Reporter 447, 21 February 2000

Building a network of quality

The University is playing a key role in a new network to promote high quality learning and teaching by hosting two of its 24 subject centres. Leeds is the only UK institution to be awarded two centres. The 30m network aims to support academic staff by providing information on good practice, promoting new approaches and offering opportunities for professional development through roadshows, workshops and consultancies.

The network is supported by the higher education funding bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"This programme is a major step in raising the profile of learning and teaching within HE," said HEFCE chief executive Sir Brian Fender.

"We believe that creating an infrastructure of subject support centres will provide an effective means for promoting, disseminating and developing good practices in learning and teaching amongst academics."

The two University centres are in bioscience (contact Professor Edward Wood, ext 3100) and philosophy and theology (George MacDonald Ross, ext 3283).

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