Pedagogies for Sustainability, Responsible Enterprise and Innovation: 11th July 2018

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On the 11th July research group SEEG in partnership with Centre of Excellent in Learning and Teaching (CELT) are hosting a joint workshop: Pedagogies for Sustainability, Responsible Enterprise and Innovation.

The workshop draws together in-house MMU expertise, recent CELT-funded research , and good practice from external and international case studies to look at how new and innovative pedagogical approaches, including Problem and Enquiry Based Learning (PEBL) short training courses (Carbon Literacy) and online-technology facilitated learning can help us stay at the forefront of enhanced student experience and pedagogical innovation. We will hear about case examples from Nottingham Trent University, and internationally from colleagues from Arizona State (USA) and Aalborg (DK) Universities.

The whole schedule for the workshop is now fully confirmed, please click the Eventbrite link to book your place:

If you have any questions about the event, please direct them to Valeria Vargas ( or Sally Randles (


A Round-Up of Some Useful Creative Commons Libraries

Looking for photos, videos or audio to use in your teaching sessions or presentations but unsure about copyright? You might be interested in the following Creative Commons resources.

What is Creative Commons?

Put simply, Creative Commons is a set of licenses that enable lawful collaboration to do things like copy, share and remix. Creative Commons is a way to give permission to everyone to freely reuse your creative works.

The following websites all host huge collections of creative commons artefacts:

  • – The Internet Archive is one of the biggest archive of freely available artefacts and pulls together multiple archives and collections into one place. Here you can search photos, videos, books, music and more. Personal highlight: the collection of old Charlie Chaplin films
  • – Europeana work with “thousands of European archives, libraries and museums to share cultural heritage for enjoyment, education and research.” Especially useful if you want high quality images of artwork, or old maps. There’s some great Eurovision-related content on there…
  • – This is a project that was set up to digitise all of the images from books that have fallen out of copy write. Five millions images and counting!
  • – Mostly Dutch art and design
  • – Excellent website if you want simple graphics and icons
  • – Looking for Creative Commons music? This one’s for you! As they say themselves, “It’s not just free music; it’s good music.”
  • – This project was set-up by artists Ben White and Eileen Simpson (both of whom teach in the art school) to digitise and distribute out-of-copyright sound recordings. Lots of early blues jazz and folk recordings.

It’s also worth noting that Google Images and Flickr both allow you to change your search settings to only display Creative Commons images. On Google Images this can be found under ‘tools>usage rights’. On Flickr there’s a dropdown menu under ‘Any license’.

“So, can I use any of these images/video clips/audio clips for any purpose?”

This depends on what creative commons license the author/creator has chosen to use. There are six different variants of the licence, which allow you do different things, such as edit and rework the work. More info here: You should remember to always attribute the work back to the original creator.

If you are looking for ways to incorporate some of these resources into your teaching, have a look at our pages on Lectures and Lecturing.

And, if all this talk of freely shared knowledge has peaked your interest, you’ll love our pages on Open Educational Resources!

European First Year Experience Conference at Birmingham City University

On Wednesday the 28th of June, I presented a show and tell session to a full house at the European First Year Experience Conference. This is the first time the research has been presented outside of MMU and we were really pleased to get some early feedback on the resources, which were well received.

The research I have been working on with my supervisor Rachel Forsyth focuses on the transition from further education to higher education, specifically for ‘non-traditional’ students. Transition to higher education is a complex area with a large body of literature. The findings from this project so far, has not pulled up anything particularly different from the literature, with the same issues in transition as was being written twenty years ago. However, we have used the data collected in this study to refocus our resources. Staff and students at MMU were interviewed who had either recent first hand or professional experience of transition.

At MMU, there is a drive to attract young people in further education to higher education who may not have considered the institution before. More information can be found here: I hope that the resources developed from this research will help staff to acknowledge the background of their students and consider what can be done to enhance student experience.

In collaboration with our colleague Liz Walshaw, we designed some resources to be used in the session. This included a poster, role-play exercises, a case study scenario and some illustrations based on the issues first year students may face such as making friends or work-life balance. The resources will be developed into a webpage on the CELT website that is going live in September and a full report following thereafter. Over the next two months, I will be running sessions to trail the resources further. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved with the resource trials and development.

Contact: Henry Coleman –


Festival of Social Science event at Manchester Metropolitan University


‘Deal with each other in the spirit of Ubuntu’

Place: Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Bonsall Street, Manchester M15 6GX Reception tel: +44 (0) 161 247 2646

Time: 2-5pm

Date: 9th November 2016

This creative programme of activity brings together a world-class social scientist with students from Manchester universities and two community artists. An exhibition, a walking tour, and creation of a collaborative artwork, will help to create a unique experience themed around global citizenship and the idea of ‘community’ that will shine a light on the ways in which social sciences and the creative arts can come together.

This event is completely free and open to all.

Please use the following link to sign up to attend:


Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti: Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change, at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Vanessa has extensive experience working across sectors internationally in areas of education related to international development, global citizenship, indigeneity and social accountability.  Her work combines poststructuralist and postcolonial concerns in examining educational discourses and designing viable pedagogical pathways to address problematic patterns of international engagements, flows and representations of inequality and difference in education. Many of her publications are available at:

Kerry Morrison – Environment Artist and In-Situ Director

Kerry Morrison merges art with ecology to produce intriguing interventions in the everyday landscape of our urban lives. Through a conspicuous process of walking, talking, listening, drawing, collecting, and performance, she explores people’s connections with the environment: how we move through it, take from it, and add to it. Her approach is durational and transitory whereby art is a verb: a process of action, dialogue, and performative patterns resulting in new, shared experiences and unfolding narratives. She co-founded InSitu, a not-for-profit artist-led organization based in Pendle, East Lancashire. In Situ nurtures into existence art that addresses local issues with the aim to make a positive difference to people’s lives and the environment.

Mary Courtney – visual artist and poet

“I like to experiment with drawing and different visual art forms, to play with words and ideas and bring out creativity in others”.

Mary has been artist in residence at Warwick University Chemistry Department during 2016, leading art workshops for staff and students and scripting and producing a chem-art film called “Planet Biscuit: Into the Micronosphere”. She’s organised giant community map-making events, with hundreds of participants, including the “Mappa Magnificellaneous” this year. Art-poetry combinations have been exhibited at Compton Verney, Tate Modern and MediaCityUK. She has received poetry awards from the National Poetry Competition, the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine and Cambridge University.


For more details contact:

Alicia Prowse at Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manchester Metropolitan University,

Valeria Vargas at Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University,

Susan Brown, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester,

TALE Autumn Workshop Programme


It is a new term, and CELT’s Teaching and Learning Essentials (TALE) programme is back!

TALE workshops are of particular interest to associate lecturers (ALs), academics, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and professional and technical staff involved with supporting student learning.

We are also excited to introduce new workshops developed with partners across the university, including MMU Special Collections, the Disability Service, Counselling and Wellbeing service, and LRT.

Here is the full autumn programme:

3Ps (Planning, Preparation and Purpose)
Wed 21st Sept, 9:30-15:30, Cheshire campus
Introduces session planning, inclusive practice, learning levels and writing learning outcomes. There is also opportunity to explore creative ways to deliver teaching and evaluate that learning has happened. Book online.

Transition into Higher Education
Thurs 29th Sept, 10:00-12:00
This is the ideal time of year to attend CELT’s Transitions into Higher Education workshop. We’ll consider the student experience as they move into Higher Education and generates practical techniques to promote a positive transition. Book online.

Introduction to Unit Leadership
Wed 5th Oct, 14:00-16:00
Outlines the role and responsibilities of unit leaders, highlight useful resources and provide opportunities for questions and answers. Book online.

Thurs 6th & 13th Oct, 9:30-15:30, Cheshire Campus
Microteaching is a two-day intensive follow on workshop, which practically applies many of the skills introduced in 3Ps -Planning, Preparation and Purpose. This workshop is highly experiential using microteaching, peer review and action learning techniques to develop practice.
Only available to people who have completed 3Ps Book online.

Group Work
Mon 17th Oct, 10:00-12:00
Shares techniques for organising seminars/group work and provides creative space to design interactive activities for use in teaching or supporting learning. Book online.

Introduction to Assessment, Marking and Feedback
Wed 19th Oct, 10:00-12:00
Are you new (or relatively new) to marking and assessment? Do you want to know more about marking practices and standardisation at MMU? Then the introduction to assessment workshop is the ideal CPD option for you. This practical session includes an opportunity to do some marking, work as a member of a marking team and to write developmental feedback. There will be opportunities to share your experiences and learn from other members of the group. Book online.

New Digital Interactivity in Lectures
Tues 25th Oct, 10:00-12:00
Introduces a number of freely available and user-friendly software options to increase student interactivity in lectures. Options explored include polling systems, MMU video options, text wall etc. Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by Learning and Research Technologies and CELT

Engaging and Supporting Disabled Students
Thur 27th Oct, 9:30-12:00
Contextualises how MMU works to provide an inclusive experience for disabled students in their learning and assessment activities. The workshop will look at processes and procedures in place whilst keeping the sense of student learning central to discussions. Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by The Disability Service and CELT.

Tools and Techniques for Personal Tutoring
Fri 28th Oct, 13:00-15:00
Explores how to use coaching approaches in personal tutoring and some useful techniques for managing difficult conversations with students. Book online.

