Practice and Scholarship Groups
Practice & Scholarship (P&S) Groups are central to building communities of practice(s) and enhancing the rich culture of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at NTU. The work of our P&S Groups informs learning and teaching theory, policy and practice at NTU and contributes to contemporary debates in education.
Involvement in a P&S group provides NTU academic and professional service staff and students with opportunities to:
- develop a scholarly approach to learning and teaching;
- plan and run discussion groups, conferences and events;
- develop a shared practice of resources: experiences, stories, tools, and innovative approaches to addressing challenges;
- advance and disseminate knowledge of effective practice(s) nationally and internationally; and,
- lead a P&S Group as Chair / Co-Chair;
Membership of P&S Groups (including the role of Chair / Co-chair) is open to all NTU academic and professional services staff and students.
Please find the full range of TILT P&S Groups below. If you are interested in finding out more about a specific group or have an idea for a new P&S Group we are here to help, please email TILT.
Current TILT Practice and Scholarship (P&S) Groups by SoTL theme
TILT P&S Groups contribute to the eight core SoTL themes listed below and NTU’s strategic plan. While P&S Groups are situated within one SoTL theme, their work often cross-cuts a number of themes and involves collaboration with other P&S Groups.
Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability in Higher Education
These P&S Groups have a specific interest in excellence in assessment, inclusivity and evaluation and accountability in Higher Education settings.
The Academic Integrity P&S Group takes as its primary focus the question of how to maintain academic integrity in Higher Education, and 2019/20 delivered training at an Inside Government series on Academic Integrity. In 2020/21 the Academic Integrity Groups will continue to identify technological advancements that assist plagiarism, collusion and contract cheating and work to develop resources for staff and students to uphold academic integrity.
Chair: Mark Sergeant
The Inclusive Assessment P&S Group works to identify, develop and promote innovative approaches to accessible and inclusive assessment at NTU and across the Higher Education sector. Inclusive Assessment is a cross-cutting area of work which speaks to all TILT SoTL themes and involves collaboration with P&S Groups across TILT SoTL themes with a view to advance NTU’s Success for All agenda. In 2020/21 this P&S Groups is working to review final dissertation module assessment(s) to identify and share good inclusive assessment practice(s).
Chair: Duncan Grewcock/Michael Loughlin
Curriculum Change, Decolonisation, Social Justice and Critical Pedagogies
These P&S Groups are interested in how the curriculum and curriculum in action in Higher Education settings have been shaped by wider historic, social, political and cultural factors and associated implications for diversity and multi-perspectivity in the curriculum and social justice.
Decolonising the Curriculum
Decolonising the Curriculum P&S Group explores the legacy of colonisation in the British academy. It takes action to facilitate conversations on the impact of coloniality on the curriculum, and in 2020/21 the group will continue to contribute to efforts to open up the curriculum in Higher Education so that in addition to Euro -American knowledge, pedagogies, research and training, students, lecturers and researchers will engage with multiple other perspectives.
Chair: Deanne Bell, Kevin Love, Simon Cauvain
Digital Education (Online Learning)
These P&S Groups are interested in inclusive online and flexible learning and teaching practices. With the current shift in the Higher Education landscape, the development of innovative and inclusive approaches to blended and online learning is valuable sector-wide for the impactful delivery and internationalisation of the curriculum.
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)
The Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) P&S Group works to enhance the internationalisation of the curriculum at NTU through developing and promoting opportunities for NTU students to gain intercultural experiences online as part of their learning and for staff to innovate under this platform. COIL is by nature collaborative, working across NTU and with international partners. In 2020/21 COIL P&S Group will contribute to building an infrastructure for COIL to be taken up across NTU more easily and at scale and disseminate COIL insights and effective practice.
