Stephen Rayner

1st year BSc Physics

We have loads of coursework on a weekly basis. They set questions that we may have gone through in class, but they add an extra spin onto the questions that trip you up to see if you’ve understood what they’ve taught you...




Thursday 23 October, 1.00-2.30

‘Improving Student Writing: Genre Awareness, Threshold Concepts, and Transfer’     Dr Irene Clark, California State University Northridge        

Mile End campus Library, Meeting Room 3, 2nd floor

This presentation will discuss possibilities for improving student writing by enabling students to apply or transfer what they know about writing to other writing contexts, both academic and professional. Focusing on the concept of transfer, which has become a significant issue in recent Composition scholarship, the presentation will discuss the usefulness of two concepts with potential applicability for classroom use: genre awareness and threshold concepts. The presentation will suggest strategies deriving from these concepts that writers and teachers might find useful in promoting transferability and encourage members of the audience to share their thoughts about student writing.


Tuesday 4  November, 1.15-2.30

‘By Students, For Students: Students as Producers’    Tim Morgan                

 Mile End Library - Seminar Room, ground floor

In 2013-14 we received a grant from the Westfield Fund that enabled us to work with academic staff and students with the aim of developing learning resources produced by students themselves.  Tim Morgan, who led the project, will report on what we did. He’ll show examples of the resources students made, reflect on what was learned, and offer practical advice for those interested in taking the approach forward.


Wednesday  26 November, 2.00 – 3.30

‘Developing critical reading and writing strategies’   Kelly Peake and Sally Mitchell             

Mile End Library - Seminar Room, ground floor

A practical and exploratory session, building on discussions we’ve had with teachers at sixth form level about getting students critically engaged in the classroom, responding thoughtfully to what they read and developing critical ideas through and in writing.


Tuesday 16 December 2.30-4.30

‘The First Year ‘skills’ Course – what’s happening at QMUL?’   Round table          

Mile End Library - Seminar Room, ground floor

A number of imperatives - addressing the transition from school to university study, meeting the needs of widening participation students, developing Graduate Attributes and employability – tend to push departments towards devoting part of their degree programmes to the delivery of skills, particularly in the first year.  How are different departments at QMUL going about this?; what kinds of provision/modules have they developed; how has Learning Development/ThinkingWriting been involved?  This is a Round Table discussion with colleagues from across the College, with the aim of sharing experiences and expertise and building successful practice.


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