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Inspire Conference









What is it?

It is a 20 credit module, built around a one day conference at which participants (known as delegates) present a paper (3,500 words) which discusses an experimental teaching session they have developed. 

Delegates, who must already possess HEA accreditation, will receive 40 APL credits towards the PG Cert (HE) on the basis of this accreditation.  The 20 credit module will complete this, so you will have a 60 credit PG Cert HE if you successfully complete the moduleIf you have already done the PG Cert (HE) (the module that new staff without teaching qualifications take when they join the University) you may still take the Inspire module and receive the credits, but you will not get an additional award.

What are the admissions criteria?

  • You must have the support of your School or Service
  • You must be prepared to attend all the timetabled sessions
  • You should have HEA accreditation

You should have the opportunity to teach (broadly defined) to enable a mentor to observe your teaching and, additionally, to give you scope for developing some experimental teaching.

How do I apply?

You apply for the ‘MA Higher Education part-time’ using Course Finder at the following link:  You should be able to confirm that you have HEA membership during the application process and it would be useful if you could state your intention of taking the 'Inspire Conference' route in your personal statement.  When you reach the 'course details' page, please choose 'MA or PgCert (part-time)' in the first box and 'Higher Education (Inspire University Staff)' in the fourth box.

What does it cost?

This year is the third year, and the module is being funded centrally for University staff.  The fee is £1,500 for external delegates.

When do I have to attend? 

There are five required face to face sessions, the induction, the conference itself and three master classes/workshop sessions. It is a requirement that you attend all sessions.  The first thing you need to do is check the dates below and confirm that you can attend on all these dates.

There will be additional opportunities to meet in informal sessions and you will be expected to participate in online discussions and to post material on yammer or similar networks in between these sessions.

Outline programme

Induction: 12 July, 9.15pm – 1.15pm

Masterclass/workshop 1: 20 September 9.15am - 1.15pm

Masterclass workshop 2: 24 January, 9.15am - 1.15pm

Masterclass workshop 3: 25 April, 9.15am - 1.15pm

Inspire Conference ALL DAY: 20 June

THE ABOVE SESSIONS ARE COMPULSORY. You must confirm that you can attend all these sessions before enrolling on the module.

In addition to the compulsory sessions you will need to arrange to meet with your mentor to discuss your experimental teaching session, your assessed work and to arrange for a teaching observation, and you will need to participate in online discussions on yammer and use the materials provided on unilearn.

Book Club

We have also introduced some optional sessions for 2016/17, in response to feedback from colleagues taking the module in previous years. Some asked for sessions on educational theory.  There will be four ‘book club’ meetings over the first third of the programme, where delegates will be provided with readings in advance which we will discuss in the book club sessions.

These meetings will take place from 4.00pm – 5.00pm on 11 October, 22 November, 13 December and 17 January. 

How is it assessed?

A written conference paper, 3,500 words, which you will present at the conference in June 2017.

A mentor report, including a teaching observation report, which accounts for 15% of the credit. 

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