Awarded Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Today I received notification that my application for Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy had been successful. Many thanks to Lynnette Matthews for her support and invaluable feedback on my application.

#actandprotest identified as example of good teaching practice

For the past two years I have been using #actandprotest to share resources with my students on the third year undergraduate module ‘Activism and Protest in the Information Age.’ This has been identified by the Leicester Learning Institute as an example of good practice. You can find some more information on this (and a contribution from me on how to use social media in teaching) here

Screencasts in Media Studies launched

I am currently working on a project entitled ‘Screencasts in Media Studies,’ which examines the pedagogic value of using screencasts to support student learning in the Department of Media and Communication.

The project had the following intended outcomes:

1) Demonstrate the potential role of screencasts in addressing the diverse learning needs of international students in the Department.

2) Enhance the existing provision of learning resources for media and communication students

3) Empower students to take greater ownership of their learning and provide resources that aid their preparation for assessed work such as essays and examinations.

A sum of £1336.40 was awarded to the project from the University of Leicester’s Teaching Enhancement Fund in January 2013. The results of the project are expected to be published in August 2014.

Further information about the project can be found here: