Arts/PVAC TIF project

Thursday, April 13, 2006

About the Arts/PVAC project at the University of Leeds

With funding from the Teaching Initiative Fund, a project has been set up at the University of Leeds under the broad heading "supporting professional standards for teaching staff". It is based in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communication and the Faculty of Arts.

The project team:
Simon Baines (Pro-Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communication), Richander Birkinshaw (PVAC Learning and Teaching Administrator), Chris Butcher (SDDU), Joanne Fairley (Project Development Officer), Andrew Thompson and Paul Cooke (Pro-Deans for Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts)

The team has been reviewing provision and establishing the need for discipline/subject related materials, and the following strands have been developed:

Short animated web-based guides to using HEA-linked resources: one is generic (Learning and Teaching Resources on the Higher Education Academy web pages), the second concerns Arts/PVAC, but can be used an example for all subject areas. These can be found on the SDDU web pages under Online Resources; though HEA pages may change, this should remain a useful guide to searching for learning and teaching materials:

A successful promotion application workshop was held in October for those planning an application for Senior Lectureship in Arts and PVAC; this has formed the basis for further events.

A workshop on development of good practice and responsibility description for module coordination/management in Arts/PVAC took place on December 13, 2005. The team has created a resource for staff who manage, coordinate, or lead modules: Module management responsibilties - a guide to effective practice. Go to and under Good Practice, click Guide to Module Management.

Teaching and assessment in creative areas was the theme of the workshop on 8 February 2006; and two presentations are available on line: in which Mark Taylor-Batty describes the assessment criteria used within Workshop Theatre in the School of English and reflects on how creativity is accounted for. In, Mic Spencer from the School of Music reflects on his experiences of running and assessing courses on music composition.

Good practice guidelines in the induction, training and support of postgraduates supporting teaching have been developed for Arts/PVAC subject areas. This material can be found at

A network for staff involved in year abroad placements has been created, and discipline-specific guidelines for supporting outgoing students have been created in collaboration with the Study Abroad Office. The guidelines, which have been customised to share and give examples of practice, might be particularly useful to staff new to the role, as well as experienced study abroad tutors. See for details.

Workshops have been given with the help of "expert contributors" from within the University. It is hoped that the project will establish a model for developing other resources, both discipline/subject specific and generic, and contribute to a framework for recognizing, promoting and sharing good practice. Outcomes have been made available in several formats to enable both face-to-face and online/open access opportunities. (this page last updated 12.06)