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  • Engaging and working with the Higher Education Academy deDr Simon Steiner – Discipline Lead (Engineering) simon.steiner@heacademy.ac.uk May 2012
  • An overview• The changing higher education environment• A re-structured Higher Education Academy • The HEA • Academic Practice Development • STEM and the Engineering Discipline• Working with the Engineering Discipline in engineering, technology and materials • Achievements during the transition period • Funding initiatives and opportunities across the HEA • Your future engagement - with the HEA and the Engineering Discipline 2
  • The higher educationenvironment• A new era in higher education, with a rapidly and increasingly changing landscape: • Student fees • Learning technologies • Increased competition • Employers and employability • Reduced teaching budgets • Growing student numbers• Changes in student expectations, and increased attention on the quality and status of teaching• The Academy’s focus remains on the student learning experience, and on work to enhance the quality of that experience 3
  • A re-structured Academy• All activity now based from York, with offices in Edinburgh and Cardiff• Remains owned by the HE community, through UUK and GuildHE, and funded by the 4 funding HE councils across the UK, with subscriptions from HEIs, and with external grants• Working in partnership with institutions and sector bodies, to shape learning and teaching in UK higher education through the disciplines, to deliver both thematic and discipline-specific engagement 4
  • The HEA – a new structureThe delivery of services is through activities under threeheadings:• Academic practice development • National workshops/seminars • Support to staff - PGTA/new-to-teaching staff workshops • Teaching development grants• Teacher excellence • Accreditation; UKPSF; Recognition/NTFS• Institutional strategy and change • Consultancy; Summits; Partnership development 5
  • Academic Practice Development• Academic Practice Development comprises four clusters:• STEM, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities• STEM comprises:• Physical Sciences; Maths, Stats. & OR; Computer Science; Engineering (inc. Materials); BioSciences; Geography; Psychology; Built Environment 6
  • Transition activities - engineering• Transition-funded work (August ’11 to May ’12): • Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE) at Loughborough; • UK Centre for Materials Education (UKCME) at Liverpool• On-going support to communities of practice: • via E-Bulletins, website updates (news, events), SIGs, enquiries; • New Lecturers’ and PGTA Workshops; • Engineering Education journal; external projects’ dissemination (HE-STEM, OER, GDEE); • EE2012 conference – 18-20th Sept , at Coventry, and sponsored by HEA 7
  • The engineering discipline - 1• New areas of work:[Discipline Leads, working with ADOs and appointed AcademicAssociates] • Thematic and Discipline funded Calls for Teaching Development Grants and the hosting of events (seminars/workshops), and award of Travel Grants • New to Teaching event(s) and PGTA workshop(s) across STEM • Annual HEA STEM Conference: held 12/13th April 2012 at Imperial • Dept Change Programme (from NSS), with 10-12 HEI departments/faculties. 8
  • The engineering discipline - 2• An annual Cluster Summit. This was held at Cardiff, 1-2 Feb., ’12, on Feedback – report pending• Engagement with professional bodies and organisations (on committees, provision of workshops – accrediting PBs, RAEng, EPC, EC, EngNet/SSCs)• Engagement with international groups (CDIO, AAEE, ASEE/NAE, SEFI/IGIP)• Formation/support of discipline Special Interest Groups (SIGs) – Global Dimensions; Future of Engineering Education 9
  • Future engagement with theHEA• Support to initiatives with Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland (Employability; Resources, Curriculum, SSCs, Strategic Subjects), Academy Change Programmes and Initiatives• Promotion of Academy initiatives and funded programmes – UKPSF, HEAR, Student-led Awards, Teaching Development Grants (TDGs), the International Scholarship Scheme, the Doctoral (PhD) Programme• Commissioning of new work (studies, reports, resources...)• New areas of working (support, advice) - please let us know! 10