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History UK Pedagogy Forum – Collaborations Between Schools and Universities

Wednesday 6 March 2024, 4-5.30pm, via Zoom

Collaborations between schools and universities are important to both sectors and can take many different forms. Colleagues at schools and universities have experience and expertise which benefit each other and strengthen partnerships. This forum aims to explore different ways of collaborating, what does and doesn’t work and a range of different case studies.

We are joined by Dr Sarah Longair (University of Lincoln), David Ingledew (Education/Teaching Training), Sam Jones (Bolder Academy) and Dr Natasha Hodgson (Nottingham Trent University).

Our speakers will present a short introduction to their work and perspectives on collaborations between schools and universities. This includes perspectives from university academics, school teachers and teacher education. We will find out more about specific projects and the collaborations they have fostered, as well as discuss what has worked and why. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and discuss collaborations. 

This forum is linked to the History UK Collaborating with Schools Project led by a small working group. 

Book your place now!

HUK Pedagogy Forum: the Uses (and Abuses) of AI

Wednesday 13 December 2023, 2-3.30pm, Online via Zoom

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is affecting the way in which society interacts whether through work, play or education. As the technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, there are concerns about the role of AI in HE and its implications for pedagogical practice and assessment types. Many institutions are developing responses to AI. The focus is often on the potential use of these tools whether in terms of plagiarism and academic malpractice or for innovative and legitimate uses. Academics in history are also beginning to consider the implications for subject specific practice. This forum will present insights from three historians who have considered the issue of AI from different perspectives. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion.

Dr Lorna Waddington (University of Leeds) is Academic Integrity Lead and has undertaken research on the use of chatgpt-4 with specific reference to twentieth century history.

Dr Adam Richardson (University of Leeds) is Digital Education Manager and historian of twentieth century Europe.

Dr Jon Chandler (UCL) is interested in the use of technology in higher education and has been part of the AI in education working group at UCL considering its impact on pedagogy.

Register now (https://www.tickettailor.com/events/historyukpedagogyforum/1075471)

2023 Academic Job Boot Camp

Academic Job Boot Camp – Wednesday 13 September 2023, online event.

History UK is pleased to be running the Academic Job Boot Camp again this year. All early career historians are encouraged to apply, with preference being given to those who have already completed or submitted their PhDs.

  • Are you thinking about applying for your first lectureship in history?
  • Submitting applications and never hearing back?
  • Wishing you could have a ‘test run’ for job applications and interviews?

The Academic Job Boot Camp is a free half-day event for early career historians, sponsored by History UK and supported by History Lab Plus. It will help you to structure your academic CV, hone your cover letter, rehearse your job presentation, and undergo a mock interview, as well as demystifying some of the processes around academic recruitment. The experience, feedback, and advice that you receive at the event is intended to improve your chances the next time you apply for an academic job.

How will the boot camp work?

This event simulates all stages of the job application process, up to and including being interviewed as a shortlisted candidate. You will be interviewed by experienced academics drawn from universities nationwide. You will also deliver a job presentation to other early career historians.

You will receive feedback on your academic CV and cover letter, interview, and presentation. You will also have the opportunity to observe how others approach the job application process, providing peer feedback and support. The event will end with a roundtable discussion, offering the chance to ask questions of academics who have been involved in university recruitment – as well as chatting and networking with others in similar positions to you.

As in recent years, this event will take place entirely online. However, many universities were already moving towards introducing online elements to the job application process before the pandemic, so experience with this kind of format is likely to be useful in the future.

You can read posts about the academic job boot camps from previous years herehere, and here.

Outline Itinerary (all events to take place online, exact timings TBC):

1-1.15: Welcome.

An introduction to the event and History UK from Simon Peplow, Education Officer for History UK.

1.15-3.15: Presentation or Job Interviews. 

During the afternoon you will be asked to participate in four activities:

  1. a 30-minute mock interview; you will be informed of the exact time of your interview on the day.
  2. observe a 30-minute mock interview; the time of this will also be made clear to you on the day.
  3. give a 5-minute presentation addressing the question ‘How does your research inform your teaching practices?’, followed by 3-4 minutes of questions; led by an experienced academic in front of other early career historians who will provide written feedback.
  4. observe presentations from other attendees, ask questions and provide written feedback.

3.15-3.30: Break.

(As an online event, the obligatory tea/coffee break will unfortunately have to be self-catered!)

3.30-4.30: Roundtable discussion and advice for navigating the academic job market.

This online event is free and sponsored by History UK and History Lab Plus.

To participate, you will need to apply for an imaginary lectureship in a real history programme. Please read the job advert for the Imaginary Lectureship in History here https://shorturl.at/LOSUZ, then submit a letter of application and academic CV to Simon Peplow (Simon.Peplow@warwick.ac.uk). Please also contact Simon if you have any questions about this event.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on Wednesday 30 August 2023.
The online event will take place on Wednesday 13 September 2023.

Mind The Gap: Staff Expectations and Student Engagement

Join History UK for our next Pedagogy Forum on Friday 23 June. Following on from previous forums we are revisiting the theme of engagement and asking: Are our own expectations about what ‘engagement’ looks like at odds with the needs of an increasingly diverse student body? We are looking forward to this discussion and a wide range of perspectives. Register now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mind-the-gap-staff-expectations-and-student-engagement-tickets-648864078927

If you have ideas for future Pedagogy Forums, then please email Dr Sarah Jones (sarah.jones@bristol.ac.uk), Dr Sarah Holland (sarah.holland@nottingham.ac.uk) and Dr Simon Peplow (simon.peplow@warwick.ac.uk)

History UK Pedagogy Forum: Managing Student (Dis) Engagement

History UK Pedagogy Forum

Join us for the second History Pedagogy Forum:

Managing Student (Dis)Engagement (8th March 2023, 2.30 pm – 4:00 pm)

Many colleagues have questions and concerns about student engagement, especially as attendance has dropped steeply in the post-COVID context and in light of the cost-of-living crisis. Here we will consider some of the complex reasons why students are becoming disengaged and discuss a variety of different ways we might encourage and support students to engage with their studies.

Register for the discussion via Eventbrite

 

The forum – a series of online events designed to motivate discussions about the teaching of History in British universities – aims to offer opportunities for critical reflection on the ways we teach and function as an accessible space in which a diverse range of educators from across higher education can share insights, experiences, and points of best practice.

While we have some exciting events already scheduled, we are very keen for this to be an open and collaborative endeavour and, as such, warmly welcome ideas and expressions of interest for future events. We are open to different formats (including research papers, reading groups, and roundtables), and are eager to offer a platform to colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, institutions, and career stages.

Please email Dr Sarah Jones (sarah.jones@bristol.ac.uk) and Dr Sarah Holland (sarah.holland@nottingham.ac.uk) with ideas and suggestions.