Posted on 9 February 2018
The official opening of the Spring Lane Building (SLB) will celebrate and thank all those who contribute to the University’s reputation for teaching excellence.
The programme will feature a series of mini-lectures showcasing the variety of innovative teaching methods employed across the three faculties, whilst providing a chance for attendees to view SLB's teaching spaces and find out more about the huge array of teaching support available. The University is also delighted to welcome Nicola Dandridge, CEO of the Office for Students, to campus to officially open the building and give one of her first keynote talks in her role. The evening will close with a drinks reception.
As the former Chief Executive of Universities UK (UUK), and prior to that, Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, Nicola Dandridge brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the event. Nicola’s talk will explore how the recent creation of the Office for Students (OfS) represents an unparrelled opportunity to ensure every student enjoys a rewarding educational experience. Replacing the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as the main regulator of higher education, OfS will hold universities to account for the quality of teaching they provide.
The five drop-in lectures from the Departments of Language and Linguistic Science, Theatre, Film and Television, Chemistry, Health Sciences and the York Management School, will respectively highlight many of the exciting ways in which teaching at York is engaging and enthusing students from across all disciplines.
Senior Lecturer from the York Management School, Sinead McCotter, will be joined by the Executive Lead of the Flying Cloud Theatre, Leandra Ashton, to deliver a lecture on the impact of the unlikely introduction of dramatics as a teaching aid. Dr Sam Hellmuth, from the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, will offer insights into what helps students engage. Other topics that will be covered by the teaching showcase, include; developing and designing virtual reality experiences, and clinical simulation in healthcare.