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13 November 2015

Essex Women’s Network

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Posted on behalf of the new Essex Women’s Network

Essex Women’s Network

Students on towerStudents from the 1970s sitting on top of one of the towers.

Inspire, Challenge, Succeed – the Essex Women’s Network is open to all staff who work at our University and also to PhD students. Set up in November 2015 in response to the University’s work with Athena SWAN, the network is here to provide a forum for women to share ideas and provide mutual support. By acting as a forum for discussion and a unified voice, it will help to raise issues and address career challenges that women face. The network also provides informal mentoring and networking opportunities, access to a range of role models and a variety of initiatives to improve retention and promotion for women.

The network is a member-led initiative run by women for women, but male staff are welcome to attend events, participate in activities or submit comments.

Aim of the network

  • Raise awareness of the network and its activities.
  • Encourage more staff to engage with the gender equality and diversity agendas.
  • Provide a range of events and activities that support women’s careers across the institution.
  • Be a voice for women within the institution.
  • Make regional links with local business networks and women’s charities.

Join the network

You can subscribe to the mailing list. Please circulate to friends and colleagues who might be interested in joining the network and attending any of the events.

Events and activities

We’ll be organising events throughout the year on a range of topics identified by network members. Events will normally be scheduled over lunchtimes on different days of the week to give staff who work varying working patterns the opportunity to attend. The network is also an opportunity for social contact amongst women across the organisation.

Essex Women’s Network launch event

Join us for the launch of the Essex’s Women’s Network event for a lunchtime of discussion, inspiration, networking and refreshments.

Be a founding member, shape the group’s aims and change your working life.

  • When: 25 November, 12pm – 2pm
  • Where: Foyer of the Silberrad Student Centre

Other networks

You may also be interested in our Parents’ Support Network. The network is a group of working parents with shared interests and responsibilities who offer each other informal peer support on topics such as managing the transition back to work and the challenges of being a working parent. All mums and dads are welcome, including mums and dads to be and grandparents.

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UCS Annual Learning and Teaching Day: programme and registration details

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University College Suffolk colleagues are holding their annual Learning and Teaching Day in Ipswich on Wednesday 16 December.

If you’re interested in developments in HE, we’d recommend trying to go along. Essex staff are always made very welcome!

Keynote speakers are Sir Anthony Seldon and Professor Christine Hockings.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

360° Learning

UCS’ Annual Learning and Teaching Day 2015 

360° Learning will be held on 16 December 2015 from 12.00pm – 5.00pm

All staff and students at UCS Ipswich and across the Learning Network Centres are warmly invited to attend what we can promise will be a lively and thought-provoking event on learning and teaching.

360° Learning marks the full-scale launch of UCS’ new Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy. The event will consist in two keynote presentations by internationally recognised speakers: Sir Anthony Seldon and Professor Christine Hockings. Sir Anthony is Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University and will be speaking on The 4th Revolution in Education: Digitalisation. Chris Hockings is at Wolverhampton University and will present key findings from the national NUS-HEA funded project on Independent Learning in HE.

You will also be able to join highly interactive workshops, run collaboratively by students and staff in which we’ll share and discuss experiences, ideas and aspirations around:

  • Inclusive Learning and Teaching
  • Assessment and Feedback for Learning
  • Towards Graduate Employability
  • Scholarly and Research-Oriented Teaching

There will also be demonstration and poster displays as well as lots of opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas with colleagues both across and beyond UCS. We have invited all UCS’ Visiting Professor and Senior Fellows to join this event. Also, Heads of Schools, FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges from across the region have been invited to attend parts of the 360° Learning event.

Reserve your place at 360° Learning by completing the online registration form. More details of the event will follow shortly. But please, don’t forget to put this date in your calendar now!

360° Learning – UCS Annual Learning and Teaching Day
16 December 2015, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Proposed Programme:





Registration and Lunch

Posters and Demonstrations



360° Learning: Welcome and Introduction

Professor Penny Cavenagh and/or Richard Lister



Programme Overview

Dr Christine Smith



Introduction to Sir Anthony Seldon

Professor Penny Cavenagh



The 4th Revolution in Education: Digitalisation

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor University of Buckingham



Workshops Sessions:

 Inclusive Learning and Teaching

 Assessment and Feedback for Learning

 Towards Graduate Employability

 Scholarly and Research-Oriented Teaching

Facilitated by Heads of Department, Learning and Teaching ‘Champions’ and Student Reps

WAD1, W210, W212, W217


Interval: Refreshments

WAD1 Foyer


Introduction to Professor Christine Hockings

Dr Christine Smith



The Independent Learning Project (NUS/HEA)

Professor Christine Hockings, University of Wolverhampton



Workshops sessions:

 Inclusive Learning and Teaching

 Assessment and Feedback for Learning

 Towards Graduate Employability

 Scholarly and Research-Oriented Teaching

Facilitated by Heads of Department, Learning and Teaching ‘Champions’ and Student Reps

WAD1, W210, W212, W217


Feedback from Workshops

Heads of Department/Learning and Teaching ‘Champions’/Student Reps



Where next with 360° Learning?

Dr Christine Smith




Mulled wine and mince pies

WAD1 Foyer

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1 October 2015

TALIF @ Essex: on the look out for your bright ideas…

Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TALIF) issues 2015-16 call for applications

Have you got an innovative, creative idea that you want to develop and try out in your teaching?

Could you use some funding to support you?TALIF icon (LIME GREEN)

If so, why not put together an application to TALIF?

The University of Essex’s Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TALIF) has been supporting staff to develop their teaching and support of learning in creative and innovative ways since 1998. To date the fund has supported more than 100 initiatives right across the University.

TALIF is changing…

From this year, TALIF is returning to its roots and wholly devoting its funds to supporting individuals who want to develop their teaching practice creatively by trying out new ideas and approaches. In this way it will complement the institutional character of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)’s Education Strategy Fund, from which grants are available to drive forward departmental / sectional level initiatives in support of the University’s Education Strategy and associated action plans.

How can you apply?

Any member of staff with teaching and learning support responsibilities may apply for funding, up to a maximum of £5,000 per grant. Students are welcome to apply (with appropriate academic sponsorship) and each year £1,000 may be reserved to fund a student-led project.

In short, TALIF wants to help individual colleagues develop into the best educators they can be and to harness the talents of all members of our academic community, including our students, in support of enhancing our Essex education.

Applications for funding can be made to support innovation in any field of teaching and learning practice. If they dovetail with the following areas, which are central to the University’s Education Strategy, then so much the better:

  • Research in the curriculum
  • Community
  • Engagement
  • Learning environment

The closing date for applications this year is 5pm on Friday 27 November 2015.

Full information about the Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund and how to apply can be found on the  TALIF webpage.

We have scheduled a drop-in session for those interested in finding out more about TALIF on Thursday 8 October 2015 from 12.30pm to –2.30pm in 4SA.6.19 (HR Training). Simply come along; no need to book. If you miss this opportunity, please contact Ruth Windscheffel if you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential project.

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