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					                                   IDENTIFIED GOOD PRACTICE 2008 - 2011

The information contained within this spreadsheet has been collated by the Teaching Quality Support Division from
examples of good practice cited by departments in Annual Programme Monitoring Reports, identified through the
Periodic Review process and highlighted by the annual Sir Alastair Pilkington Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Each example of good practice has been categorised by a theme, details of which can be found on the next worksheet.

Details of the Faculty and School/Department for each item are also provided, as relates to the current three Faculty
organisational structure.

Colleagues may wish to use the filter and sort functions in order to search for particular examples of good practice
by theme or subject area. In order to do so please click on the arrow within the field(s) by which you wish to sort/filter
the information and select the appropriate option(s).

The Teaching Quality Support Division will continue to update the spreadsheet following each new cycle of monitoring
and review, and will maintain details of good practice identified for the past three academic years on its website.

Please refer any queries or comments relating to the spreadsheet and the identification of good practice to:

Ann Cooke, Teaching Quality Support Officer
Ext:      42037
Email:    ann.cooke@liverpool.ac.uk
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                                                                          THEMES

Assessment                             Modes of assessment, marking and examining, assessment procedures, ex
Attendance / Retention / Progression   Processes for monitoring and improving attendance, retention and progres
E-Learning                             Use of VITAL and other on-line and digital resources to support and deliver
Employability                          Strategies for improving employability
External Links                         External input to curriculum and delivery, professional bodies, collaborativ
Feedback                               Feedback on assessment
Information                            Handbooks, programme documentation, web-sites, policies and guidance f
Internationalisation                   Development of international links
Learning & Teaching                    Innovative methods of learning and teaching
Module/Programme Design                Curriculum development, programme structures, innovative module desig
Placement Learning                     Placement opportunities, monitoring and management of placement learn
Plagiarism                             Identifying plagiarism, student awareness
Programme Management                   Administration, quality assurance, programme coordination
Research                               Research-led teaching, research skills, research projects, ethics
Resources                              Equipment and facilities, learning resources
Sharing Practice                       Strategies for sharing good practice
Skills Development                     Key skills, study skills, transferable skills, reasearch skills
Staff Development                      Training and development for staff
Student Evaluation / Representation    Module evaluation questionnaires, Staff-Student Liaison Committees, stud
Student Experience                     Student engagement, oversight of student experience
Student Support                        Academic and pastoral support, personal development, mentoring, inducti
Widening Access                        Outreach, community engagement
rking and examining, assessment procedures, examination boards, mitigating circumstances
 nd improving attendance, retention and progression
-line and digital resources to support and deliver learning and teaching

m and delivery, professional bodies, collaborative activity

ocumentation, web-sites, policies and guidance for staff and students


programme structures, innovative module design
monitoring and management of placement learning

urance, programme coordination
earch skills, research projects, ethics


sferable skills, reasearch skills

onnaires, Staff-Student Liaison Committees, student representation at committees
 sight of student experience
pport, personal development, mentoring, induction
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Theme        Faculty                  Dept/School             UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                   Academic Year   Source              Contact

                                                                    Dedicated marksheets for projects was considered to be good practice by the School of Biological
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences           UG/PG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM              Prof Steve Hill
                                                                    Sciences.
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences           UG/PG The transparency of marking in Zoology was highlighted as good practice.                                           2008-09      APM              Prof Steve Hill

                                                                      The diverse methods of assessment used by the School of Biomedical Sciences, was flagged in the
                                                                      external examiner report. Within the School of Biomedical Sciences, summary sheets relating the
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences            UG     “mark distribution” and “class distribution” for each of the modules will now be made available at the           2008-09      APM             Dr Ian Pickering
                                                                      examiners meeting for semester 1 finals. A full set of summary sheets will be made available to the
                                                                      external examiners and whenever possible sent by email ahead of the module review board meeting.

Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences            UG   The establishment of a School of Biomedical Sciences Final Exam Board was commended.                               2008-09      APM             Dr Ian Pickering
                                                                    The establishment of a School of Biomedical Sciences Mitigating Circumstances Committee was
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences           UG/PG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM             Dr Ian Pickering
                                                                    highlighted as good practice
                                                                    The School of Dental Sciences has organised a standard setting panel for formative and summative
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                UG                                                                                                                      2008-09      APM              Dr Ben Mason
                                                                    assessment of the Oral Diseases component.
                                                                    Thorough week 7 tests are an excellent example of formative assessment within the Department of
Assessment   Science & Engineering    EEE                      UG                                                                                                                      2008-09      APM            Prof Joe Spencer
                                                                    Electrical Engineering and Electronics.
                                                                    The on line examination paper development system within the Department of Mathematical Sciences
Assessment   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences   UG/PG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM               Dr Toby Hall
                                                                    was commended.
                                                                    The Department of Mathematical Sciences’ post examination meeting review was highlighted as an
Assessment   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences   UG/PG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM              Lisbeth Baron
                                                                    area of good practice.
                                                                    The students at the School of Medical Education sit formative examinations roughly half way through
                                                                    each academic year, and the short answer papers are returned to them in a group self-marking
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                 UG                                                                                                                      2008-09      APM            Rev David Taylor
                                                                    session, where feedback is given to the cohort as a whole, and individual queries and alternative
                                                                    answers can be explored.
             Humanities & Social                                      The School of Politics and Communication Studies has achieved standardised assessment schemes (in
Assessment                            Politics                 PG                                                                                                                      2008-09      APM
             Sciences                                                 terms of methods of assessment and word lengths) across its MA programmes
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Psychology              UG/PG The School of Psychology’s marking and moderation procedures were commended.                                       2008-09      APM          Dr Ian Shermbrucker
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Psychology               UG The quality of Level 3 projects within the School of Psychology was commended.                                       2008-09      APM          Dr Ian Shermbrucker
                                                                    Several External Examiners commented on the value of the assessment scheme for projects. As well
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences            UG as marks for the final report, it includes marks for the oral presentation, student performance, the                 2009-10      APM
                                                                    preliminary report and a project record book
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Alan Boyle, Jim Marshall, Pete
Assessment   Science & Engineering    Environmental Science    UG     Use of computer-based assessment using TRIADS and VITAL                                                          2009-10      APM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kokelaar
                                                                      The English Department are trialling the use of an annotated Bibliography in lieu of an essay on the
             Humanities & Social                                      Medieval Narratives module. By requiring students to read and then summarise and evaluate a variety
Assessment                            English                  UG                                                                                                                      2009-10      APM           Prof Marcus Walsh
             Sciences                                                 of types of material (editions, articles, monographs) they are practicing the kind of skills they will need
                                                                      for report writing, pitching etc.
                                                                      Continual assessment within the modules is effective and encourages full participation. The External
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                 PG     Examiner felt this allows the student and the tutor to identify areas of strength and weakness in                2009-10      APM            Francine Watkins
                                                                      student learning before the final assessment
                                                                      In relation to Performance modules [now MUSI102/4, 202/4, 302/4]: the “use of diaries and reflective
             Humanities & Social
Assessment                            Music                    UG     writing used with the performance assessments here is a model that should be used more generally in              2009-10      APM          Dr Freya Jarman-Ivens
             Sciences
                                                                      the assessment of performance at other institutions.”
             Humanities & Social                                      MUSI307 (Intellectual Property) [now MUSI350] for “assessment of knowledge through problem-
Assessment                            Music                    UG                                                                                                                      2009-10      APM          Dr Freya Jarman-Ivens
             Sciences                                                 solving of a real-world example”
             Humanities & Social                                      The use of a centralised system for determining assessment deadlines (to manage and balance student
Assessment                            Music                    UG                                                                                                                      2009-10      APM          Dr Freya Jarman-Ivens
             Sciences                                                 load)

                                                                      The School developed new Finals Assessments in 2009/10 and associated quality assurance procedures
                                                                      to ensure fair, robust and defensible examinations. The School standard sets all questions/stations,
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                UG     blueprints all examinations to the learning outcomes of the programme and undertakes psychometric                2010-11      APM              Dr Ben Mason
                                                                      analyses post-examination to calculate pass marks, evaluate how well questions worked and test the
                                                                      validity and consistency of exams. Theses QA procedures were outlined as an example of best practice
                                                                      in the UK by the External Examiners.
Assessment   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences            UG     The moderation of exam marking and review of exam marks                                                          2010-11      APM




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Theme                  Faculty                  Dept/School                 UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                               Academic Year   Source             Contact

                                                                                   Alternative forms of assessment being introduced, e.g. peer assessment of Pre-Clinical EMS reports in
Assessment             Health & Life Sciences   Veterinary Science           UG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM
                                                                                   a whole-year session. This has now been adapted for use with EMS journal extracts in 4th year

                                                                                   The quality and range of assessments was also seen by all external examiners to be innovative and to
                                                                                   stretch the students in ways in which more traditional assessments cannot. One external commented
                                                                                   that students are “required to demonstrate their abilities through different forms of assessment that
                       Humanities & Social                                         offered them a great opportunity to develop core intellectual and practical skills...with a well-rounded
Assessment                                      Sociology & Social Policy    UG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM
                       Sciences                                                    and versatile set of strengths” which are useful to employability and widening participation agendas. In
                                                                                   addition it was noted that “across the programmes as a whole, there was evidence that students were
                                                                                   being tested in discrete and distinctive ways that were actually helping to raise performance
                                                                                   standards...”.
                                                                                   The use of portfolios to assess learning across several disciplines has been utilised and this provides
                                                                                   students with evidence of academic achievement but it also fulfils their Knowledge and Skills
                                                                                   Framework personal development requirements and directly impacts upon their career progression.
Assessment             Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences              PG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM
                                                                                   This work was presented at an international medical conference in 2010 under the title Development
                                                                                   of a portfolio of assessment for a multi-professional masters level musculoskeletal trauma module: a
                                                                                   challenge in itself!
                                                                                   The new module 5 of the PGCert/Dip (Using technology to enhance learning) includes a novel
                                                                                   approach to assessment called ‘The Patchwork Text’. This involves a structured series of short pieces of
                                                                                   work produced over the course of the module. These are varied in style and form (eg presentation,
                       Humanities & Social                                         critique of an article etc, report of a teaching session). These pieces are discussed by students as
Assessment                                      CLL                          PG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM            Dr Anne Qualter
                       Sciences                                                    appropriate during the module, then, at the end of the module the edited pieces are submitted along
                                                                                   with a reflective, retrospective commentary ‘stitching’ it all together. The approach has worked well.
                                                                                   Staff report that it encourages participants to get involved in critical evaluation throughout the
                                                                                   module, and that it is highly motivating and results in work of a very good standard
                                                                                   An external examiner from DTM&H (Sondorp) highlighted as good practice in assessment the use of
Assessment             Health & Life Sciences   LSTM                         PG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM
                                                                                   questions based around a journal paper released prior to the exam
                                                                                   Diversity in assessment
                                                                                   Modules are assessed through traditional assessment tasks such as essays but also through the
                                                                                   application of their research skills to the understanding, analysis and exploration of significant
                                                                                   problems. The assessment for SOCI 523, for example, demands a 4,000 word report in which students
                                                                                   critique/assess an ‘official’ research report on a crime/criminal justice related topic identifying the
                       Humanities & Social                                         methods used, the epistemological approaches and theoretical perspectives underpinning the
Assessment                                      Sociology & Social Policy    PG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM
                       Sciences                                                    research. SOCI 508 demands practical application of quantitative analysis of sections of the British
                                                                                   Household Panel Study. The programme therefore aims to develop students’ ability to make links
                                                                                   between he process of research design, choice of data, methodological approach and the mode of
                                                                                   analysis employed in a given piece of research. Students are encouraged to base their dissertations
                                                                                   around their own, independently conducted research and to go through full ethical clearance
                                                                                   procedures

                                                                                   The appointment of two new stream managers who assist in the quality assurance of the dissertation
                                                                                   process for Laureate has been a very positive move as both appointees have strong connections to the                                Programme Director - MPH (On-
Assessment             Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                     PG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM
                                                                                   programme. This means that there is not only an additional level of quality assurance prior to monitor                                         line)
                                                                                   review and then external moderation but it also reduces the workload of the monitors at UoL.

Attendance / Retention                                                             The establishment of a School Progress Committee within the School of Biomedical Sciences was
                       Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                  2008-09      APM             Dr Ian Pickering
/ Progression                                                                      praised.

Attendance / Retention                                                             The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences requires its students to achieve a minimum attendance
                       Science & Engineering    Environmental Science        UG                                                                                                                  2008-09      APM            Dr Graham Potts
/ Progression                                                                      rate of 90% which is considered to be a strength.

Attendance / Retention
                       Health & Life Sciences   Psychology                   UG    The student attendance monitoring procedures adopted by the School of Psychology were highlighted.            2008-09      APM          Dr Ian Shermbrucker
/ Progression




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Theme                  Faculty                  Dept/School             UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                               Academic Year     Source           Contact

Attendance / Retention Humanities & Social                                      The School encourages and has a high take up of level 3 UG dissertations, which assists with its very
                                                English                  PG                                                                                                                  2009-10         APM        Prof Marcus Walsh
/ Progression          Sciences                                                 good retention rates for MA programmes

Attendance / Retention                                                          Introduced the use of handheld barcode scanners to take attendance in large lectures and help in
                       Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    UG                                                                                                                  2010-11         APM
/ Progression                                                                   gathering data for UKBA reporting

                                                                                We now have a fairly sophisticated system for attendance monitoring in place. In each lecture, a bar
                                                                                code scanner is circulated so that students can scan their student ID cards. The scanner data are
                                                                                transferred onto a computer for processing and analysis. Through a Web interface, staff members can
Attendance / Retention
                       Science & Engineering    Computer Science         UG     then examine the attendance record for any student or group of students (e.g. personal tutees). The          2010-11         APM
/ Progression
                                                                                system also generates letters to be sent to students who have missed more than a certain percentage
                                                                                of lectures. When they come in for interview, the attendance database can be updated with notes on
                                                                                each student. Other Departments may wish to consider the adoption of a similar system.

E-Learning             Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences           UG/PG The good use of VITAL was highlighted by the School of Biological Sciences.                                    2008-09         APM          Prof Steve Hill

E-Learning             Science & Engineering    Chemistry               UG/PG The use of VITAL and IT in the Department of Chemistry was commended.                                          2008-09         APM

                                                                                The school of Dental Sciences is supporting the distance learning component of the Diploma in Dental
E-Learning             Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                PG     Therapy & Hygiene through the provision of laptops to each student. The GDC recognised this as being         2008-09         APM          Dr Ben Mason
                                                                                an important development.
                                                                                The School of Dental Sciences is piloting the use of software (Wimba) that can deliver live online
E-Learning             Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry               UG/PG                                                                                                                2008-09         APM          Dr Ben Mason
                                                                                classrooms to all sites simultaneously via VITAL and archive live lectures for open student access.

                                                                              The use of Podcasts of lectures where the student listens to the factual lecture and has seen the
E-Learning             Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences         UG/PG Powerpoint before the teaching session at the School of Health Sciences, which results in a more               2008-09         APM         Gail Stephenson
                                                                              interactive seminar (Orthoptics).
                                                                              The use of discussion boards via VITAL for some modules at the School of Health Sciences (Orthoptics)
E-Learning             Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences         UG/PG                                                                                                                2008-09         APM         Gail Stephenson
                                                                              was praised.
                                                                              Wikis were used in a Level 3 module on urban history. Students were assigned wiki space in VITAL
                       Humanities & Social                                    which they used to build an online resource that formed the basis of discussion in workshops. Each
E-Learning                                      History                  UG                                                                                                                  2008-09         APM
                       Sciences                                               workshop was divided into sub-topics (threads) and 3-4 students collaborated on each, posting their
                                                                              findings on the wiki.
                                                                              The Online MPH at the School of Population, Community and Behavioural Sciences is being developed
E-Learning             Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                 PG                                                                                                                  2008-09         APM
                                                                              as a pioneering project (for Liverpool).
                                                                              Within the Department of Physics, the use of VITAL as a means to broaden the students’ use of
E-Learning             Science & Engineering    Physics                 UG/PG                                                                                                                2008-09         APM
                                                                              electronic learning resources was commended
                                                                              Audio and video podcasts available through VITAL for lectures in Chem012, Chem170, Chem385,
E-Learning             Science & Engineering    Chemistry                UG                                                                                                                  2009-10         APM
                                                                              Chem473.
                                                                              ChemTube3D is a website developed in-house, accessible through VITAL, which contains interactive 3D
                                                                              animations for the most important organic reactions covered during an undergraduate Chemistry
E-Learning             Science & Engineering    Chemistry                UG                                                                                                                  2009-10         APM
                                                                              degree, with supporting information on reactivity and spectroscopy. Used in lectures and for self-
                                                                              study.
                                                                              The use of VITAL is now standard for most modules - both for the distribution of lecture notes and
E-Learning             Science & Engineering    EEE                      UG other teaching resources, and in a number of cases for the assessment and provisin of feedback to                2009-10         APM
                                                                              students.
                       Humanities & Social                                    VITAL is used, particularly on the Language MAs, to incorporate blended learning and resources into
E-Learning                                      English                  PG                                                                                                                  2009-10         APM        Prof Marcus Walsh
                       Sciences                                               teaching delivery
                                                                              An increased minimum standard usage of VITAL was implemented for all ug modules, ensuring basic
                       Humanities & Social
E-Learning                                      English                  UG timetabling, teaching and staffing information was consistently available to all students. This was              2009-10         APM        Prof Marcus Walsh
                       Sciences
                                                                              welcomed and noted by students.
                                                                                Enhancing a first year Law module by engaging students in problem based learning using a simulated
                                                                                legal dispute. Working in groups within an adversarial framework the students work in a bespoke
                                                                                online environment, accessing briefs, materials, research resources and consulting with tutors where
                       Humanities & Social
E-Learning                                      Law                      UG     required in preparation of their party’s submissions. While all materials are delivered on-line through      2009-10      SAPA Winner    Jeremy Marshall
                       Sciences
                                                                                the Blackboard environment, the students are actively engaged with their group members throughout
                                                                                the module and use their group spaces in the Blackboard environment, other electronic
                                                                                communications, and face-to-face meetings, to conduct their preparations for each task




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Theme        Faculty                  Dept/School          UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                             Academic Year       Source              Contact

                                                                  The online instructors were praised by the External Examiner for their quick responses and effective
E-Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine              PG                                                                                                                2009-10           APM            Francine Watkins
                                                                  feedback while also allowing discussion groups space for productive group learning.

