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Claire Allam, PFHEA

Position: Learning & Teaching Development Manager, Faculty of Science
Telephone:  +44 (0)114 2220407
Twitter:  @ClaireAllam

What do I do?

I provide strategic leadership and development in learning and teaching, working on transformational projects at institutional level. I also work with departments and a faculty to develop communities of practice through sharing good practice, learning development sessions, bespoke work and via key quality assurance processes. I act as a communication bridge between the institution and departments and the faculty. I also play a leadership role within my department and act as line manager.

Recent highlights and successes

•Lead on Programme Level Approach pilot projects

• Educational Developer and Project Manager on Achieve More Level 1 State of Sheffield Challenge from development stage to successful implementation of 2nd cohort

•Devised and set up TESS (Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences), an umbrella for all Faculty L&T events and development activities

•Set up a Faculty of Social Sciences googlesite for L&T, including a comprehensive good practice section with a searchable database

•Facilitated in recent L&T strategy consultations at Institutional and Faculty level

•Educational development work with departments on their curriculum reviews

•Worked with SALTs on a number of successful and embedded projects - e.g. Learning Spaces and The Student Research Conference

•Devised and edited the University’s Toolkit for L&T

•Revised the University's Principles of Feedback

•Developed University level support materials for Personal Tutoring

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Following graduation, I worked in the broadcast television industry as an editor and director/producer and briefly as a lecturer in video production in FE before joining the University in 1996. Here I continued to use my production skills, producing educational videos and developing the use of video production as a teaching/learning tool. I began producing online learning resources in 2000 for example, Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia and completed a part-time Masters in Education in 2006. Subsequently, I became involved in Institutional-level projects such as the Inclusive L&T Project and in 2010 I began work in a new role as Learning and Teaching Development Manager, working with the Faculty of Social Sciences then with the Faculty of Science to develop their support for academic staff and to lead on implementation of key Learning and Teaching initiatives such as Programme Level Approach.

Current areas of interest

•Technology Enhanced Learning
•Curriculum development
•Community engagement
•Feedback and assessment

Qualifications and awards

B.A. (Hons) Film and Photography, M.Ed, Principal Fellow of the HEA, Senate Award for Excellence in L&T

Publications and presentations

ESLTIS (Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference) Conference July 2017, Sheffield
Co-presentation of keynote ‘Waxing lyrical about collaborations’

HEA Conference: Generation TEF – Teaching in the Spotlight July 2017, Manchester
Presentation with student 'Strategy into practice – a student partnership approach to transforming one faculty’s assessment and feedback practice'

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice Conference 6 April 2017, Milton Keynes
Presentation on Implementing interdisciplinarity

Allam, C., 2008. Creative activity and its impact on student learning–issues of implementation. Innovations in Education and teaching International,45(3), pp.281-288.

Rodriguez, E. et al, 2010. The inclusive learning and teaching handbook.

(downloadable here)

The Filmmaker’s Toolkit