Commit to Get Far 2017

This post is a little different to many others on the blog so far, reflecting on the team’s activity as part of SussexSport’s Commit to Get Far challenge 2017.

The challenge was set for teams to track their activity to “virtually” travel the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats – a total of 900 miles!

The challenge started on the 18th January 2017 but teams were welcome to continue tracking their distances for as long as they wanted….. and team ADQE wanted to continue!

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Partnership Tutor Network Day – Guest Post

This month we are handing over to another guest blogger – Prabha Parthasarathy – who was a winner of the Partnership Tutor Fund in 2016/17. 

You can find out more about the Partnership Tutor Fund on the ADQE webpages.

Without further ado, let me hand over to Prabha:

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Winners of the 2016-17 Student-Led Teaching Awards

One of the most fulfilling parts of the work of the Enhancement team is working on the Teaching Awards for each year, especially the Student Led Teaching Awards.

We have recently completed the process for 2016-17, having presented the awards to staff at the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2017.

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What is a learning outcome? And why do we use them?

As an ADQE Officer I support course validations, both internally and externally, and attend Curriculum Development Approval Sub-committee (CDASC). At these events a significant amount of time is spent ensuring the course and module learning outcomes are aligned to FHEQ qualification descriptors (2014). Typically, requests for amendments to the learning outcomes are made and course teams update learning outcomes accordingly.

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The Mathematics Winter Intersession Week

For this post, we are handing over to our first guest blogger, Nicos Georgiou from the Department of Mathematics.

Nicos won three teaching awards and went on to receive a Teaching Innovation Prize in 2015 to fund a project in the Intersession Week for second-year students in Mathematics. 

After the second year of Nicos’ Intersession Week activities, we asked Nicos if he would blog about how it went.

Take it away, Nicos:


The organisation of the Mathematics Winter Intersession Week was successful for a second year in a row. Maths faculty and associate tutors joined forces to lead a variety of workshops which cater to the needs of the Maths students. Read more ›

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Winner of 2016/17 Partnership Tutor Fund

Prabha Parthasarthy, Study Group Partnership Tutor Life Sciences, was awarded part of the 2016/17 Partnership Tutor fund for a networking event between students at the International Study Centre, former students at the International Study Centre, and students studying a Life Science course at the University of Sussex. The event will provide International Study Centre students a taster into life as a student at the University. The networking event is due to take place on 31 March 2017.

The Partnership Tutor fund was launched in 2015. The fund is awarded for activities relating to student engagement. For example, bringing students at partner institutions to the University to attend lectures, seminars, and workshops.

The Partnership Tutor Fund was re-launched in 2016/17 and tutors can apply for the fund.

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Winner of the 2015/16 Partnership Tutor Fund

Flora Dennis, Partnership Tutor West Dean College, won the 2015/16 Partnership Tutor Fund. Flora was awarded the fund to organise an exchange day at West Dean College for MA Conservation Students at West Dean and MA Art History and MA Museum Curating Students at the University.

Flora said ‘as a result of the Partnership Tutor fund we were able to organise an exchange day at West Dean College for MA Conservation Students at West Dean and MA Art History and MA Museum Curating students at the University of Sussex. The day was based on West Dean’s collections and prepared students to move beyond postgraduate study into a range of professional workplaces such as museums, galleries, historic buildings and the cultural and heritage sector’.

The Partnership Tutor fund was launched in 2015. The fund is awarded for activities relating to student engagement. For example, bringing students at partner institutions to the University to attend lectures, seminars, and workshops.

The Partnership Tutor Fund was re-launched for 2016/17 and tutors can apply for the fund.

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The new Teaching and Learning Toolkit

February saw the launch of Sussex’s new Teaching and Learning Toolkit, a new Study Direct site designed to bring together resources, research and ideas for people teaching at Sussex. As ADQE’s very own Teaching Fellow, I’ve co-ordinated putting the Toolkit together in response to requests and feedback from across the University. Read more ›

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External Examiner Induction 2016/17

What’s the External Examiner Induction then?

Each year, the University employs around 80 external academics from other institutions. It is the role of these external academics to check that the University’s standards of teaching and assessment are upheld, and the awards given to students are appropriate. You can read more about the role of External Examiners on the ADQE webpages.

In order to ensure that the External Examiners are fully aware of their role, and the rules and processes which guide our exams and assessments, the University provides Induction sessions for all of our External Examiners.

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Internal Student Surveys at Sussex

The University carries out internal surveys of students to measure their satisfaction with their courses, any common issues with key themes across the University, and to give all students the opportunity to make their opinion heard. This blog post outlines some of the changes to internal surveys at Sussex over the past few years, and details the new system of internal surveys launching this year.

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