Learning environments and student support

Overview  The Interactive Lecture Theatres provided a facility to record audio visual feedback and discussions on student project pitches (presentations). This improved feedback to students and saved staff time.  Goals/Purpose  Working as part of group, research projects students had to give a project pitch to four members of academic staff and...

Overview At the 2018 Leeds Student Education Conference, we ran a workshop as a collaborative team, exploring the process of designing interdisciplinary learning and teaching in a way that helps students forge the connections. The workshop built on our experience of collaboratively building an innovative blended learning module to introduce the discovery...

Overview Early in 2017, my working group published a set of online resources to support University of Leeds staff in making their teaching as inclusive as possible, to reflect the broad diversity of the Leeds student body.  The resource comprises primarily of a set of 19 written guides entitled ‘Being inclusive in..,’ which align with...

Overview The Language Zone is a self-study resource centre where learners can access free resources and advice, to help them learn a language. It is open to all students and staff at the University and provides free learning material in more than 50 languages, such as books, magazines, audio and video resources, and free access to...

Overview The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has focussed all Universities on demonstrating students’ potential employability alongside academic rigour and high quality delivery of course material. The innovative co–curricular initiative called Media Futures was devised as a means of encouraging students to connect with personal and professional development through weekly timetabled co-curricular talks and workshops by leading industry professionals,...

Overview Given the ongoing challenges facing undergraduate recruitment, especially in the arts and humanities, international PG recruitment remains a key growth area for the University of Leeds. The success of this recruitment depends on the positive word of mouth our programmes receive from graduates and employers. A synthesis of the feedback from these key stakeholders indicates that...

Overview This project involved working with students to research their peer interactions in group work to provide evidence for future group formation to maximise the learning experience of all abilities.  Goals / Purpose It is generally accepted that students improve their understanding of a complex topic by discussing the material with their peers. But to facilitate such discussion and...

Overview I am leading a project entitled Preparing to Be a Global Engineer or Scientist with STEM international foundation year students at the University of Leeds and 1st year students at its Joint School at South West Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China. Goals / Purpose The aim of the project is for pre-undergraduate scientists and engineers to explore notions and attitudes towards...