Great to see our on-campus students actually back on campus! As we hit the halfway mark for 202130 I hope most of you have been able to take at least a short breather as it’s certainly been an interesting start to 2021, including uncertainty over the Sub Dean L&T role. Although it will now continue in BJBS for at least the next 12 months I will be finishing up in the role in June this year. In the meantime, there’s still a lot to let you know about:
- I’m excited to confirm that the BJBS L&T Symposium 2021 will be going ahead on 1-3 September. It will look different from the 2020 version but also different from pre-COVID versions. The plan is to run some sessions online but also provide opportunities for face-to-face interaction on your local campus. A planning team has just been formed, watch out for further details!
- Great to see so many of you engaging with scholarly activity by attending one of the introductory sessions and /or setting a 2021 scholarly objective. More recent PD sessions have focused on evidencing and reflecting on our scholarly activity. If you haven’t yet engaged these DLT pages are more than enough to get you started.
- At the request of the Faculty Assessment Committee (FAC), a paragraph has this week been inserted into the recently updated BJBS moderation guidance to ensure procedural fairness for those suspected of student academic misconduct (SAM). That updated paragraph has been endorsed by the Executive Dean and is now reflected in the Local Instruction. The guidance applies to all BJBS moderation activity from 202130 onwards so as you head into marking major assessment items (worth 30% or more) please take note. If you have any questions or feedback please let me know.
- In 202130, BJBS will again be running subject online invigilated exams in some schools and DSA needs more invigilators. If you know of a current sessional or contract staff member who might be interested (cannot be a current student) then send them this form to lodge their expression of interest.
- Further improvements to QUASAR, once again led by our own Mike Kemp, are just about to be implemented all in time for 202130 end of session processes.