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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 TILT 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 P&S Groups below.

If you are interested in finding out more about a specific group or have an idea for a new Group we are here to help, please email TILT.

If you are the Chair of an existing P&S Group, please visit the TILT SharePoint site for further guidance and support.


Current TILT Practice and Scholarship (P&S) Groups by SoTL theme

TILT P&S Groups contribute to the eight core Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) themes listed below and NTU’s strategic plan. While Groups are situated within one SoTL theme, their work often cross-cuts a number of themes and involves collaboration with other 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.

Academic Integrity

The Academic Integrity P&S Group takes as its primary focus the question of how to maintain Academic Integrity in Higher Education and address the challenges surrounding issues such as plagiarism and contract cheating. During 2019/20 the Group delivered training at an Inside Government series on Academic Integrity as well as a webinar for Turnitin. In 2021/22 the Academic Integrity Groups will continue to work on strategies and resources to aid staff and students uphold academic integrity.

Chair: Mark Sergeant

Inclusive Assessment

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 Groups across TILT SoTL themes with a view to advance NTU’s Success for All agenda.  In 2021/22 the Group will continue 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

The 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 contributes 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 collaborative by nature, working across NTU and with international partners. In 2021/22 the Group is working on building an infrastructure for COIL to be taken up across NTU more easily, at scale and disseminate insights and effective practice.

Chair: Chris Crabot

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 2021/22 the group is focussing on trialling programmes that have potential to increase student engagement in learning activities.

Chair: Rachel Bancroft, Faye Taylor

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 DELITe P&S 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. It also works to promote interactivity in online learning and teaching.

Chair: Claire Cohen

Innovative Pedagogy 

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. In 2021/22 the focus will be on delivering a series of events across NTU focusing on planning pedagogic scholarship / research, ethics and writing.

Chair: Rob Ackrill, Phil Wane

Maths and Stats for Non-Mathematicians

The Maths and 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 2021/22 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 multidisciplinary collaboration across different disciplines at NTU. Newly relaunched, 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, Kerry Gough

Design Thinking in Higher Education

The Design Thinking in Higher 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 2021/22 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 currently 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. Recently the group has worked 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

Student Transitions

This group will look to address inequalities in student retention and success for students transitioning to HE from nonstandard entry routes (e.g. BTEC, City and Guilds, Access to HE).  It is recognised there is intersectionality between Success for All characteristics, with non-standard entry route students being more likely to also be ethnically diverse and from socioeconomically deprived areas (IMD Q1/Q2).  This is of greater relevance at ARES where students from nonstandard entry routes (58% - 2.6% above NTU average) are overrepresented. Additionally, Confetti has the highest nonstandard entry routes in the university (71% non A-level) followed by SST (45% non A-level).

This TILT group, therefore, has the potential to support collaboration across the University and is closely aligned to both Success for All and NTU University, reimagined strategic aims: Creating opportunity and Enriching society through supporting social mobility, Valuing and sharing ideas from collaboration with colleagues through research and scholarship and finally, Empowering people by working together to explore solutions to overcome the challenges presented by differing routes into HE.

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. The group also 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 Group promotes the integration of research informed employability learning across the curriculum, exploring the dimensions of both lifelong and lifewide learning. Recent activities undertaken by this group include hosting an Employability month on TILT Online, producing guest speaker highlight videos, creating a work-related learning podcast series and facilitating a peer led Coffee O’Clock series. All of these activities have been designed to enhance NTU's reputation as sector leading in learning for employability, and in 2021/22 we will continue to develop and disseminate scholarship, research and best practice that supports graduates future success in the workplace and beyond.

Chair: Cassie White, Doug Cole

Apprenticeships & Work-Based Learning

The Apprenticeships & Work-Based Learning 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. This is a newly formed Group which aims to promote conversations around effective pedagogy and practice(s) at NTU and across the sector.

Chair: Andy King and Co-chair: Joanna Booth

Active Learning @ NTU

The Active Learning @ NTU Practice & Scholarship group is a Community of Practice of / for academic and professional service colleagues and students drawn from across NTU interested in sharing knowledge / experience of effective Active Learning approaches / practices in the classroom and beyond. This includes, but is not limited to, SCALE-UP pedagogies.

In 2021/22 the group will continue to identify, develop and promote a wide range of Active Learning approaches and resources across NTU and evaluate the impact of Active Learning on student engagement, satisfaction and progression.

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Chair: Bianca Fox

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 was central to developing the first national community engaged learning network. In 2021/22 it plans to continue to build on this success.

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. Recently, and looking forward to 2021/22, the Group 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, 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.

Personal Tutoring  

The Personal Tutoring P&S Group is interested in the lived experience of personal tutoring/academic mentoring at NTU. In 2021/22 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

Student Motivation and Engagement

The Student Motivation and Engagement Practice and Scholarship Group is interested in how student experience  - motivation and engagement, is influenced by the curriculum and curriculum change as well as the role different student characteristics play. Group members include experts in the field of motivational theory, and, in 2021/22 the Group will support interested colleagues identify useful ways to measure and capture student motivation and / or evaluate the impact specific teaching techniques have on student motivation and engagement.

Chair: Richard Remedios

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.

Machine Learning

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 2021/22 the Group aims to explore and disseminate the opportunities machine learning offers for learning and teaching at NTU and across the sector.

Chair: Saeid Sanei

Games-Based Learning

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. Recently the Group has continued 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

Digital Humanities

This group is for staff of all disciplines interested in the intersection between digital technologies and human cultures. Digital Humanities is a broad and interdisciplinary field incorporating expertise and critical methodologies in Digital Archiving and Data Preservation, Digital Scholarly Editing, Digital Storytelling, Mapping, Computer Visualisation, Data Science, Data Mining, Big Data, Digital Heritage, Machine Learning and AI via collaborative projects.

Chair: Natasha Hodgson

Advancing Recognition for Learning, Teaching and Scholarship 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 Teaching and Scholarship Associate Professor/Professor Network (TSAPN) is for Associate Professors and Professors on the teaching and scholarship pathway who seek to raise the visibility and impact of scholarship and the scholarship pathway at NTU and beyond, as well as to role model routes into T&S and to offer peer-support for progression.

Chair: Rose Gann and Co-chair: Lia Blaj-Ward


The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) P&S Group is formed of National Teaching Fellows who continue to raise the profile of NTFS at NTU.

Chair: Rob Ackrill

If you are interested in finding out more about a specific P&S Group, or have an idea for a new, Group we would love to hear from you. Please email TILT for more information.


HEA Fellowship

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.

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