Case Study

Dr Laurence Eagle

Recognition Scheme Manager

I am the Scheme Manager for the University of Sunderland Recognition Scheme and I am also the Programme Leader for the PG Cert in Academic Practice.

I completed my BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry in 1987, my MSc in Biochemical Endocrinology in 1988 and my PhD in 1993. I subsequently gained Certificate in Education (HE) in 1997.

I began my programme leadership of the PG Cert 6 years ago and have been a key member of the Sunderland Recognition panel for the past 4 years. I have been an Educator in HE for 24 years and I have always taught across a wide variety of contexts and have experience of teaching groups of students from 200+ to individual tutorials. I have managed the two largest Level 1 and Level 2 modules in the Biomedical Sciences programme for five years and contributed to numerous others. I have taught on the Science Education programme for many years and teach sessions on Statistics for the Faculty’s MA Humanities programme as well as the 2 core modules for the Combined Subjects Programme (CSP) programme. I have supervised numerous third level research projects and am currently supervising a Professional Doctorate student.

I was the programme leader of the Joint Honours Scheme (JHS) for 5 years. The JHS (now known as the Combined Subjects Programme (CSP) is a collection of 25+ mini programmes (Subjects), which come together to form a coherent academic programme for each individual student. This is without doubt the largest and most complex programme in the University with subjects drawn from each of the different Faculties.

I hold Senior Fellowship and I am also one of approximately 50 Higher Education Academy (HEA) trained Accreditors who are drawn from all parts of the sector. It is our job to assess individual applications for HEA Fellowship at all levels and also review the accreditation status for all HE institutions.

Due to my work as a HEA accreditor and leader of the PG Cert I am regularly asked to aid institutions in their educational developments and quality enhancements either through my consultancy work where I have been asked to review and support Principal Fellowship applications in a number of institutions including Exeter University, Leeds Metropolitan University, and the University of East London, or my membership of cross sector groups such as “The Friends of the North” which is a group of PG Cert and CPD Scheme leader from Cumbria to North Wales who meet 3 times a year in order to share practice and support each other. This group has recently input into debates on Charter status for the HEA and also the TEF consultations.

Teaching and supervision

Areas of expertise

Research

I am an active researcher in learning and teaching as shown by my many contributions to the University's Learning Enhancement Conference, Learning Matters Lunch, Three Rivers regional conference, HEA National Annual Conference and publication record.

I am also currently supervising a Professional Doctorate student as well as having supervised numerous UG and PG dissertations together with examining PhD students.

Esteem Indicators

Contact

Publications:

Eagle L.A. Analysis of JHS student numbers within and between Schools at the University of Sunderland. (2002) Staff Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Sunderland

Eagle L.A. and Watson N. Progress Files: Not Another New Initiative! (2003) Staff Conference, University of Sunderland

Eagle L.A.  (2004) Use of a WebCT programme zone for programme management. Staff Conference, University of Sunderland

Eagle L.A.  (2006) Trials and tribulations of moving from WebCT Campus to Vista, Staff Conference, University of Sunderland

Eagle L.A.  (2010) How to change the culture of a course in small easy steps!

Culture Research Beacon conference, University of Sunderland

Eagle L.A.  (2011a) How a change of Programme Leader can be a catalyst for Programme Change to enhance the Student Experience: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/central/ar/academy/ltaconf/regionalconf2011/postergallery/?view=Standard

Eagle L.A.  (2011b) How a change of Programme leader can influence the development of an institutional CPD framework.: HEA Annual conference https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/how-change-programme-leader-can-influence-development-institutional-cpd-framework

Eagle L.A.  (2012a) Open Educational Resources (OER), why would/should we use them? Learning Enhancement Conference, University of Sunderland

Eagle L.A.  (2012b) Turning the ship around:  Using Student feedback to enhance the curriculum for this year’s students, Learning Enhancement Conference, University of Sunderland

Eagle L.A.  (2012c) The evolving curriculum: HEA Annual conference

Eagle L.A.  (2013a) How a change of Programme leader can be a catalyst for Programme Change to enhance the Student Experience. EMERGE 2013: Open X Change Issue 5, pp. 25 – 29 http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/static/5007/arpdf/1329815/eagle5.pdf

Eagle L.A.  (2013b) What can Sunspace do for me? A look at using new technologies to combine reflective practice with the attainment of a Programme’s Learning Outcomes. Learning Enhancement Conference, University of Sunderland

Eagle L.A. & Lumsden P (2013c)  “Peterful” working: how cross-institutional dialogue can enhance the learning and teaching experience for students in both institutions, HEA Annual conference

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/events/annualconference/2013/day1_sessions

Lumsden, P. and Eagle, L. (2014) Dialogue as a development tool, Educational Developments, 15(3), pp13-16

Eagle L.A. & Charlton H (2015a) Consensus Workshop:  a method for engaging students in discussions concerning problematic issues. Staff Conference, University of Sunderland

Bennett S & Eagle L.A. (2015b) Fellowship, Institutional Priorities & Assessment. Accreditor Symposium, Birmingham

Eagle L.A. (2016) The Living Document: using Google Docs as both formative and summative assessment. Accreditor Symposium, Birmingham

Eagle L.A. & Charlton H (2017) Consensus Workshop:  a method for engaging students in a participatory and constructionist approach to research/discussion. 3 Rivers Conference, Teeside University

Eagle L.A. (2017) The Evolving Document: using Google Docs as both formative and summative assessment. SOLSTICE and CLT Conference, Edge Hill University. https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice/files/2017/01/Session_20_Laurence_Eagle_web_yes.pdf