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Philippa Hunter Jones: Exploring the Support and Development Needs of New Lecturers in the Business, Management, Accounting and Finance (BMAF) Subject Areas. Slides from the University of Liverpool Learning and Teaching Conference 2009.
One indirect mechanism for enhancing the student experience is to ensure that those responsible for the learning experience, in the case of this paper Higher Education (HE) institutional teaching staff, are suitably equipped to fulfil this role to the best of their capabilities. The aim of this paper is to introduce the audience to a Higher Education Academy (HEA) research project, ongoing within the BMAF subject centre, which seeks to enhance the quality of this output. The primary aim of the project is to identify the needs of new teaching staff in BMAF disciplines and to ascertain how BMAF can best offer support to individuals, departments anduniversities. The research process was segmented into two stages. Stage one, the pilot stage, included two UK HE institutions and was conducted during the autumn of 2008. Stage two, the main project, included six UK HE institutions and took place during the spring/summer of 2009. This paper focuses primarily upon the pilot stage of the project. It outlines the research process adopted and comments upon the preliminary observations arising at this stage.