New Introduction to Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Services
Thurs 3rd Nov, 10:00-11:00
Provides an overview to counselling, health and wellbeing services available to students at MMU. The session considers some scenarios in learning and teaching contexts to explore how and when to refer students to professional services. Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by the Counselling and Wellbeing service and CELT

New Assessment at MMU
Fri 4th Nov, 11:00-12:00
Are you an experienced academic used to marking student work? Do you want to know more about assessment practice and the resources available at MMU? Then this is the session for you. Book online.

Managing Large Groups
Wed 9th Nov, 10:00-12:00
Considers strategies to optimise the learning potential when working with larger groups. The session will also consider how to promote positive student behaviours. Book online.

3Ps (Planning, Preparation and Purpose)
Mon 14th Nov, 10:00-16:00
Purpose introduces session planning, inclusive practice, learning levels and writing learning outcomes. There is also opportunity to explore creative ways to deliver teaching and evaluate that learning has happened. Book online.

New Introduction to Employability
Wed 23rd Nov, 10:00-11:00
Defines employability in a Higher Education context and highlights the services, support and opportunities available at MMU, so that you can best support your students. This introductory session is appropriate for colleagues with little or no experience of employability. Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by Careers and Employability and CELT.

Mon 28th Nov & 12th Dec, 10:00-16:00
Microteaching is a two-day intensive follow on workshop, which practically applies many of the skills introduced in 3Ps -Planning, Preparation and Purpose. This workshop is highly experiential using microteaching, peer review and action learning techniques to develop practice.
Only available to people who have completed 3Ps Book online.

Engaging with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Mon 5th Dec, 13:00-15:00, Special Collections
This is an introductory level workshop for all practitioners involved in supporting student learning. You will learn about ESD in national and institutional contexts. You will also identify your role in educating MMU students for responsible futures. Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by Special Collections, Science and the Environment and CELT

New Helping Students in Distress
Thurs 8th Dec, 10:00-12:00
Considers the practical techniques and effective referrals that staff can use to support students in distress. The session considers mental health & well-being perspectives in learning and teaching contexts.  Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by the Counselling and Wellbeing service and CELT

For more information, go to

CELT and TIPL Writing Space

Are you researching and writing about higher education research or pedagogy?
CELT and TIPL (the centre for Technology, Innovation and Play for Learning in the Faculty of Education: are jointly hosting a ‘writing space’ on the 3rd Thursday of every month, to which you are very welcome.

The next such event is as follows:

Thursday 20th November
13.00 – 17.00
All Saints Building, Room 105 (opposite the CELT offices)

If you need to dedicate a few hours to writing out of the office, or want to talk to colleagues about current writing projects or challenges, you are very welcome.

Subsequent writing space events for your diary are:

18 December
15 January
19 February
19 March
16 April
21 May
18 June
16 July

Venues for these subsequent events are yet to be confirmed.

For more information contact Charles Neame in CELT ( or Nicola Whitton in ESRI (

This post was contributed by Charles Neame.

Professoriate Lecture from Prof. C. Philip Wheater

Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Science and Engineering

50 Shades of Green: The benefits and challenges of managing urban greenspace
Most urban dwellers look favourably on the greenspace that lies close to their homes or places of work, few realise the richness of the wildlife that can be supported by such environments. Nor do many of us understand the different benefits, pressures, opportunities and challenges that are involved in designing, maintaining and enhancing such spaces. This talk presents a wide ranging tour of the different types of space and considers conflicts and resolutions to these issues with reference to work carried out by researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University. The topics covered will include benefits (including on the public’s health and wellbeing) of urban habitats, urban ecology, problems in urban open spaces, and the management of urban wildlife and habitats.

Phil Wheater is the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and a Pro-Vice Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has been teaching, researching and writing about wildlife and urban ecology for over 30 years, including textbooks on urban habitats and invertebrate animals, reports on site management, and articles on human / environmental interactions. Phil has worked on many different aspects of urban management from wildlife ecology, through habitat management, to personal security and public health issues. He has worked with a wide range of organisations associated with urban habitats. These include metropolitan authorities (such as Manchester City Council and the Corporation of London), national organisations (including Natural England and the National Trust), and managers of a number of urban fringe areas including sites of special scientific interest and national nature reserves.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014
from 18:00 to 20:00

This is a general talk, aimed at a wide audience, and no prior knowledge is assumed!
A drinks reception will follow the talk. Tickets are limited so be sure to book your space thorugh the link below:

Research into student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development

Please encourage first and third year students to complete a confidential short survey which examines skills they develop for getting a job. The survey is part of a longitudinal survey which is run by the NUS and HEA (in its 4th year now), MMU have taken part over the past 3 years. Upon completion of the survey the students

The short survey, which is being run in conjunction with the National Union of Students (NUS) and Higher Education Academy (HEA), will take about 15 minutes to complete. The closing date is16th November 2014 and students will be entered into a draw to win £500 or one of 10 £50 runner-up prizes.

To take part in the survey log on to

A fresh start

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