The HEABIOPEDR group, that is run through the JISC network, is maintaining an active community of academic staff who are committed to the development of learning and teaching within the biosciences. This is supported by a series of meetings which will take place each year, comprising:
HUBS are pleased to invite UK bioscience departments to be part of a series of workshops on learning and teaching to supplement the two annual events. Funding has been provided to enable us to offer a grant of up to £1000 to individual institutions to host and deliver a workshop on learning and teaching in the biosciences, with the aim of there being three such workshops, delivered by different institutions, per year.
The workshop series has the following aims:
Workshops will be held during the 2017-18 academic year. Proposing departments are asked to specify their preferred dates on the proposal form. Where possible we will aim to spread the workshops across the year, preferably with one in each of late Autumn, early Spring and in the Summer to interlink with the annual events. Each workshop should typically run from 10.00-16.00 hours with opportunities for networking and/or discussion.
Organising departments should aim to attract 30-40 attendees from their own constituency, from neighbouring higher education providers and from the wider higher education sector.
The seminars will be hosted by and held in the institutions that have had a proposal accepted in response to the call. Institutions interested in hosting a workshop or seminar during the series must ensure that their workshop or seminar is fully accessible to any delegates who may wish to attend. This includes the provision of an accessible venue and accessible presentations, which are made available to delegates electronically (preferably in advance). Hosts may be able to minimise room booking costs by badging the activity as a development event if a number of local staff are attending.
Host institutions will be solely responsible for managing bookings and communicating with delegates. The host will also be responsible for advertising the workshop or seminar. HUBS will assist, using a number of established mechanisms to advertise the workshop via the Royal Society of Biology communication channels and HEABIOPEDR JISC mailing list.
Joint applications for workshops run collaboratively by two institutions will be welcome as well as individual applications.
Institutions will be contacted by HUBS to confirm whether or not a place in the series has been allocated to them.
The following criteria will be used to select proposals for the series:
Applicants are welcome to propose the themes that they consider to be particularly relevant. For information, the themes selected for 2016-17 were:
The themes selected for 2015-16 were:
Applicants must agree to write a short report to be posted on the HUBS website following the meeting. Where possible this should also include access to any presentation resources used to support the workshop.