The Learning, Teaching and Assessment Newsletter of the Faculty of
… to be no more than 722 words.
of Science Teaching Awards Ceremony 2022
Academic staff gathered in the Lower James
Parsons LT on Wednesday 2nd March to celebrate our award
recipients. We welcomed professional team staff, JMSU officers, SCS Faculty
student reps and Phil Carey (Dean of the Teaching and Learning Academy).
^ School of Sport and Exercise Sciences L-R Dave Richardson (SPS Director), Nicola
Hopkins, Ian Beattie, Katie Lane, Ian Davies, Sally Starkey, Wendy Johnston,
Laura Bishop (SCS PVC), Mark Robinson
^ School of
Pharmacy and biomolecular Sciences L-R Laura Bishop, Mel Russell,
Francesca Giuntini, Komang Ralebitso Senior, Matt Roberts, Phil Denton
(Associate Dean Education)
^ School of
Biological and Environmental Sciences L-R Laura Bishop, Rodrigo De Marco,
Matteo Borrini, Nicola Koyama, Jon Dick, Jason Kirby (BES Director)
The ceremony engendered a warm, collegiate
atmosphere and concluded with an uplifting address by Phil Carey. In his
speech, he acknowledged the importance of teaching, celebrating teaching, and
finding a comfortable cardigan.
Look out for the online form when FoSTA
nominations open for our 2023 awards at the end of the calendar year.
IT Services Update
Julie Wynn is our IT Service Faculty Liaison
and recently updated the Faculty Education Committee (FEC), four items being
of particular interest:
Azure Virtual Desktop is a new off campus service, due for “imminent
release” as a pilot. It offers access to subject-specific software (akin to
the pre-2020 Off-campus Applications).
changes: Starting this month, the minimum password minimum length will be ten
characters but with no more password
PCs will be updated so that user profiles are retained for longer. This
will mean less waiting time for OneDrive folders to load on our ‘front of
house’ PCs. Until then, and if you need a file quickly, log in to office.com,
browse your OneDrive to download the file you need.
Goodbye ModCat, ProdCat and HelpMe: Work on the new
CourseLoop Course Information System is progressing well prior to launch next
year. A replacement for the current HelpMe (helpdesk) is also being sought
and promises a vastly improved experience.
The Faculty coordinates and/or funds
the purchase of teaching-related software when there are economies of scale.
Labster: The Faculty
already has a number of students licenced to use this system and the company’s
website lists the simulations available. Staff have found these useful in
imitating laboratory work that would otherwise present practical challenges.
The simulations can also be used as preparatory resources, reducing students’
anxieties before they enter the laboratory. If you would like a free Labster
trial account to explore what available then please email me. A UCL
case study shows what is possible.
sessions and resources
Neurodiversity and hidden disability:
sharing student support practices This MS Teams event takes place Tue 15th
March, 1200-1300h and will provide a better understanding of the needs of these
groups of students.
Student Self-Esteem in Mental
Health and Wellbeing An in-person session on Wed 16th March 1530-1645h led by Dr David McIlroy, School of
Psychology, and involving two former UG students who will share their insights.
The new Curriculum
Design Guide is now available and is designed to help teams plan, review
and design their programmes.
The RAISE (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement)
Partnership Special Interest Group are hosting an online session about ‘Impactful Student Partnerships’ on Wed 4th May 1600-1730h. This event is aimed at those
staff who have staff:student partnership initiatives that they would like to
share as good practice, as well as anyone who is curious to learn more about
working with students as partners.
Peer review 2021/22
To date, over
100 Faculty staff have registered their involvement in Talking
about teaching, the Faculty’s version of the LJMU peer review scheme. If
you have engaged in qualifying activity then please record your participation
via our online
Phil Denton, Faculty of Science Associate Dean (Education)
Maintained by SCSADE@ljmu.ac.uk. Last Update: 11/03/2022.