Chair: Andrew Plant
Flexible and Online Learning
The Flexible and Online Learning P&S Group works to support NTU’s vision of online and flexible learning across all degrees by 2025. It develops flexible and online guidelines, evaluation structures and facilitates conversations across NTU to ensure the sharing of effective practice - cross-cutting all disciplines and levels of study. In 2020/21 the group will trial programmes that have potential to increase student engagement in learning activities.
Chair: Rachel Bancroft
Innovation in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
These P&S Groups are involved in the identification and / or development of novel approaches to practice in the pursuit of excellence in learning and teaching in Higher Education.
DELITe Interactivity Group
The TILT DELITe Group brings together colleagues who are interested in sharing and developing practice to enhance interactivity in learning and teaching. The group has membership from both academic and professional services and aims to be a community where everyone is supported to promote interactive learning and teaching for students. The group, through its activities, aims to demonstrate that interactive teaching and lectures can lead to greater student engagement, satisfaction and learning and in 2020/21 will promote interactivity in online learning and teaching.
Chair: David Ellicott
The Innovative Pedagogy P&S Group builds conversations around pedagogic research to enhance the theoretical, conceptual and empirical understanding of learning and teaching processes, experiences, and outcomes at NTU. The group also works to support career progression at NTU based on distinction in learning and teaching and raise the profile of NTU as an institution of pedagogic rigour. In 2019/20 group delivered university-wide training on pedagogy through technology in response to the pandemic and in 2020/21 the group will deliver a series of events across NTU focusing on planning pedagogic scholarship / research, ethics and writing.
Chair: Karen Moss, Rob Ackrill, Phil Wane
Maths and Stats for Non-Mathematicians
The ‘Statistics for non-mathematicians’ P&S Group provides a forum for staff and students across all disciplines and subject areas with an interest in statistics and mathematics to come together and share good practice(s) around the learning and teaching of statistics and mathematics. Due to the current landscape in HE, in 2020/21 the group will also be sharing good practice(s) around online learning and teaching.
Chair: Laurence Shaw
Multidisciplinary Working Group
The Multidisciplinary P&S Group promotes multi-disciplinary collaboration across different disciplines at NTU. In 2020/21 the group will continue to provide a forum for the sharing of good practice(s), approaches and techniques to learning and teaching across all subjects / disciplines.
Chair: Ian Whittaker
Design Thinking in Education
The Design Thinking in Education P&S Group explores, identifies and promotes principles and tools in design thinking which can be employed to dynamically respond to the changing needs of learners and to enhance learning and teaching experiences at NTU. In 2020/21 the group will work to disseminate across NTU the innovative pedagogies involved in design thinking so approaches and practices are accessible to all.
Chair: Lia Blaj-Ward, Yangang Xing
Staff / Student Partnerships
The Staff and Student Partnerships P&S Group is working to develop the policy and practice of staff and students’ partnerships at NTU and build expertise across the Higher Education sector. Membership includes staff and students from across NTU. In 2020/21 the groups will work to engage NTU and the sector with good practice(s) in Staff and Student Partnerships and build the profile of the work at NTU.
Chair: Stephanie Hargreaves, Rebecca Rock
ARES Teaching and Scholarship Group
The ARES Teaching and Scholarship P&S Group works to identify and promote scholarship and good practice from across NTU and beyond, and in 2020/21 will continue to actively promote scholarship and support academics in the adoption of innovative pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching.
Chair: Sarah Broadberry
Underpinned by Carol Dweck's research into the predictors and implications of fixed vs. growth mindsets during learning, the Mindset P&S Group's works to develop knowledge and practice(s) relating to student mindset. In 2020/21 the group aims to develop and evaluate effective strategies and interventions intended to enhance students' growth mindset, as well as their resilience.
Chair: Alex Holland-Leavens, Juliet Wakefield
Supporting Learning for Employability
The Supporting Learning for Employability P&S Group promotes the integration of employability across the curriculum and explores the dimensions of lifelong and life-wide learning for employability. Activities undertaken by this group in 2021/22 are designed to enhance NTUs reputation as sector leading in learning for employability, and disseminate scholarship, research and best practice that supports future success in the workplace and beyond.
