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July 01, 2016

Recognising excellence in teaching and learning

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This year's winners and commendees of the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE) and Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates who Teach (WATE PGR) have been announced!

See the WATE website for full details on Warwick's fantastic colleagues and postgraduate tutors who are transforming learning and teaching for all our students.

October 23, 2015

Congratulations to our excellent PGR Teachers!

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The winners and commendees of this year's Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (PGR) habe just been announced. Congratulations to the winners and commendees who reflect the excellent teaching practice offered to our students.

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September 29, 2015

Feedback strategies with growing student numbers

The History Department has traditionally used a mixed feedback strategy, providing written comments on formative student work throughout the year, followed by a 15 minute face to face essay tutorial. For summative feedback, written comment is provided on both essays and exams electronically via Tabula, providing brief comments and two or three 'ways to improve'. However, as a consequence of dramatically increasing student numbers, this strategy has come under strain. The departmental teaching fellows often teach 6-7 groups of 15 students per group on the same module. This means that they face not only marking 90+ essays within the allotted 20 days but also organising essay feedback sessions of 15 minutes each (22.5 hours!)

So, the Department are discussing alternative manageable feedback strategies and would welcome comments and suggestions. These are our thoughts so far:

  • the minimum expectation is that formative essays will be marked within the 20 days and returned to students. Students will then be offered the chance for a face to face tutorial outside the 20 day window, but these will not be compulsory as in the past
  • summative feedback will remain the same
  • there will be a wider variety of feedback strategies in addition to, or instead of the written comments: audio feedback inserted into pdfs or word documents; annotated essays using track changes/comments; peer feedback in seminars; generic essay tutorials in class after the submission of a piece of work making general points about how the whole cohort tackled the assignment and ways to improve; adoption of forms/boxes to tick against marking criteria

We will discuss these strategies with our students but welcome any thoughts in our on-going discussions.

July 23, 2015

The Complete University Guide 2016 ranks 17 Warwick Departments in their Top Ten

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As discussions about the Teaching Excellence framework get underway this summer, it is pleasing to note that 17 Departments at Warwick have been ranked in the top ten for their disciplines in the Complete University Guide 2016:

November 02, 2013

WATEPGR 2012/13 Winners and Commendees

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Congratulations to the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduate Research students Winners and Commendees.

This year we received over 130 nominations (a 30% increase on last year), with students from every faculty being nominated.

The winners will recieve £500 and commendees £200, to spend on their research or teaching activities. All nominees have been sent a congratulatory letter from the PVC for Education Jan Palmowski.

The awardees wil be presented their certificates at the Teaching Excellence Award ceremony on Wednesday November 6th. This is being hosted by Provost Professor Stuart Croft, and the PVC's for Education, Professors Christina Hughes and Jan Palmowski.

Winners Commendees

Selin Cooper - Life Sciences
Timothy Dodsworth - Law
Jonathan Durham - French
Eyre Hover - Engineering
Joeseph Jackson - English

Owen Daniel - Mathematics
Maria Kaparou - Education
Simon Parker - WBS
Victoria Turner - French
Steven Wright - Computer Science

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June 05, 2013

HEA annual conference 2013 – Bookings now open

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This year the 9th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Academy is coming to the University of Warwick. Visit the HEA website to take a look at the programme and to register.

January 08, 2013

WATE 2013

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Nominations for this year's Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence are now open. To find out more visit:

November 30, 2012

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

Key dates for the 2013 National Teaching Fellowship Scheme have been announced. The call for nominations opens on Thursday 13 December 2012 and the deadline for submissions is Monday 4 March 2013. For more information click here.

September 04, 2012

Teaching Development Grants Available from HEA

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The Higher Education Academy have announced their departmental round of grants which is open to single departments in HEIs. Grants will be awarded to projects that encourage cooperation between colleagues to support the enhancement of learning and teaching.
Key themes for this academic year are assessment and feedback and flexible learning. Projects in these areas will be awarded 75% of available funding while the remaining 25% is dedicated to an open call for innovative pedagogic projects.
Projects will run for 15 months and applications may request up to £30,000 from the HEA.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Thursday 27 September.

Outstanding PG Teachers Recognised

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There were over 100 entries for the new Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence PGR section. The five worth winners, who will receive prize money of £500 are:

David Lees - French

Samantha Lyle - Sociology

Adam Slavny - Law

Paul Whitehouse - English

Rebecca Wills - Chemistry

The five commendees who will each receive £200 are:

Adrienne Davies - Life Sciences

Martin Moore - History

Luke Taylor - MOAC and WMS

Andrew Tyler - Philosophy

Owen Weetch - Film Studies

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