Launch of the Cup of TEA Podcast

From the feedback we gather from our annual conference and other events, we know that colleagues value the opportunity to speak to and hear from each other about their teaching practice – those coffee queue conversations – so we’ve been keen to create such informal opportunities. We already have our weekly SoTL Socials, where colleagues come along and chat with us and each other in the Arts Café (every Tuesday 12 till 1pm) but sometimes it’s useful to spend a little longer discussing an approach, method or activity in detail, hence the idea for the Cup of TEA podcast was born.

Each season will have around 8 episodes where we sit down and have a cup of tea with colleagues to talk about interesting or innovative aspects of their work. You’ll hear about what they did, why and how they did it and what the outcome was. At around 30 minutes long, each episode is designed to fit into your work day, tea break or commute so you can get inspired or satisfy your professional curiosity at a time that suits you.

Topics in this first season include:

  • Kelly Dockerty and Jessie Gleisinger (School of Education) talking about the use and value of authentic and inclusive assessment;
  • Liz Wells (Nutrition and Dietetics) speaking about her transition from clinical practice to academia and also how she has supported students in engaging with research;
  • Emma Palmer (Foundation Year Tutor) reflecting on her research around student belonging and community and how it informs the work she does in supporting students’ transitions;
  • Lee Fallin (School of Education) sharing his research on learning spaces and also reflecting on his recent transition from professional services to academia;
  • Zach North (School of Paramedical, Perioperative and Advanced Practice) sharing the steps he's taken to promote peer assisted learning within his modules;
  • Neil Gordon (Computer Science), one of the University’s National Teaching Fellows discussing his teaching practice and approaches to assessment;
  • Ed Hurst (Creative Writing) talking about some of the innovative ways he builds engagement with students to create a strong and supportive community;
  • Chris Armstrong and Tim Prior (Chemistry) discussing how they promote the active use of feedback and how they support the development of feedback literacy for students and staff;
  • Rowan Oliver (Music) talking about how he incorporates authentic experiences and assessment within a professional arts setting.

So if you’re curious to know what others are doing in their teaching, assessment or work supporting students, put the kettle on and join us!  You can listen to the podcast in all of your preferred platforms (Apple, Google etc) and subscribe by using this RSS feed

We’re hugely grateful to colleagues who gave up their time to share their practice and we hope that through listening to them you’ll be inspired or enthused to incorporate ideas into your own practice.

If you’d like to have your own cup of tea with us and discuss an aspect of your work on a future podcast, get in touch!

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