                                                                  Continuing to increase the profile of Blackboard on the programme. The module leader for the Health
                                                                  Services and Management module uses the discussion forums for managing the group work. Pursuing
E-Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine              PG                                                                                                                2009-10           APM            Francine Watkins
                                                                  the opportunities to have a blended learning element on the on campus MPH programme, linking in
                                                                  with the e learning available on the online programme

                                                                  The Master of Public Health online programme is the first online programme offered by the Faculty of
E-Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine              PG    Medicine and therefore, it continues to pioneer many different aspects of developing and delivering an      2009-10           APM            Francine Watkins
                                                                  online Masters programme within the Faculty and the University.
             Humanities & Social
E-Learning                            Music                 UG    Innovation in e-learning (e.g. the use of an assessed group ‘Wiki’ in MUSI100)                              2009-10           APM          Dr Freya Jarman-Ivens
             Sciences
                                                                 Nuclear Training and Education Consortium have developed web-based materials for eight core
E-Learning   Science & Engineering    Physics               PG modules making this part of the Nuclear Science and Technology programme available by distance                 2009-10           APM             Prof Paul Nolan
                                                                 learning.
E-Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Psychology           UG/PG Use of VITAL for module and other materials                                                                  2009-10      Periodic Review

                                                                  The clinical anaesthesia team developed a programme of independent and e-learning based teaching,
E-Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Veterinary Science    UG                                                                                                                2009-10           APM
                                                                  mixed with seminars to discuss cases and how to deal with problems for the BVSc students

                                                                  BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography & BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy - The use of Virtual Environment for
                                                                  Radiotherapy Teaching (VERT) to support the undergraduate programmes. For example: sessions to
E-Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences       UG    teach anatomy and sessions for virtual planning and treatment planning. This has been well evaluated        2010-11           APM
                                                                  by the students and the programme teams are now looking at ways to further develop the use of VERT
                                                                  Training for the new kit will commence in October 2010.
                                                                  An online booking system (marketed as ‘Sona System’) has been adopted for scheduling experiments
                                                                  in the school and particularly aimed at co-ordinating the participation of 1st year undergraduate
E-Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Psychology            UG    students in 3rd year undergraduate projects. The system has a number of advantages including an             2010-11           APM
                                                                  online pre-screening option and a way for linking potential participants directly with online
                                                                  questionnaires.
                                                                  2009-10 saw the implementation of the newly-designed English Legal Systems and Skills module. This
             Humanities & Social
E-Learning                            Law                   UG    module is almost exclusively administered and assessed online on the basis of independent and group         2010-11           APM
             Sciences
                                                                  learning. Student feedback on this module was unequivocally positive

                                                                  Use of wikis in ENGL 107 (Shakespeare: Ways of Thinking) and ENGL213 (Drama 1580-1730) continue
                                                                  to be used as examples of best practice in the current PGCert programme of the Centre for Lifelong
             Humanities & Social
E-Learning                            English               UG    Learning: Educational Development Division. Wikis or simple collaborative web pages are used by             2010-11           APM
             Sciences
                                                                  students in these module as alternative means of presenting non-assessed tasks or preparatory
                                                                  research, and supplement the weekly tutorial sessions.

                                                                  Our relatively comprehensive use of VITAL to deliver supporting materials, module and study skills
                                                                  information and to receive student coursework and feedback is good practice, we believe. Receiving
             Humanities & Social
E-Learning                            Philosophy            UG    student essays electronically allows us to run plagiarism software and to provide detailed feedback in      2010-11           APM
             Sciences
                                                                  the form of in-text comments. Receiving module questionnaires through VITAL with email reminders
                                                                  has produced some increase in student feedback on modules

                                                                  We are continuing to make increasing use of VITAL and in the 2009/10 session, we have continued to
                                                                  explore various features of VITAL that can enhance learning e.g. timed release, adaptive release,
                                                                  module questionnaires, team exercises in web site production, marking/feedback and vacation
                                                                  revision discussions, and continue to encourage colleagues to adopt those that work well. In addition,
E-Learning   Science & Engineering    Chemistry             UG    audio and video podcasts are available for lectures in Chem012, Chem058, Chem170, Chem130,                  2010-11           APM
                                                                  Chem231, Chem331, Chem333, Chem383, Chem385, Chem388 and Chem473. In particular, Chem383
                                                                  and 388 are distance learning modules and students can therefore view video podcasts of the lectures
                                                                  whilst remote from the Department. Students on industrial placements have commented very
                                                                  favourably on this development.




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Theme        Faculty                  Dept/School        UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                 Academic Year       Source                 Contact

                                                                ChemTube3D is a web site developed in house, and accessible through VITAL, which contains
                                                                interactive 3D animations for most of the important organic reactions covered during an
                                                                undergraduate chemistry degree, with supporting information on reactivity and spectroscopy. It is
E-Learning   Science & Engineering    Chemistry           UG                                                                                                                    2010-11           APM
                                                                used projected in lectures and is also available for self-study. As a result of the iChem3D project
                                                                supported by JISC we have incorporated new learning designs and self-assessment material for a
                                                                selection of key topics.
                                                                The use of VITAL is now standard for most modules – both for the distribution of lecture notes and
                                                                other teaching resources, and in a number of cases for the assessment and provision of feedback on
E-Learning   Science & Engineering    EEE                 UG                                                                                                                    2010-11           APM
                                                                assessment to students. Staff are also encouraged to use VITAL to communicate timetable changes and
                                                                other module information to the students.

                                                                Adoption of WebPA open-source software to facilitate electronic and anonymous student peer-
                                                                moderation of group-work assessment marks. The software allows students to peer-score fellow
                                                                students against user-defined contribution-criteria, and these scores can be used to vary group marks
                                                                awarded for group outputs to produce individual marks within a group activity. It also allows for
E-Learning   Science & Engineering    Engineering         UG    anonymous feedback to students of their fellow students’ views of their contribution to the group               2010-11           APM
                                                                activities and team-working. Previously this had been undertaken using paper-based proformas, which
                                                                were very time-consuming to analyse and difficult to use for feedback. The software was successfully
                                                                trialled, with assistance from CSD, and results reported at the University Learning and Teaching
                                                                Conference. Other University staff are planning to use it this session.

                                                               LIFTUPP (Liverpool Integrated Foundation Training Undergraduate to Postgraduate Pathway) - mapping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dr Ben Mason, Dr Luke
E-Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry           UG   of professional requirement and programe learning outcomes to assessment within a database to                    2010-11       SAPA Winner
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dawson, Ms Colette Balmer
                                                               demonstrate how and where they are achieved.
E-Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry          UG/PG Blended learning, e-learning and mapping of learning outcomes has to be commended.                               2010-11      Periodic Review     Prof Callum Youngson

                                                                The eLearning strategy continues to be viewed as an innovative approach to providing PGT. The
E-Learning   Science & Engineering    Computer Science    PG    mechanisms are now well established and may provide a good foundation for the                                   2010-11           APM
                                                                adoption of eLearning on-campus.

                                                                All students have access to learning resources on VITAL. The increased use of the electronic interface
                                                                to support learning for students whilst they are in their practice setting has proved to be beneficial for
                                                                both staff and students. Wiki technology has proved to be a beneficial tool and this was disseminated
E-Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences     PG                                                                                                                    2010-11           APM
                                                                at the University of Liverpool Learning & Teaching conference in 2010 under the title, Use of Action
                                                                Learning Sets and Wikis to enhance learning in clinical settings: matching pedagogy to practice. The
                                                                material will also be disseminated at the World Physiotherapy Congress in June 2011.

                                                                We have provided lectures to the University’s Learning and Teaching conference on the use of WIKIs in
             Humanities & Social                                Architectural education and Mike Knight won a small award from the Centre for Education in the Built
E-Learning                            Architecture        PG                                                                                                                    2010-11           APM
             Sciences                                           Environment to develop and report on this. We were one of the first to use the WIKI as an educational
                                                                tool (within VITAL).
                                                                A VITAL module specifically for the postgraduate community was planned during the session, to
             Humanities & Social
E-Learning                            English             PG    include pgt resources such as handbooks, SSLC interfaces and sections for each programme, and this              2010-11           APM
             Sciences
                                                                has come onstream in the current session.
                                                                The teaching of the symbolic logic component of our study skills module has been problematic: given
                                                                the diverse background of our MA students, it has proved difficult to design appropriate course
                                                                material. With a view to improving the situation, as reported in last year’s APM report, we have
             Humanities & Social                                designed new module, one which is entirely e-taught, and which we hoped would prove more
E-Learning                            Philosophy          PG                                                                                                                    2010-11           APM
             Sciences                                           challenging for the stronger students. The new online component was up and running in 2009-10, and
                                                                although there were some unanticipated technical difficulties, these were overcome, and overall the
                                                                results were sufficiently encouraging that we decided to continue running the module in this way for
                                                                the foreseeable future.




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Theme           Faculty                  Dept/School                 UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                 Academic Year   Source           Contact

                                                                            Use of on-line learning tools
                                                                            Tutors make full use of VITAL and all students attend a workshop delivered by the Faculty Librarian on
                                                                            use of web-based reports, on-line databases and journals. Students are introduced to on-line resources
                Humanities & Social
E-Learning                               Sociology & Social Policy    PG    in designated reading tasks and are expected to use these when constructing their own reading and               2010-11      APM
                Sciences
                                                                            research. In addition SOCI 523 and SOCR 507 in particular encourage the secondary analysis of existing
                                                                            web-based material. SOCI 508 workshops take place in computer suites where students are introduced
                                                                            to on-line source material for their data analysis.

                                                                            Simulated learning was praised by MBA students who believed that it impacted on employability.
                                                                            Liverpool MBA students took part in a Management Simulation module and MBA Entrepreneurship
                                                                            students made use of SimVenture – a computer-based simulation – which helps students understand
                Humanities & Social
E-Learning                               Management School            PG    the complexity of starting and growing a new business. This simulation was greatly appreciated by               2010-11      APM
                Sciences
                                                                            students because it helped provide first-hand experience of the competing priorities during the start-
                                                                            up process. MBA Entrepreneurship students also used Xing which helps students match the
                                                                            characteristics of their product/ service to opportunities in the workplace.

                                                                            The online packages “Why Finance Matters” and “My accounting lab” enable MBA students to practice
                Humanities & Social
E-Learning                               Management School            PG    and increase their knowledge and competence in their own time, and at their own pace, in the Finance            2010-11      APM
                Sciences
                                                                            area which some may otherwise find particularly daunting.

                                                                            We continue to increase the profile of Blackboard on the programme. 1. The module leader for the
                                                                            Management of Health Systems module uses the discussion forums for managing the group work. 2.
E-Learning      Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                     PG    The module leaders for the Health Protection module use the self assessment MCQs so students can                2010-11      APM      Programme Director - MPH
                                                                            reflect on their learning from each session. 3. We have developed Podcasts and multiple choice
                                                                            questionnaires for Quantitative Research Methods 1 which are available to students on Blackboard.

                                                                            We are continuing to pursue the opportunities to have a blended learning element on the campus
E-Learning      Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                     PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM      Programme Director - MPH
                                                                            programme, linking in with the e learning available on the online programme.

                                                                            NTEC have developed web based material for its eight core modules (covering the two streams)
                                                                            making this part of the programme (60 credits) available by distance learning. The first distance
E-Learning      Science & Engineering    Physics                      PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
                                                                            learning students have registered. NTEC has also delivered web based material for some of its optional
                                                                            modules. It will be two or three years before the success of this approach can be determined.

                                                                            Mock job interviews and practice writing CV and job applications were identified as an area of good
Employability   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM           Prof Steve Hill
                                                                            practice by the School of Biological Sciences.
                                                                            The introduction of many new programmes of study with the “year in industry” to create more
Employability   Science & Engineering    EEE                          UG    employable and real-world-based educated graduates was highlighted as good practice by the                      2008-09      APM          Prof Joe Spencer
                                                                            Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics.
                                                                            For the final year project of all undergraduate programmes within the Department of Electrical
                                                                            Engineering and Electronics, an IEEE paper format is used for producing the summary. Additionally,
Employability   Science & Engineering    EEE                          UG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM          Prof Joe Spencer
                                                                            Bench Inspections allow the students to exhibit their efforts and become creative in the presentation
                                                                            and dissemination of their work. The department also uses input from Industrial Advisory Board.
                Humanities & Social                                         The MA Reading in Practice programme incorporates community outreach and provides skills and
Employability                            English                      PG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM
                Sciences                                                    experience directly transferable to vocational areas.
                                                                            As many leading NGOs actively recruit LSTM graduates, the School of Tropical Medicine is taking steps
Employability   Health & Life Sciences   LSTM                         PG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM
                                                                            to encourage and prepare their students to work in countries where the need is greatest.

                                                                            SOCLAS has developed a module with the specific aim of creating a space for work experience and
                                                                            training in the formal curriculum. It will provide students with a unique combination of tuition in
                Humanities & Social                                         Liverpool and at a partner institution in Spain, supported by distance learning facilities and followed up
Employability                            SOCLAS                       PG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM            Mary Keaney
                Sciences                                                    by a period of teaching experience in a Liverpool school. The School hopes that it can serve as a model
                                                                            for similar modules in other language areas and as a platform for the development of PGT and CPD
                                                                            initiatives.
                Humanities & Social                                         The Management School considers that the Management Game module within its MBA programmes
Employability                            Management School            PG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM
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Theme           Faculty                  Dept/School             UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                 Academic Year   Source            Contact


                                                                         Last year the teaching of Planning Practice in year four was delivered by a planning practitioner with
                                                                         recent experience at a senior level. We believe that this was very useful for the students in terms of
                                                                         their understanding of the breadth of agencies involved in planning and the opportunities for them on
                                                                         graduation. The organisation of a specific careers event advised students on the diversity of career
Employability   Science & Engineering    Environmental Science    UG                                                                                                                    2009-10      APM           Prof David Shaw
                                                                         options available to professional planners. Through the use of a variety of speakers, students were able
                                                                         to understand and appreciate what employees were looking for through the application and interview
                                                                         process. The practitioner’s involvement also led to the production of useful workbooks and other
                                                                         resources that were made available via VITAL which the students found helpful.

                                                                         Employability has been enhanced through the running of joint sessions, for both under graduate
                                                                         Master of Planning and MCD students, on the Assessment of Professional Competence requirements
Employability   Science & Engineering    Environmental Science   UG/PG                                                                                                                  2009-10      APM           Prof David Shaw
                                                                         of the RTPI and, with the Careers Service, on maximising chances of securing a post by the adoption of
                                                                         good self-marketing practices
                                                                         Promoting the idea of the dental team by introducing BDS students to dental nurses with input from a
Employability   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                UG                                                                                                                    2009-10      APM        Prof Callum Youngson
                                                                         tutor from the DCP
Employability   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                PG     Students are encouraged to attend Deanery training events                                                      2009-10      APM          Dr Brian Grieveson
                                                                         Maritime Civil Engineering, Modelling and Integrated Management of Water in the Natural
                                                                         Environment - a large number of industry-leading research projects were jointly supervised by
Employability   Science & Engineering    Engineering              PG                                                                                                                    2009-10      APM           Prof Daoyi Chen
                                                                         academic and industrial supervisors. This enhanced the student experience and improved
                                                                         employability.
                                                                         MA Archive and Records Management provides a wide range of opportunities for engagement with
                Humanities & Social                                      professional practice including two placements (totalling 3 weeks), visits linked to the curriculum, and
Employability                            History                  PG                                                                                                                    2009-10      APM          Margaret Procter
                Sciences                                                 a wide range of external speakers with professional expertise and experience contributing to the
                                                                         teaching in Semester 2.
                                                                         Students have highlighted the excellent preparation they receive for employability, in particular the
Employability   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                 UG                                                                                                                    2009-10      APM           Rev David Taylor
                                                                         sessions that are put on to guide them through the UKFPO process
                                                                         The newly introduced (in 2008-9) MA in Arts, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions was developed with
                Humanities & Social                                      employability very much in view, involving as it does a module (run by Tate Liverpool) on
Employability                            Philosophy               PG                                                                                                                    2009-10      APM      Dr Panayiota Vassilopoulou
                Sciences                                                 ‘Contemporary Curating’, and a ‘Research Skills and Placement’ module, which includes an internship
                                                                         in a cultural institution.
                                                                         Simulated learning was praised by MBA students who believed that it impacted on employability. MBA
                                                                         General Management students took part in a Management Simulation module and MBA
                Humanities & Social                                      Entrepreneurship students made use of SimVenture – a computer-based simulation – which helps
Employability                            Management School        PG                                                                                                                    2009-10      APM
                Sciences                                                 students understand the complexity of starting and growing a new business. This simulation was
                                                                         greatly appreciated by students because it helped provide first-hand experience of the competing
                                                                         priorities during the start-up process.

                                                                         A careers afternoon was held in March 2009 for Year 1, 2 and 3 undergraduates on the BSc
Employability   Health & Life Sciences   Veterinary Science       UG     Bioveterinary Science programme. This included speakers from industry, academia and the University             2009-10      APM           Dr Phil Whitfield
                                                                         Career’s Service and provided information on potential career routes to undergraduate students

                Humanities & Social
Employability                            Politics                 UG     We offer a dedicated careers service talks arranged for level 2 and 3 students in the first semester           2010-11      APM
                Sciences
                Humanities & Social                                      We operate a Westminster Placement Scheme. This shows a good employability indicators with 3
Employability                            Politics                 UG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
                Sciences                                                 students from the 2009-10 cohort in the full employment at Westminster.

