Topic: Unit development

Practical tips for setting up a unit

I am an experienced Unit Coordinator in the sciences and, although I have panicked a number of times during the past 13 years, I have learnt much that I can share with incoming academics.  My general advice would be to … More…

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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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Seeing myself differently

A young but experienced coordinator of a unit in education is a reflective practitioner and open to continuous learning. She owns up to her mistakes, and has overcome them through building collegial networks, being disciplined about her time and demonstrating a more relaxed attitude. 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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All that matters is research

This coordinator discusses the tension between teaching quality units and the expectation of writing 4 papers a year. As Assoc. Dean in L & T she has tried using innovative approaches to assisting new staff but finds that a direct approach to individual Unit Coordinators works best in terms of finding out what support they need. More…

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Seeking a tree change

After a career in business this Unit Coordinator made the shift into academia. His interest in teaching and learning is strong as is his interest in student welfare. More…

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Working with sessional staff

After many years in the university setting, this Unit Coordinator describes her strategies in working with large classes and numerous tutors to deliver quality teaching and learning to her students.
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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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Someone else can organise It

Working in the Health Sciences in a new position, this coordinator created a unit and curriculum from scratch, well supported by colleagues. He sees assessment as problematic in respect to strategy and marking consistency because student numbers are large. He would like to see improved communication between colleagues to reduce his feelings of isolation. More…

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