Reporter 455, 25 September 2000

Centres of excellence

The University is to host two of the subject centres, in biosciences and philosophical and religious studies, forming part of the HEFCE-funded national learning and teaching support network (LTSN). The 24 new subject centres are to provide support and information to all staff involved in learning, teaching and assessment in the subject areas in UK higher education.

Professor Ed Wood, director of the LTSN centre for bioscience, said: "We are developing a programme of events ranging from small workshops to departmental visits and an annual conference. We want to hear from all those involved in biosciences education tell us what you want and we will do our best to include it in our service to you."

George MacDonald Ross, director of the LTSN Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies, said: "There has to date been very little public discussion of issues to do with the teaching of these disciplines in higher education. Our task is to bring about a change in that culture."

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