With the scale of change facing the HE sector, this is a challenging time, but also one full of opportunity for Bath. It is in this context that we have been developing our new Education Strategy and looking at how we can best continue to deliver high quality learning and teaching.
I am therefore pleased to share our proposals for the establishment of a Centre for Learning & Teaching that will replace the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office (LTEO) and be the dynamic focus for our learning and teaching support for academic staff and students.
Creating a Centre for Learning & Teaching
The proposed Centre for Learning & Teaching will develop the expertise of the former LTEO in four areas:
- Academic Staff Development
- Curriculum Development
- Technology-Enhanced Learning
- Student Engagement
A key feature will be the change to its leadership. It will have an Academic Director (0.5 FTE) with an Education and Research background to ensure that the Centre will be strongly connected to our education priorities, offering greater support for our teaching staff.
Greater alignment of services
We are also proposing that quality assurance functions and expertise be relocated to the Academic Registry so that Quality Assurance and regulation can be more productively aligned. Changes in the national quality assessment framework, the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), and the chance to introduce greater flexibility into our own practices within the University, give us the opportunity to refocus on new priorities, and take forward work which has already begun in the last few months.
A new strategic direction
Over the last ten years, the LTEO has supported learning and teaching in line with our institutional needs. Across the University there is a shared sense both of the important contribution made by LTEO colleagues and the need to enhance these contributions in a changing HE context.
The proposals include changes to staffing at some levels, primarily due to the changes in leadership and management roles and associated support. They also relocate some existing staff to other Professional Services where this will bring greater coherence to their work. Other roles will be created, mainly within new areas of activity to reflect the changing focus of our needs in learning and teaching.
Following a consultation process over the next month, I would hope to be able to give more detail about the final shape of the CLT in September.