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Engagement with Subject Centres. Cathy Gerrard Centre for Academic and Professional Development University of Paisley Tel: 0141 848 3714 Email: [email protected] Areas covered. What we are trying to do here at University of Paisley regarding Subject Centres

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Engagement with subject centres

Engagement with Subject Centres

  • Cathy Gerrard

  • Centre for Academic and Professional Development

  • University of Paisley

  • Tel: 0141 848 3714

  • Email: [email protected]


Areas covered

Areas covered

  • What we are trying to do here at University of

  • Paisley regarding Subject Centres

  • The issues involved/arising

  • The way forward

  • The Implications for Subject Centres


The paisley agenda

The Paisley Agenda

  • Raise the profile of the Subject Centres within

  • our 7 Schools:

  • Social Sciences

  • Education

  • Computing

  • Health, Nursing & Midwifery

  • Languages, Media & Music

  • Engineering & Science

  • Business School


Raising profile of subject centres within paisley

Raising Profile of Subject Centres within Paisley

  • Establish key contact for every relevant Subject

  • Centre : Present situation – 10 key contacts*

  • Active role for key contact*

  • Network of key contacts within University

  • Establish how we can best support our Key

  • Contacts

  • 3 way – not 2 way relationship

  • Expand knowledge about SCs throughout University

  • - integral to CAPD activities


Present profile of scs within paisley

Present Profile of SCs within Paisley

  • Range of responses from existing key contacts:

  • “I am but all I do is send out the information to anyone whom

  • I think may be interested, I don’t actually attend anything”

  • “Am I really?” “When did that happen?”

  • “Who put me down for that”?

  • “ What’s a key contact?”

  • “I’m trying to give it up and get someone else to do it”.

  • “ I gave it up ages ago, I think *** may have taken that on”

  • “What’s an HEA Subject Centre? Oh, you mean the LTSN

  • Subject Centre”

  • “No, I don’t know anything about being a key contact for HEA

  • Subject Centre but I am a LTSN Subject Centre Co-ordinator”

  • However…………


Engagement with subject centres

  • On the positive:

  • “I would really like to get more involved or get other colleagues involved”.

  • “I think it’s a really good resource – I wouldn’t like to see it

  • disappear”

  • “ It would be quite nice to meet with others from the same subject area – find out what they are doing”

  • “ I used to meet up with other people from my subject area through the SC – we once had a ‘subject’ dinner but I haven’t seen anything like that for a while”.

  • “ I feel I get a sense of identity within my own subject area from the SC”


Issues arising

Issues Arising

  • Main reasons for lack of engagement :

  • Lack of time

  • Perceived lack of funding

  • Lack of ‘presence’ in University’s learning and teaching activities

  • Lack of recognition

  • Sense of belonging – missing?

  • = Role needs to be resourced


Issues arising1

Issues Arising

  • Although lack of engagement – positive attitude

  • about Subject Centres remained amongst key

  • Contacts:

  • Willingness to :

  • remain as key contact

  • get more involved

  • keep receiving information

  • Take advantage of any networking opportunities, attend events, etc.


The way forward

The Way Forward

  • More recognition and formalisation of the

  • Role.

  • More engagement with Subject Centres

  • through CAPD activities:

  • 3 day new lecturers course,

  • E-learning programme

  • Pg Cert in HE

  • To introduce a network of Paisley key contacts


Implications for subject centres

Implications for Subject Centres

  • Positive image – something to offer

  • Need to be current and up-to-date:

  • Key Contact Information

  • Information offered on website

  • Consistency & Uniformity?

  • Data Protection Act

  • One-way traffic – how is information sent to SC?

  • How is information sent out from SC being used?


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • Overall Aim :

  • To Forge better links between key contact,

  • subject centre and university (CAPD) by:

  • Providing support

  • Identifying where subject centre engagement can be promoted in our learning and teaching activities

  • Create a better identity for Key Contact role within University

  • Provide networking opportunities


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