next #TLCwebinar with Patrick Baughan discussing Sustainability in HE

Dear colleagues,

Patrick Baughan, Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at the Department of Learning Enhancement and Development at City University London will lead TLC webinar on Tuesday the 26th of May, 12-1pm GMT* during which we will discuss Sustainability in higher education.

Information: The purpose of this webinar is to discuss an empirical study in which I invited university staff employed in the field of educational development to provide their views about sustainability in higher education. The aims of the study were to: (a) seek educational developer views about whether sustainability (particularly sustainability in the curriculum) could form a more central part of their own work; (b) invite comment about the current Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Sustainable development in higher education policy. The study seeks to offer some rich data from the ‘educational developer voice’ about sustainability, which could be useful for informing future versions of relevant policy, but that might also be helpful in casting light on the relationship between educational development and sustainable development. The project was undertaken by way of nine semi-structured interviews at six different (UK based) universities. In light of its outcomes, I will explain that educational developers offer varied conceptions and accounts of sustainability, and different views about its role and position in relation to university curricula. I will argue that sustainability is an area that should not be imposed on educational developers but that it provides an opportunity for that community. In addition, policy needs to provide more direction about sustainability in teaching, curricula, and other areas of pedagogy, and here too educational developer perspectives could be valuable and should be sought out.

Patrick Baughan, image source here

Patrick Baughan is Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at the Department of Learning Enhancement and Development (‘LEaD’), City University London. He has a major role in developing and teaching on the University’s MA Academic Practice (staff development) programme, also providing bespoke sessions and advice on a range of pedagogic issues to colleagues across the University and in the sector. Patrick’s research interests are based around educational integrity and plagiarism prevention, assessment and feedback, sustainability in higher education, and the development of newer researchers. His current work examines conceptions of sustainability amongst sociology staff and students in relation to academic identity. He has a long-standing involvement with the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He is completing part-time PhD studies at the University of Lancaster.

How to join the webinar

To attend and take part in the webinar, access the TLC webinar room here: https://mmu.adobeconnect.com/tlc/
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Please note

A recording of the webinar will be made available at the same URL under a creative commons licence.

About Teaching & Learning Conversations

image created by artist Ellie Livermore image source: here

TLC is an exciting cross-institutional collaboration to provide open CPD opportunities for everybody teaching and/or supporting learning in Higher Education. TLC  brings together colleagues from different disciplines, institutions and countries. TLCs are also open to students in HE and we are very interested in including students’ contributions to the programme.

Together, we discuss and debate a variety of current teaching and learning topics in a series of webinars which provide a great opportunity to reflect on and share good practice and to find out what is happening beyond your own institution the more global HE landscape.

All webinars are open to the wider community to join.

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We hope you will be able to join us for this TLC webinar.


The TLC team

Participating institutions and contacts
Manchester Metropolitan University, contact Chrissi Nerantzi & Dr Rod Cullen
University Campus Suffolk, contact Dr Chris Smith
University of Surrey, contact Dr Simon Lygo-Baker
Sheffield Hallam University, contact Andrew Middleton
University of Northampton, contact Prof. Ale Armellini

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