#Take5 #23: The best way to start the new academic year? It’s meditation, Jim…

Published: 03/10/2017 - Reading Time: 3 min

Categories: Take5 | Wellbeing

The Meditation Project – Kent We decided to start the new academic year with a meditation – rather than either a bang or a whimper, appropriate as either would be – and have invited Louise Frith, University of Kent, to share her experiences of building meditation resources with and for her students. This is what Louise has to say: “The meditation sessions were great, I realised it was not just me who is feeling overwhelmed.” (Stage 1 student). The meditation project at Kent was developed from a growing awareness of the stress that students experienced related to their studies. Firstly we established a […]


#Take5 #22: The best way to make PhD Students write?

Published: 05/07/2017 - Reading Time: 4 min

Categories: Academic Literacy | Study Skills | Take5

The Thesis Boot Camp Thank you to Heather Campbell for this #Take5 post Take twenty-six PhD students, keep them in a room for 24 hours over a weekend, feed them, water them, motivate them and encourage them, and what happens? They write. In fact, collectively they write over 200,000 words towards their theses. Here at Queen Mary University of London the Thinking Writing team have just completed our fourth Thesis Boot Camp and the event seems to be going from strength to strength. The premise of providing the time, space and motivation for PhD students to write may be a […]

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#Take5 #21: The best way to develop presentation skills?

Published: 23/05/2017 - Reading Time: 4 min

Categories: Take5 | Visual Literacy and Presentation Skills

This #Take5 blog has been written by Lynne Crook and captures the essence of her excellent interactive session delivered in Hull at the 2017 ALDinHE Conference. BIO: Lynne has worked in HE since 2003, and is currently an Academic Skills Consultant at the University of Salford. Her academic background and PhD are in English Literature, specifically the uses of comedy in the contemporary Irish novel. Since 2008, in her spare time, she has also performed stand-up comedy and then improvised comedy with several troupes around the north-west of England. Using Improvisation Skills for Confidence Building in Public Speaking for Students […]

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#Take5 #20 The Best Way to Manage OUR Writing?

Published: 24/04/2017 - Reading Time: 6 min

Categories: Academic Literacy | Take5

Managing academic writing: how managerialism puts pressure on academics’ writing practices By Sharon McCulloch of the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University Writing is central to what academics do, mediating almost every aspect of their work, including research, teaching, administrative and service work as well as public engagement. Much has been written about student academic writing, but less is known about the range of writing that academics do these days and how this might be changing in light of changes in higher education such as marketization and the use of managerial principles in higher education. This #Take5 […]

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#Take5 #19: Learning Development – the best values?

Published: 04/04/2017 - Reading Time: 5 min

Categories: Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Take5 | Widening Participation

For this #Take5 we have we have invited Helen Webster from Newcastle University to blog about Learning Development values. This is in honour of our ALDinHE Conference, 10-12 April, University of Hull: http://www.aldinhe.ac.uk/events/9/aldinhe_conference_2017.html?p=7_9, and follows her recent interesting discussion on the LDHEN list.  So – thank you Helen! Everybody else – do leave a comment – pass the post on – have a great Conference … and think about offering your own blogpost very soon! The Value(s) of Learning Development What are professional values? I remember when I was doing my teacher training that values didn’t really get much attention in […]

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#Take5: 18: The best way to tackle plagiarism?

Published: 28/03/2017 - Reading Time: 10 min

Categories: Academic Literacy | Study Skills | Take5

Turn-it-off:  Making use of ubiquitous plagiarism to facilitate academic skills Liam Greenslade  While asking why writers plagiarize might seem to be a fool’s quest, it can actually be very helpful in preventing future plagiarisms. After all, if we assume it isn’t just the “evil” that plagiarize, it makes sense to take a moment and figure out what would make a “good” person commit such a deed. Bailey (2017) In our cut and paste culture, even if it is not actually the case, it sometimes seems that we are being overwhelmed by a plague of plagiarism, not just in academia but […]

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Take5 #17 – #creativeHE 16-20 January – Join in if you dare!!

Published: 11/01/2017 - Reading Time: 3 min

Categories: Playful and Creative Learning | Take5

*** STOP PRESS: #creativeHE new run: 16-20 Jan!! *** A new version of #creativeHE with a focus on creativity, play, narrative & storytelling and making will be offered by MMU’s CELT in collaboration with London Metropolitan University’s CPED 16-20 Jan 2017. Participants are invited from across the sector – such that colleagues from both institutions and elsewhere will have the opportunity to learn and develop together within a diverse and distributed community of higher education practitioners. Get together with colleagues who are involved in teaching, supporting learning or development of others with an interest in creative teaching and learning, who […]

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Take5 #16 How to enjoy being an academic: Collegiality as Positive Practice

Published: 29/11/2016 - Reading Time: 6 min

Categories: Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Take5

Sandra Abegglen, Tom Burns & Sandra Sinfield This #Take5 blog focusses on three academics working collaboratively in their learning, teaching and research practice: as a way of helping us to better enjoy our time as practitioners. Context All three of us work in UKHE, in a post-1992 University with a diverse student body from non-traditional backgrounds[1]. Our job descriptions vary, with TB and SS in staff development and SA as a course leader in Education; we are one full time and two fractional with heavy workloads[2]. Our institution has been through radical reconstruction, including a merger, the institution and then modification […]

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#Take5 No.15: The Best Teaching and Learning Conversations

Published: 04/10/2016 - Reading Time: 3 min

Categories: Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Take5

TLC: The Best Teaching and Learning Conversations http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/flex/tlc.php Happy new academic year! This year, #Take5 is celebrating MMU’s Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC). These free, open online conversations offer an exciting informal cross-institutional collaboration to provide joint CPD opportunities for everybody teaching and/or supporting learning in Higher Education. Manchester Metropolitan University with London Metropolitan University, Northampton, Surrey, Suffolk and Sheffield Hallam universities are organising these monthly Webinars to bring together colleagues from different disciplines, institutions and countries to engage in Teaching and Learning Conversations. Together, we will discuss and debate a variety of current teaching and learning topics in a […]

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#Take5 #14: The best way to SLOW down and focus?

Published: 18/05/2016 - Reading Time: 4 min

Categories: Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Take5

Close your eyes and relax… Sam Aston and Helena Ross from The University of Manchester, have been focussing on wellbeing and meditation to help students calm down, relax and focus. Here in this #Take5 blogpost they share their techniques and strategies – and invite us to share our practices with them. Sam Aston is a Teaching and Learning Librarian working in the Learning Development Team at the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons at The University of Manchester Library. She works on My Learning Essentials to deliver skills support and is currently applying for senior fellowship of the HEA and conducting a […]

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