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September 27, 2012

Journalism News
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» Radio: Can training journalists transform societies?

Public service broadcasting is widely seen as a basic pillar of an open, democratic society in Britain. It’s epitomised by the BBC with its three aims – to inform, educate and entertain its audience.  When commercial television (ITV) and, later, … Continue reading

March 22, 2010
» HEWs, CHEWs and HEFCWs – getting to grips with being a learner governor.

Welcome to my blog.  I’m very glad you’re here.

In the autumn term I took up the role of elected staff governor on the University’s Board of Governors thanks to the many colleagues who voted for me.  As I said at the time, I was deeply touched about the level of colleagues voting – thanks again.

I’ve been trying to work out with the help of William Callaway who, as well as Academic Registrar, is the Secretary and Clerk to the Governors, what’s the best way to feed back to staff on what the role entails.  So the blog might be the answer, but I’d be glad to know your views – please let me know. This is my first blog.  The way I understand it is that they act as a kind of personal internet journal – but this means I’ve got a bit of catching up to do since my blog’s been a bit late in arriving as a result of some techy changeovers at the University.  And my apologies for this gap in time.

Early days – when does it stop feeling like ‘early days’? I’m still waiting to find out!

At the end September we (that is new governors) had an induction session with William and John Andrews (Chair of Governors) and this was really valuable.  It started to make clear that the fundamental role of the GB (Governing Body) is to be that of a ‘Critical Friend’.  The GB isn’t there to manage, or to ‘do’: there are skilled, responsible people there to do this.  But it’s to question, probe if necessary, kind of hold up a mirror to plans and recommendations made by the Uni’s Executive team.  And if that means running a risk of asking a naïve question, then fine!  I’d say ‘ask away’.  After all, even though anyone undertaking this role is anxious about not looking like a proper nit, there are only things we know and those we don’t.  So if I need to know an answer or have some information or guidance then that’s the bottom line.  When I voiced this anxiety to a member of Directorate at this early stage he kindly said “you’ve got to remember that you know a mass more than other lay Governors.  They’ve been appointed for other reasons but you already know and understand the University – so you’re miles ahead”.  That helped a lot with a quick and much needed wee boost of confidence.

The other bit that helps in this early, green stage is the training sessions offered.  Colleagues in William’s department help out with this and send us an information pack, and information about sessions organised by either the Leadership Foundation (http://www.lfhe.ac.uk/) or by Higher Education Wales (HEW).  I went to a session in November, in Cardiff, organised by HEW which was useful for new governors.  It was led by Andrew Wilkinson (Chair of ‘Chairs of Higher Education in Wales’ – CHEW) and Phil Gummett (Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales).  But, like all things of its kind, it’s at least as useful for meeting other people and exchanging points of view as it is for its primary purpose.

While we’re on the point of HEWs, CHEWs and HEFCWs…and a bag full of others like them, it’s worth just coming to a full stop here and, in Churchill fashion, remember that “broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all” (why didn’t Churchill mention acronyms?  That acerbic wit could have dealt with the wretches!).  In the short months since taking on this role I’ve started to feel enormous sympathy with the non-specialist, lay governors who, considering the language used in HE (oops, there’s another one!) they must think they’ve woken up in another country.  My point here is that I don’t really think that induction and training for new governors starts off at quite the right level.  For sure, governors each come with their own substantial basket of skills and experiences but they’re probably even less comfortable with their HEWs and CHEWs than I am!  And there’s just a chance that, as they’ve landed on foreign shores not speaking the language, new governors may quietly and discreetly contribute less until they are partially fluent (if ‘partially fluent ‘isn’t an oxymoron!).   I’ll do some thinking about what, specifically, I would have found useful but I don’t think it’s necessary for it to be another session out of the office, but perhaps it’s a resource of some sort – even a person.

I’ll post again soon – please feel free to comment; I’d like to hear from staff.

February 8, 2010

Genomics News
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» ESHG Fellowships available for ESGM Spring Courses

The European Society of Human Genetics offers fellowships for next Spring Courses. If you wish to apply for a fellowship, please send your request together with your CV and a reference letter to the following e-mail address: esgm.fellowships@eshg.org

Please quote in the subject the title of the course you wish to attend (see below). ESHG Fellowships cover registration fee (tuition, course material, lunch, coffee break and shuttle bus from the meeting point to the venue and back).


1. Course in Genetics and Molecular Pathology of Age Related Neurodegenerative Diseases March 29-31, 2010 – EuroMediterranean University Centre of Ronzano, Bologna (Italy)

2. Course in Mitochondrial Metabolism and Cancer April 20-23, 2010 – EuroMediterranean University Centre of Ronzano, Bologna (Italy)

3. Course in Genomic and Cultural Evolution of Humans May 17-19, 2010 – EuroMediterranean University Centre of Ronzano, Bologna (Italy)

4. 23rd Course in Medical Genetics May 23-28, 2010 – EuroMediterranean University Centre of Ronzano, Bologna (Italy)

5. 6th Course in Statistical Genetic Analysis of Complex Phenotypes June 21-24, 2010 – EuroMediterranean University Centre of Ronzano, Bologna (Italy)

For further info on these residential ESGM 2010 courses please click on the titles above, or visit www.eurogene.org or contact courses@eurogene.org


They are collecting the expressions of interest of Remote Training Centres which intend to follow via internet the Live version of ESGM courses (in the Hybrid courses format).

Should your Institution be interested in joining our network of Remote Training Centres, please contact giuseppe.curcio@eurogene.org.

May 8, 2009
» FAQ for you!

Since there are many query and request for Turnitin from Glamorgan academics, CELT is developing an FAQ wiki for Turnitin through Blackboard and training dates for Turnitin, please visit them by clicking the following link:

1. Training Dates

2. FAQ for Instructor

3. FAQ for students

April 27, 2009
» FAQ for you!

Since there are many query and request for Turnitin from Glamorgan academics, CELT is developing an FAQ wiki for Turnitin through Blackboard and training dates for Turnitin, please visit them by clicking the following link:1. Training Dates 2. FAQ for … Continue reading

April 7, 2008
» How to be an effective Researcher 18 & 19 March 2008

This a full 2 day course and is held in conjunction with UK Grad, Cardiff University and UWIC - and is designed for first and second year PhD students. The course will cover PhD project planning, effective working practices, research enviornment, managing your supervisor, negotiating, getting feedback, making the most of your PhD and planning for the future. The course is FREE to research students and will be of great benefit to your research experience and give you the opportunity to network with other researchers as well as people from academia, industry and other sectors who will be there on the day. Only 12 places are available, so please book your place by Friday 7 March to avoid disappointment and we will send you further details. researchoffice@glam.ac.uk

» Research Supervision Training: 23 April 2008 (12pm-2pm)

The aim of the seminar is to keep staff up to date with the QAA code of practice relating to PGR degree programmes and how we are complying with them. It is a great opportunity to meet, share and talk about issues that you may have or want resolved. The seminar will also outline the responsibilities of both supervisor and student, give advice on how to deal with complaints, appeals, procedures and any concerns supervisors may have with supervisory or examination issues etc. The seminar will be of relevance to experienced supervisors, relatively new supervisors and those who wish to supervise in the future, as it is now compulsory to attend training before embarking on supervision. Previous training will also be taken into account at Research Application Panels, when allocating students to supervisors. The seminar will be led by Professor Mike Wilson (Chair of RPSG) in the GBC between 12pm-2pm with lunch provided. If you would like to reserve a place please email researchoffice@glam.ac.uk