University networks and interest groups
Lancaster University is home to a variety of education-related professional networks and interest groups for staff.
Digital Education Network
The Digital Education Network is a dynamic hub for staff to meet with and engage with both one another and educational and learning technology experts to explore and exchange practice with digital education. It is an open network that does not meet, but remains connected at all times through numerous topical channels in MS Teams. It is a fantastic resource for learning technology how to guidance and support.
The Disability Network brings together colleagues from across the institution to provide an opportunity to share information, advice and guidance related to supporting teaching and learning for disabled students. All staff from Professional Services and academic departments are welcome to join the network which has formal representation from Departmental Disability Representatives. Departmental Reps provide a formal link with academic departments, acting a source of information for colleagues as well as champions of good practice who work to ensure that consideration of disability is integrated into departmental developments.
Inclusive Learning Network
An open network that meets regularly, the ILN is designed to bring colleagues from across the university together to provide an opportunity to share inclusive good practice covering all aspects of the student life cycle and inclusive practices impacting on staff. Representatives from ASQ, Careers, Counselling and wellbeing, Disability Service encompassing Transitions Team, Educational Developers, Faculty outreach and success, Global experience, Learning Developers, Learning Technology (broader ISS), Library Academic Liaison, LUSU, LGBTQIA+ Allies, Parents and Carers, Race Equality, and Women’s Network. Faculty and Departmental administrators, academics and teaching fellows attend to share their good practice and raise issues or ask questions about inclusive provision.
Teach-Learn-Share is a cross-faculty initiative for sharing good practice about teaching and learning. Building on the success of the Teaching and Learning Forum, Teach-Learn-Share will present opportunities to engage with colleagues and share good practice, while also keeping up to date with scholarship in Teaching and Learning.
Along with symposia, Teach-Learn-Share hold regular TeachMeets where you can share your own good practice, practical innovations and insights, and hear about these from colleagues. Have a pedagogical issue that is important to your department or group? We will be offering small grants to support colleagues in developing a session focusing on pedagogical issues of relevance to them.
Widening Participation Exchange Forum
A space to continue communication and share best practice on all aspects of Widening Participation.