University of Bedfordshire shortlisted in the CATE awards

HEA announces National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Awards and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence finalists


Fifty-five new National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) are announced by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) today, alongside the fifteen team finalists for the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

The CATE recognises outstanding contributions to teaching by teams at higher education providers. The criteria for the CATE award are: excellent practice, teamwork, and the team’s dissemination plan. Teams will need to have shown they are working in collaboration with direct student involvement in their work.

Fifteen institutions have been shortlisted for the award. Six of these institutions will be awarded grants of £15,000 to disseminate their learning. The six teams will be announced at the formal celebration event for all these awards at Church House, Westminster, London, 1 November 2017.

You can read the whole story on the HEA website.

Switching to PebblePad 5 today!

Today (July 4th) we’re switching over to Version 5 of Pebblepad. There won’t be any change in functionality, and all assets and resources will still be there – the main change you will notice will be the more streamlined interface.

Get in touch with us if you encounter any problems or want to arrange instruction in the updated version.

CLE staff heavily involved in staff conference!

Our team will be appearing in a number of places at the annual staff conference, both during the main event and in fringe activities. Hope to see you there!

Main conference

Dr. Maria Kukhareva: ‘Every teacher is a bit of an actor’

Dr. Mark Atlay & Dr. Diana Pritchard: ‘Utilising the TEF to identify the learning gain of our students’

Averil Robertson & Megan Loveys: ‘Ten Days of Twitter: running a social media course for university staff’

TED Talks

Dr. Mark Atlay: ‘The power of introverts’

Mark Gamble: ‘Draw your future’

Fringe events

Nick Botfield: ‘Engaging students in large group teaching’ & ‘Creating a MOOC’

Averil Robertson: ‘Developing Open Badges to support student achievement’

Dr. Maria Kukhareva: ‘Object-based learning: promoting creativity and lateral thinking’

Mark Gamble: ‘The development of Course Metric Infographics’

University staff conference 2017

We are now just three weeks away from our staff conference and fringe events; we hope to see many of you at the various sessions. Staff from the CLE will be presenting at both the main conference and the fringe.

You can find out more information from the links below:

In the meantime if you have any other question please email


Coming soon – PebblePad V.5


In August 2016, we upgraded to V5 of PebblePad.  Since then, Version 5 has been running concurrently with the ‘Classic’ version, in order to minimise disruption to those staff and students already working within it.

However, the older version will shortly cease to be supported by PebblePad, and we will therefore be switching as an institution to Version 5. The switchover will take place on July 4th at 8:30 a.m.

It’s important to note that the main difference in the new version is its ‘look’, and improvements to functionality – existing assets etc. will remain in your personal spaces. We have been working on a range of supporting materials (for staff and students), and will provide various hands-on sessions: for novice PebblePad users; for those who are transferring to V5; and for those who are already using it and just want to know more – look out for opportunities to sign up for these.

On July 12th, a representative from PebblePad will be at the University and available for Q&A and practical sessions – please get in touch if you would like to know more about this.

Please note that ATLAS is not changing in the short term, and all assessment activity (such as setting up assignments and marking) will continue as before.

University rises 15 places in Guardian league tables

The University of Bedfordshire has risen fifteen places to 98 in the Guardian league table, published today.

We saw gains in course satisfaction, student-staff ratio and graduate employability rates, and increased our rank on feedback satisfaction where we are now 26th in the country.

But our most significant progress was in the Guardian’s value-added measure, which captures the distance travelled by students between entry and graduation. Due in part to last year’s increase in good degrees, Bedfordshire moved forward very strongly on this measure – a real testament to how we are delivering on our mission to transform lives.

Our new HEA Fellows

The percentage of staff who have HEA fellowship at the University of Bedfordshire is officially sector-leading.  The annual review of our HEA accredited programme, the Professional Teaching Scheme, reports that we have 85% of staff with HEA recognition, compared to 50% average for other Million+ universities and 29% sector average.

Since December 2016, the recognition for HEA Fellowship has been as follows. Our congratulations to all concerned.

Name Category of Fellowship
Lana Burroughs Fellow
Ashraf Mahmud Fellow
Yan Qinq Duan Senior Fellow
Amalia Garcia Fellow
Chihiro Inoue Fellow
Yelena Khegay Fellow
Andrew Malcolm Fellow
Mallika Devi Rasaratnam Fellow
Syamarlah Rasaratnam Senior Fellow
Emma Spikings Senior Fellow
Moira Walker Fellow
Jacqueline White Fellow
Michelle Sogga Fellow
Phil Miles Fellow
Tina Poyzer Fellow
Sathena Chan Fellow
Kathrine Laurier Associate Fellow
John Grisby Fellow
Jean Egbegi Associate Fellow
Kelly Clifford Fellow
Alia El-Banna Fellow
Nicolo Giudice Fellow
Katherine Hopkinson Fellow
Dhouha Kbaier Fellow
Suzanne Murphy Fellow
Claudia Sima Fellow
Rukeya Suleman Fellow
Muhammad Waqar Fellow
Adrian Warner Fellow
Ian Dove Fellow
Sisi Wang Associate Fellow
Mark Margaretten Fellow

Fellows and Senior Fellows

We’re delighted to announce that the University has a further 8 Senior Fellows and 9 Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, as well as one Associate Fellow, following the panel held in July. Well done everyone!

Teaching & Learning Enhancement Grants

We’re very pleased to announce that a number of applications for our grants have been successful. These include:

“English for Employability: Student Co-Creation of Online Language / Grammar Resources” Katherine Koulle, Dr Claudia Saraceni and Viv Cherry

“Student Journeys: narratives of student experience” Joanne Hill, Alex Stewart

“Gamification to support student engagement” Alexander K. Kofinas, Bernadette Henderson, Andrew Clements

“Open Badges for transition and engagement (and retention)” Peter Dean, Cathy Minett-Smith, Jo Myhill, Steve Briggs, Veronica Garbett

We look forward to working with our successful applicants!

Teaching and Learning Enhancement Grants (2016/17)

What are teaching and learning enhancement grants?

Teaching and learning enhancement grants (TLEG) are designed to recognise and reward excellent teachers and to foster innovations that support the University’s strategic priorities.  Broadly they:

  • support the implementation of Learner Experience Strategy;
  • support the embedding of aspects of CRe8 in the learning experience of students;
  • support the scholarship of teaching and learning;
  • recognise and reward effective teaching;
  • support dissemination of good practice in teaching and learning;
  • support staff aspiring to Bedfordshire Teaching Fellowships

When and how should I apply?

The deadline for completed applications is 5.00pm on Monday 20th June 2016.  An independent panel will review submissions and successful applicants will be notified by Friday 1st July 2016.  Agreement to fund proposals may be dependent on additional requirements specific to the projects and set by the panel.

Who can provide support and guidance with my application?

For support on completing your application or for more information, please contact or check the website here.