National award for teaching excellence is a whole team effort!

The recent announcement that the Central Foundation Years Programme won a national Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) by AdvanceHE seems like the perfect time to share with colleagues more about the Programme and the reasons why Advance HE chose to recognise us. If this inspires your team to apply for an award in the near future, all the better!

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Students as Partners in Teaching and Learning

By Yuki Kikuchi, BSc Business and Management

I was awarded a student researcher bursary to attend the recent SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2019 to present my research into improving student information on module choice to help enhance the student experience on one undergraduate degree.

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The 3rd Active Learning Conference


Registration for the third Active Learning Network conference is now open. It takes place here at Sussex on 11 June and is free to all. 

Dr Wendy Garnham from the School of Psychology has been instrumental in setting up this network which now boasts satellite groups and an increasing range of educators who are contributing to and accessing its resources through the website and events.

Register via the link below:

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My Experience Using Lego Serious Play to Teach Human Resources/Organisational Behaviour

By Vasilis Gkogkidis


LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (referred to as LSP for the rest of the article) is a methodology to facilitate workshops where participants respond to tasks by building symbolic and metaphorical models with LEGO bricks and present them to the other participants (Kristiansen, Hansen & Nielsen, 2009).

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Embedding Information Literacy Teaching Within The Curriculum

By Suzanne Tatham

When students embark on academic life at university, they have lots of new things to deal with. For many students, it may be the first time they’ve been asked to write a substantial piece of work using academic sources. For some, this is likely to be at best daunting and possibly overwhelming. So, how can the Library help you to develop the information literacy skills of your students?

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By Jenni Rose

Having just come from the Flourishing in Academia course run by CABA and the ICAEW has made me reflect on what flourishing really means in the life of an academic.

The term “Flourish” comes from Martin Seligman’s book in 2011 on a new theory of positive psychology and has five elements from the PERMA model.

Positive emotion – feeling good

Engagement – being in a state of flow

Relationships – truly connecting to others

Meaning  – being part of something bigger

Accomplishments – Achieving marked successes.

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‘Challenging the Deficit Model across Disciplines’: Call for Papers

We are inviting submissions for the two-day Foundation Year Network Annual Conference, hosted by the University of Sussex on the 10th and 11th July 2019.

Much recent research in transitional pedagogies has sought to critique the ‘deficit model’ of learning which begins from the assumption that students lack certain skills, proficiencies, knowledge, and/or cultural capital, and that the task of educators is to remedy that deficit. Read more ›

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Submission for Learning, Teaching & Student Experience (LTSE) 2019

Submit a workshop, research paper, PechaKucha presentation, poster or roundtable for LTSE 2019

Learning, Teaching & Student Experience (LTSE) is the UK’s leading conference on business and management education. The collegiate atmosphere makes it an ideal opportunity for learning, idea-sharing, personal development and networking.

We are now accepting submissions for the 2019 conference and encourage all members of the Chartered ABS to get involved. Read more ›

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How do you improve academic integrity?

By Amanda White

What do you do when you detect 16% of your cohort engaged in academic misconduct?  Besides a lot of paperwork and administration (250 hours worth), I was surprised by students’ reasons for cheating – and it was mostly driven by a lack of understanding of how to study with integrity. Students cheat for many complicated reasons, and often rationalise away the act of cheating with the misconception that it is a victimless crime. Thus began my search to try and find a way to help my students understand what academic integrity meant and how to avoid misconduct. Read more ›

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‘Knowing your place’: How space impacts on learning

Dr Liz Sage

By Dr Liz Sage (FHEA)

Teaching Fellow in Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
Department of Education
University of Sussex

During the ten years I’ve been teaching at Sussex, I’ve taught in some pretty varied contexts. Freshly-built lecture theatres and porta-cabin classrooms that tremble as people walk past. Seminar rooms full of light and up-to-date AV equipment and rooms where the projector screen comes down across the only whiteboard in the room. Rooms where I’ve had space to be inventive and spaces where the number of students we can accommodate according to the room listings has been ambitious to say the least. Read more ›

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