                                                                         The use of negotiated work based learning (NWBL) as a pedagogy to up-skill Sonographers in specialist
                                                                         clinical areas, in addition to achieving core learning outcomes, provides a bespoke opportunity for the
                                                                         students. This is afforded through an optional module. This adds to the employability of students as
Employability   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences          PG     they have not only core skills on exit, but also specialist clinical skills, bespoke to their needs. This      2010-11      APM
                                                                         approach has been disseminated to the MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare programme and has also
                                                                         resulted in many international presentations. This has benefited the profile of the School
                                                                         internationally in healthcare education.

                Humanities & Social                                      The Reading in Practice MA incorporates the principle and practice of community outreach within its
Employability                            English                  PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
                Sciences                                                 specification, and provides skills and experience directly transferrable to vocational areas.




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Theme            Faculty                  Dept/School       UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                 Academic Year   Source              Contact

                                                                    The MA in Arts, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions (introduced in 2008-9) was developed with
                 Humanities & Social                                employability very much in view, involving as it does a module (run by Tate Liverpool) on
Employability                             Philosophy          PG                                                                                                                   2010-11      APM
                 Sciences                                           ‘Contemporary Curating’, and a ‘Research Skills and Placement’ module, which includes an internship
                                                                    in a cultural institution.
                                                                    The programme has enabled the development of generic credit-bearing modules in employability and
                                                                    research skills that could be used as models for other programmes. It should, however, be noted that                                    Programme Director -
Employability    Science & Engineering    N/A                 PG                                                                                                                   2010-11      APM
                                                                    student numbers on ‘employability-type’ modules need to be limited to enable a suitable environment                                  MSc/MRes Advanced Science
                                                                    for learning and individual feedback
                                                                    A number of external speakers are invited to the School of Biomedical Sciences to deliver module
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences      UG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM             Dr Ian Pickering
                                                                    lectures. They also meet with final year students and offer advice on careers in industry.

                                                                    The use of weekly seminars for year 2 students given by visiting professors and industrialists within the
External Links   Science & Engineering    EEE                UG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM             Prof Joe Spencer
                                                                    Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics was commended.

                                                                  The linking of the assessment elements of the final practice placement within the School of Health
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences    UG   Sciences with the NHS Knowledge, Skills Framework (KSF) dimensions (Occupational Therapy) was                    2008-09      APM      Joy Burrill, Michaela Higginson
                                                                  praised.
                                                                  The continuing development of the involvement of service users within the School of Health Sciences
                                                                  by introducing their input to a second year module as an advisory panel and as part of the teaching
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences    UG                                                                                                                    2008-09      APM               Gaynor Reid
                                                                  team to advise students about the appropriateness of the patient education programme they have to
                                                                  design (Occupational Therapy).
                                                                  The involvement of practitioners in the School of Health Sciences as advisors in the third year module
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences    UG in which students have to develop and present a service bid for the provision of a leisure or                      2008-09      APM           Michaela Higginson
                                                                  productivity based intervention (Occupational Therapy).
                                                                  The development of shared documentation and processes for practice placement audit and
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences   UG/PG assessment through proactive collaboration with local HEI’s and representation on joint working                  2008-09      APM              Tom Donovan
                                                                  parties within the School of Health Sciences (Nursing) was highlighted.
                                                                    The development of a community focused management placement in response to the recruitment and
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences   UG/PG                                                                                                                  2008-09      APM              Tom Donovan
                                                                    delivery needs of local primary care trusts at the School of Health Sciences (Nursing).

                                                                  A process has been implemented to capture and take-on board issues raised by staff at the School of
                                                                  Medical Education following their Tripartite visits to NHS Trusts. The School regards the implantation
                                                                  of these visits to monitor the Service Level Agreements as being exceptionally important, and an
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences   UG/PG                                                                                                                  2008-09      APM             Rev David Taylor
                                                                  example of good practice. The visits include representative from the School of Medical Education, and
                                                                  the strategic health authority, and discuss the student experience in relation to the allocated funding.
                                                                  The follow up visits are always attended by the most senior management of the Trust.

                                                                    The range of speakers at the year 2 seminar series has been expanded covering a number of new
External Links   Science & Engineering    EEE                UG     industrial and research areas. One aim of these seminars is to give students visibility of different           2009-10      APM
                                                                    careers, and one area where this is evident is that three of the new speakers were UoL graduates.

                                                                    Additional teaching input into MECH619 'Advanced Manufacturing Processes' given by a Royal
External Links   Science & Engineering    Engineering         PG    Academy of Engineering Distinguished Fellow and renowned expert providing a state-of-the-art                   2009-10      APM            Prof Bernard Hon
                                                                    review.
                                                                    Additional teaching input into MNFG611 'Product Design' provided by a visiting professor from the
External Links   Science & Engineering    Engineering         PG    Royal Academy of Engineering on Innovation and from an industrial specialist from Rolls Royce on               2009-10      APM            Prof Bernard Hon
                                                                    Design Creativity.
                                                                    The Liverpool Engineer project is aligned with the principles of the CDIO initiative and is supported by
                                                                    curriculum reform, a new learning and teaching infrastructure and environment and closer industrial
External Links   Science & Engineering    Engineering        UG     engagement. Includes the establishment of an Engineer in Residence scheme, encouragement of                    2009-10      APM             Dr Tim Bullough
                                                                    placements in industry, and the use of two Visiting Professors to inform teaching developments
                                                                    industry-led projects, and provide mentoring and specialist seminars.




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Theme            Faculty                  Dept/School             UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                 Academic Year       Source                  Contact


                                                                          The English Department collaborates with St Deiniol's in the training of students on the module
                                                                          'Literature and Social Thought' in the MA Victorian Literature. A third of the compulsory assessment for
                                                                          'Literature and Social Thought', designed to give the students active experience in taking advantage of
                 Humanities & Social
External Links                            English                  PG     a major research collection, is based on research carried out by students at St Deiniol’s Hawarden. The        2009-10           APM                Prof Dinah Birch
                 Sciences
                                                                          students have two sessions in St Deiniol’s library, with individual guidance on the use of archival
                                                                          material there, and advice on the choice of a topic. Assessment is in the form of a library project
                                                                          comprising a portfolio of archival resources and a critical commentary reflecting on their pertinence.


                                                                          A workshop with the Museum of Liverpool team was built into the HIST316 History and Heritage in
                                                                          Liverpool module in 2008/09. Museum staff discussed issues of collecting, conservation and
                 Humanities & Social
External Links                            History                  UG     interpretation with students, and introduced them to some of the decision-making processes involved            2009-10           APM                 Graeme Milne
                 Sciences
                                                                          in researching and curating a major new museum. This is part of a wider learning relationship with
                                                                          museum staff, being developed, most notably, through work-based dissertations.

                                                                          The Programme Director for the Master of Public Health programme is a member of a national
                                                                          organisation for MPH Leads who meet three times a year to discuss issues relating to MPH
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                 PG                                                                                                                    2009-10           APM               Francine Watkins
                                                                          programmes including standards, accreditation and aligning MPH curricula with Faculty of Public
                                                                          Health. There are currently 19 MPH leads attending this group.

                                                                          BSc (Hons) Orthoptics - External clinicians were invited to the poster assessment components of two
                                                                          modules to contribute to viewing, marking and giving feedback on the posters. This was well received
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences          UG                                                                                                                    2010-11           APM
                                                                          by staff, students and clinicians. Selected posters that scored well have subsequently been published in
                                                                          the professional body newsletter with excellent feedback nationally.

                                                                          Final-year students are introduced to the Irish Professional Network in Britain, its North-West branch
                 Humanities & Social
External Links                            Irish Studies            UG     launched at the Institute in November 2008. They are also put in touch with the Merseyside base of             2010-11           APM
                 Sciences
                                                                          the Irish Voluntary Trust.
                                                                          Responsive to outside factors; eg development of BSc programme due to potential risk to funding
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                UG                                                                                                                    2010-11      Periodic Review      Prof Callum Youngson
                                                                          stream for Diploma.
                                                                          Excellent involvement with Deanery ensuring undergraduates are knowledgable on processes and able
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                UG                                                                                                                    2010-11      Periodic Review      Prof Callum Youngson
                                                                          to progress into vocational training programmes.
                                                                          The joint provision with Liverpool John Moores University in the area of Astrophysics. This seems a
                                                                          remarkable example of mutually beneficial cooperation between two very different institutes; it is
External Links   Science & Engineering    Physics                  UG                                                                                                                    2010-11      Periodic Review
                                                                          impressive that the cooperation exists at all, it is doubly impressive that it seems to function so well
                                                                          and receives such good feedback from students.

                                                                          The Programme Director is a member of a national organisation for MPH Leads who meet three times
External Links   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                 PG     a year to discuss issues relating to MPH programmes including standards, accreditation and aligning            2010-11           APM          Programme Director - MPH
                                                                          MPH curricula with Faculty of Public Health. There are currently 19 MPH leads attending this group.

                                                                          In February 2010 the Department of Civic Design received a special award from the Royal Town
                                                                          Planning Institute in recognition of 100 years of planning achievement. A particularly important factor
                                                                          behind this award was the taught Masters degree, the MCD (Master of Civic Design), which marked the
                                                                          start of postgraduate planning education when it was introduced in 1950. The MCD has remained the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Programme Director - Master
External Links   Science & Engineering    Environmental Science    PG     Department’s flagship degree ever since. The current version of the degree, introduced in 2004,                2010-11           APM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of Civic Design
                                                                          includes a double module, Spatial Planning in Action, which is a ‘live project’ undertaken on behalf of a
                                                                          client organisation from one or other of the sub-regions in North West England. It is a prime example
                                                                          of knowledge exchange, a model of its kind. Some 40+ postgraduates take part in this group-based
                                                                          project each year.
                                                                        In conjunction with the Centre for Life Long Learning, the School of Dental Sciences has developed a
Feedback         Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                UG   targeted system for the delivery of structured feedback following computer based formative                       2008-09           APM                 Dr Ben Mason
                                                                        assessment.
                                                                        Feedback processes and informal help to students within the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Feedback         Science & Engineering    Environmental Science   UG/PG                                                                                                                  2008-09           APM               Prof John Wheeler
                                                                        were highlighted as an example of good practice.
Feedback         Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences          UG     A Code of Practice on Student Feedback developed by the School of Health Sciences was commended                2008-09           APM                 Kathy Burgess




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Theme      Faculty                  Dept/School                 UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                              Academic Year   Source         Contact

                                                                       Following feedback from recent graduates, the School of Medical Education has made changes to
Feedback   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                     UG                                                                                                                 2008-09      APM        Rev David Taylor
                                                                       feedback on examination papers and their input into standard settings.
                                                                       As part of the policy of the School of Sociology and Social Policy of continuing to improve feedback to
           Humanities & Social                                         students on their assessments, a small number of staff involved in three modules participated in a
Feedback                            Sociology & Social Policy    UG                                                                                                                 2008-09      APM
           Sciences                                                    project involving the provision of feedback to students by means of audio files. Student reactions to
                                                                       this initiative have been positive.
                                                                       Where possible students on BSc Physiology now receive both written and verbal feedback for each
Feedback   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                 2009-10      APM       Prof Rod Dimaline
                                                                       assignment/exam
                                                                       Incorporation of the new code of practice on feedback to students agreed within the Faculty of
                                                                       Medicine into our new Programme handbook. Used a new feedback form to provide structured
Feedback   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                 2009-10      APM        Prof David Edgar
                                                                       feedback on two new summative essays incorporated into ANAT311 (The cardiovascular system in
                                                                       health and disease) and into ANAT268 (The immune system in health and disease)

                                                                       Instant feedback/evaluation in the middle of a module which is successful as the students feel any
Feedback   Science & Engineering    Environmental Science        UG                                                                                                                 2009-10      APM         Dave Hodgson
                                                                       comments made will help them directly.
                                                                       The use of Active Learning exercises within the laboratories has been extended to provide in-lab
Feedback   Science & Engineering    EEE                          UG                                                                                                                 2009-10      APM
                                                                       feedback by student teaching assistants and academic staff.
           Humanities & Social                                         MUSI300 (Opera) [now MUSI330] for “the fairness and the nurturing quality of the feedback for the
Feedback                            Music                        UG                                                                                                                 2009-10      APM      Dr Freya Jarman-Ivens
           Sciences                                                    essays”
                                                                       Feedback provided via VITAL on comment sheets pasted onto essays and by comments inserted in the
                                                                       texts of essays. Students are reminded more frequently that they do receive feedback and that they
                                                                       should pay attention to it. Moderators are now expected to comment on the quality of feedback
                                                                       provided as well as the range of marks. It was always the case that students could approach staff to
           Humanities & Social
Feedback                            Philosophy                   UG    discuss their essays, but staff now explicitly offer this opportunity to students before the end of the      2009-10      APM        Dr Gillian Howie
           Sciences
                                                                       semester in which the essay is marked. A question inviting students to comment on the feedback they
                                                                       have received has been added to their module questionnaires. We hope that these measures will
                                                                       increase the quality of feedback given to students and their awareness that they are in fact given
                                                                       feedback.


                                                                       The School introduced automated feedback sheets for BDS Single Best Answer and OSCE formative
                                                                       exams in 2009/10 which will be rolled out into the DCP programme in 2010/11. This feedback sheet
Feedback   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                    UG    presents final result, comparison with cohort, results broken down into all the learning outcomes of         2010-11      APM         Dr Ben Mason
                                                                       the exam and a generic feedback statement. The feedback sheets are mail merged out to students to
                                                                       reduce the administrative burden. Students have highlighted these sheets as an example of good
                                                                       practice and School NSS scores have increased significantly in this area.
                                                                       BIOL 208, Comparative and Environmental Physiology. The introduction of continuous feedback using
Feedback   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG    e-learning resources in the module has been recognized and is being used as an example of good               2010-11      APM
                                                                       feedback practice by the University’s Centre of Lifelong Learning.

                                                                       BSc Physiology - Proactive steps to maximise feedback provided to students throughout all years of
Feedback   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG    the programme. Students now receive both written and verbal feedback for each assignment/exam.               2010-11      APM
                                                                       The impact of this is monitored through student feedback at the SSLC and through the NSS
Feedback   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG    BSc Pharmacology - Improved feedback on projects                                                             2010-11      APM

                                                                       At the end of 2008-09 it was decided that for 2009/10 second markers in PHAR660 would receive
                                                                       copies of the draft feedback given to the students by supervisors on draft laboratory reports and
Feedback   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                 2010-11      APM
                                                                       library dissertations - Students found this very helpful and it provided an indication to the second
                                                                       marker of the general level of support the student had needed

                                                                       The students appreciated having individual 15-minute meetings with their module organisers to discuss
           Humanities & Social
Feedback                            SACE                         UG    their essays, providing them with good interactive feedback – three lecturers were praised for               2010-11      APM
           Sciences
                                                                       returning work with extensive feedback very quickly (less than a week)

           Humanities & Social
Feedback                            SACE                         UG    Typed essay feedback (as opposed to hand-written) was always appreciated                                     2010-11      APM
           Sciences
                                                                       Modified our electronic exam report forms to include a section for generic group feedback to students,
Feedback   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences        UG                                                                                                                 2010-11      APM
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Theme                  Faculty                  Dept/School         UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                Academic Year       Source                  Contact

Feedback               Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry           UG/PG Excellent level of formative feedback – one student even commenting ‘too much feedback.’                        2010-11      Periodic Review       Prof Callum Youngson

                                                                          The Feedback Working Group was a really positive initiative which the Panel felt could be highlighted
                       Humanities & Social
Feedback                                        Law                 UG/PG as an area of good practice, the findings of which would be useful for the Faculty more widely to               2010-11      Periodic Review
                       Sciences
                                                                          consider as part of enhancing feedback provision.
                       Humanities & Social                                The Department has introduced dedicated examination and essay feedback sessions, based upon one-
Feedback                                        Politics             PG                                                                                                                   2010-11           APM
                       Sciences                                           to-one advice to students.
                                                                          The School of Biomedical Sciences L & T committee has appointed a working group to deal with all of
Information            Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences       UG/PG the specific issues raised by the period review and to work towards a standardisation of all programme          2008-09           APM                 Dr Ian Pickering
                                                                          documentation within SBMS.
                                                                          The introduction of a School of Health Sciences web page section for “Visiting Tutors” i.e. all external
Information            Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences     UG/PG staff to the programmes to provide information on administrative issues and policies, the latest news           2008-09           APM                 Elspeth McLean
                                                                          from the programmes and support/resources for teaching was considered good practice.

                                                                            The School of Medical Education produces a comprehensive handbook/study guide for Final year
Information            Health & Life Sciences   Medicine             UG     students – A reflective critical self-awareness learning programme – Professional Education and               2008-09           APM              Prof Richard Griffiths
                                                                            Training Appraisal (PETA) includes a review of the value of a portfolio.

                                                                            Posting the Programme Monitoring Summary Report on VITAL is considered good practice by the
Information            Health & Life Sciences   Medicine            UG/PG                                                                                                                 2008-09           APM                Rev David Taylor
                                                                            School of Medical Education.
                                                                          Following feedback from their external examiners the School of Medical Education now produces
Information            Health & Life Sciences   Medicine            UG/PG briefing packs for external examiners and shares their Annual Programme Monitoring Report with their            2008-09           APM                Rev David Taylor
                                                                          external examiners to complete their quality enhancement loop.
Information            Health & Life Sciences   Psychology          UG/PG The quality of student handbooks at the School of Psychology was praised.                                       2008-09           APM                  Dawn Kemp
                                                                          The quality of the information provided to our students in the form of specific handbooks, for example
Information            Health & Life Sciences   Psychology           UG for Level 1 tutorials and the Level 3 Project, which has been commented on favourably by our external             2010-11           APM
                                                                          examiners.

