Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) offers grants for teaching & learning workshops


Joint Biosciences Learning and Teaching Workshop 2017

Download a proposal form

1. Aims

HUBS, HUCBMS and the IBMS wish to jointly support a workshop on improving the teaching of mathematical skills and physical sciences within bioscience courses. Interested individuals or groups should complete the proposal form above and return it electronically by Friday 20th January 2017.

2. Timing

The workshop should take place between April and July 2017. The maximum level of financial support provided will be £1500.

3. Enquiries

If you would like to discuss the programme for your workshop before submitting a proposal, please contact Jon Scott (js50@le.ac.uk), Jon Green (J.R.Green@bham.ac.uk) or Jacqueline McCormack (jm.mccormack@ulster.ac.uk). 

Biosciences Learning and Teaching Workshop Series 2016-17

Every year HUBS offer HUBS Members the opportunity to be part of a workshop series on teaching and learning in the biosciences, which supplement the two annual HUBS Meetings. Three annual grants of up to £1000 are available to individual institutions to host and deliver a workshop.

1. Aims

The teaching and learning workshop series aims to:

  • enable institutions to disseminate findings from research or evaluation studies, or evidence-informed policy and/or practice
  • facilitate the sharing of policy, practice and evidence, across institutions
  • promote critical discussion in relation to enhancing the quality of the student learning experience in the biosciences

2. Timing

The latest workshops will be held during the 2016-17 academic year. Proposing departments are asked to specify their preferred dates on the proposal form. For this year it is suggested that the workshops be held 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.

3. Audience

Organising departments should aim to attract 30-40 attendees from their own constituency, from neighbouring HEPs and from the wider HE sector.

4. Organisation

The workshops will be hosted by and held in the institutions that have had a proposal accepted. Institutions interested in hosting a workshop must ensure full accessibility 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 staff 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. HUBS will assist, using a number of established mechanisms to advertise the workshop via the Royal Society of Biology communication channels and the HEABIOPedR JISC mailing list.

5. Application process

Applications for the 2016-17 academic year have now closed. Please keep an eye out for upcoming grant opportunities.

6. Selection criteria

The following criteria will be used to select proposals for the series: 

  • The workshop content is relevant to developing teaching and learning priorities within the biosciences.
  • The programme for the workshop is well planned and structured.
  • Proposers will be required to agree to draft a short report on the outcomes of the workshop.

7. Themes for 2016-17

Applicants are welcome to propose the themes that they consider to be particularly relevant. Those selected for 2015-16 were:

  • Innovative uses of digital technologies to support practical skill teaching and enhance assessment in undergraduate biology.
  • Assessments that reward learning and feedback that builds resilient students.
  • Exploring the research experience of our students.

8. Enquiries

If you have any questions about future workshop opportunities, please contact Jon Scott (js50@le.ac.uk) or Jon Green (J.R.Green@bham.ac.uk).