Law update: August 2013

Helen Jones

Helen Jones (Helen.Jones@heacademy.ac.uk)

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Introduction

Michael Bromby has returned to Glasgow Caledonian University, having completed his two-year secondment to the Higher Education Academy. We were all sad to see him go. In the short-term I will keep communication flowing (Helen Jones, DL for Sociology and Criminology). I’ve worked in a couple of Law schools in my time (most recently at the Manchester Law School where I worked alongside Associate Head Cath Little) and I’ll be putting out as much information as possible through the existing Twitter feed (@HEA_Law) and Facebook page. Let me know if there is news that I’m not covering and I’ll get right on it!

I’ll also be updating via this blog and, of course, through the Law email list.

 

Conferences and seminars

New to teaching – Michael was involved in a few ‘new to teaching‘ workshops last year and colleagues across the Social Sciences cluster have organised similar events focusing on a range of topics such as, using social media in the classroom, performing teaching, narrating your academic practice and using open access resources in teaching research methods. Reports on these workshops can be found in the ‘new to teaching’ section of the HEA Social Sciences blog. We have started to receive reports from previous successful grant applicants along with event reports from this year’s workshop and seminar series, and these can be accessed via the ‘workshop and seminar series’ section of this blog

Law workshops for 2013-14 will be available shortly via the events page on the HEA website. A summary of the 2012-13 workshops can be found here

The 49th Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference will be held at the Queens Hotel in Leeds from the 13th -15th April 2014.

Society of Legal Scholars Conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh from the 3rd – 6th September 2013. For more about the Conference please go to the Society of Legal Scholars Website at http://www.legalscholars.ac.uk/

eAssessment Scotland Conference 2013 – University of Dundee, Friday 23 August. This free one day event is firmly established as the UK’s largest conference focusing on technology-enhanced assessment and feedback practices, with The Higher Education Academy as one of the sponsors of this event. This year, eAssessment Scotland turns its attention to social and open assessment practices. Speakers include Helen Keegan, Catherine Cronin, Fiona Leteney, Doug Belshaw, Sally Brown and Phil Race. You can view the full programme and register for free at: http://www.e-assessment-scotland.org

National Law Students Forum – Blog report available here

Legal Support Trusts – There are a number of regional events being hosted by the Legal Support Trusts. These events present an excellent opportunity for students and law schools to get involved and mix with various members of the legal profession in your local area. If you would like to get involved or have any further questions please contact enquiries@atjf.org.uk for more information or check the website http://www.accesstojusticefoundation.org.uk/regional-trusts/

Funding

HEA Funding – The HEA website gives details of funding calls currently open, including the departmental Teaching Development Grant and the Mike Baker doctoral programme grants.

LERN Research Grants announced -  The Legal Education Research Network (LERN) announces its 2013 research grants. Applications are welcomed from anyone wishing to undertake research in legal education.

 

Calls

ELiSS – The editorial board of ELiSS are interested in publishing papers for future issues. Issue 6.1 is calling for submission in November for publication in April 2014 and issue 6.2 is calling for submission in January for November 2014 publication.

LETR -  The Law Teacher invites submissions for consideration for inclusion in a Special Issue of the journal planned to be published in March 2014.

Who will be the UK Law Teacher of the Year 2014? OUP presented the 2013 winner and candidates earlier this year – click here for details. The Law Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by Oxford University Press, is a national award aimed at recognising the vital role played by teachers in the education of tomorrow’s lawyers. We know that there are a large number of inspirational and gifted law teachers across the UK who have what it takes to be named Law Teacher of the Year 2014 and take home the £3,000 prize money. Nominations for the Law Teacher of the Year 2014 award are now open. Put forward the law teacher you think deserves the award – click here 

Nominations must be received by 30 September 2013

 

Congratulations to the latest Principal Fellow of the HEA in Scotland: Prof Roni Bamber – Queen Margaret University

Principal Fellowships are awarded to higher education colleagues who have demonstrated a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to learning and teaching. They are reserved for highly experienced academics and the highest of four levels of Fellowship awarded. Prof Bamber joins a growing cohort of Scotland-based Principal and Senior Fellows.

 

Looking forward

 

The Social Sciences cluster will be focusing its efforts on our three strategic priorities:

•teaching research methods;

•active and experiential learning;

•employability and global citizenship.

I look forward to seeing how these issues are interpreted, explored and evaluated by you in HEA funded workshops and seminars and I hope to see you at some of these events next year.

 

 

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