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We want to tell you about the next sessions in the series of monthly CHSE Staff Development Workshops. Please find details below for you to sign up... we'd love for you to join us! There are also the last few places available for our Faculty Teaching and Learning Conference next month so book now!
Thursday 27 February 2020, 12 noon - 2pm

‘Student engagement’ has been a widely discussed term within higher education over the last decade or more. But what does it mean within our teaching? Some students naturally will be keen to learn, but others may be ambivalent at best; as a teacher this can be frustrating and demoralising. How can you motivate those students to engage and learn?

This workshop will offer a range of ideas to help promote student engagement, including practical activities that will allow attendees to consider how to they might apply these within their teaching.

Intended Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this workshop you will have:

  • Define motivational theory and apply its concepts to student engagement
  • Identify three strategies to engage ambivalent learners
  • Discuss the application of these strategies within their own teaching context
Session delivered by Dr Karl Scheeres, TLHP Lecturer and former Consultant Psychiatrist.

MCQ Question Writing and Post-examination Analysis of MCQs

Monday 23 March 2020, 12 noon - 2pm
This workshop will look at writing good multiple choice questions and the post-examination analysis of questions.

By the end of the session the attendees will be able to:
  • Be able to effectively write and critique MCQs based on the guidelines.
  • Explain the item difficulty, item discrimination index, and Cronbach’s alpha of a multiple choice question.
  • Be able to apply the statistics of item difficulty, item discrimination, and Cronbach’s alpha when interpreting the item analysis of an MCQ.
Session delivered by Dr Linda Hollen (Senior Research Associate in Medical Statistics) and Dr Julie Dickson (Teaching Fellow in Veterinary Integrated Structure and Function).

Writing for Publication
Wednesday 22 April 2020, 
12 noon - 2pm
This session is aimed at anyone who wants to publish in the scholarship of teaching and learning for the health sciences.

This workshop will help you to:
  • Identify outlets for your education scholarship
  • Structure your writing to fit your chosen outlet
  • Get started on writing
Session delivered by Dr Ellayne Fowler, Lecturer in Medical Education
Book your places now through the links provided for the next three events or by visiting the CHSE website events page for the full listings. (Places are free but booking is required for space management). Staff are welcome to bring their own cold food for lunch and tea/ coffee will be provided.  CPD attendance certificates can also be provided for the sessions. You can view information about events that have been previously run in Blackboard as we build up a library of material relevant to education in the Faculty of Health Sciences.


Open to all staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Bristol who would like some guidance and support with developing their educational research. This is an opportunity to come and discuss your research idea in a small group or one to one with an educationalist. There are eight 15 minute slots available for you to choose from between 12.00 and 13.45 next week on Wednesday 19th February.

You can book your individual /group slot with Dr Ellayne Fowler via the following link:

In the meantime, if you want to get started there are materials on the CHSE staff development Blackboard site. There are PowerPoints and also handouts on various topics including:

  • How to write an abstract
  • Focus groups
  • Writing for publication

Free for staff to attend and part of a series of sessions organised by the Centre for Health Sciences Education. There will be further tutorials later in the academic year to discuss your progress and provide further opportunities for discussion.


Theme: Educational Research in Health Sciences
Final places are available for the Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference to be held on 20.03.20.  This will be a great opportunity to share the latest research and teaching innovations within the field of health sciences education.  There will also be an opportunity to network with other like-minded teachers and educational researchers, both new and very experienced and will offer the chance for everyone to gain support, feedback and research collaboration opportunities.

To register to attend the conference click on eventbrite or visit the CHSE events page for more information.  We hope to see you there!


During February we are accepting nominations for the annual 'CHSE Prizes' which are our way of recognising the fantastic work done by individuals or teams who support the educational activities of the Faculty.  We're looking to award the prizes to people who may not be leaders of large programmes, initiatives or teams of people and may not be high profile innovators but whose dedication, hard work and care ensure that our students consistently receive a high-quality educational experience. 

If you have a colleague who you think deserves an award for their hard work, talk to your Programme Director, School Education Director, Head of School/ Centre, or the Faculty Education Directors who will be able to complete a nomination form.