After a year of getting used to my current role as lecturer and programme leader, Edinburgh Napier supported me through their Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Higher Education (2008-2010). This is my professional qualification, it makes me official and gains me the fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. I think it's important for teaching staff to give themselves the opportunity to discuss and explore some of the themes and topics covered in the Pg Cert; it's too easy to get complacent.
- The idea was to reflect on the benefits of carrying out industry-based research, particularly its influence on curriculum design.
- Three themes run through the work:
- the embedding of employability within the curriculum.
- the identification of employers?? expectations towards higher education and HEIs?? responses to those expectations.
- the purpose of event management programmes, including an initial review of Edinburgh Napier??s provision and its links to the local industry.
- Sources referred to include QAA benchmarks (pdf), People 1st, the Dearing Report and a range of academic sources from the fields of event management and tourism.
- Some limited benchmarking is included, looking at Edinburgh Napier alongside Queen Margaret University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Robert Gordon University and Leeds Metropolitan University. I hope that each institution is fairly represented (given the limited data I used for the comparison in 2009-2010) and positively assessed. All comments are welcome below!