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The Guardian newspaper published an article today by our VC, Professor Don Nutbeam, which argues in favour of greater flexibility and adaptability in university curriculum structures to  prepare students for a future work environment which is far more complex and changeable than their parents’ .

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The deadline for the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund bids is looming ever closer.  Expressions of interest should be receieved by LATEU no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th October.

The funds can be used for projects of varying scale and nature. Ideally, the intention is to free up staff time for an agreed period so that effort can be focused on developing learning and teaching. Staff may collaborate with colleagues from their School, other Schools or Professional Service.

The criteria that will be used to select projects to be funded are:

  • Alignment with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy
  • Enhancement of the student Experience
  • Transferability across disciplines
  • Value for money
  • Sustainability of the project
  • Collaboration with other Schools
  • Evaluation of Outcomes & Impact
    – a clear method to evaluate the success, outcomes and impact of the project

See our website for full details of the funds and application procedures

Staff are invited to apply for funding for projects and activities which support the achievements of the University of Southampton Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy and the University of Southampton E-Learning Strategy. The scheme is open to all staff involved in teaching, or learning support, and individuals or teams may apply.

There is a common application scheme for the two funds and initial applications require the completion of a one page “Expression of Interest” Form. The deadline for submission of Expression of Interest Application forms is noon on Wednesday 15th October 2008.

The funds can be used for projects of varying scale and nature. Ideally, the intention is to free up staff time for an agreed period so that effort can be focused on developing learning and teaching. Staff may collaborate with colleagues from their School, other Schools or Professional Service.

The criteria that will be used to select projects to be funded are:

  • Alignment with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy
  • Enhancement of the student Experience
  • Transferability across disciplines
  • Value for money
  • Sustainability of the project
  • Collaboration with other Schools
  • Evaluation of Outcomes & Impact
    – a clear method to evaluate the success, outcomes and impact of the project

See our website for full details of the funds and application procedures

Three teams of five students from the School of Engineering Sciences (SES) has taken part in the IBM Universities Business Challenge 2007/2008. The universities business challenge is a training exercise that is built around a computer simulation of competing companies. Each team is representing one company, and has to make decisions about use of their funds for a defined trading period. Each training period is one week in the challenge and corresponds to six months of trading in the simulation. After each trading period, the various teams can get limited information about the behaviour of their competitors, such as prices of competing products, and full information about the performance of their own company.

The actions of each team do enter the simulation and will thus affect the performance of the otherteams – a realistic represenation of competing market forces. There were 232 teams taking part in the competition, and their business and investment strategies were entered via a webinterface. After six trading periods, the SES team AX3 made it to the semi-final hosted by BAE Systems in Farnbourough. At the one-day event, they competed with teams from Business, Management, Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering schools from other universities. At the semi-finals, the pressure is increased as all decisions for a trading periods have to be made within 30 minutes. With their profit of 46.6 million pounds, team AX3 achieved an excellent second place in the event. They also won in the “Innovation and Creativity” category where an advert had to be developed and performed by the team members.

Students of all three teams were enthusiastic about the event: “This is an outstanding chance for engineering students to gain invaluable experience in dealing with business and financial aspects of managing a company. We would fully recommend this to anyone, no matter their previous experience in this area.” Students also appreciate employability aspects: “We definitely recommend the UBC to anyone, whether they have an interest in management or not [because] employers value teamwork above most things, and see a sense of business awareness as a vital asset. Both of these things are instilled by the UBC, and above everything else, it is great fun!”

The school of engineering sciences will carry on sending teams of students to take part in next year’sUniversities Business Challenge.

 

Team AX3 managing business decisions under time pressure at the semi-final in Farnborough.

 

 

CPD

Posted on: 17 January, 2008

LATEU offer sessions aimed at addressing issues raised by the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy, such as inclusivity, internationalisation and employability. These sessions will help staff to understand how they can help put the strategy in action, and case studies will be presented during Learning and Teaching Week

Further information can be found on our website.

In response to a review of our provision, which is still in progress, additional sessions have been added to our programme of workshops offered this year. New sessions include Employability; Internationalisation of the curriculum, Student Support (providing pastoral support to UG or PG students), Supporting students with Dyslexia and Supporting students with Mental Health difficulties.

Further information can be found on our website. If you have ideas for other sessions that you would like to see offered please contact us at LATEU@soton.ac.uk