Benefits of SEDA Membership

The University of Lincoln has recently renewed its membership with SEDA, a ‘professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education’. SEDA stands for Staff and Educational Development Association and was formed in 1993. It offers a fellowship programme, which aims to recognise and develop your practice in leading educational change, residential and one-day conferences, and an online course which acts as an introduction to educational change.

As part of our membership, we receive the Educational Developments magazine, which includes articles on issues like TEF. Online access to the journal, Innovation in Education and Teaching International is available here. Their blog is worth a look to keep up to date with new publications such as SEDA Papers or Specials, and they are working with Graham Gibbs on 53 of his blog posts in order to stimulate debate around the realities of teaching in HE. SEDA also publishes HE research with Routledge Press, and offer a 20% discount for members on books published by Routledge, when ordered at using the code HESEDA14.

They are running a special interest group around technology-enhanced practice, available here, and ran a project around the impact of the HEA UKPSF in 2012/13. SEDA also offer Research Evaluation and Small Grants, which award £1,000 for research and evaluation in staff and educational development. As only one application per institution can be successful, Lincoln runs an internal process in advance of the SEDA deadline, which has now ended for 2016/2017. For more information on future opportunities, contact Paula Eves, Research and Enterprise.

SEDA will be hosting their Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference from May 11th to May 12th, 2017, in Manchester. For details, see their Call For Papers, where students are encouraged to propose 15 minute papers on the question, ‘What is teaching excellence from the student point of view?’ The deadline for proposals is February 20th, 2017. Successful student presenters will be funded by SEDA, and LALT will undertake to fund an accompanying member of staff who will work with the student both before and at the conference. If you and a student are planning to apply, please get in touch by February 13th by emailing Maeve O’Dwyer, the Learning and Teaching Project Officer, who will be happy to discuss ideas or draft proposals.