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Teaching Enhancement Scheme

The School's Quality Enhancement Officer (Professor John Wood) oversees the Teaching Enhancement Scheme in the School.

In 2012/13 the School of Mathematics will participate in the pilot scheme of the new University Teaching Enhancement Scheme (TES). This scheme will replace the Peer Observation Scheme that the School has operated in recent years.  Each member of staff will join a group to discuss some aspect of the enhancement of student education.   The selective Peer Observation Scheme that the School ran in 2011/12 will mutate into the Teaching Observation Group, see below.

The aims of the Mathematics implementation of the TES are:

  1. To address the School’s strategic priorities in student education, and engage teaching staff actively in new initiatives, policies, and enhancements;
  2. To give teaching staff some choice in the theme they wish to get involved in;
  3. To benefit all students and staff by outcomes being shared, and changes or initiatives being introduced across the School.

At the beginning of the academic year the School TSEC will agree on a list of TES themes, with some themes running for more than one year; see below for a list of proposed themes for 2012/13. The Quality Enhancement Officer will contact all members of the teaching staff (academic, post-docs, RPGs involved in teaching or marking) and ask each member of staff to identify his/her top three choices for the themes they wish to participate in.  Post-docs, RPGs and temporary teaching staff may participate on a voluntary basis; permanent members of the teaching staff are required to participate. Participants will be organised into groups of approximately equal size (around 10) according to themes, with some members of staff being directed to join a particular group based on need or expertise. One member of each group will be asked to organise the activities of the group, be responsible for keeping records and for reporting to the Quality Enhancement Officer. Each group is responsible for organising meetings or communicating as appropriate for the theme. The School’s Research Wiki area can be used for record keeping and sharing information.  Groups are expected to meet at least once in each semester.

Lecturers who have received low scores on their module surveys last time the module was given, or for whom there is other cause for concern, will be directed into the Teaching Observation Group; it is hoped that other lecturers will want to join this group.   However, the discussions of that, and all, groups will be confidential to the group.    All groups will have to fill out a short pro-forma at the beginning and end of each year to report on their activities and to feedback any outcomes including any recommendations on enhancing the School’s teaching .   At the end of the year, if the work of the group is not completed,  normally that group will be able to continue for a second year.

Themes, Material and Membership for 2012/13

A list of themes for the TES in 2012/13 can be found here.

Material for each group:

TES Forms for record keeping.

The draft policy for the University Teaching Enhancement Scheme can be found here.

Final reports for each TES Group, for the 2012/13 academic year can be found below:

Excerpts from the STSEC meetings which received the TES final reports for 2012-13 can be found here.

Staff - Last Name TES Group
Staff - Last Name TES Group
Aivaliotis 1
Messmer 8
Aykroyd 7
Mikhailov 6

Mobilia 1
Baczkowski 9
Molina-Paris 5
Barber 5
Morrison 4
Bogachev 9
Niesen 1
Chalykh 8
Nijhoff 5
Cooper 3
Palczewski 8
Crawley-Boevey 9
Parker 3
Daws 7
Partington 5
Elwes 4
Penazzi 2
Evans 3
Pillay 2
Falle 1
Rathjen 5
Fordy 9
Read, Charles 6
Gilks 3
Read, Daniel 4
Gosling 4
Rucklidge 1
Griffiths 5
Schenk-Hoppé 2
Gusnanto 2
Schuster 1
Harlen 6
Speight 3
Houston 5
Sturman 5
Hughes 5
Taylor 7
Jones 6
Thwaites 8
Kelmanson 8
Tobias 7
Kent 4
Truss 2
Kersalé 7
Veretennikov 9
Kisil 6
Voss 6
Komissarov 9
Walker 7
Lesnic 4
Wood, Daniel 4
Lythe 3
Wood, Jack 7
Macpherson 3
Wood, John 9
Martin 7
Yu 2