Cultivating the Innovative Spirit in the Exeter Education Incubator

Last week a group of academics, who have had Exeter Education Incubator bids accepted, were invited to take part in a facilitated workshop which aimed to ‘cultivate the innovative spirit’. Daphne Van Run, of Dream Meets Reality ran the session supporting next year’s Incubator Fellows in developing new networks, while at the same time providing…

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Student Engagement in the University of Exeter Education Incubator Research Project

I have joined the Exeter Education Incubator for a 2 Month period to review Student Engagement in the Exeter Education Incubator projects. The University of Exeter Education Incubator was established in 2017 to support academics in the development of innovative pedagogical ideas. In the academic year 2017-18 the Incubator supported 12 projects, under the three…

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What makes innovation successful?

Innovation in Higher Education Educational Innovation has become a hot topic in universities in recent years. Driven by a range of factors, including increasing marketisation of Higher Education, the wider appeal of degree courses, an upsurge in the use of technology, and a desire to move education beyond the lecture theatre in line with research…

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Tending to the Transition: Exploring the impact that the reformed A Levels will have on University learning – April 2018 Update

April 2018 Update A student-focused project, run by students themselves In September 2015, the government began implementing the new and reformed ‘linear’ A-Levels – replacing normally modular-assessed subjects, with multiple assessments throughout the year, with exams at the end of the course. Incubator fellow Dr. Matt Finn and his team of student researchers investigate the effect…

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Mind the Gap!: Addressing the Mathematics Gap in Biosciences

Are we failing our Biosciences students by not incorporating enough Mathematics into their course material? Dr Allison Hill details how she will tackle the ‘mathematics gap’ present in Biosciences students. As a Chemist teaching Chemistry in the Biosciences Department at the University of Exeter, I have noticed that certain degree programmes are over-represented at the…

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