Keith Ebdon, Demelza Thackeray and Karen Sweeting City College Plymouth UPC Graduation Ceremony 2010
UPC Staff Information & Opportunities 2010/11
UPC Staff Resources
Welcome Welcome to UPC Staff Opportunities 2010/11. This booklet provides a summary of training and staff development events available through UPC and the University of Plymouth, as well as information about key resources and contacts. When working with colleges to develop enhancement opportunities for staff the ultimate goal is to add to the quality of UPC programmes through engagement with scholarship activity. This is an important aspect of what constitutes the real meaning of quality in terms of the way it impacts on the everyday experience of students in developing an understanding of what Higher Education means. As partners in the development and delivery of UoP Higher Education awards, UPC college staff are valued by the University and are able to contribute to the academic life of the University. Whether it be in terms of university events, programmes of higher study, or engagement with UoP colleagues, UPC staff have a role to play within the university as well as their colleges. One of the progressive aspects of UPC is the links that it has fostered not only between colleges and UoP colleagues, but across the network, between colleges. We are increasingly learning how to share our knowledge and expertise in a way that benefits the wider community, and although this can sometimes be logistically difficult it is through the development of more online resources and shared spaces that we can utilise this collaboration more effectively. To this end we are investing more of our time and energy in making this virtual aspect of teaching and learning a more central aspect to all of our work. Of course, this makes the opportunities that we create to come together at faculty wide events even more precious and important and we would like to encourage more staff to invest their time in taking an active role in such activities. UPC also works with college staff to identify and develop events for the partner college network with most sessions being hosted within a UPC partner college. All of our staff development sessions, conferences, and subject forum events are free of charge and we would like to encourage all academic and support staff to take advantage of the support networks provided by the faculty. Within this booklet you will find details of the Subject Forum Chairs who are the central academic links between UPC and cognate faculties. These are vital contacts who can give academic advice and support to programme teams. Details of our staff development events are hosted in a calendar format on the front of the UPC Faculty community on the University of Plymouth portal. Just click on the session to get more details and contact us if you would like to attend a session at another college, or book us for a session at your college. In this booklet you will find information on: UPC Staff Resources and Entitlements Section 1 UPC CPD Opportunities Section 2 Workshops and In-College Training Sessions Section 3 Subject Forum Information Section 4 UoP Liaison Staff & Resources Section 5 Teaching & Learning Directorate Section 6 Key Dates Section 7 Staff Directory Section 8
The UPC Faculty community on the University of Plymouth portal http://intranet.plymouth.ac.uk/upcfacul/intranet.htm houses a wealth of key information including processes and templates. This community also includes the link to the e-resources through the library which is essential for any UPC student. Students can access these library links through the UPC student community â€“ UPC General: https://intranet.plymouth.ac.uk/upcgen/intranet.htm Within Foundation Degrees, the opportunity to deliver flexibly is essential. Blended opportunities focus energy on pedagogic approaches that underpin innovation and reflective practice to enhance the learner experience. UPC aims to support staff to develop, embed and sustain blended developments and offer wider engagement of study possibilities to support lifelong learning. All staff teaching on or supporting UPC awards should have an active RUT (Registered University Teacher) accounts. Most of our workshops require staff to be able to access their RUT account in order to demonstrate resources available to support staff and students. If you do not have a RUT account please contact email@example.com for a RUT application form. Please allow sufficient processing time for this request - approximately 1 week. If you have a RUT account but need to reactivate it or have a problem with it, please call the UoP ILS helpdesk (01752) 588588 who will be able to reset your account.
Claire Gray Staff Development Coordinator 07970 386876 firstname.lastname@example.org
New for 2010! A password changer tool which allows designated staff in your college permissions to change both staff and student passwords is now available. For further information please contact your HE Administrator or Julie. email@example.com. Your RUT account gives you access to a comprehensive range of materials and information on the portal â€“ a good starting point for exploring resources is to go the UPC Faculty Community and use the left hand menu to go to the Resources for Staff pages. There you will find information and links including CPD, e-resources and presentations and the virtual UPC Staff Handbook. You may also find it useful to access the Student Community (UPC General) which allows you to view student specific information. There are downloadable guides to get you familiar with the UPC Faculty and UPC General available from the homepage of both communities.
Julie Swain Blended Learning Coordinator 07973 519922 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Your RUT will also enable to access Metalib – The University’s federated gateway to e-journals and e-resources and PebblePad the University’s e-portfolio system available at http://e-portfolio.plymouth.ac.uk/ . UPC in collaboration with City College Plymouth have created The Complete M’e’ - a visual jigsaw supporting the implementation of e-pdp. RUT staff can also apply for an Associate ID card which gives swipe access to the library on main campus. The application form can be found on UPC faculty, Processes & Templates.
An overview of UPC e-resources 2010 for Staff This is a brief overview and will signpost you to specific areas for further in–depth resources. UPC Faculty - main staff community http://intranet.plymouth.ac.uk/upcfacul/intranet.htm Houses the with staff development calendar and recent news accompanied by numerous links to key resources through menu items. Drop-down menu items from UPC Faculty http://staff.plymouth.ac.uk//upcfacul/contactinfo/intranet.htm Lists all telephone / e-mail links to UPC staff members with associated job roles. Note this list will constantly get updated as staff changes occur. Processes & Templates http://staff.plymouth.ac.uk//upcfacul/procandtemps/intranet.htm This is a key resource for both academic and support staff when addressing all UPC procedures and policy documents. It is always the most up to date and accurate place to obtain information and templates. Just click onto the required folder for further downloadable documentation. It is an excellent start for a new staff member teaching on a UPC programme. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12)
UPC in collaboration with City College Plymouth have created The Complete M’e’ a visual jigsaw supporting the implementation of e-pdp.
Annual Programme Monitoring (APM) process Appeals Assessment (contains SAP & AAB documents) Extenuating Circumstances External Examiners General Board of Studies Joint Boards of Study Permitted Changes Programme Committees (including APM templates) Programme Planning and Approval Staff Changes Withdrawal of Programmes
University of Plymouth Regulations http://staff.plymouth.ac.uk//upcfacul/UoPregs/intranet.htm A key resource for staff and students to understand or revise University regulations and protocols. It highlights issues such as APEL , regulations on late or coursework with extenuating circumstances, along with standard regulations for running a programme of study.
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Your RUT account also enables your University of Plymouth e-mail account, which we advise you to forward onto your college account; instructions are available from the homepage of UPC faculty. It is important to forward your e-mail on to keep current with University communications. Please note you need to be using Internet Explorer as it will not work within Firefox. A tool has been designed for Mac users who cannot or have not got access to a Windows machine running Internet available at http://upc-redirect.plymouth.ac.uk. If you run the tool on a Windows machine, it tells you to use the guide on the UPC portal community to set the redirection up through IE and will not let them proceed further.
Faculty Board http://staff.plymouth.ac.uk//upcfacul/facultyboard/intranet.htm The Faculty Board, which comprises representatives of the University and full Partner College members, acts as the major vehicle for the planning and strategic development of UPC provision, operating within the context of the Academic Cooperation Agreements signed by each College and the University. The Board is responsible for advising the Dean on matters of academic policy, strategic development and the planning, delivery and quality of the Faculty’s academic provision. This area contains the terms of reference, schedule of meetings and associated documentation.
This is available from: www.help-cetl.ac.uk/upc and includes: • The UPC Mini Guide • Computing Account Information • Disability Assist • Library Resources & Guides including the new link to Lillipad • Study Skills Guides & HESS • Students Union • Progression to honours degree • Other UPC Colleges • UPC Careers Service • PebblePad – The University’s e-portfolio tool
Joint Boards of Studies http://staff.plymouth.ac.uk//upcfacul/jbs/intranet.htm Joint Boards of Studies have been established for each College as formal sub-committees of the UPC Faculty Board. Their aim is to provide a locally based vehicle for Quality Assurance and initiation of discussions on College developments. These houses the terms of reference, schedule of meetings and associated documentation.
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UPC Calendars http://staff.plymouth.ac.uk//upcfacul/upcalendar/intranet.htm This area houses calendars for UPC: the staff calendar, generic academic and administration calendar. Key documents to have on your desktop
Importantly, it is very easy to use and the quality is great. It will save time, travel and money, which is good for you and good for the planet so if you are interested, please visit www.help-cetl.ac.uk and go to the video conferencing page for more details.
Videoconferencing The HELP CETL has deployed equipment for videoconferencing at 18 UPC Partner College campuses. The equipment is aimed at helping HE in FE academic and support staff and learners. You can easily conference with up to 3 other sites and it is possible to conference with many more.
Other e-resources http://www.help-cetl.ac.uk/moodle You will need to register for an account then you can access the Higher Education Study Skills (HESS) and the IQER e-portfolio site. There are other sites developing within the UPC Moodle, such as The Teaching & Learning Exchange, a site to support and share good practice across UPC. The HE in FE Contexts module which is part of the International Masters Programme (IMP) is also housed here along with the new UPC CPD enhancement site. UPC have developed an interactive’ Welcome File’ which is available online and through the student community but is also e-mailed to all new students on registration. We recommend you add this link to your programme VLE site so that students become more familiar with entitlements. It includes a guide to using this resource for students. UPC Summer Conference Plymouth Marine Aquarium
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UPC CPD Opportunities CPD Enhancement Scheme UPC is committed to supporting staff teaching on or contributing to the experience of UPC students within the faculty. To this end the CPD Enhancement Funding aims to provide additional financial support as well as a focus on the development of the UPC academic community through the dissemination of experiences and learning. Funding is offered on the basis of match funding or support from the college. The principles of the scheme CPD is not just accredited learning but activity that is beneficial to the academic and professional development of staff. UPC academic staff are expected to engage in scholarly activity as part of their normal activity as Higher Education (HE) lecturers which can include a range of activity to keep themselves up to date in their subject area. CPD is a wider concept which is more easily recognisable in the FE sector, but can include scholarly activity as well as the development of professional practice and the application of innovation within practice. Many staff experience their first attempts at research through accredited CPD such as the dissertation components of M level courses and some staff within UPC have started to publish work which springs from engagement with such programmes. UPC also looks to staff in colleges to develop and share innovative pedagogic practice not only within UPC, but with the University of Plymouth and at a national and international level. How to access funding Activities that can be funded include: • M Level modules • Conference attendance • Specialised training • TEL project work Full details on funding and the application process as well as information about CPD options and routes is accessible via www.help-cetl.ac.uk/ moodle
UPC CPD Funding example The Textiles and Fashion Team at Somerset College consists of 4 Technical Demonstrators, 4 Academic Lecturers and a Curriculum Area Manager their primary responsibility being the delivery of 5 BA (Hons) Programmes; Surface Design, Fashion Textiles, Interior Textiles, Fashion and a combined award. In May 2010 they, as a team, were awarded a UPC/College joint funded CPD Award to visit the 5th annual Stroud International Textiles Festival (SIT). This afforded a day spent in Gloucestershire at the festival plus a subsequent team curriculum development day. This combination provided an excellent opportunity for staff to discuss and debate the curriculum, a chance to be inspired, to inform delivery, kindle ideas whilst updating contemporary design practice across all of their subject disciplines.
Textiles & Fashion Team
Whilst at the SIT Festival each was invited to produce a set of visual notes, sketches or drawn responses to the event. These were subsequently amalgamated and reproduced to form a team collaboration or artist book, titled ‘SIT and DRAW.’ During the visit the team were also invited by the SIT Festival Director to contribute to the 2011 Festival. What is planned is to establish 3 different Level 5 Work Based Learning modules. Each a separate subject based student group designing specific outcomes relevant to the SIT location and its historic and cultural context. Stroud International Textiles Festival is a 23 daylong event the heart of which is to stimulate interest and a greater understanding of contemporary textiles and the related arts. It consists of a diverse range of international names, exhibitions, talks, discussions and workshops as well a 2 day conference. Imelda Hughes Somerset College
If you do not already have a moodle account register for one at this address and the CPD Enhancement Funding area will be available on the left hand side box. This site also provides an area for sharing ideas and feedback on experiences. Scholarship Staff Opportunities 2010/11 Page 8
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Within UPC and each partner institution there are mechanisms to take forward your interests and scholarship. What is crucial is that you are able to take advantage of these opportunities by demonstrating that you are aware of your own developmental needs. Through reflection on your own scholarly activities you will be able to recognise these and subsequently seek out the appropriate mechanisms to achieve these. Identifying where your scholarship priorities are will enable you to take control of your CPD. UPC and HELP CETL have developed a Scholarly Activity Toolkit which includes definitions of scholarship, strategies for defining and advancing your own scholarship, advice and guidance on writing and presentations for conferences and publication as well as a calendar containing subject specific conference details and available funding calls. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the toolkit please contact Claire.gray@plymouth. ac.uk Higher Education Academy - Professional Recognition Scheme The aim of this scheme is to raise the status of teaching in higher education and provides individuals with the opportunity to gain recognition as an: • Associate • Fellow • Senior Fellow
institutions. Routes for recognition UPC offers in collaboration with the Faculty of Education and Educational Development a module on the IMP and PGCAP programmes (HE in FE contexts) through which completion will lead to Associate status. This module can be delivered locally in colleges by arrangement with Claire Gray. Successful completion of the full PGCAP programme (60 credits) leads to Fellowship status.
The Scholarly Activity Toolkit includes strategies for advancing your own scholarship, along with advice on writing for conferences and for publication. https://staff.plymouth.ac.uk// upcpd/Scholar/intranet.htm
Staff development and CPD opportunities can be usefully employed to further develop your scholarship. HE related staff development activities tend to focus on the generic staff development needs for your HE teaching responsibilities. It is within the remit of CPD that there is a greater opportunity to shape and develop your personal goals and scholarship. UPC values the work that is contributed by staff in partner colleges to engage students and develop higher level knowledge and the application of graduate level skills. A valuable part of enabling this process is the development of the individual practitioner through a continual engagement with personal development, whether through staff development activities of a programme of specialised CPD.
Staff with at least 3 years experience of delivering HE may make a direct application to the HEA (information on www.hea.ac.uk) for Fellowship status. UPC offers half day workshops for staff to help get the process started and give guidelines for successful application. The recognition fee for successful applications is £50 and may be applied for as part of UPC Enhancement Funding where the college will agree to co-fund the application. Fellows form a substantial group of professionals in higher education and benefit from a number of opportunities; Helping to inform policy: Fellows helped to inform the Academy’s input to a report requested by John Denham, the Secretary of State, on the future of teaching and the student experience. Contributing to and benefiting from the discpline based work at the Subject Centres. • Acting as Academy Reviewers for funding bids and award applications. • Benefits to an individual include: • National recognition of your commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning • Evidence that your practice is aligned with the UK PSF • Facilitated participation in professional networks including the discipline based networks of the Subject Centres Recognition confers HE professional status which enhances your personal profile, and can also benefit your institution as has been highlighted by a number of IQER reviews.
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South West Learning Skills Research Network http://www.lsrn.org.uk The SWLSRN is part of the LSRN, a national network established in 1997 to help people engage with research. The network aims to build research capacity by connecting people, providing a platform to share experience and ideas developed through the research process and support dissemination.
Staff are also encouraged to apply for CPD Enhancement Funding to co-fund IMP modules with support from their institutions. Where this is agreed the total cost of a 30 credit module to the college will be £142.
Postgraduate Study Opportunities The University of Plymouth offers a comprehensive range of postgraduate study. Details on these opportunities are available at: http://www. plymouth.ac.uk/pages/view.asp?page=19930 Information on scholarships and bursaries is also available at: http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/money Education-based postgraduate programmes The International Masters Programme (IMP) – www.plymouth.ac.uk/imp The IMP is run by the Faculty of Education and is a flexible credit based qualification which can be ‘built’ within a 5 year registration window. There is a comprehensive catalogue of IMP modules to choose from which can meet the needs of staff teaching in a broad range of educational environments. Staff can also choose to take Independent Study Modules (ISM’s) which are designed around the practice and interests of the learner. UPC has been working with the IMP team to deliver some modules in colleges by arrangement with the college HE Co-ordinator where there is a viable cohort of staff (usually 10) The two modules most commonly run in this way are ‘HE in FE contexts’ and ‘Educational management in a time of change’. Other modules can be delivered in this way by arrangement, or learners can negotiate group ISM’s where there may be a shared interest in a particular area. The final stage of the IMP is RESINED (Research in Education) which consists of a 10 credit research proposal stage followed by a 50 credit research project. RESINED is supported by extensive online resources which are openly available. http://www.edu.plymouth.ac.uk/resined/ Costs: The cost for a 30 credit IMP module is currently £355 (£710 for the 60 credit package of RESINED and research project) but the 20% fee remission is available where candidates are supported through their institutions. Partner college staff sponsoring themselves are eligible for a 10% fee remission.
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International Masters Programme email@example.com
The PostGraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/pages/view.asp?page=28215 (This programme replaces the LTHE programme) The PGCAP is a Higher Education teaching award which is a necessary qualification for all staff teaching at the University of Plymouth who do not hold relevant teaching qualifications, or who have less than 3 years full-time experience as an academic in HE. Teaching staff in FE colleges are also required to gain a recognised qualification for the teaching and learning sector if they do not already have one and are usually offered the PTTLS and DTTLS programmes. UPC also expects staff to be working towards accreditation by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) if they are teaching on UPC programmes. Staff wishing to gain their HEA Fellowship can do so through completion of the PGCAP 60 credit programme. Some staff may just wish to complete the ‘HE in FE contexts’ module (offered through both IMP and PGCAP) which will offer Associate recognition with the HEA. The PGCAP modules are delivered on Tuesday mornings throughout term time, with the core module in ‘Academic Practice’ beginning in September. An intensive 1 week version of this module is also offered in January. The programme is heavily subscribed and priority places are offered to those who must complete the PGCAP as a probationary requirement. It is always a good idea to register your interest early. A clear benefit of the PGCAP is the focus on HE practice which gives HE in FE staff the opportunity to reflect on their work as HE academics within a HE community as well as gaining HEA recognition. Completion of the PGCAP will give staff advanced standing on the IMP programme, which effectively means that the credits gained on PGCAP count as the first 60 credits towards the IMP.
Polly Magne PGCAP Programme Director 01752 587610 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Meredith PGCAP Programme Administrator 01752 587608 email@example.com
Costs: The cost for a 30 credit PGCAP module is currently offered at a £300 discounted rate for UPC staff. Staff are also encouraged to apply for CPD Enhancement Funding to co-fund PGCAP modules with support from their institutions. Where this is agreed the total cost of a 30 credit module to the college will be £150.
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Workshops and In-College Training Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/taught/3960/Profession al+Doctorate+in+Education The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) is a doctoral level programme for anyone involved in an educative role within a professional discipline. Its focus is on the ways in which learning can be understood and might be developed in a professional context.In this respect the title ‘Professional Doctorate’ signals that it is both for professional people and about the nature of professional practice and its development. The EdD is a part-time programme studied over five years: two years of taught modules followed by three years of supervised independent research leading to a thesis. Face-to-face teaching is centred around 3x2day workshops per module, with tutorial time and related directed study online around these. Each workshop runs from Friday to Saturday late afternoon.
Nick Pratt EdD Course Director 01752 585322 firstname.lastname@example.org
College Administrator Induction Sessions These half day sessions aim to provide an informal and friendly introduction for staff new to administration of UPC programmes in colleges, or alternatively a refresher for existing staff. It is an ideal opportunity to meet the UPC central professional services team, have a tour of the campus and develop an understanding of the processes, procedures and support available for administrators from UPC. These will be run on Tuesday 7th December 2010, Thursday 6th January 2011, Thursday 10th February 2011, Wednesday 16th March 2011, Tuesday 5th April 2011, Thursday 5th May 2011 and Wednesday 8th June 2011
Costs: The full cost is currently £2100 per year but the 20% fee remission is available where candidates are supported through their institutions. Partner college staff sponsoring themselves are eligible for a 10% fee remission.
Rolle Building The home of UPC
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For the last 4 years we have worked with colleges to develop locally delivered training sessions for HE staff. All sessions that we organise in colleges are generally open to other UPC staff within the partnership by arrangement. We are happy to discuss specific requirements and tailor sessions for each college according to local need. We are also happy to work with small groups/teams in specific areas such as the development of blended learning, or writing programmes. The list to the right includes workshops that we have successfully delivered, however if you would like anything in particular please contact us to discuss your requirements. Claire.email@example.com or Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing and Communication Induction Sessions These sessions are especially useful for staff new to HE marketing and communications, or they can also be used as a valuable refresher for existing staff. The inductions are tailored to meet the needs of the attendees so topics typically include publications, events, PR and press, web and market research. They provide an excellent opportunity to meet staff from the UPC Faculty and the University’s Marketing and Communications Department, providing a great chance to quiz staff about the methods and practices they employ. During the day processes and procedures will be explained, you will be shown where you can access useful resources and guides on the University’s portal, given a tour of the campus and have the opportunity to ask lots of questions! Sessions usually run from 10.00am- 3.00pm and are available on the following days: Tuesday 2nd November 2010, Thursday 10th February 2011, Thursday 5th May 2011 and Wednesday 8th June 2011. To book, please email email@example.com Over the coming year we are planning to organise some specific marketing and communication staff training days (eg Press Writing workshops). Please contact Shiona for further details.
