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Don’t go overboard

This coordinator has learnt not to reinvent her unit every semester and to be economical with her time. She loves being an academic and the autonomy it allows. More…

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Exerting a positive influence

Exerting a positive influence on future doctors is very rewarding to this Unit Coordinator who regards himself as a leader. He views leadership as a role, not a position and something you are do rather than being assigned. More…

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Finding time

This coordinator found no common definition for her role in the Physical Sciences but has the autonomy to run the units as she wishes. Feels hopeless with 1st years because of the hand holding required. After logging her time, found that 80% involved administration unrelated to preparing or delivering teaching materials. No time to browse recent literature. More…

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Fostering a sense of value

A comment on the experience of Unit Coordinators, and their issues, is shared here by a senior Academic Developer who teaches into the GCHE and frequently talks with those working at the coalface. More…

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Give and take

With the flexibility and autonomy that the role provides, this coordinator has organised his role so that everyone ‘wins’ – himself, his students and the course. More…

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Giving heart and soul to students

This university was known as a teaching only institution until five years ago when the emphasis became more focussed on research.  This is good for me, because I love research in my subject area of applied mathematics, for which I … More…

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Going for promotion

To gain a promotion this coordinator has been told to demonstrate to the promotions committee how her teaching, research and unit coordination have impacted on her students’ learning and the university community. Demonstrating the impact of research is easy; the others are more difficult. More…

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How Heads of School may help

Heads of School can help Unit Coordinators by helping with quality issues, managing sessional staff and facilitating collegiality. More…

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I am not an expert

This experienced coordinator has developed a teaching philosophy that has successfully engaged her students. More…

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Introducing innovation

This Unit Coordinator describes innovative teaching and learning strategies involving the use of technology, research and collaborative projects with external bodies. More…

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