Elevate launch week 16-20 September

From 16 September 2019, there will be an official relaunch of Elevate, our programme of support and development opportunities for academic staff wishing to develop their practice, knowledge and capability in learning and teaching.

What’s new?

The refreshed Elevate will bring together existing professional development in learning and teaching opportunities such as the HEA Recognition Scheme, Senate Awards and digital learning workshops with a range of new activities and resources for staff at all stages of their teaching careers.

Over the past six months, the Elevate team have developed:

  • One-to-one teaching consultations for any staff who teach to come and discuss an aspect of their teaching in an informal setting.
  • A series of Essentials in learning and teaching online guides. These are aimed particularly at staff who are new to teaching or new to teaching at Sheffield but may be equally of interest to you if you are looking for new ideas.
  • A new website where you can find resources and information about the various activities and this blog.
  • A programme of workshops and other events running throughout the academic year. This includes workshops on topics such as giving effective feedback, use of specific digital tools and inclusive teaching practice as well as the Learning and Teaching Conference and TELFEST. There will also be Faculty specific workshops and other communities of practice and special interest groups across the University.

A new home for Elevate

Elevate now has a physical home in the old Enterprise building (210 Portobello). The Elevate Hub will be a physical space for running workshops and events, as well as a centre for staff who teach to get together more informally to share good practice or work on projects together.

The Elevate Hub exterior

The Elevate Hub interior

Celebrate the launch of Elevate

From 16-20 September there will be activity taster sessions, a workshop on Large Group Teaching and an official launch event for Heads of Department and Directors of Learning and Teaching. Throughout the week there will be the opportunity to visit the new Elevate Hub and have informal conversations with Elevate members.

See the full schedule and details of activities

There will also be additional events happening shortly after launch week:

Open information session about the NTFS and CATE schemes on Wednesday 25 September from 9 - 10.30am in The Elevate Hub (210 Portobello)

The information session is open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about the awards and the nomination process. The Collaborative Award for Team Excellence (CATE) and National Teaching Fellow Scheme (NTFS) are prestigious competitions open to HE teachers and supporters of learning at any stage in their career who 'are judged to make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience.'

The session will cover an overview of the schemes, the process for selection and support of nominees at Sheffield, and the internal deadlines.

Book your place

Digital Retreat - scheduled for Thursday 7 and Friday 8 November 2019 (Deadline for applications is 27 September)

You can now apply for the next Digital Retreat, which provides space to realise your ambitions to develop innovative digital learning and teaching experiences for your students.

Over two intensive days, a team with technical and educational development expertise will work with you, producing a solution to take back to your department and into your teaching.This could be anything from creating new learning resources to adapting a module to be taught in different ways.

Further information and apply

More about Elevate

Elevate offers web resources, events, CPD opportunities, one to one support and communities of practice for all members of staff who teach. Many existing activities with which you may already be familiar will come under the Elevate umbrella - such as the PGCertTLHE, the Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme (LTPRS), the STA workshop programme, staff development for Digital Learning, TELFest & the L&T Conference to name a few. The team will also be building on this offer to provide more comprehensive and coherent support across a breadth of L&T topics, as well as providing staff with resources to respond to institutional priorities such as PLA.

If you are unable to attend the launch events but wish to get in touch with any feedback, ideas or suggestions please email elevate@sheffield.ac.uk.