended the creative tea last week. It was a cold, gloomy November night that was brightened up by Holland’s ‘Fika’.    The focus of the tea was on ideas of knowledge-exchange, and the strands I drew from the meeting were ideas of knowledge-exchange as process, the live moment  and the validation of… Read more →