Over the coming months we will be receiving numerous visitors to the Castle, and many of them will be from main campus. The Drum thought it might interest you to know who is visiting and what they will be doing while they are with us.
During the week beginning 5th February, Lori Stewart, Director, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal, and Megan Sheppard, Associate Vice-Principal, (Planning and Budgeting), will be working with the Senior Management Team on a number of projects, including a review of progress on implementing the space study and training us on
how to carry out the performance dialogue process at
the BISC. Megan will be conducting training on how to go about identifying risks (of all kinds!) as we move towards developing a risk register. Lori will also be working with us to determine how we respond to ongoing developments following the launch of the UK government’s new Office for Students (OfS).
Between 12th and 14th February Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and Wendy Craig, Head of Psychology, will be joined by Joanne Paul, Lecturer in History at Sussex University, at the Castle. They will be carrying out their annual informal assessment of teaching and learning, which ensures we maintain an excellent performance whenever we are assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency. This year, as we performed so well last year, the QAA assessment is expected to be a light touch, but it is always a good idea to be prepared!
At the end of February until the beginning of March (25th February to 3rd March) Sue Blake, Assistant Dean (Studies) Arts and Science, Jill Atkinson, the new Associate Dean (Studies) in Arts and Science, and Heather Carter, Academic Advisor in Arts and Science, will be on campus to help students plan their studies in future years.
This will be Jill and Heather’s first visit to the BISC. The Academic Advisors will be offering students the opportunity to learn more about their options in general sessions, as well as ensuring each
student has the opportunity for a one-to-one discussion to explore their own individual choices. So, please expect a lot of activity in the Boardroom during this time.
During the same period, Peter Chin, Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Education, and James Fraser, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics will also be visiting. Peter will be meeting with the ConEd students, visiting a number of our partner schools where the ConEd students are carrying out their practicums, and doing some classroom observations. There will also be a Q&A session with the ConEd group.
We are very fortunate to have James here, where he will be consulting on the process of setting up the first year Physics program at BISC, with PHYS 106 to be launched in September 2018. James is an award-winning lecturer, having been selected as one of ten 3M Teaching Award Fellows in 2017, the highest award for teaching at the university level in Canada. He also does some rather extraordinary research with high powered lasers, that he will talk about to our science class.
At the beginning of March (5th-9th), Cathy Keates, Director, Career Services, will be at the Castle to work with the Experiential Learning Office and Student Services, as we roll out our new experiential learning programming made possible by the Career Ready Fund. Integrating workplace or simulated workplace experiences for students into the curriculum is a priority for the Ontario Government, and we expect this to be an emphasis in future quality assurance assessments and government grant competitions. Cathy will be working with the BISC as we determine how to best position our already leading experiential learning opportunities to make the most of these developments.
Also in March, Tom Gallini, Senior Admission Coordinator (BISC)
(and former Student Services and Enrolment Manager) will be visiting (date to be confirmed), and also perhaps in the same month, Stuart Pinchin, Executive Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment. Both will be on site to determine how best to pitch the Castle to prospective students and to experience our fantastic learning environment afresh, although we are guessing Tom can remember it pretty well…
Finally, looking even further ahead, Zhiyao Zhang, China Liaison Officer for Queen’s University, will be visiting the Castle in April. Queen’s has long-standing partnerships with many Chinese Universities, and recruits international undergraduate students heavily in China, particularly in the Beijing and Shanghai regions. Zhiyao leads the Queen’s team in China that has more than tripled the number of international students enrolled in the university over the last three years. Zhiyao is based at Queen’s Shanghai office at Fudan University. While he is a frequent visitor to main campus, he has never been to the BISC before. One of his goals is to learn more about us, so he can promote us as he works with University Admissions in recruiting undergraduate students to the BISC, to identify opportunities for research collaboration, and to increase student mobility with our Chinese partner institutions.
So, look out for some new and some familiar faces, as we welcome the chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones!
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