Mid-career professional development skills workshop

This event will be in Birmingham, UK.

For the first time we are running a mid-career workshop, the day before our annual conference in June with the aim of supporting the learning and teaching skills of this group of our membership. Although targeted at mid-career academic scholars we also invite other interested parties to take part, both members and non-members. 

The workshop will provide you with opportunities to build on your skills and confidence as an educator, and enable you to share existing experience and knowledge. The workshop will cover classroom-based teaching activities as well as assessment in the morning followed by a full afternoon of an interactive masterclass on public speaking by professional coach Sarah Quist. 

This is a unique opportunity for scholars to improve their lecture skills. The price reflects the cost of bringing in professional trainers and is a fraction of the price on the open market. It includes lunch and refreshments. There are limited places available which will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

The workshop will take place at the Exchange, Centenary Square, Birmingham on 4 June 2024.


9.00 – 9.15am Opening remarks - Professor Ilan Baron (Durham), BISA trustee and workshop organiser

9.15 – 10.45am Reflective assignments - Dr Anna Meier (University of Nottingham) and Dr Carl Gibson (University of Nottingham) 

This session explores how to incorporate reflective activities and assignments into the classroom, considering how student and staff identities and experiences shape how we learn together. 

10.45 – 11.00am  Break

11.00am – 12.30pm  Inclusive assessment - Dr Cristina Masters (University of Manchester)

Drawing on critical disability studies and social justice approaches, the workshop will explore the question 'what is inclusive assessment?'. We will consider how we might better address structural inequalities faced by diverse student bodies, by rethinking traditional assessment practices in HE. The workshop draws on a review of assessment practices in Politics at the University of Manchester, and will detail some of the forms of assessment undertaken to work toward more inclusive classrooms.

12.30 – 1.30pm  Lunch - located in the South Entrance on the ground floor

1.30 – 3.30pm  Public speaking 1 - Sarah Quist (Quist Coaching)

3.30 – 3.45pm  Break

3.45 - 5.30pm  Public speaking 2 - Sarah Quist (Quist Coaching)

Sarah is a professionally trained actor and a public speaking coach. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has worked as an actress, public speaking coach, TED Talk speaker coach, TEDX curator, director, workshop leader, voice over artist and a singer/songwriter. She is the co-founder of Creative Awakenings (https://www.creativeawakenings.co.uk) and the founder of Quist Coaching (https://www.quistcoaching.com).

5.30 – 6.30pm Networking reception with the PG/ECR workshop, including journal editors from Review of International Studies and European Journal of International Security

Registration will close on 1 June 2024 or when all places are filled. Should the event be over-subscribed BISA members will be given priority for places.

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