Powerful partnerships: enhancing the student experience
This year’s Higher Education Academy (HEA) annual conference, Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience, is examining how partnerships within higher education affect the student experience and educational outcomes. Partnerships may arise in many forms and might include interactions between students, employers, teaching staff, research staff, and wider organisations.
To recognise and celebrate partnerships with students, the HEA is launching two awards which will be presented at the Annual Conference, 4 July 2013.
HEA student and staff partnership award
How do local partnerships between staff and students impact the student experience?
The HEA invites joint submissions from staff and students who have worked together to effect change and enhance the student experience. This could be through a formal research or enhancement project, or locally developed working practices. Each submission should be co-authored by a staff member and student from the institution (though it can reflect the work of a larger team of staff and students).
HEA and NUS joint Students’ Union and institution partnership award
How do strategic partnerships between students’ unions and institutions impact the student experience?
The NUS and HEA invite joint submissions from representatives of institutions and their students’ unions, associations or guilds that have developed strategic approaches to partnership working to effect change enhance the student experience. This could be through joint institutional initiatives around key learning and teaching priorities, development of strategies or policies, and governance. Each submission should be co-authored by someone from both the institution and students’ union (though it can reflect the work of a larger team).
Each award comes with a prize fund of £500 (with conditions on how these funds may be spent). Completed applications should be e-mailed to thestudents as partners team by 5 May 2013.
Full guidance on how to apply may be found in the following documents:
Our next University STEM
networking event will be a lively, interactive session given by Ed Drewitt, famous for his Bristol Dinosaur Project (www.thebristoldinosaurproject.org.uk) and Nicholas Garrick from Lighting up Learning Limited (www.lightinguplearning.com
) Both are trained
practitioners and highly regarded in their field of expertise. Friday 8 February 2013
Newton Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, UK1.15pm Tea and Coffee1.30 start5.00pm finish The
session builds on recognition that many scientists
do not have the skills to interact effectively with school students (especially
Key Stage 1 - 3 pupils). The aim of the session is: students, PhD students and STEM academics to be more
involved with public engagement activities and to create and share a range of
materials for workshops in primary schools. This
is a must for all STEM Ambassadors or those interested in improving their
skills and techniques in public engagement and we encourage to you come to this
In previous posts the availability on the JISC Jorum repository of six Open Education Resources (OERs) from the former School of Science and Technology (now part of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology) at the University of Northampton was discussed. After 13 years the Jorum repository was discontinued.
Three of the OERs though were migrated across to the JISC Apps and resource store and available for reuse.
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In a previous post I discussed using Scratch and Excel to model neurones. This post looks at using Excel and six-sided dice as a way of developing insights into how Genetic Algorithm work, before going on to program one.
A very simplified version of Tournament Selection is used for the parent selection and the mutation works by rolling a die to get a number between 1-6.
The problem to be solved is to find the lowest values for x and y in the equation (x-6)*(x-6)+(y-1)*(y-1).
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