                                                                            We have started a History newsletter, to improve communication between staff and students and to
                                                                            foster a stronger sense of community within the Department. This is a collaborate initiative between
                                                                            staff and students, with about half the content written by a group of 5 or 6 UG students under the co-
                                                                            ordination of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The newsletter includes details about staff and
                       Humanities & Social                                  student achievements, articles about staff research and new publications, introductions to new
Information                                     History                                                                                                                                   2010-11           APM
                       Sciences                                             members of staff, information about careers, library and other university services particularly relevant
                                                                            to History students, features on alumni and their career paths, details of changes to our programmes
                                                                            and new university policies, and a student interview of a member of academic staff. Two editions were
                                                                            produced during 2009/10 and a new group of student volunteers have come forward to work on the
                                                                            newsletter in 2010/11 to replace those who graduated in 2010.


                                                                            The introduction to the School’s marking guidelines of specific expectations relating to the use of
                       Humanities & Social                                  English language. This followed concerns expressed by staff as to the language capabilities of native
Information                                     Management School    UG                                                                                                                   2010-11           APM
                       Sciences                                             English speakers. These are disseminated to students through the Undergraduate Student handbook,
                                                                            and to staff through an assessment pack provided when assessed work is collected for marking.
                                                                          We are working very closely with the Continuing Professional Development Unit to produce high
Information            Health & Life Sciences   Medicine              PG  quality flyers to promote the full Masters Programme but also individual modules that can be taken as           2010-11           APM           Programme Director - MPH
                                                                          CPD.
                                                                          This year the MPH team at UoL has been more actively involved in Laureate marketing strategies by
                                                                          advising on the public health market. We have also conducted webinars, presented at the Royal                                                  Programme Director - MPH (On-
Information            Health & Life Sciences   Medicine             PG                                                                                                                   2010-11           APM
                                                                          Society for Public Health, produced video presentations and held online discussions with prospective                                                      line)
                                                                          applicants.
                                                                          The existence of active teaching- and research-related staff-to-staff links with XJTLU was highlighted as
Internationalisation   Science & Engineering    EEE                 UG/PG                                                                                                                 2008-09           APM                Prof Joe Spencer
                                                                          good practice by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics.
                                                                            Successful integration of large cohort of XJTLU students into the department's overall student body,
Internationalisation   Science & Engineering    Computer Science     UG                                                                                                                   2009-10           APM                Dr David Jackson
                                                                            commented upon by British Computer Society in its preliminary accreditation report.




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Theme                  Faculty                  Dept/School                 UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                Academic Year     Source                Contact

                                                                                    The links with XJTLU have been enhanced with the first students coming into UoL year 2 and further
Internationalisation   Science & Engineering    EEE                          UG                                                                                                                   2009-10         APM
                                                                                    staff-to-staff links with the sharing of lecture material and other teaching resources.
                       Humanities & Social                                          Intitiatives such as developing links with French Business Schools and holding a summer school for
Internationalisation                            Management School            PG                                                                                                                   2009-10         APM
                       Sciences                                                     Master of Public Administration students in Cracow
                                                                                    The links with XJTLU have been enhanced in 2010 with more students coming into the UoL Year 2 and
Internationalisation   Science & Engineering    EEE                          UG     further staff-to-staff links with XJTLU and sharing of lecture material and other teaching resources          2010-11         APM
                                                                                    between XJTLU and UoL.
                                                                                    Internationalisation of curriculum
                                                                                    The programme introduces students to aspects of contemporary criminal justice policy and practice
                                                                                    from a range of competing angles and perspectives. All modules focus on key contemporary debates
                                                                                    within criminology and criminal justice which have resonance in the international arena. The curricula
                       Humanities & Social
Internationalisation                            Sociology & Social Policy    PG     of all modules are therefore international in nature and are not restricted to the UK experience. The         2010-11         APM
                       Sciences
                                                                                    programme is designed provide students with a range of different theoretical and conceptual
                                                                                    frameworks through which to analyse crime and criminal justice matters in any national/international
                                                                                    environment and to familiarise students with a wide range of substantive issues which are pertinent to
                                                                                    different national contexts.

                                                                                  Sustained Excellence in Teaching - High level of commitment over a long period demonstrated by a
Learning & Teaching    Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG   substantial teaching load, involvement in student welfare duties, and the employment of various                 2008-09      SAPA Winner      Dr Martin Stanisstreet
                                                                                  strategies to enhance student engagement.
                                                                                  The dissolution of divisional L & T committees and the establishment of a single L & T committee
Learning & Teaching    Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences               UG/PG                                                                                                                 2008-09         APM              Dr Ian Pickering
                                                                                  within the School of Biomedical Sciences was considered good practice.
                                                                                  The introduction of a laboratory practical element to the first year in the new module ANAT114 within
Learning & Teaching    Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                   2008-09         APM              Dr Ian Pickering
                                                                                  the School of Biomedical Sciences was commended.
                                                                                  The separation of teaching of Physical Chemistry into 2 cohorts within the Department of Chemistry
Learning & Teaching    Science & Engineering    Chemistry                    UG                                                                                                                   2008-09         APM
                                                                                  was praised.
                                                                                  In order to overcome some of the timetabling problems encountered by certain staff groups on the
                       Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                             CLL                          PG CPS programme, a series of ‘twilight’ workshop sessions have been introduced by the Centre for                    2008-09         APM
                       Sciences
                                                                                  Lifelong Learning. These proved very popular.
                                                                                    Within the School of Dental Sciences, an External Examiner for the MDentSci commented: “The use of
                                                                                    clinical records instead of patients is a very good example of ‘best practice’ and should be continued.”
                                                                                    An External Examiner for the PGCert Conscious Sedation programme noted: “the strength of the
Learning & Teaching    Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                    UG     programme is the close contact students have with their clinical teachers and interdisciplinary team-         2008-09         APM               Dr Ben Mason
                                                                                    working with the sedation trained nurses and the frequent attendance at the Sedation clinic to achieve
                                                                                    the level of competence in a very practically based subject. Also noteworthy were: the input of the
                                                                                    anaesthetist, the number of patients seen and the wide case mix.

                                                                                    The emphasis on active learning in EOSC111, which changed from passive learning to active learning at
Learning & Teaching    Science & Engineering    Environmental Science        UG                                                                                                                   2008-09         APM               Dr Alan Boyle
                                                                                    an early stage, was commended in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

                                                                                    Adopting Active Learning Exercises for more effective and creative satisfaction of the learning
Learning & Teaching    Science & Engineering    EEE                         UG/PG                                                                                                                 2008-09         APM              Prof Joe Spencer
                                                                                    outcomes was commended in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics.
                                                                                  The active learning initiative seems to be an outstanding example of good practice: while some aspects
Learning & Teaching    Science & Engineering    Engineering                 UG/PG of it are specific to the Department of Engineering, there is doubtless much that could be learned from         2008-09         APM        Dr M Murphy, Prof P Goodhew
                                                                                  it across the University.
                                                                                    In 2006-07 the active learning experience was extended to year 2 of Civil Engineering undergraduate
                                                                                    programmes with the introduction of the “Constructionarium”: a week long hands-on construction
Learning & Teaching    Science & Engineering    Engineering                 UG/PG                                                                                                                 2008-09         APM                 Dr Z Guan
                                                                                    experience at the National Construction College in Norfolk. This was very successful and was
                                                                                    highlighted as an area of good practice in the JBM Accreditation Review Visit in 2007.

                       Humanities & Social                                          The MA Renaissance and Romantic Literature programme includes an ‘electronic resources’ session, a
Learning & Teaching                             English                      PG                                                                                                                   2008-09         APM
                       Sciences                                                     ‘sonnets’ session, and dissertation project guidance.
Learning & Teaching    Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences       UG/PG The peer-assisted learning system adopted by the Department of Mathematical Sciences was praised.               2008-09         APM               Lisbeth Baron




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Theme                 Faculty                  Dept/School             UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                  Academic Year     Source                Contact

                                                                             Sustained Excellence in Teaching - Some of the outstanding features of Sebastien’s teaching are: his
                                                                             commitment to research-led teaching; his desire for his teaching to be historically rooted; his use of
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences   UG/PG innovative techniques (certainly within the context of mathematics teaching); his care for individual             2008-09      SAPA Winner     Dr Sebastien Guenneau
                                                                             students; and his desire to reflect critically on his teaching. Sebastien is also very strongly involved in
                                                                             mathematical outreach activities

                                                                             The workshops and use of VITAL (e.g. for self-assessment) within the Campus MPH at the School of
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                  PG                                                                                                                    2008-09         APM
                                                                             Population, Community and Behavioural Sciences was commended.
                                                                             The provision of well qualified post graduate student demonstrators for dissection sessions was
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                UG/PG                                                                                                                   2008-09         APM
                                                                             considered good practice.
                                                                               Excellent Teaching Innovation - Using innovative learning and teaching methods to provide students
                                                                               from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience with a common language for the analysis of
                      Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                            Music                    UG     music. Focussed on the Music is Sound module - provides students without classical experience or                2008-09      SAPA Winner      Dr Freya Jarman-Ivens
                      Sciences
                                                                               qualifications to engage with textual analysis and those that are classically trained to think about music
                                                                               in a different more accessible way.

                                                                               Excellent Teaching Innovation - Development of an innovative Problem Based Learning approach
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    Physics                  UG                                                                                                                     2008-09      SAPA Winner         Dr Lynn Moran
                                                                               supported by e-learning initiatives which is to be applied across the department
                                                                               There is a departmental fund for innovative teaching ideas to be put into practice within the
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    Physics                 UG/PG                                                                                                                   2008-09         APM
                                                                               Department of Physics.
                                                                               Sustained Excellence in Teaching - Sustained support for and development of Italian for a period of 13
                      Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                            SOCLAS                   UG     years from a single year one module to recently approved Joint Honours programme - employing                    2008-09      SAPA Winner   Rossana McKeane Pagliolico
                      Sciences
                                                                               enthusiasm and innovation in learning and teaching
                                                                               In the Management School, a Year 2 Microeconomics module includes, as part of assessment, group
                      Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                            Management School        UG     discussion and peer voting on group participation. This has enhanced student engagement and proved              2008-09         APM
                      Sciences
                                                                               to be a powerful learning tool.
                                                                               The introduction of peer role play for communication skills in 2nd year involved use of Fern Grove
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Veterinary Science       UG                                                                                                                     2008-09         APM               Dr Iain Young
                                                                               veterinary practice, giving a contextual aspect to the subject
                                                                               Dr Kieron Salmon won a Sir Alistair Pilkington Teaching Award (SAPTA) for innovation in teaching for
                                                                               introducing carefully designed clinical scenarios in first and second year of the BVSc which the students
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Veterinary Science       UG                                                                                                                     2008-09         APM             Dr Kieron Salmon
                                                                               investigate by applying their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. This reinforces the
                                                                               relevance of these basic sciences and introduces the approach required for differential diagnoses

                                                                               Excellent Teaching Innovation - Development of interactive sessions on Clinical Anaesthesia
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Veterinary Science       UG     supplemented by on-line resources and video-lectures, case-based discussions, on-line formative                 2008-09      SAPA Winner   Clinical Anaesthesia Division
                                                                               assessments, and ongoing review and student evaluation.
                                                                               Have provided well qualified post-graduate student demonstrators for dissection sessions through the
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences            UG     HACB Demonstratorship scheme in which graduates from the course compete for 4-year                              2009-10         APM              Prof David Edgar
                                                                               PhD/Demonstratorship positions during the honours year
                                                                               Many staff are making increasing use of new media in their lecture sessions to provide diversity to the
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    Environmental Science    UG     teaching and learning experience (for example many are now using YouTube to provide examples or                 2009-10         APM              Prof David Shaw
                                                                               illustrations of key points).
                                                                             Client based group projects are an important component of all of our provision. This enables students
                                                                             to explore real issues and come forward with practical recommendations. The client student
                                                                             relationship adds additional pressures and opportunities, often leading to the production of high
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    Environmental Science   UG/PG                                                                                                                   2009-10         APM              Prof David Shaw
                                                                             quality outputs. These projects have many different facets that help to develop team working skills.
                                                                             Students are self directed, with staff supervision and guidance, and engage in research and problem
                                                                             solving activities.




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                                                                              The School also began trialling a new innovative form of large group teaching delivery in the Oral
                                                                              Diseases component of the BDS in September 2009. Knowledge-based lectures are recorded and
                                                                              provided on VITAL for students to view before they attend clinical-diagnosis symposia. These symposia
                                                                              employ class assessment tests via anonymous usage of voting handsets to encourage student
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                UG    participation. The sessions are designed so that students have to apply the information they have            2009-10            APM           Prof Callum Youngson
                                                                              obtained through the e-learning material to real clinical situations. The aim being to facilitate the
                                                                              learners in developing their diagnostic and management skills in a problem based teaching
                                                                              environment. Initial feedback from the students showed a unanimous preference for this style of
                                                                              teaching over the more didactic knowledge delivery

                                                                              Near real-time incident tracking in Marine Pollution. If something happens the start of each class
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    Environmental Science    UG                                                                                                                 2009-10            APM              Martin Preston
                                                                              might include updates on events, news videos, class discussions and predictions of outcomes.

                                                                             Sustained Excellence in Teaching - continuous development of curriculum, learning, teaching and
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    EEE                     UG/PG assessment methods including development of e-learning approaches. Establishment of a scholarship             2009-10         SAPA Winner         John Marsland
                                                                             programme at Masters level. Provision of a high level of student support.

                                                                              A number of modules adopted new teaching models with the intention of encouraging greater
                                                                              indendent learning and enhancing core skills, as well as freeing up time for staff research. Approaches
                      Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                            Law                      UG    included streamlining the syllabus, improving the quality of contact time with tutors, emphasising the       2009-10            APM           Prof Michael Duggan
                      Sciences
                                                                              development of generic legal skills, and increasing the amount of formative assessment with group
                                                                              rather than individual feedback.

                                                                              One member of staff awarded a National Teaching Felowship demonstrating the School's commitment
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                 UG                                                                                                                 2009-10            APM             Rev David Taylor
                                                                              to teaching excellence
                                                                              The material developed by Mary Leng to help students with dyslexia-like learning difficulties cope with
                      Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                            Philosophy               UG    symbolic logic has been brought to the attention of CLL. Dr Leng is to be interviewed as part of Trish       2009-10      APM, SAPA Nominee      Dr Mary Leng
                      Sciences
                                                                              Lunt’s ‘inclusivity in learning and teaching’ project
                                                                              Radiometrics teaching is limited to small groups to ensure that all students get good attention and
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    Physics                  PG                                                                                                                 2009-10            APM            Dr Andrew Boston
                                                                              detailed practical experience. Over 50% of time is spent in the laboratory or workshop sessions.

                                                                              Learning and Teaching: three of the four modules which make up the MA Modern Languages are
                                                                              reliant upon one-to-one supervisions. Such personalized input has been frequently cited by students as
                                                                              one of the advantages of the research preparation MA. Such a teaching strategy, thanks to the close
                      Humanities & Social                                     relationship which it fosters between student and staff member, is also an important factor in the
Learning & Teaching                            SOCLAS                   PG                                                                                                                 2009-10            APM              Dr Kate Marsh
                      Sciences                                                number of MA students who decide to continue with a PhD at the end of the MA. Since 2005 3 out of 4
                                                                              students who have followed the MA in French have gone on to pursue successful doctoral research in
                                                                              the School). Such a personalized input is, however, possible only because of the small numbers
                                                                              recruited on to MAML.
                                                                              Master of Public Administration - Splitting teaching into half days has helped MPA students to develop
                      Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                            Management School        PG    their understanding of subjects over a longer period of time. This might begin to explain some of the        2009-10            APM
                      Sciences
                                                                              improvement in standards we have seen.
                                                                              Development a learning log. The learning log is a short piece of work under the umbrella of critical
                      Humanities & Social                                     reflection (discussion of the learning experience, from theory to practice including the relevance in
Learning & Teaching                            Management School        PG                                                                                                                 2009-10            APM
                      Sciences                                                their current organisation in which they work), of their learning experiences, as well as bridging the
                                                                              modules within the programme.
                                                                              MSc Human Resource Management students were offered psychometric developmental assessment
                      Humanities & Social                                     on ULMS 785 ‘Conflict Management’ which was very well received by students. This had a financial
Learning & Teaching                            Management School        PG                                                                                                                 2009-10            APM
                      Sciences                                                cost which was covered by the School, but could work out unfeasible if student numbers increase
                                                                              dramatically.
                                                                              In 2008-09 the Board of Undergraduate Studies approved the use of anonymised actual examination
                      Humanities & Social                                     responses as a teaching aid, as such responses could usefully be used to address the issue of poor
Learning & Teaching                            Management School        UG                                                                                                                 2009-10            APM
                      Sciences                                                examination technique amongst students. Any answers used are re-typed by the module leader in
                                                                              order that handwriting cannot be used to identify a student.




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                                                                                  The School has purchased, and now uses regularly in lectures, voting handsets. These handsets can be
                                                                                  used to make lectures more interactive and can be used to obtain feedback. Students enjoy using the
                                                                                  handsets; indeed 98% of the entire 4th BDS cohort (85 students) agreed in a survey that “Using the
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                    UG    handsets made me a more active participant in the symposium”. The benefit of using the handsets for              2010-11           APM          Dr Luke Dawson
                                                                                  interaction is that the student feedback is anonymous and so students can volunteer answers to
                                                                                  questions truthfully without fear of ridicule. The benefit of using the handsets for feedback on
                                                                                  components is that you can achieve 100% participation with instant analysis of data. The drawback is
                                                                                  that free text comments are not possible.
                                                                                  BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy - The third year students showcased their final year work at the end
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences              UG    of semester 2 by running a very successful symposium for the benefit of their peers, clinicians and the          2010-11           APM
                                                                                  general public, under the guidance of the Year 3 Coordinator.

