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Higher Education Academy Computing Update

Taken from: The Higher Education Academy Computing Update by Dr. Mark Ratcliffe


1. Workshops for 2012/13

I’m sorry it has taken so long to get the workshop programme sorted for next year but at last we have a better idea of what will happen. There will now be a closed call for discipline specific workshops from which we hope to fund three Computing workshops at £750 (for the host institution). I then hope to be able to invite at least another 7 “master class” workshops organised in a similar fashion to last year’s workshop & seminar series. To cover the costs of catering, we will this year need to charge for attendance. To make things a little easier for host institutions, registrations for all HEA events will be organised by through the HEA website.

2. STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2013: where practice and pedagogy meet

Following the success of this year’s conference, our next conference will be held at the University of Birmingham on 17 – 18 April 2013. The call for full papers, posters and workshops will be made in early September with full papers due by 21 November 2012.

3. New to Teaching

Following a very successful STEM “new to teaching” event held in Birmingham earlier this summer, I am now planning for a similar discipline specific event next summer. If your institution would like to host such an event for approximately 20 people, please let me know. The HEA will cover the full cost of this one-day event.

4. An update on Special Interest Groups

Earlier this summer we launched two very popular special interest groups:

• “Innovation in teaching programming for better student retention, progression and achievement”. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Quan Dang at

• “Contract Cheating”. To find out more, please contact Thomas Lancaster at

Events: Workshops for 2012/13

5. 8th Annual Teaching Computer Forensics Workshop, University of Sunderland, Date: 29th November 2012: First Call for Papers

Abstracts for this workshop are now invited and should be submitted to by Friday 19th October 2012. Abstract should be 300 – 500 words long and should include title of paper, author’s name, author’s affiliation and email address.

Notification of acceptance will be provided by 31st October 2012.

Workshop themes to include

• New challenges and opportunities in computer forensics
• Development of computer forensics as a discipline
• Challenges in teaching computer forensics
• Assessing computer forensics practical skills
• Structure of computer forensics programmes
• Computer forensics curriculum
• Teaching technical issues in computer forensics (hardware and software)
• Development of case material in computer forensics
• Cloud forensics
• Accreditation and professional bodies
• Professional standards
• Research in computer forensics
• Employability in computer forensics
• Collaboration between universities and practitioners

Cost for this workshop is:
£50 (from HEA subscribed institutions) £85 (others)

There will shortly be a link to book onto this workshop through the Higher Education Academy STEM website.
Please note that for all of the above you can apply for assistance in travelling at

Past Events: Workshop Resources

6. HEA STEM: Embedding Self and Peer Assessment and Feedback in Practice - A Principles-Based and Technology-Enabled Approach.
University of Ulster. Date: 9 March 2012.
Contact: Luke Chen

7. HEA STEM: Creating a positive and workable future for UK games and animation courses: industry and education perspectives.
University of Greenwich. Date: 2 April 2012.
Contact: Ryan Flynn

8. HEA STEM: I3 - Inquiry, Independence and Information.
Using IBL to Encourage Independent Learning in IT Students.
Date: 19 April 2012. University of Salford
Contact: Maria Kutar

9. HEA STEM: Mobile Application Development: from curriculum design to graduate employability.
Date: 15 May 2012. The University of Buckingham
Contact: Harin Sellahewa

10. HEA STEM: Teaching Cyber Security within the Higher Education Sector (Computing)
University of Warwick. Date: 17 May 2012.
Contact: Harjinder Lallie

11. HEA STEM: Teaching Agile Software Development
University of Central Lancashire. Date: 24 May 2012.
Contact: Katie Taylor

12. Enhancing The Employability Of Computing Students Through A Professional Online Presence
Birmingham City University. Date: 8 June 2012.
Contact: Thomas Lancaster

13. HEA STEM (Computing): Teaching and Learning Programming for Mobile and tablet devices
London Metropolitan University. Date: 15 June 2012.
Contact: Yanguo Jing

14. HEA STEM: MAKING IT WORK - An innovative approach to Work Based Learning
University of West of Scotland, Glasgow. Date: 20 June 2012.
Contact: Tom Caira

15. Employer Engagement in a Digital Age - 10th annual Academic Practice and Technology Conference
University of Greenwich. Date 4 July 2012
Contact: Simon Walker

16. Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Databases
University of Hertfordshire. Date 9 July 2012.
Contact: Petra Leimich

Publications, resources and funding

17. Teaching Development Grants

The HEA has now launched our next phase of the Teaching Development Grants (TDGs). TDGs are a core part of the HEA’s work to build up an evidence base for the sector around what works in learning and teaching. Grants are awarded through a bidding process to individuals, academic departments and collaborative teams within higher education institutions that subscribe to the HEA.

Departmental Grant Scheme – call begins 28 August

The Departmental grant scheme invites proposals from single departments in HEIs that encourage cooperation between colleagues to support the enhancement of learning and teaching.
Successful applications will demonstrate team impact across a department; there will be scope for long-term impact, and provision for evaluation and dissemination will be clearly defined. The hosting institution will be expected to contribute funds towards the project.
Applications are invited from any academic departments in HEA-subscribing institutions in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Proposals submitted under the Departmental scheme may request up to £30,000 from the Higher Education Academy. Projects will run for fifteen months.
The key themes for the 2012/13 round are assessment and feedback and flexible learning. 75 per cent of funding will be allocated to projects in these two thematic areas. 25 per cent of funding will be dedicated to an open call for innovative pedagogic projects. These projects could build on previous pedagogic work, or they could seek to develop a new area of work entirely.
Call opens – Tuesday 28 August 2012
Deadline for submissions – 5:00pm on Thursday 27 September 2012

18. HEA UK travel fund

The HEA’s UK travel fund enables staff and students in UK higher education to exchange and disseminate good practice in learning, teaching and assessment and engage with their peers. The funding may be used to help the applicant(s) attend conferences, network meetings and special interest groups that are being run in the UK.

Please note that applications must now be made at least one month prior to the event. Applicants may be awarded only one travel grant per academic year. The funding available is subject to a maximum of £300 per individual for travel, accommodation, event feeds and subsistence.
Funding is available to support applications for three activity streams:
• Students participating in learning and teaching events;
• Staff presenting papers on learning and teaching practice;
• Staff travelling across a national border within the UK to attend a teaching and learning event.
This is an open call running throughout the academic year. Full details can be found at

Other information – supplied for dissemination

I would like to draw your attention to the recent launch of the Royal Institution’s video channel:

The Royal Institution (Ri) Channel showcases the best STEM videos from across the web. Stay up to date with the latest inspirational videos or catch up with the Royal Institution’s classic Christmas Lectures and event highlights. View the website at

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