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Dr Christopher Wiley organizes Study Day on Teaching and Creativity in Popular Music and convenes roundtable

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Dr Christopher Wiley organized a Study Day on ‘Teaching and Creativity in Popular Music’ at the University of Surrey on Saturday 10 June 2017, bringing together some 25 higher education academics from across England.

The day comprised a combination of paper presentations and innovative teach-in workshops, in which facilitators presented aspects of their teaching techniques in performance, songwriting, and production in genres ranging from musical theatre to hip hop.

Also included was a central roundtable discussion (pictured, below) on the subject of ‘Pedagogical Practice in Popular Music Teaching in Higher Education: Creative approaches and continuing challenges’, which Dr Wiley convened and on which he spoke about the challenges of designing an undergraduate module on genuinely contemporary popular music (specifically, Adele’s 25 album) in the absence of an established scholarly discourse on which to draw.

Study Day on Teaching and Creativity in Popular Music - Roundtable

The event was held under the aegis of the London and South-East England 21st Century Music Practice Research Network founded in 2016 between 20 higher education institutions, as one of a series of study days framed around its six headline themes.

Further information is available at the website for the Study Day: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/department-music-media/research-department/popular-music-teaching-creativity

The full programme for the event is available here: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Study%20Day%20on%20Teaching%20and%20Creativity%20in%20Popular%20Music%20(programme).pdf

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The School of Arts at the University of Surrey celebrates top rankings in The Guardian’s University League Tables 2017

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The-Guardian-logo-100x100The School of Arts at the University of Surrey is celebrating excellent rankings in The Guardian’s UK University League Tables 2017, published today as part of the Guardian University Guide.

The Guardian league tables rank the University of Surrey No. 1 nationally for Music, No. 2 nationally for Drama & Dance, and No. 4 nationally in the overall league table.

As Director of Learning & Teaching for the School of Arts, Dr Christopher Wiley has taken a lead in developing the School’s learning & teaching and student experience strategies. This has included the initiatives by which its students have been engaged in completion of the National Student Survey, the latest results for which similarly placed the School’s subject areas at No. 1 and No. 2 nationally.

The Guardian league tables represent one of the most influential rankings of UK universities, and incorporate multiple metrics from the National Student Survey including student satisfaction with teaching, satisfaction with feedback and assessment, and overall satisfaction with the course.

Further information on the successes of the School of Arts in The Guardian league tables 2017 may be found here: http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/arts/2016/05/23/guardian-league-table-2017-results-music-at-no-1-drama-dance-at-no-2/

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Dr Christopher Wiley organizes Learning and Teaching development event at the University of Surrey

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School of Arts Learning & Teaching event, University of SurreyDr Christopher Wiley organized a half-day Learning and Teaching development event for the School of Arts at the University of Surrey on 12 January 2016. This was the fifth forum of this nature in two years (see information about previous events here), and involved some 40 staff from across the institution.

This event incorporated a training session led by the University’s Student Services on the pastoral side of Personal Tutoring, as well as a discussion forum on student evaluation of teaching facilitated by Dr Wiley, which considered how academic staff might seek to maximize the effectiveness of feedback received from students for purposes of ongoing teaching enhancement.

A blog post written by Dr Wiley, in which the School of Arts Learning and Teaching symposia are discussed, has recently appeared on the Association of National Teaching Fellows blog. The post, entitled ‘How do National Teaching Fellows make a contribution in their institution?’, may be read at the following link:

http://ntf-association.com/national-teaching-fellows/how-do-national-teaching-fellows-make-a-contribution-in-their-institution/

Update: With over 400 reads in the week in which it appeared, Dr Wiley’s post set a new record for the Association of National Teaching Fellows blog.