                      Humanities & Social                                         Learning cafes – several student representatives recognized that the learning cafes were a good
Learning & Teaching                            SACE                         UG                                                                                                                     2010-11           APM
                      Sciences                                                    practice, including advice on how to write an essay
                      Humanities & Social                                         Small group tutorial teaching in SOCI 106 has generated many benefits to the student learning
Learning & Teaching                            Sociology & Social Policy    UG                                                                                                                     2010-11           APM
                      Sciences                                                    experience as evidenced in student feedback and staff comments.
                                                                                  The ‘Whole School Project’ has been very successful for the past two years. For one week, at the start
                                                                                  of Semester 2 all three BA years work together in teams to produce a designed product. In the year in
                                                                                  question this was an ‘Architectural game’. The groups are around 7-8 in size with at least two from
                      Humanities & Social                                         each year, and the year 3 students act as managers. The week ends with a major event ofn the Friday,
Learning & Teaching                            Architecture                 UG                                                                                                                     2010-11           APM
                      Sciences                                                    with presentations by each group, and judging, with prizes awarded. This is an excellent way to help
                                                                                  deliver and encourage key skills such as group working, management skills, presentation and so on.
                                                                                  There was a vote at the end of the project and over 95% of the students thought it was a good project
                                                                                  to have worked on, and thought it should continue.

                                                                                  Students are being taught at a high quality level and are assessed very carefully. Feedback shows a
                      Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                            Communication & Media        UG    great deal of interest in improving students’ performance as well as the genuine interest by staff in            2010-11           APM
                      Sciences
                                                                                  their commitment to high quality teaching.
                                                                                  The department has, additionally, been moving towards more interdisplinary, art-linked and
                                                                                  performance-linked aspects of learning and assessment. External examiners commented on the
                                                                                  exciting opportunities offered by requirements to visit an art gallery to present a painting in relation to
                      Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                            English                      UG    Victorian debates on one module, and on the stimulus provided by the requirement to write a pastiche             2010-11           APM
                      Sciences
                                                                                  review in the style of the 1890s on another module focused on that era. The department provides
                                                                                  several opportunities of this kind to work towards assessment in creative and related areas, in addition
                                                                                  to traditional tasks.

                                                                                  “One particularly strong aspect of student work is the ability to apply theory and knowledge to novel,
                      Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                            Music                        UG    real-world examples, e.g. MUSI340 Adorno, MUSI240 Sound, Technology and Society), and to combine                 2010-11           APM
                      Sciences
                                                                                  theoretical and practical approaches.”
                                                                                  The use of Active Learning exercises within the laboratories has been extended to provide in-lab
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    EEE                          UG                                                                                                                     2010-11           APM
                                                                                  feedback by student teaching assistants and academic staff.
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    Physics                     UG/PG The use of the physics/maths toolbox is exemplary                                                                 2010-11      Periodic Review


                                                                                  The ‘Teach Smart’ initiative, which began in 2008 as a result of the last Periodic Review is highly
                                                                                  commended. It has established new ways of teaching and learning law, receives very positive student
                                                                                  feedback and will help distinguish Liverpool Law in a variety of ways from other Law schools. ‘Teach
                                                                                  Smart’ methods now characterise perhaps half of the programme, including a good share of the seven
                      Humanities & Social                                         compulsory foundation modules, but its influence is apparent across the entire curriculum. Particularly
Learning & Teaching                            Law                          UG                                                                                                                     2010-11      Periodic Review
                      Sciences                                                    good examples include the ‘café’ group learning style in Equity and Trust, which focuses upon problem
                                                                                  solving, and the innovative mix of drop-in sessions, essays and tests in Land Law. These innovations
                                                                                  have led to significant shifts in the nature and intensity of teaching, and it was evident from the
                                                                                  comments of the students the panel consulted that they very much understood the links between
                                                                                  these innovations and a range of professional attributes suited to future employment.




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                                                                                  The module Evolution and Social Behaviour (BIOL001) involves a set of structured discussions based on
                                                                                  prior reading. There is considerable emphasis on reading original texts including Darwin, Wallace,
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM       Dr Mike Speed
                                                                                  Fisher, and Hamilton, with an attempt to explore evolutionary ideas in depth. Students have
                                                                                  commented that they enjoy this approach.
                                                                                  The use of simulated patients and mannequins for role-play/clinical scanning is positively received by
                                                                                  students. This approach ensures that the students have basic clinical skills prior to going on placement
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences              PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
                                                                                  which is important in the current climate in the NHS where training lists have been reduced. This
                                                                                  approach addresses this problem.
                                                                                  Learning and Teaching: three of the four modules which make up the MAML are reliant upon one-to-
                                                                                  one supervisions. Such personalized input has been frequently cited by students as one of the
                                                                                  advantages of the research preparation MA. Such a teaching strategy, thanks to the close relationship
                      Humanities & Social                                         which it fosters between student and staff member, is also an important factor in the number of MA
Learning & Teaching                            SOCLAS                       PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
                      Sciences                                                    students who decide to continue with a PhD at the end of the MA. Since 2005 3 out of 4 students who
                                                                                  have followed the MA in French have gone on to pursue successful doctoral research in the School). It
                                                                                  is arguable that uch a personalized input is, however, possible only because of the small numbers
                                                                                  recruited on to MAML.

                                                                                  Diversity in learning and teaching delivery
                                                                                  The programme is taught primarily through seminar and workshop-based learning and independent
                                                                                  study. SOCI 508 is based around a series of practical workshops where students learn and develop
                                                                                  research skills and advanced use of the SPSS statistical package. Students are introduced to a variety of
                                                                                  techniques for longitudinal analysis of quantitative data using data from the Centre for Longitudinal
                                                                                  Studies. Sessions are also based around the use of waves from the British Household Panel Survey
                      Humanities & Social
Learning & Teaching                            Sociology & Social Policy    PG    (BHPS), merging waves together, and developing forms of analysis and graphical representation of                2010-11      APM
                      Sciences
                                                                                  such data. SOCI 507 especially encourages self-reflection in research design, analysis and writing. In all
                                                                                  modules lecturers facilitate discussion and provide the wider context for the students to understand
                                                                                  designated readings and debates. Students are encouraged to adopt a critical/evaluative approach to
                                                                                  the material encountered. The programme aims to provide students with the practical and analytical
                                                                                  skills which are required to develop their own research interests in the fields of crime, criminality and
                                                                                  criminal justice.

                                                                                  All lectured modules, including MATH4** modules and MATH549, have a timetabled tutorial hour
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences        PG    besides the three lectured hours per week. This is an opportunity to slow the pace a little and look at         2010-11      APM
                                                                                  examples, such as homework examples, and to help individual students.
                                                                                  Radiometrics teaching is limited to small groups (max size 20) to ensure all students get good attention
Learning & Teaching   Science & Engineering    Physics                      PG    and detailed practical experience. Note that over 50% of the time is spent in the laboratory or                 2010-11      APM
                                                                                  workshop sessions.
                                                                                  The objective of the learning arc for each module is to; (a) provide initial conceptual knowledge, (b)
                                                                                  allow for reflection, debate and consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of these models to
                                                                                  applied practice, (c) consolidate the knowledge and provide a supportive tutorial-based framework for
Learning & Teaching   Health & Life Sciences   Psychology                   PG    clarification and links to subsequent research/practice, and (d) provide an ongoing mechanism and               2010-11      APM
                                                                                  method for recording reflection and debate (via VITAL discussion fora) and provide a link to the
                                                                                  practitioner community. This has worked extremely well this year, having been commented on
                                                                                  favourably by staff and students alike.

Module/Programme
                      Science & Engineering    Chemistry                    UG    The flexibility of options in years 3 and 4 for Chemistry students was commended.                               2008-09      APM
Design
                                                                                  Good practice identified this year in Aerospace Engineering is the approach to developing design. This
                                                                                  has involved an attempt to build a teaching team which is considered central to a continuous
                                                                                  improvement of the degree. The initial pay-off is that the year 2 to 4 design modules will be
                                                                                  coordinated, and the next benefit will be to the aerodynamics and structures modules which will be
Module/Programme
                      Science & Engineering    Engineering                  UG    developed to help to prepare the students for the design exercise in the fourth year. The involvement           2008-09      APM      Prof Ken Badcock
Design
                                                                                  of Jump in the third year module was at the level of running a briefing and then the interviews. Initial
                                                                                  interviews for the fourth year module were run by Jump, and the final interviews by Cooper and
                                                                                  Barakos. This level of involvement is not onerous in terms of staff time, but is high quality in terms of
                                                                                  the insight gained into the student performance.




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Module/Programme                                                              External Examiners commended the stimulating content of programmes and the wide range of
                   Health & Life Sciences   Veterinary Science          UG/PG                                                                                                                 2008-09             APM                   Dr Iain Young
Design                                                                        assessments used
                                                                              Construction of databases to link all learning outcomes to the QAA and professional requirements in
Module/Programme
                   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                    UG the BDS and DCP programmes. These databases also link learning outcomes to assessments in order to                2009-10             APM               Prof Callum Youngson
Design
                                                                              provide blueprints of the entire programmes
                                                                              The successful integration of risk concepts into the undergraduate Engineering degree programmes as
                                                                              part of a collaborative project between the Health and Safety Executive, the Health and Safety
                                                                              Laboratory and the University. A template was developed of a set of risk education learning outcomes
Module/Programme
                   Science & Engineering    Engineering                  UG that could be integrated into the curriculum, which was evaluated by the department. An on-line                   2009-10             APM                  Dr Tim Bullough
Design
                                                                              questionnaire consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions was also developed to ascertain new
                                                                              Engineering students' level of understanding of risk concepts to aid the development of suitable
                                                                              teaching materials.
                                                                                Department has developed programmes that are geared towards the needs of students wishing to
                                                                                progress to Doctoral study. The ‘History’ courses have 60 credits of research training modules that are
Module/Programme   Humanities & Social                                          (mainly) taken in common. This system has allowed the School to identify core competencies and
                                            History                      PG                                                                                                                   2009-10             APM                  Prof Brigitte Resl
Design             Sciences                                                     training needs for its PGT students whilst meeting them in an economic fashion. The resource
                                                                                efficiency of the programmes allows staff to devote the time and energy to ensuring that the
                                                                                curriculum on each programme is up-to-date and delivered in a professional manner

Module/Programme                                                                Use of practical modules to provide experience of theoretical aspects covered in other modules and
                   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                     PG                                                                                                                   2009-10             APM                 Dr Brian Flanagan
Design                                                                          prepare students research projects in Infection and Host Defence PGT programmes
                                                                                The first year module Music as Sound is to be commended in its attempt to provide all students,
Module/Programme   Humanities & Social
                                            Music                        UG     regardless of previous (lack of) knowledge of technical terms with the means of understanding,                2009-10        Periodic Review        Dr Freya Jarman-Ivens
Design             Sciences
                                                                                appreciating and discussing music
                                                                                MSc/MRes Advanced Science provides a common framework for MSc and MRes programmes allowing
Module/Programme                                                                the development of flexible but defined pathways. Students are able to maximise their choice of
                   Science & Engineering    N/A                          PG                                                                                                                   2009-10             APM             Dr Susan Barlow, Chemistry
Design                                                                          research topics without becoming isolated within a department. Single Programme Director oversees
                                                                                all organisational aspects avoiding duplication of effort seen with smaller programmes.

Module/Programme                                                              Programmes are delivered as one week modules which suits students currently employed in industry.                                                   Prof Paul Nolan, Dr Andrew
                   Science & Engineering    Physics                      PG                                                                                                                   2009-10             APM
Design                                                                        Modules are available to MSc students and as CPD.                                                                                                             Boston
Module/Programme                                                              Comprehensive module coordination/moderation scheme which influences programme content and
                   Health & Life Sciences   Psychology                  UG/PG                                                                                                                 2009-10      Periodic Review, APM
Design                                                                        delivery
                                                                              BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy - Amalgamation of the final PBL scenario in two level 2 modules has enabled
Module/Programme
                   Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences              UG the students to link cardio-respiratory and neuromuscular conditions to develop the concept of holistic           2010-11             APM
Design
                                                                              care in rehabilitation.
Module/Programme                                                                BIOL 252, The Tropical Ecology Field course for the effort and diligence of the teaching team, the field
                   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                   2010-11             APM
Design                                                                          notebooks and assessment and the extremely positive feedback from students.
                                                                                BIOL402 Gene Expression and Development. “The topic of gene expression is often approached from
Module/Programme                                                                an entirely biochemical viewpoint and the developmental approaches in the later lectures was a
                   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                   2010-11             APM
Design                                                                          valuable contrast. The in-course assessments were not too onerous but were a good discriminator of
                                                                                good and poor students”.
                                                                                Externals were impressed by the high quality of work produced by students in all forms of
                                                                                assessments. Externals commented that students are “taught on several modules by staff who are
Module/Programme   Humanities & Social
                                            Sociology & Social Policy    UG     probably the leading figures in this country in their fields of expertise” and that “The content of           2010-11             APM
Design             Sciences
                                                                                modules covered a wide range of topics and included some important material which could be found
                                                                                on few comparable courses.”

Module/Programme   Humanities & Social                                          Exciting and comprehensive module diet often with focus on innovative and ‘unusual’ material for
                                            Communication & Media        UG                                                                                                                   2010-11             APM
Design             Sciences                                                     media studies, such as modules on gender, human rights and language. Assessment is appropriate and
                                                                                varied enough to offer students the possibility to produce comprehensive pieces of work.
Module/Programme
                   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                    UG     Introductory PBL module working very well- excellent feedback from students.                                  2010-11        Periodic Review        Prof Callum Youngson
Design
Module/Programme   Humanities & Social                                          The School introduced Management Learning Pods to the MBA programmes in the 2009-10 session
                                            Management School            PG                                                                                                                   2010-11             APM
Design             Sciences                                                     which provide research-led activity, and increase student choice of electives.




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                                                                         This programme has provided a common framework for both MSc and MRes programmes that fully
                                                                         exploits existing M-level provision, especially where Integrated Masters programmes are in existence.
                                                                         Together with the development of generic employability and skills-based modules, this approach has
Module/Programme                                                                                                                                                                                                            Programme Director -
                     Science & Engineering    N/A                  PG    enabled the Faculty to develop MSc and MRes programmes with very flexible, but defined, pathways               2010-11            APM
Design                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MSc/MRes Advanced Science
                                                                         across a number of research-active areas. Students are able to study in a manner that maximises their
                                                                         choice of research topic but does not leave them isolated within a Department, as there is a cohort of
                                                                         students working in a similar manner.

                                                                         The school of Dental Sciences introduced in 2006 a “micro-competency system” for the recording of
Placement Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry            UG                                                                                                                   2008-09            APM                  Dr Ben Mason
                                                                         student activity and monitoring clinical progress.
                                                                         The School of English was awarded funding by the English Subject Centre to place undergraduate
                                                                         students as reading group assistants in the local community as part of the Get Into Reading programme
                     Humanities & Social                                 run by The Reader Organisation, an outreach unit in collaboration with the School. The project has
Placement Learning                            English              UG                                                                                                                   2008-09            APM
                     Sciences                                            aimed to help students become more involved in reading by encouraging them to take their skills and
                                                                         enthusiasm into the community. The project has attracted 15 students; the School had advertised for 6
                                                                         students.

                                                                         The School of Politics and Communication Studies has introduced a Parliamentary Placement Scheme,
                     Humanities & Social
Placement Learning                            Politics             UG    offering clear added value in terms of the development of key skills and employability, by allowing            2008-09            APM
                     Sciences
                                                                         selected Politics degree students to spend semester 2 of Year 3 working for an MP at Westminster.

                                                                         A particular strength of the School's Year in Industry/Research programmes appear to be the help
Placement Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences        UG    provided by staff when applying for the placement. By supplying students with the advertisements for           2009-10            APM
                                                                         placements and advising them where to apply it made the application process much easier.

                                                                         In October 2009, the School adopted new workplace based assessments in all clinical activity and is
                                                                         currently working on a Clinical Database on the BDS programmes which will provide continuous
                                                                         assessment of student performance across their entire clinical experience within the dental hospital.
Placement Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry            UG                                                                                                                   2009-10            APM              Prof Callum Youngson
                                                                         This database will link with attendance to provide a 360 degree assessment of student performance
                                                                         and will link into two new annual Clinical Assessment Panels to provide further feedback to students
                                                                         and tutors and recognise students who may need additional training earlier in their development

                                                                         Reading in Practice: Extending students reading and learning through community engagement.
                                                                         Students placed as reading group assistants as part of the Get Into Reading programme run by the
                     Humanities & Social
Placement Learning                            English              UG    Reader Organisation. Prepared reading materials, kept a reflective log, and ran reading group sessions         2009-10        SAPA Winner            Dr Josie Billington
                     Sciences
                                                                         along with a facilitator. Prepared an article of the experience published in The Reader and contributed
                                                                         to a mini-conference showcasing their work and advertising the project to new undergraduate recruits.

                                                                         During 2008, supervision of the year abroad was overhauled completely, in order to exploit the
                                                                         potential offered by social networking software in teaching. In conjunction with Paul Duvall, from the
                                                                         Centre for Lifelong Learning, software developed by Ning was adapted to suit the needs of the Year
                                                                         Abroad. A pilot study was started in September 2008, with a member of staff in each language section
                     Humanities & Social                                                                                                                                                                                Dr Robert Blackwood, SOCLAS /
Placement Learning                            SOCLAS               UG    supervising their students through Ning during their Year Abroad. The software has greatly facilitated         2009-10      APM, SAPA Winner
                     Sciences                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paul Duvall, CLL
                                                                         ‘conversations’ between supervisor (in Liverpool) and supervisee (abroad), recording threads of
                                                                         discussions between both parties in order to supervise the writing of the 5000-word Year Abroad
                                                                         Project Essay in the target language. In terms of e-learning, the Ning offered a blog option, a forum for
                                                                         discussion, and a facility for uploading of photographs.