Chair: Cassie White, Doug Cole
Work-Based and Vocational Education
The Work-Based and Vocational Education P&S Group is primarily concerned with exploring approaches to learning and teaching in work-based and vocational higher education, including apprenticeships, skills and technical education. The group seeks membership from across further and higher education and other work-based learning and skills contexts. In 2020/21 the group aims to promote conversations around effective pedagogy and practice(s) at NTU and across the sector.
Chair: Andy King
Learning through Community Engagement, Sustainability and Social Action
These P&S Groups are interested in the role of community engagement, volunteering and / or environmental sustainability in learning and teaching in Higher Education.
Student Community Engagement
The Student Community Engagement P&S Group works to develop innovative pedagogy in the field of community engaged learning, and to raise the profile of student community engagement (with local and global communities) at NTU and across the Higher Education sector and its potential to enhance student experience and benefit community partners. In 2019/20 the group were central to developing the first national community engaged learning network and are continuing to build on this success in 2020/21.
Chair: Andy Coppins, Andrea Lyons-Lewis
Education for Sustainable Futures
The Education for Sustainable Futures P&S Group aims to help staff teach about sustainability in an engaging, informed way. By bringing together staff from across the University, the group aims to facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration, with group members helping each other to achieve the integration of sustainability into their teaching. In 2020/21 the groups will work to provide opportunities for staff across NTU to experiment with learning and teaching methods and materials that have potential to enhance students’ knowledge of sustainability.
Chair: Alex Meredith, Katalin Butt-Bethlendy, Hua Zhong
The Personalisation of Learning and Student Experience in Higher Education, Success for All and Social Mobility
These P&S Groups are interested in the personalisation of learning and / or student experience in Higher Education and support NTU strategic goals of Success for All and Social Mobility.
The Personal Tutoring P&S Group is interested in the lived experience of personal tutoring/academic mentoring at NTU. The group will work to advance understanding of experience(s) of tutoring/mentoring across the institution, identify and synthesise best practice drawn from across the sector, and make recommendations for policy and practice based on primary research conducted by the group.
Chair: Shelley Clark, Ed Foster
Technologies in Learning
These P&S Groups are interested in the future of learning and teaching and explore technologies (and gaming) that have potential to expand opportunities to learn.
The Machine Learning P&S Group explores the present and potential future role / implications of machine learning (a subset of Artificial Intelligence) in / for learning and teaching across the curriculum. In 2020/21 the group will continue to explore and disseminate the opportunities machine learning poses for learning and teaching at NTU and across the sector.
Chair: Saeid Sanei
The Games-Based Learning P&S Group provides a forum for staff and students to share and test ideas and engage in scholarship, research, discussions and activities related to the creation, development and deployment of games in learning that support staff and students learn better. A flagship learning tool 'Creative Connections' developed by group Chair James Lenister reached the final of the European Games-based Learning competition in 2017. In 2020/21, the group will continue to provide a platform for close-to-practice games-based learning research / innovation to be disseminated and heard and opportunities to learn from the experiences of peers.
Chair: James Leinster, Mike Coffey
Advancing Recognition for Learning and Teaching Careers in Higher Education
These are closed P&S Groups with a remit to develop and promote opportunities for NTU staff to achieve recognition and career advancement based on learning and teaching distinction. Membership is by invitation.
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) P&S Group is formed of National Teaching Fellows who in 2020/21 will to continue to raise the profile of NTFS at NTU.
Chair: Rob Ackrill
If you are interested in finding out more about a specific group or have an idea for a new P&S Group we would love to hear from you. Please email TILT for more information.
Engagement with P&S Groups and other TILT schemes, awards and activities can form part of a portfolio of evidence for HEA Fellowship submissions. More information about the support and workshops available to assist staff with your Fellowship application are available at NTU TILT Professional Recognition Scheme.