Life and work in academia: event for new and aspiring lecturers in languages, linguistics and area studies

Date: 12 April, 2012
Location: Conference Aston, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET
Event type: Conference

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This event is being supported by the Higher Education Academy.

Aimed at early career teaching staff in languages, linguistics and area studies, this workshop aims to complement ‘generic’ Postgraduate Certificate courses offered by institutions. The workshop will also be useful for experienced staff who are new to the UK and finishing and recent PhD students seeking academic employment.

The event will take a holistic and long term examination of the academic career and will include discussions of:

  • managing an academic career
  • career promotion and progression (for both fixed-term and permanent staff)
  • good practice in e-learning
  • assessment of student learning and feedback

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  • There is a charge of £80 for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK educational institutions to attend this event.
  • There is a charge of £100 for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions to attend this event.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to retain the fee of £80 / £100 as a cancellation fee if you do not notify us by Monday 2 April 2012 that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.
  • Lunch will be provided.
Remember that you can apply for the HEA UK travel fund to attend this event. To find out more, visit the HEA website or download the application form here

Provisional programme for 12 April 2012
Time Session
10.00 - 10.30 Registration and coffee
10.30 - 10.45 Welcome and introductions
10.45 - 11.30 The university academic: one job, many roles
The job of a university academic is a complex and diverse one. The role involves a variety of responsibilities including teaching, research, student recruitment, committees, curriculum planning and management.  This session will explore how to successfully balance the various and numerous demands of an academic job.
Marie-Annick Gournet, University of the West of England, Bristol
11.30 - 12.00 Supporting teaching and learning in languages, linguistics and area studies: What can LLAS: Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies do for you?
John Canning and Kate Borthwick, LLAS, University of Southampton
12.00 - 12.45 From specialist to generalist: teaching across the discipline
By its nature the PhD thesis is a very specialist endeavour.  It can be daunting to be asked to teach courses in areas where you feel you do not have a lot of expertise, but the ability to teach widely throughout your discipline is expected of most lecturers.  This interactive session will explore approaches to teaching outside your area of expertise.
Powerpoint presentation available here
Carolin Esser-Miles, University of Winchester
12.45 - 13.45 LUNCH
13.45 - 14.30 Using, developing and sharing teaching resources
This session will explore how you can develop teaching resources and make use of resources which others have developed.
Powerpoint presentation available here
Kate Borthwick, LLAS, University of Southampton
14.30 - 15.30 Assessment and feedback: principles and practices
This interactive session will revisit the principles of assessing students and giving feedback.
Powerpoint presentation available here
John Canning, LLAS, University of Southampton
15.30 - 15.45 Tea break
15.45 - 16.30 Promotion and progression
It is never too early to start thinking about the next steps in your career.  Whether it be promotion or developing your research and teaching interests in new directions this session will help you to think about how you can plan your medium to longer term career development.
Powerpoint presentation available here
Marina Orsini-Jones, Coventry University
16.30 - 17.00 Open discussion
Participants will be invited to comment or ask further questions concerning the content of the workshops and/ or raise issues which have not been covered.