The Jordanstown campus of Ulster University was the venue in September for the national Bioscience Education Summit, an annual two day event that draws together academic teaching practitioners in the bioscience discipline from various institutions throughout the UK. This year there were delegates from 23 UK universities in attendance along with representatives from the Higher Education Academy and Oxford University Press.
— Annie Bligh (@westmin_bligh) September 8, 2015
The Summit included a presentation from the most recent recipient of the national Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award (Dr Mark Clements from University of Westminster) and there were short “swap shop” sessions for sharing of practice. This combined with discussion around topical issues in learning and teaching in the biosciences made for a stimulating event.
A Storify of the event is available from this link.
The Summit was originally a forum for academic departmental representatives of the Higher Education Academy UK Centre for Bioscience. The yearly meeting was an opportunity for colleagues to hear about the work of the Centre, to share best practice, and to benefit from networking within a supportive and collegiate environment.
With the demise of the HEA Subject Centres the bioscience community has made efforts to maintain this network of teaching practitioners and has sought to continue hosting the annual September event; rebranded as the Bioscience Education Summit.
The organising committee are very grateful to the support from Oxford University Press that has made this year’s event possible. They also thank the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP) at Ulster University for their valuable support.