Episode 1

The Learning Matters Podcast captures insights into, experiences of, and conversations around education at the University of Sussex. The podcast runs monthly, and each month is centred around a particular theme. The theme of our first episode is ‘scholarship leave’, and we will hear from Sue Robbins (Senior Lecturer in English Language) and René Moolenaar (Senior Lecturer in Strategy) as they discuss the experiences and outputs of their recent scholarship leave. 

Sue Robbins  

Sue Robbins is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Director of Continuing Professional Development in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities.  

René Moolenaar 

René Moolenaar is Senior Lecturer in Strategy at the University of Sussex Business School and Associate Professor at the University of Queensland. 


Listen to the recording of Episode 1.


Sue Robbins 

Robbins, S. (2024) Develop Your English: with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Open Press at University of Sussex. Available at: https://openpress.sussex.ac.uk/developyourenglish/   

Lütge, C., Merse, T., and Rauschert, P. (Eds.) (2023) Global Citizenship in Foreign Language Education: Concepts, Practices, Connections. Routledge. Available at: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-edit/10.4324/9781003183839/global-citizenship-foreign-language-education-christiane-l%C3%BCtge-thorsten-merse-petra-rauschert  

René Moolenaar 

Gardner, S.K. (2021) ‘Faculty learning and professional growth in the sabbatical leave’, Innovative Higher Education, 47(3), pp. 435–451. doi:10.1007/s10755-021-09584-4.   

Macfarlane, B. (2022) ‘The academic sabbatical as a symbol of change in higher education: From rest and recuperation to hyper-performativity’, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 45(3), pp. 335–348.  doi:10.1080/1360080x.2022.2140888.  

Sibbald, T. and Handford, V. (2022) The academic sabbatical: A voyage of discovery. Ottawa, Ontario: University of Ottawa Press.  

Zahorski, K.J. (1994) The sabbatical mentor: A practical guide to successful sabbaticals. Bolton, MA: Anker Pub. Co. 

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