What to learn from training

February 6, 1998

GOVERNMENT responses to the Dearing report are expected soon -probably now before publication of the ever receding, once white, now green, lifelong learning paper. One recommendation expected to find favour is the requirement that academic staff be trained to teach. The Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals and the Standing Conference of Principals can expect to be congratulated on setting up their own agency to do this and will probably be left to get on with it - at least for a while.

The Institute for Teaching and Learning will be fully up and running in the autumn. Planning has been overseen by a large steering group representing all interested organisations.

Such a committee does not make for speed but, with goodwill, could help produce consensus and support in the academic community: by no means a foregone conclusion. With the next stage, the appointment of a chairman and board, more rapid progress should be evident.

Meanwhile, The THES is working with the CVCP and the Society for Research in Higher Education to find out what our readers want to learn through such training and where they want to learn it and to provide workshops.

Most universities and colleges plan to provide training in-house, accredited by the institute. This may be cheap and convenient. It will make sense, for example, for the induction of new staff. But for established staff will it provide the same stimulus as attending courses elsewhere?

Please let us know your views by filling in the form on page iv.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns