CLE drop-in days

Each month the CLE are offering a drop-in day aimed at staff and research students wishing to learn more about the CLE and teaching and learning at the University. Our November session will be running on 16th November between 10:00 – 16:00.

Each day is split up in to one-hour sessions; you are welcome to attend the full day or to pick and choose which sessions suit you.

Please see below for an outline of the sessions running on 16th November;

  • 10:00 – 11:00 – What is teaching excellence?  Coffee, cake and conversation about the impending TEF.
  • 12:30 – 13:30 – Lunchbag reflections – bring your lunch and reflect informally on teaching/supporting learning in HE
  • 14:30 – 15:30 – Chill-out zone – strategies to help you relax – come in comfy clothes and bring a pillow/cushion

To sign up for any of these, please complete our online form by 5pm on 9th December. If you register after this date, we cannot guarantee your place.

Our December drop-in day will take place on 7th December.  Please see below for an outline of sessions;

  • 10 -11 Introduction to the CLE and how we can support you
  • 11-12 Terry Lee (RadioLaB Co-ordinator): Using audio for assessment
  • 12-1 Janine Bhandol (LRC): Using Talis Aspire effectively
  • 1-2 Lunch/discussion
  • 2-3 Andrina Halder (Business School): Engaging students via WhatsApp
  • 3 – 4 Kelly Alexander: PebblePad for Social Work portfolios
  • 4- end Roundup, Q&A

To sign up for any of these, please complete our online form by 5pm on 30th November. Again, if you register after this date, we cannot guarantee your place.


Kind regards


The Teaching and Learning Team

Centre for Learning Excellence


CLE dropin session October 12th

The CLE will be running a drop-in session on Wednesday 12th October between 10:00 – 16:00.

If you would like to learn more about the work we do, how we can support you and visit our new location, please sign up here. Please note, the deadline for registration is Monday 10th October at 6pm. Coffee and cake will be provided!

An outline of the event is provided below:

10 a.m. Welcome to the CLE! What do we do and how might we support you? Bring your questions and comments with you for us to discuss together.

11 a.m. Pedagogy and research-informed teaching. What is pedagogy in HE? Making links between what you do now and where you have come from.

12 p.m. Reflecting on teaching and learning. *Feel free to bring your lunch.*

1 p.m. Encouraging academic discourse.

2 p.m. Sharing good academic practice.

Effective Course Co-ordination workshops

We have a number of Effective Course Co-ordination workshops taking place throughout October.

Dates and times include;

  • 4th October between 9:30 – 12:30, Luton
  • 11th October between 9:30 – 12:30, Luton
  • 18th October between 9:30 – 12:30, Luton
  • 25th October between 10:00 – 13:00, Luton

If you have access to ITrent, please book your space using the following link –;s=ecc;d=;ed=;a=T/0723543Ddb.

Alternatively, please use this online form.

PTS Reviewer/Mentor Training

Throughout September and October, we are offering PTS Reviewers and PTS Mentors training sessions in Bedford and Luton.

Volunteering within the PTS will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to support others, network, be part of a growing teaching and learning community, strengthen your career and provide you with evidence which could be used in your own future PTS application. Please see below for dates, times, locations and booking information.

PTS Reviewers Training

26 Sep – 10:00 – 12:00 –  Bedford

18 Oct – 13:00 – 15:00 – Luton

To book, please go to

PTS Mentors Training

4 Oct – 13:00 – 15:00 – Luton

6 Oct – 10:00 – 12:00 – Bedford

To book, please go to

Online Learning taster course

The CLE’s short course on using the tools in BREO to enhance your online teaching will be running again from September 12th. The course lasts for 2 weeks and is held entirely online, apart from a class webinar on the evening of Wednesday 21st.

If you want some ideas for using discussion boards, blogs, journals, and more, with your students, this would be a good introduction – and it won’t take up a great deal of your time. There are several activities, but you can move at your own pace and catch up at your convenience.

For more information, please email

PgCTHE course

We still have places left on our PgCTHE course starting on 28th September.

The course is open to all staff and research students who would like to gain a HE teaching qualification. No teaching experience is necessary although it is expected you will have at least 50 hours contact with students during the 12-16 months it takes to complete the qualification.

The course is free to UoB staff and discounted by 50% for research students.

If you are interested, please visit or contact for further information.

PTS Fellowship event 2016

PTS sunflowers 2016

The PTS Fellowship Event on Wednesday November 16th, 2016, will celebrate the University’s Professional Teaching Scheme and all those involved with it.

We are delighted that Professor Dilly Fung from UCL will deliver the keynote speech about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

We will be highlighting the range of development opportunities available through the PTS, and showcasing the outstanding teaching practice at the University.

Short presentations from Bill Rammel (Vice Chancellor) and Mary Malcolm (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic) will celebrate the achievements of our HEA fellowship holders.

After the formalities, there will be an opportunity for relaxing and networking with canapés and fizz.

Express your interest here.

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.

The text and data mining copyright exception: benefits and implications for UK higher education

Changes in the law enable researchers to make copies of copyright material for computational analysis. This guide outlines the implications of the new text and data mining copyright exception for researchers, research support services and librarians in UK universities.

Check Jisc’s guidance for more information:

Exploring resilience in Higher Education

A workshop on resilient writing was delivered  as a part of this year’s CLE writing retreat. The session focussed on maintaining motivation and perseverance during the writing process, and strategies around dealing with rejection.

The workshop was well received by the participants: “it allowed me to delve into a very personal view of my own resilience. In particular how I am dealing with my current PhD progress and my ‘resilience’” (Cheryl Barford, Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy).

Current issues around resilience in Higher Education (of both academic staff and students) will be explored in a range of development opportunities to be offered in the new Professional Teaching Scheme CPD programme 2016-17.

Introduction to Teaching and Learning day

The CLE will be hosting an Introduction to Teaching and Learning day on 11th May 2016.

The day provides an important opportunity to ask questions, consider the vision for learning at the University of Bedfordshire, explore expectations for teaching, network and engage in professional dialogue with colleagues, and find out the support available to you, as you settle into your post at the university.

The event is mandatory for all new permanent members of academic staff to attend. If you have not already booked your place, please email to register.

If you are not a permanent member of academic staff but have teaching responsibilities and would like to discuss whether the event could be appropriate for you, please contact us at