Get involved…

The SLL T&L working parties are going to be a significant feature in the school in the coming years. Each working party is intended to run for a year and will focus on addressing a specific, manageable issue, with tangible and measurable results by the end of the academic year. Being part of a working party is not an onerous task, but it is important to our development, particularly in the light of the Curriculum Framework. If you would like to be a member of one of the working parties outlined here, please get in touch with the leader. If you have an idea for a future working party, please get in touch with Cindy on l.m.becker@reading.ac.uk.

 

 

SLL WORKING PARTY ON STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

 

 

Led by Michael Lyons (SLL Teaching and Learning Support Officer)

 

Members (4-5 other members, at least one from each department in the school and one from central/support services)

Cindy Becker (SLL SDTL)

Marian Fisher (SLL Senior Programme Administrator)

Maddi Davies (SLL/DEL Senior Tutor)

Tony Capstick (DELAL Senior Tutor)

Hugo Tucker (MLES Senior Tutor)

Melani Schroeter (MLES DTL)

Christiana Themistocleous (DELAL DTL)

Chloe Houston (DEL DTL)

Paddy Bullard (DEL Student Engagement Officer)

Central support Hannah Smithson (RUSU)
Timing One year, commencing September 2017

 

Purpose To share and build on practices how student engagement is approached generally as a school including academic engagement and misconduct procedures.

To look out how SSLCs are run within the school in order to gain maximum benefit from our student representation.

 

Methodology Meetings and discussion.

 

Timeline of activities Summer 2017 (pre-working party): Michael and Marian to collate university information regarding processes around academic engagement and misconduct, for dissemination to the group prior to a first group meeting.

 

Summer 2017 (pre-working party): Cindy to talk to Hannah Smithson about the role of student reps within schools, and the training and support that is available to them.

 

September/October 2017: first meeting of the group to share ideas and practice and to consider how we might create productive parity across the school.

 

Autumn Term 2017: Fact finding by members of the working party if needed, followed by a further meeting in November 2017.

 

Spring Term 2018: Final report produced, with clear procedures in place, agreed upon by all members of the group.

 

Summer Term 2018: Report to SBTL and a meeting of all administrators and academics involved in these aspects of student engagement so as to ensure that the processes are understood and followed.

 

Outcomes (If the outcomes of the working party warrant it, an implementation group might be set up)

A final report – it is unlikely that an implementation group would be needed.

 

Funding? This is unlikely to attract T&L funding.

 

Dissemination Reports to SLL Teaching Leadership Group for consideration prior to submission to SBTL.

Through the T&L in SLL website and blog.

 

 

 

For more information on the Working Party, please contact Michael Lyons (m.lyons@reading.ac.uk).

SLL WORKING PARTY ON ATTENDANCE AND ATTAINMENT

Led by Paddy Bullard (Student Engagement Officer)

 

Members (4-5 other members, at least one from each department in the school and one from central/support services)

Grace Ioppolo (DEL)

Central support A colleague from RISIS?
Timing One year, commencing September 2017

 

Purpose To look at current attendance patterns across the school, find possible links if any between attendance and attainment in one department, and consider whether attendance is a challenge we need to address, and if so, how best to do so across the school.

 

Methodology Collation of university statistics on attendance – where does SLL sit in the overall student attendance pattern?

Statistical analysis of attendance and its potential link to attainment in DEL (conducted by MD).

 

Timeline of activities Summer 2017 (pre-project): MD arranging for collation of statistics in DEL.

 

By the end of Spring 2018:

– Collation of university data.

– Study of pedagogical research in this area.

– DEL data analysed and report produced.

 

 

Summer Term 2018: SLL-wide activity to ascertain the size and nature of the challenge and practical ways in which it can be overcome.

 

Outcomes (If the outcomes of the working party warrant it, an implementation group might be set up.)

A brief report on attendance and attainment in English Literature (by end of Autumn Term, 2017).

A report at school level with recommendations, if appropriate, for implementation.

 

Funding?
Dissemination Reports to SLL Teaching Leadership Group for consideration prior to submission to SBTL.

T&L in SLL blog and website.

University Teaching and Learning blog.

For more information, please contact Dr Cindy Becker (l.m.becker@reading.ac.uk).

SLL WORKING PARTY ON INCLUSIVITY AND TEL

Led by Enza Siciliano Verruccio (MLES)

 

Members (4-5 other members, at least one from each department in the school and one from central/support services)

Adam Bailey (University TEL team) and member of the university sub-group on disability and inclusivity (the TEL strand)?