• Plagiarism Educational Tools • Implementing the Teaching & Learning Strategy and working with e-portfolios • Running a UPC Programme • Good Practice in Assessment workshops • Peer Review for HE in FE staff • Academic Regulations Workshops • Developing Effective Employer Engagement • Online Assessment Tools • Linking UoP to your VLE • Embedding PebblePad - The University’s e-portfolio tool into your programme • The Plymouth Portal: Introduction for new staff or refresher course • Metalib – advanced subject specific session • Tools to embed the University e-resources into your programmes with particular focus on progression • Building Web 2.0 within your curriculum • Technology in Practice – developing case studies to enhance & embed in collaboration with RSC JISC. • Endnote Web online referencing software • Developing career management within your programme
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Subject Forum Information UPC is broken-down into five Subject Forums reflecting the faculties within UoP, these being Science and Technology; Arts and Humanities; Business, Hospitality and Tourism; Health, Social Care and Social Science; and Education. As a UoP lecturer that teaches at a partner college your award will be associated with one of these cognate Subject Forums and you will be invited to events organised by your forum. Contact details for Subject Forum Chairs can be found on page 28. The Subject Forums focus on quality enhancement, curriculum development, support for academic staff development through regular conferences and seminars, facilitating student progression from colleges to the university, and the development of an academic community based on scholarship and critical friendship. Each subject forum is led by a Subject Forum Chair who will direct the development of forum activities and also work with cognate faculty Academic Liaison People (ALPs) who act as UoP liaison for programme committees and Subject Assessment Panels (SAPs) and Award Assessment Boards (AABs). The Forums are not constrained by the university faculty boundaries but are designed to gather together cognate disciplines to meet the developmental needs of the partnership. Membership is open to academic staff from colleges (both UPC members and associates) and staff from cognate disciplines within other university faculties. Staff may participate in the activities of more than one forum and collaborative working is encouraged.
UoP Liaison Staff and Resources Library Services for UPC Two of the Subject Librarians at Plymouth have an additional role as liaison librarians for the UPC network and are available to deliver training sessions for HE in FE academics within their colleges. Ruth Charlton and Kate Wheadon are also able to advise academics on how best to approach the resources with students and cover the more advanced searching skills needed for an academic’s own scholarly updating and research. Experience has shown that where academic staff use and understand advanced e-searching tools, this enthusiasm is often cascaded to the students to make a positive difference to their learning and engagement with the library.
Ruth Charlton UPC Liaison Librarian
They also deliver awareness sessions on our systems and services to UPC 01752 587112 librarians who will be teaching the Fd students on UoP resources enabling firstname.lastname@example.org them take the lead as the knowledgeable point of contact for UoP library queries and break down the barriers of distance access to UoP resources. A video tour has been developed (available on the UPC Students’ community) and is another example of the ways in which we try to bridge the distance gap between the colleges and the main campus. It has been useful as an orientation tool and gives the students a sense of familiarity with the space and building and a flavour of what it might be like to study here. Such liaison work with the UPC Librarians has generated a network of likeminded professionals keen to share best practice regarding Information Kate Wheadon Literacy across the partnership and preparing students for progression. UPC Liaison Librarian The annual UPC Librarians’ Exchange of Experience Day and follow up discussions provide further opportunities for collaboration and sharing of 01752 587112 ideas.
Subject Forum Events Arranged through Subject Forum Chairs, dates, venues and agenda’s for these events are circulated on a regular basis to HE managers in colleges. You will also find details advertised on the staff development calendar on the front page of the UPC Faculty page on the University of Plymouth portal. All Subject Forum events are free to UPC and UoP staff.
UPC librarians have in some cases integrated Information Literacy into the Higher Education Study Skills modules on offer at some of the colleges and are involved in teaching this. Such integration into the student’s learning experience validates to the student that the library is not just an optional add-on but an integral part of their studies that can contribute to a holistic approach to higher education student support. There is a dedicated office within the library that facilitates access to the physical stock for UPC Colleges. The Library Special Support Service webpage and further details can be found at: My Edesk > Library, Media & IT (ILS) > Library & Learning Environments > Special Support Services http://ilsselfhelp.plymouth.ac.uk/novo/default.asp?id=672
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Key Resources Ruth and Kate have produced a comprehensive guide to the UoP library and Metalib. This includes information on how to access e-journals and hints and tips for accessing specific e-resources. There is also information on “What is BoB? “(Box of Broadcasts) which is available at http://bob. plymouth.ac.uk/ BoB is an off-air recording and media archive service. BoB is available to University of Plymouth staff and students under copyright guidelines. This TV scheduling service allows your institution’s staff and students to record programmes scheduled to record over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels. Upon making a request users will receive the programme after broadcast as a Flash video file format that they can watch in a web page - in a similar way to BBC’s iPlayer. BoB stores TV and Radio programmes which were requested in the archive holds them indefinitely for all users to enjoy. BoB offers all the great features traditionally associated with the BoB enterprise solution; users can record programmes, watch programmes from the archive, create clips, search for programmes coming up in the next seven days by title or keyword, compile their favourite shows into playlists and share these with others. New for 2010! Learning Information Literacy In Plymouth for Academic Development (Lilipad) available at http://www.informationliteracyplymouth.org.uk/upc. LiliPad hosts tutorials, videos and guides about using the library and its resources effectively. A good place to start is the UPC specific ’Get you started’ guide for staff and students which is available on the portal – UPC Faculty and UPC General.
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University of Plymouth Careers Service support for University Partner Colleges The University Careers Service provides a range of services supporting students and staff in UPC. Job vacancies UPC students can register with www.gradsouthwest.com to access graduate, part time, vacation and voluntary work opportunities. This includes internships, knowledge transfer partnerships and all opportunities provided through Unlocking Cornish Potential. In addition UPC institutions can use Gradsouthwest for vacancies they wish to advertise, providing a free, off-the-shelf vacancy platform. Gradsouthwest is a shared vacancy service used by all of the HE Institutions in the SW and so advertises hundreds of student and graduate opportunities every week. Gradsouthwest staff will provide training and ongoing support to UPC institutions wishing to use Gradsouthwest.
Janet Gardiner Careers Advisor 01752 232763 email@example.com
Information Students and staff can use our award winning website for careers information www.plymouth.ac.uk/careers. Since we now deliver 95% of our information on-line UPC students can access virtually the same level of support as those on the university campuses. One of the most popular sections provides information on opportunities relating to subjects offered by the university. In addition, www.gradsouthwest.com provides information specifically about the south west labour market, including key sectors, internships and an employer directory. UPC careers staff are able to contact our Careers Information Manager for advice about additional HE resources they may wish to purchase for their hard copy stock and this is promoted to them through the Careers Network (see below). What happens to UPC graduates – The Careers Service carries out the annual DLHE Survey, which includes all leavers from UPC institutions. Searchable data for all programmes is made available to staff on the university portal (click on ‘staff’ on the Careers Service website and follow the links) while more general information on graduate destinations and the graduate labour market is available on the careers service website.. Foundation Degree Research – The Careers Service has collaborated with the HELP CETL to research the early career progression of FD graduates and has now published four studies, including data up to 3 years after graduation. Careers staff have contributed to training evens to disseminate this information and we have sent copies of the reports to all of the UPC institutions. The research has also been published (e.g. in the Journal of Education and Work) and disseminated at national conferences, raising the profile of UPC.
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Careers queries from Foundation Degree students – HE Guidance is an email advisory service provided for foundation degree students, prospective foundation degree students and college advisors, provided by our careers advisers, www.gradsouthwest.com/heguidance. Careers education and employability resources – in support of the University’s Employability Strategy, we provide teaching and support resources for staff relating to career management skills and enterprise education on the staff portal http://staff.plymouth.ac.uk/ease. This includes materials to deliver FLUX. FLUX An annual UPC FLUX Competition is hosted at the University, with the winning college representing UPC at the National Final of FLUX. If you would like to know more about FLUX please contact Claire.gray@ plymouth.ac.uk Careers fairs UPC students are able to attend careers fairs hosted on the Plymouth campus, and also employer presentations. CUC and University College Falmouth have also invited UPC students to their careers fair on the Tremough Campus - all even are publicised on the careers website. Networking and staff development – The careers service hosts two meetings a year for careers service and other interested staff in UPC institutions for networking and staff development. This UPC careers network is facilitated through careers adviser, Janet Gardiner, who takes lead responsibility for work with UPC and who is a point of contact for careers staff in UPC. These sessions cover the dissemination of DLHE (Destinations of Leavers of HE) data and the FD research that the Careers Service has been doing as well as information and advice on resources. We have, in the past, delivered bespoke training to staff wanting to deliver careers education in their colleges and also provided materials to support this. If you would like specific workshops delivered then please contact Janet Gardiner or Claire Gray. Employer Engagement Guide This guide, funded by the HELP CETL, is available to UPC staff on the www.gradsouthwest.com website, together with other resources for staff. It gives practical advice and information for staff wanting to increase their employer engagement activities, including local networks and contacts.
University of Plymouth Student’s Union www.upsu.com The University of Plymouth Students’ Union is run for students by students. All UPC HE students are entitled to be a member of UPSU, to access the support of the staff and officers of the Union, to hold an NUS card, to participate in social events and activities, and vote and stand in our union elections. Careers gateway, UoP
The Students Union is run by a team of sabbatical officers. The role of the Deputy President includes the exciting remit of representing Partner College Students – this year the post is held by Matthew Chan. To get in touch with the Deputy President of UPSU, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org UPSU also employ a full time Partner Colleges Co-ordinator, Kassie Bath, who is responsible for providing a link between the students and UPSU, and promoting opportunities for involvement. If you, or your students would like to get in touch with Kassie, please contact: kassie.bath@ su.plymouth.ac.uk
Kassie Bath Partner College Coordinator (UPSU) email@example.com
Matthew Chan Deputy President (UPSU) 01752 588372 firstname.lastname@example.org
What can UPC students get out of UPSU? Visits from UPSU We aim to visit all UPC sites throughout the year. Our most successful relationships with students start at Induction, after we are invited to participate in Induction events and activities. We can provide welcome talks, information stands, leaflets about what UPSU can do for UPC students, information about NUS cards, and give out some freebies. Past experience has suggested that this contact at the beginning of the year helps students feel more a part of UoP, as well as raising awareness of the services and activities they can access. Following successful visits in induction, we can provide course rep training, attend HE rep forums, support representatives attending JBS meetings, help with the student written submission for IQER, provide monthly dropins, raise awareness of social activities at UPSU, provide representation for students and support students planning to progress to their final year at UoP. Representation UPSU is made up of 6 full-time officers and many part-time voluntary officers across all our campuses, and sites in Partner Colleges. In our seven largest partner colleges we also pay part-time elected officers to act as a key representative from that college, and a link person for our work
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with the students. One of the ways in which UPSU sabbatical officers can support students is to attend appeals panels, or disciplinary meetings. Students can request representation from UPSU officers, or college staff may wish to invite UPSU officers to a meeting to ensure that the interests of the student are being fairly represented. The representation structure of the union means that everyone can really clearly see how they can make their voice heard. At the very heart of our representation system are the Course Representatives. UPSU support our course reps to feel confident to raise issues at college level for quick resolution, or if required, we can provide further assistance to raise issues in other forums. Course Reps In our Partner Colleges, we encourage all students to get in touch with their course rep if they would like to raise an issue. We have an introductory leaflet for all students about what it means to be a course rep, as well as a more in depth handbook for the elected reps on each course. To obtain copies of these guides, please email: kassie.bath@ su.plymouth.ac.uk The UPSU Training Academy The UPSU Training Academy is a new initiative that coordinates the formal and informal training of our students. It is a way of bringing the students skills and knowledge they have acquired during their time as a Plymouth University student together, and help them to present these transferable skills in an attractive way to future employers. For more information please contact email@example.com to discuss your training needs, or to find out what training opportunities are currently available. Support and Advice UPSU have a free, confidential and independent advice centre, to help students with any problems they may have. Examples of the types of issues facing students include: finance problems, benefit queries, academic appeals, cases of bullying, homelessness etc. All our staff are professionally trained and can offer advice on a range of issues, including academic, housing, financial etc. To get in touch with UPSU Advice, students can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01752 232281. A drop in service operates from the Plymouth campus, and we can also arrange to call students back if they phone us. Campaigning We are active in making sure students get the most out of their university experience and we run campaigns to make changes in improving
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student’s lives. Students in Partner Colleges can ask UPSU to support them in campaigning for change, as well as joining our existing regional and national campaigns. For more information on campaigning, email the Education and Welfare Officer – email@example.com Sports and Activities UPSU has over 100 different sports clubs, societies and volunteering activities. If a student lives or studies close to Plymouth campus, then it is very easy to get involved with activities. Out in the Partner Colleges we are here to support students who may be interested in starting up a club / society / volunteering opportunity at your site. You can get in touch with our Sports Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and Activities Officer by emailing – email@example.com Commercial Services & Entertainment UPSU has bars, shops, an online shop and much. All our profits go straight back into providing better services for students. UPC students are welcome to join us in Plymouth for a night out. Information about upcoming events can be found at www.upsu.com, as well being able to buy tickets online for upcoming balls and gigs. Through the online shop, students can also buy online clothing such as University of Plymouth hoodies and t-shirts. Perfect for wearing to lectures!
UPSU Building University of Plymouth
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Teaching & Learning Directorate Introducing the Teaching & Learning Directorate The Teaching and Learning Directorate provides strategic leadership for teaching and learning across the University. It has prime responsibility for the successful delivery of the institution’s Teaching and Learning Strategy and works collaboratively with the faculties and other areas of the University to enhance and enrich our students’ learning experience. The Directorate is led by Professor Pauline Kneale and is made up of the following departments: • Educational Development • Learning Development • Technology Enhanced Learning • Careers and Employability Service • Work Based Learning • Education for Sustainable Development • Plymouth Award Plus, the continued embedding and building upon the success of the four+ Plymouth CETLs. The Directorate hosts the annual Vice Chancellors Teaching and Learning Conference, usually held at the University in June and administers the University Fellowship scheme; both of which encourage participation by UPC staff. The Directorate web site is also a central resource for information such as University policy and guidance, teaching resources, staff development materials, and pedagogic research.
Key Dates ICE House Conference -Tuesday 5th April 2011, Rolle Building, University of Plymouth. In April 2011 the inaugural ICE (Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise) House Conference will take place at the University of Plymouth. The conference has three national and internationally known keynote speakers, plus eighteen (18) workshop/seminar conference presenters from all around the UK. Cornwall College and the University of Plymouth are working in collaboration with Cornwall Learning (part of Cornwall Council) and the Peninsula Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training on an ESF Convergence funded project called ‘ICE House’. The workshops/seminars will provide opportunities for conference delegates to experience, explore and discuss, learning and teaching approaches aimed at enabling all learners to develop skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary for life and work in the 21st century. Through discussion and debate, the conference wants to raise awareness of the multitude of innovative, creative and enterprising (behaviour) approaches which can be confidently applied across the broad spectrum of education, training and employment. I would very much welcome your support for the conference, registration is FREE and includes lunch, coffee and tea throughout the day. To register as a delegate for the day, please visit our website www.ice-house.info where you can register your attendance on-line and read more about the current work of the ICE House team including the latest ICE newsletter. Please visit the conference website for more details of the schedule, keynote speaker details and the three conference themes under ‘Bookings and further details’ www.ice-house.info
The University of Plymouth 2009-2012 Teaching and Learning Strategy can be found at: http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/pages/view.asp?page=8198 or copies can be obtained from the T&L Directorate office. If you have any ideas or questions, or would like to discuss ways in which the Teaching and Learning Directorate can help you enhance teaching and learning within your area, please contact us at: email: firstname.lastname@example.org Staff Opportunities 2010/11 Page 24
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E-learning Conference - Digital Futures: Learning in a connected world - April 6-8 2011
Valuing Research – showcasing UPC research activity - Tuesday 30th November, Future Inn, Plymouth
For the first time, this year’s conference will be held over three days. We start at 1pm on Day 1 and run through to 1pm on Day 3. As usual, the conference will be full of events, including paper presentations, workshops, demonstrations and plenty of time and space for networking.
