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January 17, 2011

Quality Enhancement Work in Wales

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The HEA in Wales is currently leading work to coordinate activity in the Welsh sector to enhance specific areas of learning and teaching in HE at the request of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). This joint approach will lead to greater benefits for students as a result of both universities and sector organisations working together to enhance students' learning experiences.

A new enhancement theme - Graduates for our future - has been identified for higher education institutions and sector orgnisations in Wales to focus their learning and teaching activities. Three work-strands will sit under this theme:

  1. Students as partners;
  2. Learning in employment;
  3. Learning for employment.

More information about the work can be found at:

December 02, 2010

Bringing the Outside In Student competition Winners

The History Subject Centre is pleased to announce that there has been a tie for first place for the Bringing the Outside In student essay competition.


Owing to the high quality of the submissions, a collection of all case studies will shortly be published in the eLibrary. In the meantime, our congratulations to all the students who submitted.

September 08, 2010

New eLearning Resource: Transcribe Bentham

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The Transcribe Bentham crowdsourcing initiative officially launched today.

Transcribe Bentham is a participatory project based at University College London. Its aim is to engage the public in the online transcription of original and unstudied manuscript papers written by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), the great philosopher and reformer. They would like to encourage all those who have an interest in Bentham or those with an interest in  history, politics, law, philosophy and economics, fields to which Bentham made significant contributions, to visit the site. Those with an enthusiasm for palaeography, transcription and manuscript studies will be interested in Bentham’s handwriting, while those involved in digital humanities, education and heritage learning will find the site intriguing. Undergraduates and school pupils studying Bentham’s ideas are particularly encouraged to use the site to enhance their learning experience.

The Transcription Desk is now open to the public and the team encourages everyone to have a go at transcribing Jeremy Bentham’s papers! They welcome all contributions and all thoughts on anything relating to Bentham and the project in general. You are warmly encouraged to explore the site, create a profile and post comments on our discussion board. Tell them about your favourite Bentham quote or invented word! Gain points for your contributions to move up our progress ladder and become a transcribing prodigy! Track the progress of transcription by viewing the Benthamometer.

This is the first major crowdsourcing transcription project, from which we will learn much about the nature of community engagement and social media. We will share these results with you in the near future.

June 28, 2010

Bringing the Outside In

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Call for Case Studies and Student Competition

As part of our Education for Sustainable Development programme the History Subject Centre, together with the English Subject Centre and PALATINE, is launching two initiatives to encourage students and lecturers to engage with the environment beyond the classroom.  In order to enrich both academic learning and environmental awareness, we want to motivate staff and students who teach and learn primarily indoors to go out and experience the places which form the context for the subject of study.

So if you are a humanities lecturer who takes students out of the classroom, or a humanities student whose studies have been inspired by a visit somewhere off-campus, please follow the links below.

Call for Case Studies by Teaching Staff

Competition for Students

June 14, 2010

Call for case studies: how does student engagement improve the learning experience?

The Student engagement project at the HEA is looking for case studies of students as active partners in shaping their learning experience.  The key focus is student involvement in developing curriculum design and delivery.

The team are seeking a broad range of examples from across our programme areas and Subject Centres.  These might include for instance, different forms of student engagement in developing curriculum, the impact of a student intern, using new technology in learning or student involvement with teaching.  Case studies may also be from different contexts such as discipline-based examples, HE in FE, or at an institution-wide level.

Further information:

If you would like to share an example of effective practice, please complete the case_study_proposal_form to provide a summary of what your case study is about.  If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to submit a full case study.

Case studies submitted by students that are accepted will be awarded a £75 payment for the author.

For further details please contact Lauren Webb, Project Officer for Student Engagement, on 01904 717500, or email  

May 27, 2010

Student essay prize winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2010 Student Essay Competition:

First Prize: William Egan (History), University of Nottingham

Joint Second Prize: Stephanie Pickerill (English and History), Queen Mary, University of London and Chris Zacharia (History and Politics), University of Warwick

The topic this year was advice for a new first-year History student. The standard was excellent and we received a record number of entries.

Congratulations to William, Stephanie and Chris.




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