Tim Bullough & Anthony Sinclair: Working with your discipline's HEA Subject Centres

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The Higher Education Academy was formed in 2004 as ?a single, central body to support the enhancement of learning and teaching in higher education? in the UK. It currently spends about half of its ~?25million annual budget supporting a Subject Network of 24 National Subject Centres, designed to support teaching and learning across all the main subject disciplines in UK higher education. Although the Subject Centre network is well used by many academic staff, the majority probably have little contact with them. The aim of this session is to discuss ways in which teaching staff can work with, and potentially be supported by, the their discipline?s Subject Centre. Examples will include how staff at Liverpool work with their Subject Centre to develop teaching resources, help train and support fellow academic teachers and students, and even inform national policy. Teaching Development Grants are a common way that Subject Centres support academic staff, providing funds to develop teaching resources or investigate teaching policy. A major study has just been completed by UKCME (the materials subject centre) analysing the characteristics of Teaching Development Grants which produced useful outputs for individual academics, departments and/or the discipline?s community. These will be discussed by UKCME researchers and colleagues in the History, Classics and Archaeology Subject Centre also based in Liverpool. The session should be of interest to any teaching staff at Liverpool who currently work with their discipline?s subject centre, or have thought about doing so but were not sure where to start.

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