Build your Scholarship Practice

Block one: Introduction to SoTL at Leeds

Sign up for the remaining sessions of the first block of this programme which provides an introduction to SoTL at Leeds. Read on to find out more about the full programme.

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What is Build your Scholarship Practice?

Build your Scholarship Practice is a structured development programme enabling staff to conceive and realise their own pedagogic research agenda informed by Curriculum Redefined.  

Building on your disciplinary expertise and passion, the programme will help you to ask questions of your teaching, devise methods for investigation, and identify opportunities to share your research with others. The programme will also address personal and institutional barriers to pedagogic research and connect you with a university-wide cross-disciplinary community of pedagogic researchers. 

The 2022/23 programme runs between November 2022 and July 2023 and is divided into the following four themed blocks. You have the option to attend the full programme or choose the parts of the programme which match your needs and interests. The programme is available for all staff and PGRs who teach.

What is the University-wide context for the programme?

The University of Leeds has set out a bold agenda to transform university teaching and learning, creating exceptional and inclusive research-based learning experiences. At the heart of this endeavour is a commitment to evidence-based teaching and to research that links our deep disciplinary expertise to pedagogic enquiry through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). 

As the University moves forward with the delivery of Curriculum Redefined, we have a tremendous opportunity to build strong, disciplinary-focused pedagogies for the future. Build Your Scholarship Practice is a great way to get involved in this exciting project.  

Block One: Introduction to SoTL at Leeds

Laying the foundations…

Three themed introductory conversations will support you in laying the foundations for your scholarship practice at Leeds. Sessions will provide opportunities to meet Student Education leaders and colleagues with experience of developing scholarship projects and networks together with grounded insights into key supporting practices such as ethics approval.  In addition to the events within this block, OD&PL have also produced a guide introducing SoTL at Leeds (PDF). 

Session one and launch event – Monday 21 November, 2–4 pm, on campus

Featuring a welcome speech from Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Education, Professor Jeff Grabill and a panel discussion bringing together Student Education leaders and experienced SoTL researchers, the launch event will offer opportunities to explore the strategic context for SoTL at Leeds, connect with peers and bring your ideas, experiences and questions to co-creating the SoTL environment at the University.  Speakers at the launch event include: Professor Jeff Grabill, Professor Kate Nash, Dr Alex Ding, Professor Alison Voice and Dr Martin Ward. This event will take place on campus and details of the location will be sent in an outlook invitation after booking.

Book your place – session one / programme launch event.

Session two – Ethics and working with students as partners, Monday 12 December 2022, 2-3pm, online via MS Teams

Working with a live SoTL project, in this session, we’ll be exploring the intersections of two key themes in SoTL: ethics and working with students as partners. Speakers include: Dr Rachael O’Connor, Lecturer in Law, who will be discussing her ongoing SoTL research exploring academic personal tutoring in partnership with under-represented students and Dr Alice Temple, Head of Records Management and Information Governance, who will consider the research ethics aspects of pedagogical research, how proposals are viewed by committees and common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Book your place – Ethics and working with students as partners

Session three – Engaging colleagues with SoTL: exploring the work of SoTL communities, Thursday 12 January 2023, 2-3pm, online via MS Teams.

Dynamic discipline-informed SoTL communities are central to engaging colleagues with SoTL and foundational to cultivating institutional cultures of excellence in teaching and learning. But what is involved in creating these types of communities and what opportunities for developing SoTL do they provide? Speakers for this event are: Dr Rasha Soliman, Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Linguistics and  Director of the Leeds Centre for Excellence in Language Teaching (CELT) and Dr Chloe Wallace, Associate Professor in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education (CIRLE). Our speakers will share their experiences of developing and running thriving discipline-embedded SoTL communities.

Book your place – Engage colleagues with SoTL

Block Two: Developing Scholarship Community of Practice

Building forward…

These weekly community-of-practice meetings will provide a collegial space for supporting you to bridge disciplinary research and pedagogic research expertise. Centred around readings, shared examples of completed and work-in-progress scholarship projects and group discussion, you will gain experience in describing disciplinary and cross-disciplinary pedagogies, choosing research methodologies and implementing effective approaches to engagement.  

This block takes place weekly from February until April 2023 and is run in three blocks, with each looking at one of the following topics: pedagogies, methods and engagement. There will be four sessions within each of the three blocks. As with the rest of the programme, you can attend all or just some of these sessions.  

You will be able to sign up for this block later in the 2022/23 academic year. In the meantime, if you would like to be notified when the sign-up form is available, please register your interest.

Block Three: Communicating Pedagogic Research in Writing

Moving into writing… 

This writing retreat will support you to dedicate focused time to a defined SoTL writing project. You will benefit from the support of experienced tutors and a community of peers engaged on a shared writing journey.  

This block consists of a writing retreat between April and May 2023. You will be able to sign up for this block later in the 2022/23 academic year. In the meantime, if you would like to be notified when the sign-up form is available, please register your interest.

Block Four: Dissemination, Engagement and Impact

Engaging and connecting…

Featuring a mix of invited speakers and UoL colleagues, this series of workshops will allow you to explore a range of approaches to engaging stakeholders, disseminating and delivering impact through your SoTL projects. This block consists of 4 weekly sessions during July 2023.  

You will be able to sign up for this block later in the 2022/23 academic year. In the meantime, if you would like to be notified when the sign-up form is available, please register your interest.

Further information

Contact: Dr Eva Sansavior e.sansavior@leeds.ac.uk – Academic Development Consultant – Curriculum Redefined

Our SOTL at Leeds webpage has more information about what SoTL is, the activities of SoTL and the additional support and resources available to colleagues.