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“Wellbeing is something we need to do together”

Quote from Elizabeth Staddon, Head of Arts Education, Teaching and Learning Exchange, UAL

Last month, LCC hosted the annual UAL Learning and Teaching conference, this year focusing on the emerging field of ‘Teaching, Learning and Wellbeing’ (21 March 2019).  Curated by the Teaching and Learning Exchange, the one-day event shared a proliferation of activity from across the university.

The event responded to wider issues and increasing anxiety about well-being in society, and of students and staff within Higher Education, which in recent months has been dominating the national and international media. For those who were unable to join, here is a brief overview of thoughts, reflections and questions presented.

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By students for students – the Learning at UAL zine project

How can we improve the student experience?
The Academic Enhancement Model has been supporting staff to engage intensively with this key question. Whilst collaboration with staff on this issue is vital, we also cannot underestimate the importance of the student voice when co-creating meaningful solutions.

To capture the student perspective, the Learning at UAL zine project set out to do something never done at UAL before: to create visually engaging learning resources developed and designed by students, for students. Over 120 students applied to take part, with 31 eventually working on the project in four college teams.

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Eliminating Inequalities: Staff and students working in partnership to tackle differential outcomes

Changing Mindsets Project Consortium Symposium, Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), February 2019

Vikki Hill, Educational Developer – Attainment (Identity and Cultural Experience), UAL

This symposium featured presentations of emerging findings from the quantitative and qualitative data collected so far across the project partnership, as well as presentations focused on the different approaches each of the four partner institutions has taken to enabling staff and students to work in partnership to tackle inequalities. A student panel discussion explored the question: “What should “working in partnership” look like in practice?” from the students’ perspectives.* 

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Left to right: Dr Mark Ingham; Elizabeth Staddon, TLE; Dr Katrine Hjelde; Elizabeth Peebles; Kelly Chorpening; Martin Newth & Prof Susan Orr, Dean of Learning Teaching and Enhancement.

UAL Teaching Scholars 2019 awards announced

Left to right: Dr Mark Ingham; Elizabeth Staddon, TLE; Dr Katrine Hjelde; Elizabeth Peebles; Kelly Chorpening; Martin Newth & Prof Susan Orr, Dean of Learning Teaching and Enhancement.

The Teaching and Learning Exchange (TLE) is delighted to announce our fifth group of UAL Teaching Scholars, along with three new Senior Teaching Scholars. Recipients received their awards from UAL Deputy Vice-Chancellor Simon Ofield-Kerr at the annual UAL Learning and Teaching Conference, held this year on 21 March at LCC.

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Modual Catalyst: UAL staff creating their dream art school

Modual Catalyst is a 6-day intensive workshop for UAL staff development led by CSM Professor of Digital Art Fred Deakin and UAL’s Head of Digital Learning David White. Fred also ran a student version of Modual, this year was themed Modual Maker which focused on cross-college and multidisciplinary projects to develop innovative products which explore the future of making.  

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Teaching Complexity: Collaboration through digital learning platforms 

Teaching Complexity was a series of open online seminars that were designed for anyone in a teaching, teaching related or staff development role in higher education. Hosted by the Teaching and Learning Exchange, they were free to attend and run online to provide equal access to participants regardless of geographical location. Alongside international participants they were attended by those currently teaching and working in staff development at UAL and other HE institutions and even by a prospective UAL student.

The series was curated by Bonnie Stewart (Visiting Fellow, UAL and Assistant Professor of Online Pedagogy & Workplace Learning, University of Windsor) and David White (Head of Digital Learning, UAL) from the Teaching and Learning Exchange at the University of the Arts London. Each session had additional guest facilitators providing more in-depth commentary and guiding topics for the participants to discuss in the chat room.

Through talks, discussion and other activities, the seminars explored how open and creative approaches to teaching and learning can help students navigate the complexity of higher education and the digital environment.

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Meet two of our UAL Senior Teaching Scholars: Martin Newth and Dr Katrine Hjelde of Chelsea College of Arts

Picture of 2019 UAL Senior Teaching Scholars

L-R: Dr Mark Ingham, Dr Katrine Hjelde, Elizabeth Staddon, Prof Susan Orr, Martin Newth.

Dr Katrine Hjelde and Martin Newth were among those appointed UAL Teaching Scholars in 2017.  Having both successfully completed their projects and attained professional recognition as Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), they have now graduated to become permanent UAL Senior Teaching Scholars alongside Dr Mark Ingham of London College of Communication.

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Teaching Complexity: A reflection on experimenting with Digital Fieldwork

Teaching Complexity was a series of open online seminars curated by Bonnie Stewart (Visiting Fellow, UAL) and David White (Head of Digital Learning, UAL) from the Teaching and Learning Exchange at the University of the Arts London.

Through talks, discussion and other activities, the seminars explored how open and creative approaches to teaching and learning can help students navigate the complexity of higher education and the digital environment.

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