                     Humanities & Social                                 The MPA programme enjoyed another successful placement in Whitehall in 2008/09 and will look to
Placement Learning                            Management School    PG                                                                                                                   2009-10            APM
                     Sciences                                            extend the range of placements on offer to include some more local ones in the coming session.




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                                                                                 The School has developed Integrated Clinical Assessments in order to assess student clinical progress
                                                                                 longitudinally. The Assessments were based on work place based assessments used in Foundation
                                                                                 Training and enable the School to monitor student progress in clinical skills and non-technical skills
Placement Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                    UG    including communication and professionalism. The ICAs have been linked to the learning outcomes of            2010-11      APM            Dr Ben Mason
                                                                                 the programme. Students have highlighted these forms as an example of good practice as they now
                                                                                 receive more feedback on clinic. Students also receive feedback on their clinical progress three times a
                                                                                 year in Clinical Assessment Panels. The data recorded also enables the School to provide clinical
                                                                                 portfolios which should make Liverpool students more employable as they will be the only dental
                                                                                 students in the UK with detailed portfolios linked to Foundation Training.
Placement Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG    The support of School tutors for students out on placement                                                    2010-11      APM
                                                                                 BSc Anatomy and Human Biology - Offering of vacation placements in research teams to year 2
Placement Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM
                                                                                 students
                                                                                 The Board of Studies highlighted the work done on the preparatory knowledge project, whereby
Placement Learning   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                     UG    colleagues drawn from each of the specialties have met to define, and indicate to the students, the           2010-11      APM
                                                                                 level of knowledge necessary as preparation for each of the clinical placements


                                                                                 Since 2008, supervision of the Year Abroad has been overhauled completely, in order to exploit the
                                                                                 potential offered by social networking software in teaching. In conjunction with Paul Duvall, from the
                                                                                 Centre for Lifelong Learning, software developed by Ning was adapted to suit the needs of the Year
                                                                                 Abroad. A pilot study was started in September 2008, with a member of staff in each language section
                     Humanities & Social                                         supervising their students through Ning during their Year Abroad. Ning was used in 2009-10 for the first
Placement Learning                            SOCLAS                       UG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM
                     Sciences                                                    time for the supervision of all Year Abroad students who were assistants or in placements. The
                                                                                 software has greatly facilitated ‘conversations’ between supervisor (in Liverpool) and supervisee
                                                                                 (abroad), recording threads of discussions between both parties in order to supervise the writing of the
                                                                                 5000-word Year Abroad Project Essay in the target language. In terms of e-learning, the Ning offered a
                                                                                 blog option, a forum for discussion, and a facility for uploading of photographs.


                                                                                 2009-10 saw the introduction of a new, optional Clinical Legal Skills module which would enable
                                                                                 second and final year students to receive academic credit for their work in the Liverpool Law Clinic.
                                                                                 This was previously a voluntary programme whereby students, working in pairs, would dispense legal
                                                                                 advice to members of the public on a wide range of legal issues under the supervision of a qualified
                     Humanities & Social                                         solicitor. A total of 60 students were registered to take the module across the year. In addition,
Placement Learning                            Law                          UG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM
                     Sciences                                                    students were given the option to volunteer to undertake additional cases in their free time. In total,
                                                                                 the clinic provided advice to over 70 clients throughout the year and students, clients, solicitors and
                                                                                 the external examiner alike all commented on the innovative nature of the module and the high
                                                                                 quality of the service delivered. Indeed, some of the students secured voluntary placements in the law
                                                                                 firms of their supervising solicitor following a successful collaboration through the Law Clinic.

                     Humanities & Social                                         The School’s Work-Based Learning provision was highlighted once again as “enormously beneficial to
Placement Learning                            Sociology & Social Policy    UG                                                                                                                  2010-11      APM
                     Sciences                                                    students” and clearly innovative and an example of good practice.
                                                                                 The dissertation module Reading in Practice: Dissertation ran for the first time this session; based on
                                                                                 previous trial experience with through the Reading in Practice project, which placed 15 undergraduates
                                                                                 in community reading groups as part of The Reader Organisation's 'Get into Reading' programme, this
                     Humanities & Social
Placement Learning                            English                      UG    was presented at the Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Liverpool, June, 2009 and at an          2010-11      APM
                     Sciences
                                                                                 English Subject Centre one-day conference - 'English in the Community' - in December 2009.
                                                                                 Experience from this module feeds into the development of a new SotA work placement module which
                                                                                 is anticipated to have a direct impact on employability.

                                                                                 SOCLAS continued its practice of requiring all Year 1 students to take instruction on what plagiarism
                     Humanities & Social                                                                                                                                                                             Dr Kay Chadwick, Dr Andrew
Plagiarism                                    SOCLAS                       UG    and collusion are and how to avoid them. A tutorial session was posted on VITAL and follow-up                 2008-09      APM
                     Sciences                                                                                                                                                                                                 Plowman
                                                                                 workshops were built into Year 1 modules.
Plagiarism           Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG    All written work is routinely screened using the ‘Turn-it-in’ software                                        2009-10      APM          Prof Rod Dimaline




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                                                                  Our IT Unit developed a tool which was utilised through Blackboard for enabling students to test out
                                                                  their awareness of what constituted plagiarism by using mock samples of student work. This tool is
             Humanities & Social
Plagiarism                            Law                   PG    designed to heighten student awareness of the meaning of our rules on plagiarism (particularly for              2009-10      APM
             Sciences
                                                                  students from a different learning culture where rote learning is the norm) and to better develop
                                                                  students’ understanding of the likelihood that plagiarism will be detected (by way of a deterrent).

                                                                  Turnitin has been routinely used for essay submissions and this has improved the rigour of plagiarism
Plagiarism   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine              PG                                                                                                                    2009-10      APM          Francine Watkins
                                                                  detection.
             Humanities & Social                                  The School requires students to submit both a hard copy and an electronic copy of work – the latter is
Plagiarism                            Management School    UG                                                                                                                     2009-10      APM
             Sciences                                             scanned electronically for incidences of plagiarism whilst the former is the one used for marking.

                                                                  Major concerns were expressed in the previous report surrounding plagiarism. Following on from
                                                                  previous efforts to heighten students awareness of the meaning of the Law School’s rule on plagiarism
                                                                  (as reported in the 2008-2009 report), we have opted for LLM coursework being submitted
                                                                  automatically through TurnitinUK. The use of this software enables module leaders to discuss potential
             Humanities & Social                                  cases of minor or major plagiarism with the LLM Assessment Officer and the Chair of the Board of
Plagiarism                            Law                   PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
             Sciences                                             Examiners if required. The comparative weight of poor academic practice or poor scholarship is also
                                                                  factored in, as recent cases from the current session have shown. In essence, TurnitinUK is proving a
                                                                  very valuable tool for engaging the students in a discussion about plagiarism in a way that
                                                                  demonstrates to them the areas of their work which might prove problematic in their use/reliance on
                                                                  the work of others.
                                                                  We continue to run the study skills sessions for the students in the first few weeks of the first semester
                                                                  on Plagiarism, Referencing and Citation, Assignment Writing and Critical Reflection. We continually
Plagiarism   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine              PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM      Programme Director - MPH
                                                                  develop the study skills sessions and have introduced a referencing task that students carry out and
                                                                  submit to Turnitin.
                                                                The Management School devised a programme evaluation questionnaire delivered through the
                                                                surveymonkey internet platform. The response rate showed a marked improvement on the previous
                                                                year. The programme evaluation survey was considered within an integrated programme review
                                                                system developed over the course of the academic year. A new programme review committee was
                                                                constituted with members including the Director of Undergraduate Programmes, the Undergraduate
                                                                Programmes Manager, the Director of Study, the Assessment Officer and the Senior Tutor as well as
Programme    Humanities & Social                                representatives of employers, alumni and students. Its agenda is based around reports received from
                                      Management School   UG/PG                                                                                                                   2008-09      APM
Management   Sciences                                           Directors of Studies and consideration of such special subjects as are deemed appropriate by the
                                                                Director of Undergraduate Programmes. For the 2007-2008 review meeting, special papers were
                                                                received on enhancing student skills, on enhancing employability, on streamlining assessment and on a
                                                                five-year Undergraduate Development plan. This discussion at the programme review committee
                                                                involves a very detailed, self-critical look at what the School is doing and what it might do better, with
                                                                the views of a wide range of
                                                                people encouraged and considered

                                                                  Arrange ‘instructor’ status on VITAL to teachers on all relevant modules to improve the awareness of
Programme
             Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences        UG     concurrent teaching. We wish to cross refer between modules wherever possible and to avoid                      2009-10      APM          Prof David Edgar
Management
                                                                  unnecessary duplication of material
                                                                  The outcomes of the annual away day are regularly monitored and reviewed throughout the year to
Programme                                                         highlight issues, and to map out action for the coming year. The action points are reported to the
             Health & Life Sciences   Medicine              PG                                                                                                                    2009-10      APM          Francine Watkins
Management                                                        Board of Studies. Student representatives regularly attend monthly programme team meetings and are
                                                                  invited to attend the annual away day.
                                                                  The School’s module moderation procedure in which module coordinators and moderators comment
Programme                                                         formally on the content, delivery, assessment and student evaluation of a module and, provide a
             Health & Life Sciences   Psychology           UG                                                                                                                     2010-11      APM
Management                                                        report for circulation to students. The Module Moderators’ Reports are reviewed annually by the
                                                                  external examiners.
Programme    Humanities & Social                                  Staff flexibility – one lecturer rearranged a pottery workshop class that clashed with a student society
                                      SACE                 UG                                                                                                                     2010-11      APM
Management   Sciences                                             trip to London museums, and he encouraged the students to go on the trip.




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                                                                      Informal meetings held by lecturers on the BA Marketing modules at which brief descriptions of
                                                                      lectures delivered to students are provided. This enables staff to make connections between modules
Programme    Humanities & Social
                                      Management School        UG     that are not necessarily within the same area of marketing and business, avoid overlap, share best           2010-11           APM
Management   Sciences
                                                                      practices and to demonstrate to students that each module is part of an integrated whole rather than
                                                                      isolated and unrelated units.

                                                                      In the current academic year the Department is also experimenting with the use of electronic on-line
Programme
             Science & Engineering    Chemistry                UG     booking system to reduce the time students spend queuing to get lab books marked and to give the             2010-11           APM
Management
                                                                      students some choice in when they attend practical classes.

Programme    Humanities & Social                                    Inclusive style of leadership within the School in curriculum development and rolling out of Teach
                                      Law                     UG/PG                                                                                                                2010-11      Periodic Review
Management   Sciences                                               Smart
Programme    Humanities & Social                                    Establishing an Identity for the School with a distinctive ethos and curriculum, including social context
                                      Law                     UG/PG                                                                                                                2010-11      Periodic Review
Management   Sciences                                               for Law
                                                                    The School of History remains committed to developing its PGT activity whilst being aware of the costs
                                                                    involved in delivering such programmes (particularly those of a small size). It has placed particular
                                                                    attention in recent years to developing new programmes in Cultural History, Medieval and Renaissance
                                                                    Studies, International Slavery Studies and Eighteenth-Century Worlds that are geared in significant part
                                                                    to the needs of students wishing to proceed to doctoral research. The MA Historical Research is
                                                                    designed for students who already intend to proceed to doctoral research and have a very clear sense
Programme    Humanities & Social
                                      History                  PG of their research topic. Together these programmes sit alongside the MARM programme (geared                      2010-11           APM
Management   Sciences
                                                                    towards professional training), and the MA Twentieth-Century History (mainly taken by students
                                                                    seeking to ‘upgrade’ to an MA). The ‘History’ courses have 60 credits of research training modules that
                                                                    are (mainly) taken in common. This system has allowed the School to identify core competencies and
                                                                    training needs for its PGT students whilst meeting them in an economic fashion. The resource
                                                                    efficiency of the programmes allows staff to devote the time and energy to ensuring that the
                                                                    curriculum on each programme is up-to-date and delivered in a professional manner.
Programme    Humanities & Social                                      The number of external examiners was reduced and board meetings concentrated in order to
                                      English                   PG                                                                                                                 2010-11           APM
Management   Sciences                                                 streamline procedures and give a more coherent overview of the learning and teaching processes.

Programme    Humanities & Social                                      The mitigating circumstances committee for undergraduates has started to look at pgt cases in June, so
                                      English                   PG                                                                                                                 2010-11           APM
Management   Sciences                                                 that all problems are treated equitably and in good time.
                                                                      The outcomes of the annual away day are regularly monitored and reviewed throughout the year to
Programme                                                             highlight issues, and to map out action for the coming year. The action points are reported to the
             Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                  PG                                                                                                                 2010-11           APM           Programme Director - MPH
Management                                                            Board of Studies. Student representatives regularly attend monthly programme team meetings and are
                                                                      invited to attend the annual away day.
                                                                      The programme co-ordinator regularly reviews the Faculty of Medicine, TQSD and University guidance
Programme
             Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                  PG    for postgraduate taught programmes to ensure compliance and ensures that all module leaders are              2010-11           APM           Programme Director - MPH
Management
                                                                      informed of any changes.
                                                                      As the first online programme offered by the Faculty of Medicine, the MPH has and continues to
                                                                      pioneer the different aspects of developing and delivering an online Masters programme within the
Programme                                                                                                                                                                                                         Programme Director - MPH (On-
             Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                  PG    Faculty and the University. The monitoring processes developed by the UoL MPH team to manage the             2010-11           APM
Management                                                                                                                                                                                                                   line)
                                                                      internal monitoring of the modules and the dissertations have been praised by both External
                                                                      Examiners as examples of good practice that enable them to do their role more efficiently.
                                                                      We have conducted an in-depth review of the dissertations that failed between May and October 2010
Programme                                                                                                                                                                                                         Programme Director - MPH (On-
             Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                  PG    Boards to see if there were recurring themes. A number of possible actions arose from this report and        2010-11           APM
Management                                                                                                                                                                                                                   line)
                                                                      are areas that need to addressed over the next few months
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Programme Director -
Programme                                                             The internal QA Form which follows teh exam paperwork, and the post-exam QA module review form
             Science & Engineering    Engineering               PG                                                                                                                 2010-11           APM            Aerospace and Mechanical
Management                                                            were found to be effective and useful by the external examiner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Systems Engineering
Programme                                                             The programmes are delivered as one week modules. They are available to the MSc students and to
             Science & Engineering    Physics                   PG                                                                                                                 2010-11           APM
Management                                                            CPD students. This delivery is suited to students currently employed in industry.

                                                                    The organisation of the research project in Genetics was commended within the School of Biological
Research     Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences           UG/PG                                                                                                                2008-09           APM                 Prof Steve Hill
                                                                    Sciences.
                                                                    Within the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, project students publishing and contributing to
Research     Science & Engineering    Environmental Science   UG/PG                                                                                                                2008-09           APM               Prof John Wheeler
                                                                    departmental research output was considered an area of good practice.




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Theme      Faculty                  Dept/School     UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                  Academic Year     Source           Contact

                                                          A strong evidence of research-led ethos in both teaching and research based programmes exists within
Research   Science & Engineering    EEE             UG/PG                                                                                                                   2008-09         APM        Prof Joe Spencer
                                                          the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics.
                                                          This was the first year in which those modules in the School of English which involve students
                                                          conducting their own research with human participants operated with approval of the Research Ethics
           Humanities & Social                            Committee. Students were taught about the latest ideas on the ethical implications of fieldwork and
Research                            English          PG                                                                                                                     2008-09         APM
           Sciences                                       were trained in the ethical conduct of research. As part of their assessment, they designed and
                                                          conducted their own fieldwork studies using appropriate methods for obtaining informed consent from
                                                          their participants
                                                          The MA Irish Studies programme includes a ‘Place and Practice’ module designed to integrate key
           Humanities & Social
Research                            Irish Studies    PG research skills and methodologies into the learning and teaching strategies of the Institute of Irish               2008-09         APM          Dr Kevin Bean
           Sciences
                                                          Studies.
Research   Health & Life Sciences   Psychology      UG/PG The ethics approval procedures implemented by the School of Psychology were praised.                              2008-09         APM          Dr C Rowland

                                                            Positive impact of staff research on undergraduate provision, most notably in the projects that are
Research   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences    UG                                                                                                                     2009-10         APM
                                                            offered, but also in the introduction of new modules when staff are recruited in new areas.

                                                            Seen an increase in interest in practical (as opposed to library) research projects in the last two years,
Research   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences    UG     because of an increasing awareness of the need to show initiative and focus in applying for further             2009-10         APM         Prof David Edgar
                                                            study or professional courses
                                                            Weekly Journal Clubs to improve research, study and communication skills and compulsory attendance
Research   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry        PG                                                                                                                     2009-10         APM        Dr Brian Grieveson
                                                            on the Quantitative Research Skills module PUBH110
                                                            In 2009, the first graduates from the Avionics programmes completed their degrees. These
Research   Science & Engineering    EEE              UG                                                                                                                     2009-10         APM
                                                            programmes have had a significant impact from the research activities in the department.

           Humanities & Social                              We continue to encourage and financially support PGT students, as well as PhD students, to give
Research                            English          PG                                                                                                                     2009-10         APM        Prof Marcus Walsh
           Sciences                                         papers at conferences, and have increased the funds available for this purpose.
                                                            Modules on the MA Renaissance and Eighteenth Century programme are designed to encourage
                                                            direct involvement of students in real research work through the identification and analysis of primary
           Humanities & Social                              texts -- both in printed form and through electronic databases -- and through regular inquiry-based non-
Research                            English          PG                                                                                                                     2009-10         APM        Dr Michael Davies
           Sciences                                         assessed tasks. The students are provided with a clear guidance sheet illustrating the staged
                                                            development of the Dissertation Project (ENGL603), from initial ideas to summary statement to sample
                                                            analysis and oral presentation.

