Crofter’s Club: Monday 26th November at 5pm

Are you looking for a chance to discuss the scholarship of teaching and learning in a relaxed environment? To consider new developments or classic papers over a drink? To have the chance to share your recent work or interests in teaching and learning with like-minded colleagues from different subject areas?

Then come along to the Crofters Club this coming Monday at 5pm (26 November). We meet at the Crofters Pub, opposite the Sighthill Campus and no formal bookings are required for this event. Just turn up and join in!

This month’s paper is by Jan Meyer & Ray Land, titled Threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge: Epistemological considerations and a conceptual framework for teaching and learning

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Just use one of the links above to download the paper, have a read and come along ready to share your views.

We look forward to meeting you!


Academic Writing Month


Do you have a paper to complete, conference presentation tugging at your conscience  just waiting to be transformed into a paper, or have you recently completed a project and the report needs written, got a book chapter waiting to be written? What’s stopping you? Need to set deadlines and get some moral support achieving them? Then #AcWriMo may just have come in time…

The 1st of November sees the start of academic writing month which is a public scholarship project lead by Dr Anna Tarrant. Academic writing month or #AcWriMo was started last year as #AcBoWriMo and based on the Novel writing month. The idea is to make public declarations of writing targets for the month of November on the PhDtoPublished and “call in” with your progress at regular intervals via twitter using the #AcWriMo hastag or on the PhDtoPublished blog site.

I have made my declaration on the blog and also posted to my own PhD blog 



There is also peer support available from Literature Review HQ as well as the PhDtoPublished blog and on twitter through using the hashtag #AcWriMo.


Thinking, great idea but rubbish time of year? Well there is never a good time so why not joining in and see how you get on?

Remember we also have the monthly silent writing sessions  on the first Wednesday of the month from 8am to 1pm on the fifth floor of the library in Sighthill and the Crofters Club at the last Monday of the month so you can get some face to face contact too.


HEREN events

The start of the new academic year makes us all think ahead. So what’s in store this year for HEREN?

The HEREN core group are meeting in early October to discuss and plan HEREN activities, both locally in the schools and faculties, and wider networking events. If there is something you think would be useful to support education research activity, please feel free to contact your local HEREN core group member so they can bring this to the meeting in October.

There are a number of events available in the researcher development programme, as well as a monthly informal events like the Crofter’s Club, which is a monthly meeting for like minded academics, to discuss the scholarship of teaching and learning over a drink, and the monthly writing group which meets on the first Wednesday of the month, at the Sighthill Campus from 8am to 1pm for silent writing time, and the chance for peer review. Please contact Svetlana Vetchkanova for room details.

HEREN Writing Retreat

Last week a group of staff from Edinburgh Napier and a guest from Aberdeen University attended a three day residential writing retreat organised through HEREN and funded by the Edinburgh Napier teaching Fellows scheme.  The retreat was facilitated by David Baume PhD SFSEDA FHEA who is an independent international higher education researcher, evaluator, consultant, staff and educational developer and writer.

The retreat allowed participants time to focus on preparing articles for publication or papers for conference presentation without the usual interruptions of daily working life.  The format was a structured, facilitated retreat with opportunities for peer and facilitator support throughout giving a very supportive and collegiate feel to the event.

The facilitator used his experience to guide participants in the peer reviewing and publishing process, from choosing the publication outlet to dealing with reviewer’s comments.

Participants also enjoyed an after dinner presentation by Dr David Walker, Senior Learning Technologist in the University of Dundee and Visiting Lecturer in Technology-Enhanced Learning at Edinburgh Napier University, on Personal Learning Networks (PLN).  PLNs exploit social media tools to create communities of practice which provide networking opportunities.  The relevance for researchers and writers is that using social media such as Twitter, can help disseminate research and other published work and is therefore pertinent to writers. Still not convinced?  See the London School of Economics blog on whether blogging or tweeting about research is worth it

The participants all completed advanced drafts of their work, and have agreed to meet again for a half day over the summer to keep the momentutm of preparing papers up and offer peer review on each others work.

Overall this was a very enjoyable and productive  experience. We hope to run this again next year so please do look out for the message.