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Support for HE in FE practitioners
The Centre for Bioscience offers discipline-specific support to bioscience teaching practitioners in higher education. The Centre offers a variety of support, services and resources to all HE practitioners and we are keen to raise awareness of the Centre within the HE in FE sector with the aim of:
- Facilitating communication and the sharing of practice within the HE in FE sector
- Gathering, developing and disseminating examples of effective practices that enhance the student experience
- Supporting research into learning and teaching in and around the area of HE in FE
Interested in getting involved with the Centre?
The Centre hosts an annual series of workshops and events on different aspects of learning and teaching. Events contain a mix of presentations, workshops and informal swapshop sessions, there is plenty of time for networking and discussion over coffee and lunch and registration and refreshments are free of charge.
We offer travel bursaries of up to £150 to attend our events and is intended for individuals who do not have access to other travel or development funds.
View a list of our upcoming events.
HE in FE Networking event: We held an HE in FE Networking event in 2007, bringing together HE in FE practitioners to network, discuss issues, meet Centre for Bioscience staff and hear about resources, activities and developments from the Centre, an event report and related links and resources are available.
The Centre has a wide range of resources for use in learning and teaching including:
- ImageBank - our database of thousands of bioscience images, copyright cleared for use in learning and teaching.
- Bioethics Briefings - focus on the issues associated with various ethical topics, such as stem cells and xenotransplantation.
- New to teaching? The Centre produces a resource pack specifically aimed at New Lecturers. You may also find our Education Acronyms list useful.
- Short Guides - introductions to various learning and teaching topics that complement the material available on our website.
- Sections of the Centre web site focus on specific themes and areas from a bioscience perspective, for example employability and disability and accessibility.
|More resources are available through our A to Z of Resources
Publications and research
|Bioscience Bulletin - the Centre newsletter, published three times a year, containing short articles and features relating to bioscience education.
Enhancing Teaching and Learning Guides - accessible introductions to good learning and teaching practice, three guides are currently available: Student Research; Self-and Peer-Assessment; and Effective use of IT.
Bioscience Education - our on-line, bi-annual peer-reviewed journal owned. The Journal publishes a range of original articles on tertiary level biosciences education.
The Centre offers funding
for the development, establishment or validation of innovative learning, teaching and assessment materials or methods: The Teaching Development Fund offers grants to individuals of up to £4000, The Departmental Teaching Enhancement Scheme offers grants to departments of up to £15,000. There is occasional Mini-project funding, for example for projects focusing on entrepreneurship or e-learning and also; Case study funding, occasional calls for case studies in specific areas, such as e-learning, widening participation and enterprise teaching.
New to applying for Centre funding? Or want more information about what we are looking for in a funding bid? Have a read of our Applying for Centre for Bioscience Funding guide.
Join the Centre
All the support and resources from the Centre are freely available and you do not have to register with us to take advantage of our services. However, if you choose to register your contact details with us we can keep you informed of our activities, funding opportunities, events and new publications. I'd like to register my contact details with the Centre.
Organisations, Links and Publications
The Higher Education Academy HE in FE Enhancement Project supports Further Education colleges in England that offer Higher Education programmes.
Links to Further Education Colleges in the UK that offer Bioscience HE
Sector skills councils
Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are employer led
organisations, established to influence how training is delivered in the UK. There are 3 SSCs of relevance to the biosciences, SEMTA, Lantra and Improve, this page gives you a more detailed introduction to Sector Skills Councils and those of relevance to the Biosciences.
Further links and publications of interest to HE in FE practitioners
Please contact us with suggestions of other information that we could usefully include in this section or other ways in which we could support learning teaching and assessment within HE in FE.