UW Senior Lecturer to present at HEA Annual Conference

Posted on 21 June 2013
Gavin Bunting

On the 3rd July, Dr Gavin Bunting, Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales, will be presenting at the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Annual Conference.

Entitled Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience, this years’ conference will be exploringthe increasing use of partnerships to address the challenges presented by change, and develop the understanding of how such partnerships affect the student experience and educational outcome, and also benefit society as a whole. 

Held at the University of Warwick, Dr Bunting will present on his work convening the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Transnational Education (TNE). He will be providing an overview of the work of the group since its creation five months ago.

Speaking about the work that the group has already achieved, Dr Bunting commented:

 "The group has achieved a significant amount over the past few months. The meetings around the UK have provided a space for Higher Education staff involved in TNE to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing this rapidly growing area and work together on a identifying and disseminating good practice. The Group now has 80 members, representing 54 Higher Education Institutions".

Dr Bunting has set up 6 working groups focussing on the themes of:

  • Models and Definitions
  • Staff development
  • Student experience
  • Partnerships
  • Equality and diversity
  • QAA, ensuring adherence

These groups are collating and developing material to create a Good Practice Guide on TNE, which aims to help Higher Education Institutions ensure an equitable student experience on TNE programmes, wherever they are delivered.

Dr Bunting will also be attending an internationalisation summit on the 1st and 2nd of July. The select group of Higher Education practitioners will be challenged with scoping out a vision for the principles that will guide the sector in securing an equitable and global learning experience for all students on UK higher education programmes, whether they are studying in the UK or abroad.

For further information about the Special Interest Group on Transnational Education, please visit the HEA website – www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/internationalisation/transnational_education

Or, if you would like any further information on this Transnational Education work please email Dr Gavin Bunting on: g.bunting@wales.ac.uk


Booking for the HEA Annual Conference has now closed, but further information for delegates or interested parties can be found on the HEA’s website: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/annual-conference


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