Aims and Structure

Rationale

There is a growing imperative to support historians to think more rigorously and collectively about their work as teachers and educators. Fragmentation of subject expertise since the demise of the national Higher Education Academy make this an opportune moment to develop a centre to strengthen subject-based professional development for new and experienced teachers and leaders.

Drivers include:

  • student fees, increasing expectations and student satisfaction
  • transition issues from school to university history
  • pressing challenges of addressing new technologies, employability and public engagement issues
  • increasing demand from policy-makers for greater collaboration between universities.

 

Establishment of the Centre will put East Midlands’ historians in pole position when bidding for national grants and developing impact case studies for REF2020.

 

Goals

  • To improve history teaching and learning in universities
  • To advocate for history education, its value and relevance, and enhance student recruitment
  • To create a networking and knowledge exchange hub for history educators in the East Midlands
  • To develop impact case studies, public engagement and funding applications
  • To develop research and publication in history teaching and learning
  • To become a beacon for history pedagogy building national/international contacts and networks
  • To engage pre-HE history educators to create a long-term and holistic approach to history pedagogy

 

Activities

  • Annual event launched Sept 2015 for East Midlands historians and student representatives
  • Specific workshops, such as a teaching workshop for PG students
  • Hosting of national and international experts and partners
  • (Online) training/mentoring programme for those new to teaching
  • Establishment of a website including online resource hub and social media presence
  • Forging active links to major journals in the field of history/humanities pedagogy
  • Providing seed-corn funding for projects
  • Initiating and supporting collaborative inquiry projects on issues such as e-learning, employability, assessment and feedback, mentoring, transition, student engagement
  • Enabling collaborations with schools, employers and wider publics on impact case studies

 

Structure

  • The Centre will be run by a Board consisting of one representative from each participating department and 3-5 student representatives
  • The Board will meet 3 times per annum focusing on strategic planning, goals and activities
  • The Centre will be hosted by a Directorate which will rotate between institutions on a bi-annual basis
  • Loughborough University will host the first Directorate: Alan Booth, Marcus Collins, Chris Szejnmann
  • Support will be provided through employment of PG student(s) as administrator

 

Resourcing

  • Each participating university will contribute in accordance with the size of its history programme (suggested between £500 and £2,000 annually: Loughborough University has committed £4,000)
  • History departments will be encouraged to seek additional financial support from dedicated institutional funds for teaching development, employability, public engagement, enterprise etc.

 

Ross Balzaretti (UN), Alan Booth (LU/UN), John Coffey (UL) Marcus Collins (LU), Chris Szejnmann (LU) – 12/1/15