Addressing Racism within the Curriculum: an academic’s perspective

By Dr. Karen Campbell Image credit: Unsplash As part of the work to evaluate the Anti-Racist Curriculum, in this blog Dr Karen Campbell interviews Occupational Therapy lecturer, Dr Katie Thomson about her personal experience and her preliminary work to address racism within the curriculum. Katie makes the point that the context for such work should …

Welcome to the Academic Development & Student Learning blog

This blog comes to you from the department of Academic Development & Student Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University. We lead on professional development, digital learning development, and professional recognition for all staff who teach. We’ll be updating on issues in learning and teaching, national news and trends, key achievements for the team, and other things …

Fooling around with the question –  how do we champion learning and teaching in our universities?

By Dr. Alison Nimmo, Lead, Scottish Principal Fellow Network and Head of Academic Development & Student Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University Image credit unsplash I’d been pondering the meaning of the term ‘championing’ ahead of our Scottish Principal Fellow Network meeting. We had agreed to share what we are doing to champion learning and teaching in …

Towards an Anti-Racist Curriculum

By Dr Karen Campbell on behalf of GCU’s Anti-Racist Curriculum Group This post highlights the pressing need for universities to tackle widespread systemic racial inequalities and outcomes in higher education. Tackling Racism at GCU is a whole-institution approach to change which encourages conversations about race and promotes building a racially diverse and inclusive learning and …

I…We…Us

GCU Forensic Investigation students with lecturers Kaitlin Ramsay and Kate McAuley at GCU Community and Public Engagement Science pop-up as part of Glasgow Science Festival. By Susan Grant, GCU Community and Public Engagement Coordinator Susan.grant@gcu.ac.uk @GCUEngagement Having spoken to many volunteers in my role as GCU’s Community and Public Engagement (CPE) Coordinator, I have learned …

What difference does HEA fellowship make beyond the institutional metric? – daring to ask the question …

Dr Alison Nimmo, Head of Academic Development and Student Learning Photo by Patricia Serna on unsplash.com Back in June 2020 my colleague, Fiona Smart, and I posed this provocation to colleagues of ours who hold Principal Fellowship (HEA): Fellowship and Covid 19 "Don’t get us wrong. We are strong advocates of Fellowship of the HEA …

Widening Participation: unpacking a portmanteau concept

By Dr Karen Campbell, Research Fellow in Educational Research and Evaluation  Photo by Raquel Brepohl @Unsplash This post explores the current use of the term ‘Widening Participation’ in the context of implications for policy and practice in the post-pandemic landscape. Inequalities exacerbated In his interim report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fair access to higher …