It was great to mark the start of the Queen’s Jubilee tour at De Montfort University. As Speech and Language Therapy has been taught in Leicester as part of biology courses for just over 60 years I was keen to be involved in the Speed Lecture series marking the visit. There was more background noise on the day than I had imagined there would be, but I carried on regardless.
I have been at De Montfort University for 6 years as the Head of the Speech and Language Therapy Division and I am keen to raise the profile of our excellent work so this seemed like a good opportunity. Our team runs the Speech and Language undergraduate degree programme, “BSc (Hons) Human Communication – Speech and Language Therapy”. This biology course requires 300 UCAS points for entry and attracts students who are interested in human biology.
It is a four year programme and is fully accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. During the degree students spend time out in practice to gain experience working with multi-disciplinary professional teams and working with patients. There is a strong scientific component and students learn about anatomy and physiology, and also technology, psychology and linguistics. In years three and four students focus on clinical practice and carry out an original research project into aspects of communication, for example stammering.
Graduates of the Human Communication degree enter healthcare, education and research into speech and language therapy. If you are interested in biology at university and want to find out more about studying Human Communication, you can visit the UCAS website (http://www.ucas.com/). This website also lists many other relevant university biology courses.
Lecturers and staff from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences where yesterday talking about OPEN EDUCATION, Florence Nightingale and human communication as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK! But where were the chaps, that is what I want to know?!
Kicking off the short-talks on “speaker’s corner” was Professor Mandy Ashton, Dean of the Faculty. Mandy spoke about Florence Nightingale – “Devil or Diva?” Mandy captivated the crowd speaking about the strong personality that Florence was and how she was called to serve and to become a nurse. Following Professor Ashton was Professor Jannet Wright from the School of Allied Health Sciences. Jannet is a speech and language therapist and spoke brilliantly about communication difficulties, and how we might take speech for granted. Jannet spoke about research and educational opportunities at De Montfort, and mentioned that this year the profession is celebrating 60 years of speech and language education in Leicester. Fantastic.
Next came the open education gals – Vivien Rolfe and Jacqui Williams. Both work with JISC and the HEA on national open educational resource projects – part of UKOER. Both are also SCORE Fellows working with the Open University and their inspirational team of staff to champion OPEN EDUCATION and change teaching practices in the UK.
Viv, also from the School of Allied Health Sciences, spoke about the three UKOER projects she has led – VAL, SCOOTER and this current website HALS. Jacqui is a midwife and spoke about how she is opening up the midwifery curriculum, and involving her midwifery colleagues and students in open education activities at university. Jacqui invited the audience to contact her if they would like further information.
All these speakers can be contacted via this Biology Courses website using the CONTACT US page. The emails will come through to me personally!
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The Queen’s Visit to De Montfort University & Open Education
De Montfort University are immensely proud to be the starting point of the HRH Queen’s Diamond Jubliee Tour of the UK. Accompanied by HRH Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, the party will visit DMU on Thursday 9th March. They will walk from Castle Gardens through to the campus, see displays from each of the university faculities including Health and Life Sciences, and then attend a fashion show hosted by our Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities.
As part of the visit a number of university lectures will be giving mini-lectures on a whole variety of subjects, including staff from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Well how could I resist this opportunity to mark the visit with a mini-lecture on Open Education ! I do believe my colleague on the HALS project Jacqui Williams will also be giving a mini-lecture on open education in midwifery.
Global Open Education Week
Coincidently, next week is also Global Open Education Week with on-line lectures and activities organised by the OpenCourseWare Consortium. This will link students and educators from all around the globe who share the common vision of opening their educational doors to people anywhere in the world.
As part of the Queen’s visit we hope to produce some Open Education Resources (OER) to mark the occasion, so watch this space! We hope to video some of these mini-lectures to provide a flavour of some of the expertise within the university, and illustrate how De Montfort is changing its culture to one that supports open education.