Student member (Eleanor Rush de Jesus did a project on this last year for the module ‘Literature, Language and Media’ and so might be interested).

Michael Lyons (SLL Teaching and Learning Support Officer).

Cindy Becker (SLL SDTL) and member of university sub-group on disability and inclusivity (the TEL strand).

 

Central support We might be able to ask the TEL team to help with training in this area, once we have decided on the means we plan to adopt across the school.

 

Timing One year, commencing September 2017

 

Purpose To find the best way to lodge lectures and other study material on BlackBoard, or elsewhere, to meet the needs of all students.

To consider the impact, if any, of the release of lecture material in advance on attendance and engagement.

 

Methodology An exploration of pedagogical research in the area.

Basing this work on the outcome report of the university sub-group on disability and inclusivity (the TEL strand) – Cindy has details.

A survey of what is available (include efficacy, cost, student access and so forth) across the university (and elsewhere?).

SLL student response to different options, with consideration given to which options might suit different types of learning event across the school. (Survey? Focus groups? RUSU work already carried out?)

 

Timeline of activities
Outcomes (If the outcomes of the working party warrant it, an implementation group might be set up.)

A report to SBTL, with recommendations for an implementation group if needed.

Showcasing via SLL T&L events and on SLL T&L blog and website.

Direct dissemination to SLL staff of best practice in this area, along with a brief toolkit directing staff to resources available via the university or elsewhere.

This might also require us to make available some drop-in sessions or one to one time to provide colleagues with the skills to perform well in TEL.

 

Funding? PLanT funding to pay for a student to work with other students through focus groups and surveys?

TLDF funding for some training provision in this area for SLL as a whole?

 

Dissemination Feedback to university working party on disability and inclusivity (in whatever form it takes by the end of this project).

T&L in SLL blog and website.

This working party could produce material suitable for conferences and pedagogical articles.

Reports to SLL Teaching Leadership Group for consideration prior to submission to SBTL.

 

 

For more information, please contact Dr Cindy Becker (l.m.becker@reading.ac.uk)

SLL WORKING PARTY ON SLL STUDY SUPPORT

Led by Catriona McAllister (MLES)

 

Members (4-5 other members, at least one from each department in the school and one from central/support services)

Tony Capstick (DELAL)

Mary Morrissey (DEL)

Jack Tame (Professional Track Facilitator – SLL)

Central support Study support advisors (Michelle Reid?)

 

Timing One year, commencing September 2017

 

Purpose
  1. To audit current study support across the school, including the new ways of working as personal tutors.
  2. To analyse whether we have sufficient provision and whether we can share resources and best practice across the school.
  3. To create a plan for maximising the help we offer students, with any relevant costings and with reference to central support where appropriate.

 

Methodology Collation and analysis of evidence from department and central services.

Comparison with other schools and departments.

Engagement with academic literature on best practice.

Timeline of activities End of Autumn Term 2017: Report on findings.

 

Spring Term 2018: Implementation phase.

 

 

Outcomes (If the outcomes of the working party warrant it, an implementation group might be set up.)

See above.

 

Funding?
Dissemination Reports to SLL Teaching Leadership Group for consideration prior to submission to SBTL.

T&L in SLL blog and website.

University Teaching and Learning blog.

 

 

For more information, please contact Dr Cindy Becker (l.m.becker@reading.ac.uk)

SLL WORKING PARTY ON PGT PROVISION AND RECRUITMENT

Led by School Director of PGT

 

Members (4-5 other members, at least one from each department in the school and one from central/support services)

tbc: Andrew Mangham, Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, Par Kumaraswami, Jacqueline Laws, Paddy Bullard, Matthew Scott

 

Central support tbc: Fiona Deane (+ someone to offer advice on international recruitment?)
Timing Five months, commencing November 2017

 

Purpose
  1. To review current PGT provision across the school in the light of MoC’s recent report.
  2. To review our recruitment activities.
  3. To review how we currently provide training and support for our PGT students.
  4. To evaluate our PGT offering in light of the market and the demands on staff and recommend changes if necessary.
  5. To consider whether it might be possible/desirable to adopt a streamlined school approach to PGT support and training and recommend changes if necessary.
  6. To produce an action plan for SLL PGT recruitment, with central support.

 

Timeline of activities Week Two of Spring Term 2018:  Submit interim report to School Management Committee

 

Week Two of Summer Term 2018: Submit final report to School Management Committee

 

 

Outcomes (If the outcomes of the working party warrant it, an implementation group might be set up.)

See above.