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SHU Library and Skills Centre Teachmeet: The Student Voice: Teachmeet ~ 8th February, 2022


A warm welcome from all the team to this year's Teachmeet and a big thank you to everyone contributing to the event.

The focus of the day will be The student voice: how do we actively involve our students in the development, delivery and evaluation of our services.

Having had to postpone the 2020 event, we are even more excited to welcome you all and hear your thoughts and ideas about how best to involve students in co-design.

Please take a look around this page to familiarise yourself with the speakers at the event and consider any questions you may have to bring to discussions on the day.

Dawn Grundy and Graeme Prescott, University of Bolton, Co production Academic Skills & Engaging Students

Dawn Grundy: Dawn has undertaken various roles within the University of Bolton Library and her current role is the Academic Librarian for the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. In addition to the management and the teaching of library resources for the Faculty, she co-leads LEAP Online the University of Bolton’s online skills portal. A Senior Fellow of Advance HE, recent achievements include University of Bolton TIRI Teaching Award (2017), LILAC Digital Literacy Award (2018) and the Director of Health Libraries North Award (2018).  Dawn is currently working towards CILIP Fellowship.

Graeme Prescott: Graeme is an eLearning developer and trainer working at the University of Bolton. His work involves the day-to-day management and development of the university’s Virtual Learning Environment alongside the support of students and staff in the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching. Graeme works as part of the Learning Development Working Group to design and develop LEAP Online, the University’s award winning online skills portal. Graeme is a Fellow of Advance HE and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT). Recent achievements include LILAC Digital Literacy Award (2018). Graeme is currently working towards Senior CMALT status.

Mike McGarry and Joe Greenwood, MMU, Diagnostic Project

Mike McGarry, FHEA: I worked as a post-16 careers Adviser in Shropshire for 5 years and then worked as a Student Support Officer at the MMU Campus in Cheshire. I taught study skills as well as providing pastoral support. In 2019 I moved to the Manchester campus as an Academic & Study Skills Tutor where I am based in the Faculty of Business & Law, and where I produce the twice-monthly podcast 'A Critical Thought' along with my colleague Joe Greenwood.

Joe Greenwood, FHEA: I began teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea in 2013, and taught all ages from infants to adults. On moving back to the UK in 2017, I began teaching and creating EAP materials, initially in the private language school sector, before moving into HE at MMU. I am currently the Writing Project lead Tutor in the Learner Development team, and produce the twice-monthly podcast ‘A Critical Thought’ alongside my colleague Mike McGarry. I am also currently working towards my PhD by published works.

Tom Kistell and Nicole Warwick, Sheffield Hallam University, Developing a user centred website during a pandemic

Tom Kistell: Tom is a systems librarian at Sheffield Hallam University, working as part of Systems and Service Development Team.  Tom has worked in a number of different roles in public and academic libraries, including customer service, digital innovation and communications, and most recently systems management.  He is particularly interested in user experience in the context of the pandemic and how we can be effective in getting service users’ input remotely.

Nicole Warwick: Nicole is a Learning Technologist working in the Library at Sheffield Hallam, producing teaching and learning resources for students and staff. She isn't very keen on writing about herself, so this brief bio was thrown together by her colleague and co-presenter, Tom.

Heena Karavadra, University of Leicester, Library Champions Scheme

Heena began her career in public libraries, working as a library assistant for three years with Leicester City libraries. During this time she worked at HMP Leicester library as well as the central and local library branches. In 2016 Heena was awarded the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake her Master’s degree in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield. Since 2018 Heena has been working as an Academic Librarian at the University of Leicester supporting subjects across the College of Life Sciences and the College of Science and Engineering.

Laura Riella, Edgehill University, Students as partners, co-producers and champions

As the Digital Training Manager at Edge Hill University, I act as a specialist member of staff within Library & Learning Services to manage a diverse programme of staff development. My role centres around supporting and developing staff’s digital skills, with a strategic approach to integrating technologies, supporting new initiatives and working cross-collaboratively on identified projects. I regularly attend internal committees, departmental meetings and strategy groups in order to provide expertise relating to learning technologies, seeking to ultimately support staff in enhancing their online learning and teaching methods for students. I am a Fellow of Advance HE, a SOLSTICE Fellow at Edge Hill University and a Certified Practitioner (CeP) of Learning Development by the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE). A Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator and Apple Teacher, I support new developments, strategies and activities across the University regarding digital advancements in teaching and learning. Keen to develop as an educator and researcher I am currently undertaking a PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning at Lancaster University.