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Engagement with Subject Centres. Cathy Gerrard Centre for Academic and Professional Development University of Paisley Tel: 0141 848 3714 Email: catherine.gerrard@paisley.ac.uk. 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: catherine.gerrard@paisley.ac.uk
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…………
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?
  • 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