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Collaborative Teaching and Learning Awards announced

THE three recipients of the 2014 University Collaborative Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning have been announced.

This scheme recognises and rewards select groups of staff that have made significant and ongoing contributions to the students learning experience, as well as demonstrating that their team has an integrated approach to enhance teaching and learning.

The three teams to receive the award come from: the International Study & Language Institute (ISLI) for their development of a massive open online course (MOOC) entitled: ‘A beginner’s guide to writing in English for university study‘, the University Library for their development of innovative self-help materials and the Henley Business School for their ‘Pathways to Property’ initiative.

The team from the ISLI who developed the MOOC have aimed this course at students whose first language is not English and who wish to study in an English-speaking country and the course aims to help participants to understand the principles of academic writing and develop the skills they need to write academic English effectively.

The group from the Library have developed the innovative self-help materials on essay writing and referencing and the team from Henley Business School have been working on the new initiative ‘Pathways to Property’ to widen access to the property profession and Real Estate & Planning courses at the University of Reading.

Professor Gavin Brooks, the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, announced the recipients of the awards. This year, ten applications were submitted for 2014 awards and the panel were pleased with the very high standard of proposals this year.

Each team will receive an award of £3,000 and an awards ceremony is expected to take place later in the year to recognise the winners’ achievements formally.

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