                                                            (HIST267) The Voices of the Past: Memories of Liverpool since 1945. Students undertake original
           Humanities & Social                              research using ‘oral history’ – in practice, they conduct one-to-one interviews with people who grew
Research                            History          UG                                                                                                                     2009-10      SAPA Winner   Dr Andrew Davies
           Sciences                                         up in Liverpool in the decades following the Second World War. The module culminates in the
                                                            completion of a substantial piece of original scholarship by each member of the class

                                                            In addition to research seminars, all PGT students are invited to attend the PG reading-group, which
           Humanities & Social
Research                            Music            PG     convenes weekly and comprises PGT and PGR students. The reading group is helpful in developing                  2009-10         APM         Dr Giles Hooper
           Sciences
                                                            critical skills and ensuring they feel part of a scholarly PG community

                                                            The school was the first in the University to introduce research ethical approval procedures for all our
                                                            undergraduate research practicals and projects that are compliant with the University’s procedures.
                                                            Although there has necessarily been some increase in bureaucratic burden to achieve this, the
Research   Health & Life Sciences   Psychology       UG     evidence so far is that it has not inhibited our delivery of practical research teaching. The School has        2010-11         APM
                                                            found over the period in which it has been operating its own research ethics procedures that, as well
                                                            as making students aware of ethical issues around research, these have improved the quality of our
                                                            undergraduate research projects.




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Theme       Faculty                  Dept/School             UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                  Academic Year   Source             Contact

                                                                     The undergraduate module ENGL 392 is an example of the use of research-led teaching, and is directly
                                                                     based on specialist research interests and current research projects of the staff member concerned..
                                                                     Students are encouraged to make use of the resources generated through the 'Writing about Travel'
                                                                     project based at the School of English in their own work on cross-cultural encounters, as well as
                                                                     utilising the newly expanded relevant textual resources at the Sydney Jones library. The module is
            Humanities & Social
Research                             English                  UG     designed to encourage their direct involvement in real research work through the identification and             2010-11      APM
            Sciences
                                                                     analysis of primary texts -- both in printed form and through electronic databases -- and through
                                                                     weekly inquiry-based non-assessed tasks. This structure gradually equips them with the necessary
                                                                     research skills, and contributes formatively towards the assessed presentation and final research
                                                                     essay, demonstrating to the students how they can themselves become active and contributing
                                                                     members in this field.

                                                                     The MA programme’s Research Methods module has been designed to integrate a number of key
                                                                     research skills and methodologies into the Institute’s teaching and learning strategy. In response to
            Humanities & Social                                      student feedback and a recognition that a growing number of post-graduates seek to undertake
Research                             Irish Studies             PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
            Sciences                                                 further research, the module was designed to equip students with the skills they will need to
                                                                     successfully complete their MA dissertation as well as giving them grounding in the research skills and
                                                                     methodologies essential for future doctoral research.
            Humanities & Social                                      The Department has bolstered its dissertation training, incorporating dedicated sessions within and
Research                             Politics                  PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
            Sciences                                                 beyond its research training module.
            Humanities & Social                                      Last year we have organized a dedicated research seminar for them conducted by a visiting scholar
Research                             Politics                  PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
            Sciences                                                 into human security which was very well attended and received by students
            Humanities & Social                                      We have a good percentage of transfer from PGT to PGR (nearly 50% of our PGR’s are our former
Research                             Politics                  PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
            Sciences                                                 PGT’s and we want to increase this number.

                                                                     The Director of Studies gave a presentation at the University of Liverpool Teaching and Learning
                                                                     Conference in June 2010 on the ‘Writing a Grant Application’ assessment which is currently part of the
                                                                     Research methods module. This assignment has been commended by successive External Examiners as
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Programme Director - Human
Research    Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                  PG    it introduces the students to the discipline of writing and costing a research project and also assessing       2010-11      APM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Immunity
                                                                     applications of their peers. This assignment develops skills that will be useful in the future to any
                                                                     student entering a career in scientific or clinical research. The conference presentation as well received
                                                                     and several colleagues considered adopting a similar assignment in their postgraduate programmes.


                                                                     Both the MPH team at the University, the University’s Committee on Research Ethics (CORE) and
                                                                     Laureate have been working together to develop an ethical review process that will be used to review
                                                                     all dissertations for the online programmes. The International Online Research Ethics Committee                                       Programme Director - MPH (On-
Research    Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                  PG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
                                                                     (IOREC) was established in October 2010 to act as a sub-Committee of CORE to review all dissertations                                            line)
                                                                     for the online programmes at the University. The Programme Director for the MPH now sits on CORE
                                                                     and IOREC and acts as a liaison point between CORE and IOREC.

                                                                   In 2009/10, all final research project reports were written as research papers with shorter word limits
                                                                   than traditional dissertations and with specific, focused guidelines. Even for students whose projects
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Programme Director -
Research    Science & Engineering    N/A                      PG did not necessarily lead to publishable results, this led to much improved final reports that were of               2010-11      APM
                                                                                                                                                                                                           MSc/MRes Advanced Science
                                                                   more educational value to the student and of better potential use by the supervisor and research
                                                                   group.
                                                                   Including a representative of the University of Liverpool Library in the membership for the new School
Resources   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences           UG/PG of Biomedical Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee has substantially informed issues regarding                2008-09      APM             Dr Ian Pickering
                                                                   library use by their students
Resources   Science & Engineering    Environmental Science   UG/PG The working environment in the Department of Earth and Ocean sciences was praised.                                2008-09      APM             Prof Dave Prior

                                                                     The Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics has carried out significant investment into
Resources   Science & Engineering    EEE                     UG/PG                                                                                                                   2008-09      APM            Prof Joe Spencer
                                                                     department-owned infrastructure, including project equipment, IT and software.




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Theme                Faculty                  Dept/School             UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                               Academic Year       Source                  Contact

                                                                            The School of Law has created an online repository on the ‘Learning and Teaching’ section of VOCAL
                     Humanities & Social                                    and has populated it initially with items identified as good practice in peer review reports of the last
Sharing Practice                              Law                     UG/PG                                                                                                                2008-09           APM
                     Sciences                                               three years. Examples of good practice in all areas of learning and teaching delivery, including e-
                                                                            learning, will be posted to this resource.
                                                                              Within the Department of Physics, peer reviews of lecturing are by staff from Liverpool John Moore’s
Sharing Practice     Science & Engineering    Physics                 UG/PG                                                                                                                2008-09           APM
                                                                              (and vice versa) allowing for dissemination of good teaching practice between the two institutions.

Sharing Practice     Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    UG     Development of a web-based repository of good practice identified through biannual peer reviews.             2009-10           APM

                                                                              Departmental Teaching and Learning seminars held at regular intervals throughout the year focussed
                                                                              on the design and implementation of the restructured Physics programmes planned for 2011-12.
Sharing Practice     Science & Engineering    Physics                  UG                                                                                                                  2009-10           APM
                                                                              Seminars are aimed at enhancement of teaching through the incorporation of good practice from
                                                                              other areas of the University and elsewhere nationally, as reported by staff attendance at conferences.

Sharing Practice     Health & Life Sciences   Psychology              UG/PG Involving all staff as peer reviewers of teaching as a way of disseminating good practice                      2009-10      Periodic Review
                                                                            Introduced a web-based repository (internal to teaching staff) of good practice noted during our twice-
Sharing Practice     Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    UG yearly peer reviews, in order to store sample material as well as descriptions of the observed good              2010-11           APM
                                                                            practice in lecturing.
                                                                              Departmental Learning and Teaching Seminars are held at irregular intervals throughout the year.
                                                                              Since 2007-08 these have focused on the design and implementation of a totally new structure for the
                                                                              Physics degree programmes, planned for 2011-12 when the new Central Teaching Laboratory will be
Sharing Practice     Science & Engineering    Physics                  UG                                                                                                                  2010-11           APM
                                                                              ready for occupation. The seminars are aimed at enhancement of teaching through incorporation of
                                                                              good practice from other areas of the University and elsewhere nationally, as reported by staff having
                                                                              attended teaching conferences.

                                                                              We have been actively disseminating the results of the research funded from the Teaching and
                                                                              Learning Committee. We have presented the results from the study, ‘Comparative Study Exploring the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Programme Director - MPH (On-
Sharing Practice     Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                  PG    Experiences of Students Online and on Campus’, at the annual Association of Schools of Public Health         2010-11           APM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     line)
                                                                              in the European Region (ASPHER) in Lisbon and a poster presentation at the Amsterdam meeting. We
                                                                              have also prepared a journal article to publish in a peer reviewed Higher Education journal.

                                                                              Within Chemistry, the streamlining of maths ability on entry and the provision of numerate teaching in
Skills Development   Science & Engineering    Chemistry                UG                                                                                                                  2008-09           APM
                                                                              years 1 and 2 was highlighted as an area of good practice.
                     Humanities & Social
Skills Development                            English                   PG    On the MA TESOL programme, students participate in study skills and research skills modules.                 2008-09           APM
                     Sciences
                     Humanities & Social                                      The School of Music has followed the lead of the School of History and embedded PDP provision within
Skills Development                            Music                    UG                                                                                                                  2008-09           APM
                     Sciences                                                 a core module.
                     Humanities & Social                                      The Department of Philosophy has followed the practice of the School of History in embedding the
Skills Development                            Philosophy               UG                                                                                                                  2008-09           APM
                     Sciences                                                 teaching of skills within a core module
                                                                              PDP designed specifically for the BVSc included preparation for and reflection on pre-clinical Extra
Skills Development   Health & Life Sciences   Veterinary Science       UG                                                                                                                  2008-09           APM                  Dr Iain Young
                                                                              Mural Studies, encouraging awareness of own skills development
                                                                              Introduction of Advanced Skills modules across level 3 provision involving innovative forms of delivery
Skills Development   Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences            UG                                                                                                                  2009-10           APM
                                                                              and assessment received positive feedback from both students and external examiners.


                                                                              On the TESOL MA a fully-developed dedicated Study Skills programme is offered in Semester 1
                                                                              designed to support students in understanding their own learning processes and in improving their
                                                                              performance. This programme consistently receives very high praise from the students. The Research
                                                                              Skills module in Semester 2 follows on from the Study Skills and focuses specifically on the skills and
                     Humanities & Social
Skills Development                            English                   PG    knowledge required for the dissertation - much of the module centres around guiding individual               2009-10           APM                  Dr Nelia Scott
                     Sciences
                                                                              students in the elaboration of their own research question and the design of an appropriate
                                                                              methodology to investigate it. Explicit structured discussion and analysis of the demands of PG study
                                                                              and effective ways of coping with them is particularly vital for students coming into an unfamiliar
                                                                              system (and therefore applies equally to home students starting their UG study).

                                                                              Introduction of compulsory 30 credit projects for MMath programmes to help to develop essential
Skills Development   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    UG                                                                                                                  2009-10           APM
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Theme                  Faculty                  Dept/School         UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                 Academic Year   Source            Contact

                                                                            Run study skills sessions for the students in the first few weeks of the semester on Plagiarism,
Skills Development     Health & Life Sciences   Medicine              PG                                                                                                                   2009-10      APM           Francine Watkins
                                                                            Referencing and citation, Assignment Writing and Critical Reflection.
                                                                            Development of generic credit-bearing modules in employability and research skills within MSc/MRes
Skills Development     Science & Engineering    N/A                   PG                                                                                                                   2009-10      APM      Dr Susan Barlow, Chemistry
                                                                            Advanced Science programme.
                                                                            BIOL 229, Techniques in Cell Biology was cited for the practical aspects that prepare students well to
Skills Development     Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences        UG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
                                                                            be biologists.
                                                                            Much of the good practice cited by external examiners in recent years has been to do with Key Skills,
                                                                            project work, laboratory work and field courses. All of these contribute to students’ ability to
                                                                            communicate scientific ideas and facts, analyse and interpret data and design and perform
Skills Development     Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences        UG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
                                                                            experimental techniques. It is hoped that the acquisition of these skills improves the employability of
                                                                            those students who wish to undertake a scientific career and those who choose careers outside of
                                                                            science.

                                                                            In the first two years students are taught a range of skills such as: Research and Information, Literacy,
                                                                            Academic Writing, Referencing, Listening and Taking notes from lectures, Group-work / teamwork
                                                                            skills, Presentation skills, Exam preparation /techniques. Skills first developed in year one then find
                       Humanities & Social                                  practical appliance in the second year 'Practice of Irish Studies' module. This module consists of
Skills Development                              Irish Studies        UG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
                       Sciences                                             lectures, practical assignments on research methodologies and skills and a field trip where these skills
                                                                            are administered on the ground. The lectures and assignments focus on qualitative and quantitative
                                                                            research methods such as questionnaire design and interview techniques, focus groups, analysis of
                                                                            official statistical data, academic review writing and literary analysis.

                       Humanities & Social                                  We have revamped the study skills programme, emphasising a) referencing skills b) grammar
Skills Development                              Politics             UG                                                                                                                    2010-11      APM
                       Sciences                                             requirements c) examination and essay techniques.
                                                                            The MA TESOL and MA Applied Linguistics each have fully-developed modules in study skills and
                       Humanities & Social                                  research skills designed to enhance the professional and vocational nature of the qualification. VITAL
Skills Development                              English               PG                                                                                                                   2010-11      APM
                       Sciences                                             was used, particularly on the Language MAs, to incorporate blended learning and resources into
                                                                            teaching delivery.
                                                                            At the request of MBA Business Finance and Management students, two training sessions were offered
                       Humanities & Social
Skills Development                              Management School     PG    in March 2010 by ULMS’ dedicated Liaison Librarian covering finding scholarly journal articles and key         2010-11      APM
                       Sciences
                                                                            financial databases.
                                                                            Vital and email was used extensively to communicate with students and for assessment purposes,                                          Programme Director -
Skills Development     Science & Engineering    N/A                   PG                                                                                                                   2010-11      APM
                                                                            contributing to the development of the study skills of the students.                                                                 MSc/MRes Advanced Science

                       Humanities & Social                                The ‘summer school’ provision providing staff with a ‘catch up’ opportunity was popular and well
Staff Development                               CLL                   PG                                                                                                                   2008-09      APM
                       Sciences                                           attended.
                                                                          The School of Dental Sciences has piloted a training and calibration mechanism to ensure consistency
Staff Development      Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry            UG in clinical grading across all outreach teaching sites. This was recognised as a very positive                     2008-09      APM            Dr Ben Mason
                                                                          development and an example of good practice in a recent GDC visit.
                                                                          A Self-Directed Learning Package for PBL tutors to develop skills and support their facilitation role at
Staff Development      Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences     UG/PG                                                                                                                  2008-09      APM            Shelagh Tittle
                                                                          the School of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy) was praised
                                                                          The School of Health Sciences conducts interactive staff workshops to raise awareness of student
Staff Development      Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences     UG/PG                                                                                                                  2008-09      APM            Alison Armfield
                                                                          disability issues.
                                                                          There is an extensive mentoring system for new staff within the Department of Physics including
Staff Development      Science & Engineering    Physics             UG/PG                                                                                                                  2008-09      APM
                                                                          meetings with a dedicated mentoring co-ordinator.
                                                                          LSTM are running a Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) recognised non-modular
Staff Development      Health & Life Sciences   LSTM                 PG programme to develop a professional approach to learning and tecahing, for staff at LSTM and                       2009-10      APM           Dr Sue Assinder
                                                                          overseas partner institutions.
Student Evaluation /                                                        The establishment of a formal Joint Liaison Committee within the School of Biomedical Sciences to
                       Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences       UG/PG                                                                                                                  2008-09      APM           Dr Ian Pickering
Representation                                                              allow student feedback on modules taught by that school to be assessed was commended
                                                                            The School of Biomedical Sciences staff student liaison committees (where all discussions are fully
Student Evaluation /
                       Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences        UG     minuted) for all 3 UG programmes to quickly capture and respond to student suggestions were                    2008-09      APM           Dr Ian Pickering
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Theme                  Faculty                  Dept/School                 UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                Academic Year         Source                 Contact

                                                                                  Not all students are directly involved in the SSF/SSLC and staff were aware that while notice boards are
                                                                                  used to relay information not all students call in to check them regularly. They have therefore begun to
Student Evaluation /   Humanities & Social
                                                Combined Subjects            UG use the discussion board on the generic VITAL module as a means of general communication, which                   2008-09        Periodic Review
Representation         Sciences
                                                                                  has been submitted to the SES Faculty Academic, Teaching and Learning Committee as a model of
                                                                                  good practice
Student Evaluation /                                                              The operation of the Staff-Student Liaison Committee within the Department of Electrical Engineering
                       Science & Engineering    EEE                          UG                                                                                                                   2008-09             APM               Prof Joe Spencer
Representation                                                                    and Electronics is strongly appreciated by all students
                                                                                  The School of Medical Education invites written comments (to medqual@liv.ac.uk) about the
                                                                                  summative examinations taken by the students and consider the comments as part of the standard
Student Evaluation /
                       Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                     UG setting process. Written replies, including a commentary on aspects of the examination that students              2008-09             APM               Rev David Taylor
Representation
                                                                                  found difficult, are considered by the examination board, and posted on VITAL, providing welcome
                                                                                  feedback for students
                                                                                  The School of Politics and Communication Studies has undertaken the evaluation of the quality of
Student Evaluation /   Humanities & Social
                                                Politics                    UG/PG dissertation supervision through a questionnaire issued to all dissertation students. It has achieved           2008-09             APM
Representation         Sciences
                                                                                  very positive results.
                                                                                  The approach developed by the School of Sociology and Social Policy to integrate ‘student voices’ into
                                                                                  decision making about learning and teaching issues received widespread praise in 2007-2008,
                                                                                  particularly during the periodic review of the School. The student focus groups run by programme
Student Evaluation /   Humanities & Social
                                                Sociology & Social Policy   UG/PG representatives fed directly into the School’s periodic review preparations and were widely cited by            2008-09             APM
Representation         Sciences
                                                                                  the Guild of Students as a model of good practice. Student representatives who led the focus groups
                                                                                  also received an award from the Guild of Students for their work in integrating student representation
                                                                                  with the work of the Criminology and Sociology student society.

Student Evaluation /                                                                High completion rates for electronic module evaluation questionnaires at L1 and L2 achieved by
                       Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                   2009-10             APM
Representation                                                                      making it a compulsory task within Key Skills modules.
                                                                                    The School began trialling the use of voting handsets in obtaining feedback from students in
Student Evaluation /                                                                September 2009. Staff on the First BDS Basic Medical Sciences component are obtaining instant
                       Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                    UG                                                                                                                   2009-10             APM             Prof Callum Youngson
Representation                                                                      feedback on the PBL scenarios and lectures. This removes the need for administrative staff to enter
                                                                                    data manually and encourages student participation
Student Evaluation /                                                                The Annual Programme Monitoring report sent to the Student Parliaments for comment before being
                       Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                     UG                                                                                                                   2009-10        Periodic Review        Rev David Taylor
Representation                                                                      sent on to the University
                                                                                    The way the SSLC is run, particularly in regard to student questionnaires seems very positive and
                                                                                    involves more direct student engagement with the whole process than most. Module evaluation
                                                                                    questionnaires are student-lead and staff, are not present when they are being written. Students are
Student Evaluation /   Humanities & Social                                          advised to give full comments on their reply form, which has had the approval of the SSLC. The paper
                                                Music                        UG                                                                                                                   2009-10        Periodic Review        Dr Giles Hooper
Representation         Sciences                                                     questionnaires are submitted directly to the School office and the Head of School reviews them initially
                                                                                    before passing them through the formal process at Learning and Teaching Committee. The Head will
                                                                                    check for substantial areas of difficulty. Due consideration has been given to the (preferred) option of
                                                                                    using paper rather than online questionnaires

                                                                                    Use of the Hydra system for 10 KV student feedback sessions which allows participants to interact
Student Evaluation /                                                                anonymously so that a candid overview of the programme is established. A session at the start guages
                       Health & Life Sciences   Psychology                    PG                                                                                                                  2009-10      Periodic Review, APM
Representation                                                                      student expectations and concerns, and a session at the end guages how far expectations have been
                                                                                    met and identifies areas of good practice and for improvement.
Student Evaluation /                                                                BSc Anatomy and Human Biology - Use of a “Joiners Survey” to assess recruitment and induction
                       Health & Life Sciences   Life Sciences                UG                                                                                                                   2010-11             APM
Representation                                                                      processes
Student Evaluation /                                                                The General Medical Council highlighted as good practice our inclusion of patient representatives and
                       Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                     UG                                                                                                                   2010-11             APM
Representation                                                                      students on the Board of Studies and the Quality Management Group

Student Evaluation /   Humanities & Social                                          The department has a systematic student evaluation of every module, every semester, with excellent
                                                Politics                     UG                                                                                                                   2010-11             APM
Representation         Sciences                                                     results and publishes results of evaluations on student notice boards.
                                                                                    Internal and external evaluations, conducted in 2009-10, in relation to the new teaching models
Student Evaluation /   Humanities & Social                                          adopted for a number of core and optional modules, were positive. Appropriate amendments have
                                                Law                          UG                                                                                                                   2010-11             APM
Representation         Sciences                                                     been made to the organisation and delivery of these modules in response to the feedback received
                                                                                    from students.
Student Evaluation /   Humanities & Social
                                                Law                          UG     Drop box feedback initiative                                                                                  2010-11        Periodic Review
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Theme                  Faculty                  Dept/School             UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                              Academic Year       Source              Contact

                                                                                The BPS has also recently commended the student feedback system, in particular the 10KV system,
                                                                                whereby students can register their views via the 10KV feedback sessions, held in the Hydra Suite. The
                                                                                Hydra system allows participants to interact anonymously with each other, in order to develop a
                                                                                candid overview of the programme. This has also been identified as an example of good practice by
Student Evaluation /
                       Health & Life Sciences   Psychology               PG     the School. A 10KV session was held to gauge the students’ expectations at the start of the                 2010-11           APM
Representation
                                                                                programme; identify their concerns; and establish what they thought their unique contribution to the
                                                                                programme was going to be. A further 10KV feedback session will be held at the end of the
                                                                                programme, in order to gauge how far the students’ expectations had been met and to identify best
                                                                                practice and areas for development and improvement.

                                                                                Within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, students appreciate the work of the
                                                                                department’s laboratory technicians, who have become increasingly proactive in enhancing the
Student Experience     Science & Engineering    EEE                     UG/PG                                                                                                               2008-09           APM            Prof Joe Spencer
                                                                                experience, increasing the quality and delivery of the laboratory environment and ethos, and teaching
                                                                                transferable skills.
                                                                                MSc students encouraged to take part in outreach activities which is an opportunity to work with staff
Student Experience     Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    PG                                                                                                                 2009-10           APM
                                                                                and other students informally and contributes to the overall cohesion of the group.

                                                                              The presence of a variety of Music groups, bands, orchestras playing at University Open Days provided
                       Humanities & Social                                    not only an excellent show-case for the School of Music, but also for the University as a whole and
Student Experience                              Music                    UG                                                                                                                 2009-10      Periodic Review     Dr Giles Hooper
                       Sciences                                               reminds visitors of the opportunities for involvement in Music making for non-Music as well as Music
                                                                              students
                                                                              Successful communication in the school between both staff and students; Head of School spending
Student Experience     Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry               UG/PG time working in common room, regular meetings with students, newsletters, open atmosphere with                2010-11      Periodic Review   Prof Callum Youngson
                                                                              staff readily approachable.
Student Experience     Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                UG Undergraduates trained and involved in the admissions interview process.                                        2010-11      Periodic Review   Prof Callum Youngson
                       Humanities & Social
Student Experience                              Law                     UG/PG Students were positive about the openness and approachability of staff                                        2010-11      Periodic Review
                       Sciences
                       Humanities & Social
Student Experience                              Law                      UG     Liverpool Law Graduate Identity                                                                             2010-11      Periodic Review
                       Sciences

                                                                                The numbers of students on this programme has so far been quite modest and highly international
                                                                                which means that students not only enjoy an excellent ‘small-group’ experience which provides them
                                                                                with ample opportunities for discussion and enables a really good class dynamic to develop. As half
                                                                                the programme comprises core modules, each cohort quickly develops a strong collegial sense which
                                                                                enables mutual support and sharing of experiences which is particularly important in a cross-cultural
                       Humanities & Social
Student Experience                              Communication & Media    PG     learning context such as that which exists on the programme. The diverse cultural and ethnic                2010-11           APM
                       Sciences
                                                                                backgrounds of students encourages a genuine sense of internationalisation to develop, with students
                                                                                bringing their own unique perspectives to module content through anecdote and examples of
                                                                                particular national policies. On some modules, students work in small groups to address key themes
                                                                                and work on group presentations where individual group members take responsibility for particular
                                                                                aspects of reading and research.

                       Humanities & Social                                      A postgraduate reading group was set up with the express purpose of developing a sense of
Student Experience                              English                  PG                                                                                                                 2010-11           APM
                       Sciences                                                 community amongst literature postgraduates.
                                                                                In addition to research seminars, all PGT students are invited to attend the PG reading-group, which
                       Humanities & Social
Student Experience                              Music                    PG     convenes weekly and comprises PGT and PGR students. The reading group is helpful in developing              2010-11           APM
                       Sciences
                                                                                critical skills and ensuring they feel part of a scholarly PG community.
                                                                                The help desk which is staffed by technical support staff and provides a wide range of specialised
Student Support        Science & Engineering    Computer Science        UG/PG                                                                                                               2008-09           APM              Dr P Dunne
                                                                                support.
                                                                                The mentoring system for year 3 and 4 MEng students in Civil Engineering was also highlighted as an
Student Support        Science & Engineering    Engineering              UG                                                                                                                 2008-09           APM             Dr H Al-Khalid
                                                                                area of good practice by JBM.
                                                                              Annual student meetings with each year in each division and monthly lunchtime “drop in” sessions
Student Support        Health & Life Sciences   Health Sciences         UG/PG with the Academic Sub-Dean, Senior Tutor and School Disability Contact to provide additional student          2008-09           APM                Jo Sharp
                                                                              support mechanisms were considered good practice in the School of Health Sciences.




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Theme             Faculty                  Dept/School             UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                                   Academic Year       Source              Contact


                                                                         The Management School proposed to enhance induction in a number of ways including: The trialling
                                                                         of business games in order to help students get to know each other and to reinforce the message that
                                                                         they need to raise their commercial awareness and their employability
                                                                         profile. The development of a short written exercise, to be completed under time constraint during
                  Humanities & Social
Student Support                            Management School       UG/PG induction, to identify at an early stage students who might benefit from in-sessional English classes is a         2008-09           APM
                  Sciences
                                                                         useful initiative. Students write a pen picture of themselves and explain why they chose to come to the
                                                                         University. This serves a dual function in providing Directors of Studies with background personal
                                                                         information about their new cohort and market intelligence about the key selling points of the
                                                                         Management School and the University more generally.

Student Support   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                 PG    Extra support for taking MOrth exams is provided                                                                 2009-10           APM           Dr Brian Grieveson
                                                                           Students from different years of the programme attend the same lectures to encourage a student
Student Support   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry                 PG                                                                                                                     2009-10           APM           Dr Brian Grieveson
                                                                           support network
                                                                           All lectured modules have a timetabled tutorial hour as well as the three hour lecture per week. This
Student Support   Health & Life Sciences   LSTM                      PG                                                                                                                     2009-10           APM
                                                                           provides an opportunity to look at examples and help individual students.

                                                                           High level of individual tutorial support provided to students writing dissertations often connected to
Student Support   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences     PG                                                                                                                     2009-10           APM
                                                                           staff research interests.
                                                                           The provision for diversity in the student intake, with clear guidance as to those disabilities that impair
Student Support   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                 UG                                                                                                                      2009-10      Periodic Review     Rev David Taylor
                                                                           fitness to practise
                                                                           The monitoring framework tracking the whereabouts of students so that the University can discharge
Student Support   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                 UG                                                                                                                      2009-10      Periodic Review     Rev David Taylor
                                                                           the duty of care to the students
                  Humanities & Social                                      An increase in staff office hours for student consultations (with each member of staff offering two
Student Support                            Music                    UG                                                                                                                      2009-10           APM          Dr Freya Jarman-Ivens
                  Sciences                                                 distinct office hours, on different days, each week)
                                                                           The School uses sessional staff at “clinics” to provide additional support in the areas of IT and Maths to
                  Humanities & Social                                      students who require it. These are offered on a voluntary basis and allow students to receive one-to-
Student Support                            Management School        UG                                                                                                                      2009-10           APM
                  Sciences                                                 one tuition in areas of specific need. This proved a successful initiative in 2008-09 and will be
                                                                           continued in future years
                  Humanities & Social                                      First Year Shock Absorber initiative (SACE), which concluded in 2009/10 and is now being evaluated
Student Support                            SACE                     UG                                                                                                                      2010-11           APM
                  Sciences                                                 and written up
                                                                           Exam preparation – the students praised one lecturer for going well beyond what was expected with
                  Humanities & Social
Student Support                            SACE                     UG     their exam preparation for ALGY398; new sources, not yet published were made available to the                    2010-11           APM
                  Sciences
                                                                           students, which helped them succeed in their exams
                                                                           The introduction of early skills assessments to two first year modules. These assessments take place in
                  Humanities & Social                                      week three of the semester and aim to provide students with an early indication of the difference
Student Support                            Management School        UG                                                                                                                      2010-11           APM
                  Sciences                                                 between academic expectations at school and university level, and to provide staff with an indication
                                                                           of potential areas of strengths and weaknesses amongst the study skills of the student cohort.

Student Support   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    UG     Set up a peer mentoring scheme for new undergraduates, primarily in the XJTLU cohort                             2010-11           APM

Student Support   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    UG     Systematically improved the advice available to students making study choices                                    2010-11           APM

                                                                           We have appointed a member of staff to act as overseer for the XJTLU students. In this way, we are
                                                                           able to monitor this large group, analyse their performance, and hopefully respond appropriately to
                                                                           their needs. As an example of how this has paid dividends, we have been able to identify weaknesses
Student Support   Science & Engineering    Computer Science         UG                                                                                                                      2010-11           APM
                                                                           with regard to certain modules requiring work that is more essay-based, and we have been able to
                                                                           address this by asking the English Language Unit to offer some remedial English lessons. Other
                                                                           departments in the process of taking in XJTLU students may wish to appoint a similar overseer.

                                                                         Good induction processes – both at start of programmes and the beginning of each year including a
Student Support   Health & Life Sciences   Dentistry               UG/PG lecture by Head of School. A suggestion was given that this lecture could be recorded and available as a           2010-11      Periodic Review   Prof Callum Youngson
                                                                         resource.
                                                                           The “Ice Breaker” week at the start of induction, in which students undertook a technical planning
                                                                           problem (putting together a “mission to Mars”) in groups, under the supervision of a number of
Student Support   Science & Engineering    Physics                  UG                                                                                                                      2010-11      Periodic Review
                                                                           faculty. This seemed to us to be innovative and successful, and we were very pleased with the passion
                                                                           with which members of the department spoke of their role in this.




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Theme             Faculty                  Dept/School             UG/PG Good Practice                                                                                               Academic Year       Source                  Contact

                  Humanities & Social                                     In PGT, the best practice appears to be a very committed approach to students and much personal
Student Support                            Politics                 PG                                                                                                                  2010-11           APM
                  Sciences                                                attention. We seem to do well on that score and have a very good relationship with our MA’s.

                                                                          The MBA Induction programme includes extensive self analysis, a well received “learning from leaders”
                  Humanities & Social                                     set of guest speaker sessions, and a focused introduction to career development which is linked to a
Student Support                            Management School        PG                                                                                                                  2010-11           APM
                  Sciences                                                portfolio kept and updated by the student over the year. This helps them integrate a range of their
                                                                          learning activity with their own personal development planning.

                                                                          During June and July 2010, weekly dissertation drop-in sessions were offered to ULMS PGT students in
                                                                          the Sydney Jones Library to support students in their dissertation research and preparation. These
                  Humanities & Social
Student Support                            Management School        PG    were facilitated by the Liaison Librarian and were well attended by MBA and MSc students and will be          2010-11           APM
                  Sciences
                                                                          offered again in 2011. In addition, the Liaison Librarian also arranged one to one meetings with MBA
                                                                          and MSc students to give support with library databases.

                                                                          The introduction of study skills tutors in the first module has been successful in tackling initial                                          Programme Director - MPH (On-
Student Support   Health & Life Sciences   Medicine                 PG                                                                                                                  2010-11           APM
                                                                          academic study skills problems such as plagiarism, referencing and use of academic English.                                                             line)

                                                                          Undoubtedly the very personal attention available to students writing dissertations is an important
                                                                          part of the MSc. This is time-consuming for staff, but generally rewarding since the subjects of the
Student Support   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    PG                                                                                                                  2010-11           APM
                                                                          dissertations can be close to their own interests, though it is very rare that a dissertation could be
                                                                          considered „research‟ in the sense of producing original results.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dr Chris Marchant, Dr Ian
Widening Access   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    UG    Within the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the FunMaths RoadShow was praised.                            2008-09           APM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Porteous
                                                                          The Headstart outreach activity was cited by a significant number of entrants to the Aerospace
Widening Access   Science & Engineering    Engineering              UG                                                                                                                  2009-10           APM                 Dr Mark White
                                                                          programmes as an important factor in their choice.
                                                                          The Reading in Practice MA incorporates the principle and practice of community outreach within its
                                                                          specification, and provides skills and experience directly transferrable to vocational areas. The MA has
                  Humanities & Social                                     developed its relations with The Reader Organization as part of a national and international initiative
Widening Access                            English                  PG                                                                                                                  2009-10           APM                Prof Phillip Davis
                  Sciences                                                on reading. A one-day national conference included representatives from all over the country.
                                                                          Dissemination of good practice has occurred through our research contacts. The remit and
                                                                          requirements for this MA make it very appealing to Widening Participation applicants.

                                                                          Outreach team organised a workshop for school teachers and pupils, the Engaging Mathematics Day,
Widening Access   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    UG                                                                                                                  2009-10           APM
                                                                          will a full range of activities.
                                                                          There is a particularly successful module which involves students working as volunteers in local schools
                                                                          engaging pupils with music at a variety of levels. The School works with the University’s Widening
                  Humanities & Social
Widening Access                            Music                    UG    Participation team to ensure students are suitable supported when undertaking this module. Currently          2009-10      Periodic Review       Dr Freya Jarman-Ivens
                  Sciences
                                                                          this module can take only a few students, as it is demanding of staff time, but it has proved successful
                                                                          and the School will continue to support it and seek ways of developing it

                                                                          Our Outreach Team hosted the annual Out-of-London Masterclass on 12th June 2010, attended by
Widening Access   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    UG    around 140 gifted pupils. They also worked with The Whitby and Neston High schools to create maths            2010-11           APM
                                                                          trails at Chester Zoo and at the Ellesmere Port-based National Waterways Museum.
                                                                          It is worth noting that MSc students are encouraged to take part in the Department‟s outreach
                                                                          activities, for which we have funding from various sources including EPSRC and MEI (Mathematics in
                                                                          Education and Industry). A number of MSc students do help with events, visits to schools, Sixth Form
Widening Access   Science & Engineering    Mathematical Sciences    PG                                                                                                                  2010-11           APM
                                                                          revision days etc. and they can be paid for their time. This is an opportunity for MSc students to work
                                                                          with staff and other students on a more informal basis and contributes to the overall cohesion of the
                                                                          group.




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