OLT Event: Recognising and Promoting Staff Expertise in Teaching and Learning

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The Office for Learning and Teaching is delighted to host a presentation by Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive at the UK’s Higher Education Academy on Recognising and Promoting Staff Expertise in Teaching and Learning.

Recognising and Promoting Staff Expertise in Teaching and Learning
The United Kingdom HE Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and its impact on the development of institutional CPD schemes in the UK

Individual recognition against the UKPSF (expressed as Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy) is rapidly becoming a widely understood national (and international) portable asset that reflects on-going development in teaching and learning support.  In this seminar, the distinction between a teaching qualification and being ‘qualified to teach’ will be explored in the context of increasing student and institutional expectations,  developments in recognition, reward, progression and promotion policies, and in the light of remaining in good standing as a professional educator in HE. Current UK HE sector T&L development trends will be examined, and in particular, the rapid growth of institutional CPD schemes aligned with the UKPSF.

The Presenter

Professor Craig Mahoney joined the Academy as Chief Executive on 1 July 2010.
Born and brought up on a farm in Tasmania, Professor Mahoney is an Australian who has lived in the UK for the past 24 years.  He is a graduate in Chemistry and Maths from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education (now the University of Tasmania); he also holds a Masters degree from Birmingham University in the UK and a Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) from The Queen’s University of Belfast.

Professor Mahoney has had a distinguished career in academia and sport.  He has published widely in the areas of children’s fitness, health, sport, exercise, performance and education.  Before joining the Academy he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Northumbria University where he was responsible for all learning and teaching activity, including Quality and Standards, Curriculum Development, Library and Learning Services, Academic Registry, Student Services, a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning [CETL – Assessment for Learning] and JISC InfoNet.   Prior to his appointment at Northumbria he was the founding Dean of the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure at Wolverhampton University.

Professor Mahoney is a Chartered Psychologist and a past Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).  He has served as a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency in England and since 1995 has been on numerous committees and validation panels in UK Higher Education.  In 2008 he was part of a panel to produce a new quality benchmark for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism.  He has held a variety of external examination engagements [at subject, programme and PhD level] to confirm standards and oversee the assurance of quality in UK Higher Education.

Professor Mahoney has a strong interest in differentiated learning, including recognition of learning styles as part of a student-centred individualised learning environment.  Committed to education, he is an advocate of e-Learning and the use of technology to create positive learning environments.  He has been an outspoken advocate of Internationalisation including globalisation, professional development, staff and student exchange and international partnership development in research and enterprise.  He has made strong commitments to Erasmus, Study Abroad programmes and other exchange arrangements for students including the recent Government sponsored China summer school scheme.

Event details:

Date:              Thursday, 27 June 2013

Time:              10am – 12noon

Venue:            Monash City Conference Centre, 30 Collins StreetMelbourne

RSVP:              learningandteaching@deewr.gov.au or 02 9246 0724 by Monday, 17 June 2013

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