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Counting reproductive investment
Spring 2018
29 April 2018

A multi-scale CT-scanning approach demonstrated in orchids has wide application for non-destructive quantitative imaging

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Introducing Indepth
Spring 2018
29 April 2018

Impact of Nuclear Domains On Gene Expression and Plant Traits (INDEPTH) is a new collaboration that brings together a pan-European group of researchers interested in how the location of a gene within the plant nucleus can affect its function.

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Bridging the gap between teaching and research-focused academics
Spring 2018
29 April 2018

At the end of 2016 I was awarded a scoping grant from the Society for Research in Higher Education (SA1635) to investigate brokering activities between academics in Life Science departments in the UK. Brokering is described by Wenger (1998) as a process of exchange between individuals in communities of practice, and in my case, I proposed that teaching-focused and research-focused academics formed two related communities of practice within higher education that had the potential to trade pedagogic and disciplinary knowledge and expertise.

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Using grademark® to improve feedback and engage students in the marking process
Spring 2018
29 April 2018

Many of us will be familiar with the frustration that students frequently express towards the assessment and feedback process: e.g., marking criteria are too generic, feedback is too negative and not useful, etc. In response to this, we embarked on a project, backed by funding from our university’s Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund, to improve the clarity of marking criteria, link feedback more explicitly to criteria, and to help students understand the criteria and be able to apply it to their own work. We also wanted to produce a system that created equity between marks and feedback even if the work was marked by different assessors.