University Communities of Practice

building blocksA wide variety of Communities of Practice exist across the University in order to facilitate the sharing of good practice.
The University Strategy for Teaching and Learning has identified “communities of practice” as key vehicles for informal dialogue with the ‘academic voice’ and for mutual support, for the exchange of ideas and the sharing good practice between different role groups involved in the whole University T&L agenda. Communities of practice (e.g. for School Directors of Teaching and Learning, Senior Tutors) have been operating successfully for some time, and new ones have recently been developed.
Below are listed the various CoPs with details on their remit, membership and organisation.

Teaching and Learning/Student focus

Name

Convenor 

Membership

Related Committees

Website 

Language Teaching Community of Practice (LT CoP) Rita Balestrini Open to all staff involved or interested in foreign language teaching Foreign Languages Strategy Group  
Undergraduate Admissions James Ackroyd,
Head of Admissions
Invitation: Admission tutors, admission staff in Schools/Departments Sub-Committee on Student Recruitment and Marketing
Postgraduate Admissions James Ackroyd,
Head of Admissions
Invitation: Admission tutors, admission staff in Schools/Departments Sub-Committee on Student Recruitment and Marketing
Disability Reps Annabel Avery,
Disability Advisory Service
Invitation: School Disability Reps -
Placement Tutors Emma Sowden,
Student Employment, Experience and Careers Centre
Invitation: Placement Tutors Careers and Employability Board  
School Directors of Teaching & Learning Debs Heighes,
CQSD
Invitation: School Directors of Teaching & Learning and Directors of Teaching & Learning are invited to the termly "Directors of Teaching & Learning Lunch UBTL and Sub-Committees and Boards for Teaching & Learning

SDTLs webpage

School e-Learning Co-ordinators Maria Papaefthimou,
CQSD
Invitation: School e-Learning Co-ordinators. Sometimes sessions are advertised to others, if appropriate Sub-Committee on the Development & Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

SeLCs webpage

Senior Tutors

Joanna Cordy, CQSD

Invitation: Senior Tutors Sub-Committee on Student Development, Sub-Committee on Student Support

 

Senior Tutors Webpage

 

Social Networking & Other Web 2.0 Technologies (SNOW) Richard Sandford,
Student Services
Open  (across admin/ academic roles) but targeted recruitment Information Strategy Committee, Sub-Committee on Student Development, Staffing Committee, Sub-Committee on the Development & Enhancement of Teaching and Learning  
Student Welfare Andrea Cheshire,
Student, Learning and Teaching Services
Invitation Sub-Committee on Student Support, University Board for Teaching & Learning
Study Abroad and Erasmus Marcus Dowse,
Study Abroad
School Erasmus Placement Officers, RIO Sub-Committee on Student Development, University Board for Teaching & Learning
UTFS Fellows Joy Collier,
CQSD
Invitation: UTFS Fellows  

UTFS Webpage

Internationalising Student Support Matthew Daley International Student Adviser, Student and Academic Services Staff involved with, and interested in, the development and enhancement of student support and experience in relation to internationalisation   Sub-Committee on Student Support, University Board for Teaching & Learning  

Research and Enterprise

Name

Convenor

Membership

Related Committees

Website

Research Staff Committee TBC   Research Staff Working Group

Research Staff Community

School Directors of Enterprise Professor Christine Williams Invitation: School Directors of Enterprise  
School Directors of PG Research Professor Dianne Berry  Invitation: School Directors of PG Research  
School Directors of Research Professor Christine Williams Invitation: School Directors of Research

 

Governance/Compliance

Name

Convenor

Membership

Related Committees

Website

IMPS Contacts Contact via:
imps@reading.ac.uk

IMPS Contacts webpage

IT Systems

Name

Convenor

Membership

Related Committees

Website

IT Supporters Gordon Roberts The IT Supporters' Group is comprised of IT staff from across the University and all IT support staff are encouraged to join. -

IT Supporters homepage

RISIS Users (SCRUM - Senior Core RISIS Users) Rachel Crabtree RISIS users - -
Trent User Group Richard Speight Staff from HR, CQSD, H&S, FMD and ITS who use Trent - -

Inititiatives

Name

Convenor

Membership

Related Committees

Website

Environmental Champions Iain Cruickshank and Tom Yearley Any member of staff who wishes to volunteer -

Environmental Champions webpage

HARC Advisers Alan Twyford Any member of staff who wishes to volunteer -

HARC Website

Harassment Advisors Alan Twyford  -  -  -

Service Related

Name

Convenor

Membership

Related Committees

Website

Digital Development Forum Alison Fabian Any member of staff who is interested in any of the following:
Web CMS;
Mobile Technologies;
Administrative Systems Management;
and Social Networking.
Digital Development Forum on Yammer https://www.yammer.com/reading.ac.uk/#/threads/inGroup?type=in_group&feedId=594162
-

DDF on the Staff Portal

Events Forum Fiona Blair Any member of staff -

Events Guide website

Library Julia Munro School Library Reps & Library staff - a meeting is held once a year. ABLS, ISC, UBTL, Development and Enhancement of Teaching & Learning -

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