Dr Christopher Wiley co-facilitates discussion forum at University of Surrey Teaching Symposium

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Surrey ExciTeS 2016 discussion forumDr Christopher Wiley co-facilitated a discussion forum at the University of Surrey’s annual Surrey ExciTeS (Excellence in Teaching Symposium) on Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Entitled ‘How can we increase teaching quality without increasing teaching preparation time?’,  the session was based on a longer workshop previously run at the School of Arts Learning and Teaching development event in September 2015.

Dr Wiley was joined for the discussion forum by two colleagues from Guildford School of Acting, Anna McNamara and Sean McNamara, as co-presenters. The session saw some 30 staff from across the institution engage in exploration of strategies by which teaching may simultaneously optimize preparation time and increase student engagement.

This is Dr Wiley’s third appearance at Surrey ExciTeS, following contributions in 2014 (the inaugural event) and 2015.

The full programme for Surrey ExciTeS 2016 may be found here: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/dhe/surrey_excites/Surrey%20ExciTeS%202016%20Programme.pdf

Dr Christopher Wiley receives nominations for multiple University awards in 2015

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Dr Christopher Wiley has received awards and nominations for several major teaching prizes at the University of Surrey in 2015, after less than two years in post as Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Arts.

USSU Awards 2015In April 2015, Dr Wiley was nominated for The Lynne Millward Award for Academic Staff Member of the Year, which is run by the University of Surrey Students’ Union (awards ceremony pictured, right). Nominations for this award are submitted by the students themselves and it is therefore highly competitive.

Then in June, Dr Wiley was announced as the winner of the Faculty Learning and Teaching Award for the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences (prior to its becoming the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), as well as being shortlisted for The Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Finally, at a prestigious awards ceremony on 23 November 2015 (pictured below), Dr Wiley was announced as the runner-up for The Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognises sustained excellence in teaching, innovative curriculum development, and enhancement of the student experience – thereby illustrating the impact that Dr Wiley has made within the University of Surrey in a relatively short space of time.

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Dr Wiley convenes inaugural School of Arts ‘Opportunities and Networking’ event at the University of Surrey

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School of Arts 'Opportunities and Networking' Event, University of Surrey

The School of Arts at the University of Surrey held its first ‘Opportunities and Networking’ event in the Ivy main auditorium, Ivy Arts Centre on Thursday 8 October 2015, organized by Dr Christopher Wiley.

Over 100 students were in attendance across the subject areas of Music and Sound Recording, Theatre, Dance, Digital Media Arts, and the Guildford School of Acting.

The event introduced students to the many different possibilities for them to collaborate with one another on different School of Arts programmes, provided them with information about extra-curricular University activities related to the arts, facilitated their networking with students elsewhere in the School, and enabled them to register their interest in collaborating with one another via sign-up sheets.

Dr Wiley compèred the event, which featured contributions from range of other School of Arts staff as well as students. The evening ended with a series of networking activities designed to enable students to meet one another and to discuss their interests in collaborating on arts projects, followed by more informal opportunities to chat over pizza and soft drinks.

This ‘Opportunities and Networking’ event follows in the footsteps of an equally successful and well-attended panel discussion on ‘Careers in the Arts’, co-organized by Dr Wiley and hosted by the School of Arts earlier in the year.

Dr Christopher Wiley leads Learning and Teaching development event at the University of Surrey

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School of Arts Learning & Teaching development event, University of SurreyDr Christopher Wiley convened and facilitated a Learning and Teaching development event for the School of Arts at the University of Surrey on Friday 18 September 2015.

40 academics from across the subject areas of Music and Sound Recording, Dance, Theatre, Digital Media Arts, and the Guildford School of Acting participated in two lively and productive discussions led by Dr Wiley during the half-day event.

Both designed to enable the sharing of best practices across the School, the first discussion workshop considered current School policy in relation to teaching, while the second explored strategies for teaching enhancement with a particular focus on student engagement and interactivity.

This was the fourth of the biennial School of Arts Learning and Teaching events instigated by Dr Wiley in his role as Director of Learning and Teaching, following the success of similar forums in January 2015September 2014, and January 2014.

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