Valuing the contribution of research and scholarship to the quality of UPC programmes is the theme of this years’ winter conference. With the current political focus on cuts and efficiency savings it is an appropriate time to remind ourselves of the imperative for quality HE provision that drives forward both subject based and pedagogic excellence, which is gained through engagement with research. The conference aims to demonstrate and share the range and scope of research across UPC ,with practitioners from across the network presenting both cognate and practice based pedagogic research. Part of the strength of UPC lies in the range of cross disciplinary practice and research activity; a key aspect of the day is to utilise this to inspire staff who are looking to develop their own engagement with research. Professor Gert Biesta from the Stirling Institute for Education will provide the keynote address on the theme of ‘Research, Practice and Wisdom’ in which he will provide a thought provoking message to practitioners considering their own motivations and aims for engaging with research.
We live in a world of increased mobility where proliferation of smart, mobile technologies is creating a host of new anytime, anywhere contexts. Pervasive computing and handheld devices are creating opportunities for learning to become ubiquitous – anytime, anywhere. Tech-savvy students are more demanding, and often less comfortable with traditional settings and homogenised provision where ‘one size fits all’. There is a migration of students toward tools and services that are beyond the control of the institution. The emerging social media of Web 2.0 are more flexible, sociable and more visually attractive. The surge in popularity of user generated content (including the likes of Wikipedia) is challenging the long held beliefs that experts are the main arbiters of knowledge. The informality of massively multiplayer online games is pushing informal learning to the fore. In short, we live and learn in a connected world. Schools, colleges and universities are attempting to change to adapt to these new needs and expectations, but such transformation can be slow and problematic. The 6th Plymouth e-Learning Conference will highlight the need for innovative solutions in education and training, and will provide opportunities for delegates to discuss the tensions that exist between institutional provision and personalised learning. We will explore a number of issues surrounding the use of technologies in learning, providing a platform for informed debate across all sectors of education and training. The conference will showcase key examples of e-learning research, innovative use of new and established learning technologies, practical solutions, debates and speculative pieces on the future of education in a connected world. More information and booking at www2.plymouth.ac.uk/e-learning
If you wish to register for this event please contact Christina.crooks@ plymouth.ac.uk. UPC Summer Conference - 6th June 2011 - Rolle Building Save the date... More details to follow shortly UPC Staff Induction - Date TBC, University of Plymouth The UPC Staff Induction provides a comprehensive introduction to UPC for all new members of academic staff. The induction covers resources available through UPC, responsibilities of college staff and programme managers and the support network available through Plymouth. It gives staff the opportunity to meet ‘UPC Central’ staff including senior academic and professional support staff and also representatives of the support services which provide services for UPC colleges. Staff are also given the opportunity to tour the University of Plymouth library and have a hands on session demonstrating Metalib. CPD opportunities and professional development through the University of Plymouth are covered as well as UPC events and opportunities. For further information contact email@example.com
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Staff Directory Administration Team:
Senior Management Team:
Dr. Colin Williams
Dr. Malcolm Findlay
01752 587500 firstname.lastname@example.org
01752 587512 email@example.com
01752 587502 firstname.lastname@example.org
01752 587504 email@example.com
01752 587508 firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)
Associate Dean (Quality)
Head of Faculty Administration
Admissions and Resources Manager & PA to the Dean 01752 587500 email@example.com
UPC Assessments Manager
Senior Administrator (Quality)
Subject Forum Chairs & Coordinators: Claire Gray
07970 386876 firstname.lastname@example.org
07973 519922 email@example.com
UPC Staff Development Coordinator
Blended Learning Coordinator
01752 587509 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Administrator (Programme Administration)
Dr. Ross Pomeroy
01752 587503 email@example.com
01752 587501 firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject Forum Chair (Arts & Humanities)
Subject Forum Chair (Science, Agriculture & Sport)
01752 587516 email@example.com
Senior Administrator (Programmes & Curriculum)
01752 586706 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (administrator)
01752 585691 firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject Forum Chair (Health & Social Care)
Subject Forum Chair (Business & Social Science)
01752 587510 email@example.com
UPC Enrolments Administrator
Dr. Robert Cook
01752 585374 firstname.lastname@example.org
01752 587514 email@example.com
Subject Forum Chair (Education)
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Marketing and Communications Coordinator
01752 586381 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask • • •
me about... Admissions queries Contacting the Executive Dean & PVC Finance queries for the Award Holder Scheme
Ask • • •
me about... Administration of UPC awards UNIT-e results Panels and boards
Ask me about... • Programme Approvals • Permitted Changes
Ask • • •
me about... CPD Approvals Subject Forum Issues Panel and Board results
Ask • • •
me about... Programme Curriculum Panel and Board results External Examiners
Ask me about... • Processing of UNIT-e data • Enrolments
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Administration Team (Continued...):
Administration Team (Continued...): Jo Bird
UPC Registry Administrative Assistant 01752 587519 email@example.com
UPC Registry Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Development & Events Administrator 01752 587507 email@example.com
Learning Technologist 01752 587515 firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Assistant 01752 587506 email@example.com
Administrative Assistant 01752 587510 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ask • • •
me about... Enrolments Linking students to modules Student withdrawls and changes to records
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me about... Enrolments Linking students to modules Student withdrawls and changes to records
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Administrative Assistant 01752 587517 email@example.com
Administrative Assistant 01752 587517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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me about... RUT accounts Student ID cards General administration enquiries Joint Boards of Study
Ask • • • •
me about... RUT accounts Student ID cards General administration enquiries Joint Boards of Study
Ask me about... • Event Registrations • UPC Staff Development
Ask me about... • Technology Enhanced Learning • UPC Communities and website
Ask me about... • Award Holder Scheme • Admissions
Ask • • • •
me about... External Examiners HE Admin Induction Repository Staff Changes
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