Leadership & Management

University of Glasgow Course Evaluation Policy

Since September 2013 I have led the University of Glasgow Education Policy and Strategy Committee initiative to introduce a university-wide consistent Course Evaluation Policy using the EvaSys software.

I convened the Working Group that devised the new University Course Evaluation Policy - a task the university has previously attempted several times without success. I was subsequently invited by the Director of the Senate Office to be the Convenor of the EvaSys Advisory Board to oversee the implementation of the Policy university-wide (to report in June 2017).

As a contentious issue, with strong and varying opinions university-wide, careful negotiation, extensive consultation with staff at all levels, attention to detail, and clear thinking has been crucial in ensuring this project’s success. The focus on enhancing the quality of our teaching (rather than on managing staff performance) has been a significant factor in gaining staff acceptance.


GUSTTO: Teaching Tips Online

I initiated and led the University GUSTTO ‘Teaching Tips’ project, securing two-years funding from the University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Development Fund. GUSTTO allows academics to share successful teaching practises in an online forum – using social media and gamification approaches, and a simple template. This system provides a repository of growing, searchable ‘best practice’ resources that is more readily accessible than a list of resources on a website. 56 teaching tips have been uploaded since the November 2016 launch, with 210 academics signing up.

The Director of University of Glasgow Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service (LEADS) has adopted the system as the preferred way of collecting ‘best practise’ items. The project is due to report in June 2017, when it will be handed over to LEADS.

GUSTTO is a university-wide project: I have led a team which comprises three academics from the other colleges, three staff from the LTU and the Senate Office, as well as two PhD and two undergraduate students.

Current activities

I am undertaking a review of all teaching within the Human Computer Interaction section of the School of Computing Science, with a view of devising a coherent HCI curriculum over all levels. This is as much an HR management task as a curriculum task, since the courses we teach are so closely related to the people who currently (or can) teach them – as such, careful negotiation, consultation and persuasion is required. We have agreed an overall structure, and expect to replace current courses with new ones in September 2017.

I am convenor of the School’s Recruitment and Internationalisation committee – where my focus is on increasing international undergraduate enrolments (through GIC and 2+2 programmes), and on investigating the potential for financially viable MSc collaboration with Chinese universities. In 2016, undertook an extensive review of a proposed joint MSc with one such university – considering curriculum design, recruitment, staffing and financial aspects, ultimately demonstrating that the collaboration would not be financially viable. I am currently investigating potential 4+2 programmes with another university in China.