11.0287 Skills vs. Scholarship conference

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 21:28:53 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 287.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 09:52:04 +0100 (BST)
From: "S.A.Rae" <S.A.Rae@open.ac.uk>
Subject: Skills versus Scholarship in arts and humanities
higher education

Skills versus Scholarship in arts and humanities higher education

A one-day conference on Saturday 11 October 1997
at The Open University, Walton Hall, MILTON KEYNES, UK.
(Funded by the Department for Education and Employment.)

The annual HAN (Humanities and Arts Higher Education Network)

This one-day conference is planned to stimulate debate about the
meanings and implications of a higher education in arts and humanities
subjects viewed, on the one hand, mainly as a training in 'core',
'transferable' and vocational skills and, on the other, as a site of
particular kinds of knowledge.

The day include keynote addresses from Marshall Gregory, Harry Ice
Professor of English at Butler University (Indianapolis), and Dr Peter
Wright, Assistant Director of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher
Education. It will conclude with panel/delegates' discussion of the
relationship between scholarship and employability in the arts. There
will also be an exhibition of new teaching materials, methods and

More details are available from Carol Rowland, c.a.rowland@open.ac.uk

The proceedings of the 1996 HAN conference on Quality & Creativity :
Teaching and Learning in Arts & Humanities Higher Education are
available at:

(provisional programme for HAN'97 - Saturday 11 October 1997)

10.00 - 10.30 : Coffee and welcome

10.30 - 11.15 : Keynote address
- Skills versus scholarship or liberal education knows a hawk from a
Marshall Gregory, Harry Ice Professor of English, Butler University,

11.15 - 12.00 Keynote address
- "Thought alone moves nothing" (Aristotle): An arts education as a
preparation for employment
Peter Wright, Assistant Director, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher

12.00 - 12.30 (parallel)
- Literature and ethics: The uses of english in higher education
Sebastian Mitchell, Hartley Institute, University of Southampton
- Skills, scholarship and employability? Exploring graduateness in the
Pat McLernon, Wendy Triffitt and Angela Vesey - Nottingham Trent

12.30 - 1.00 (parallel)
- Kick starting the curriculum: Introducing personal transferable skills
via undergraduate history courses
Marcus Merriman, University of Lancaster
- Critical appraisal of the justification of learning outcome design in
Religious Studies
Ron Geaves, University of Wolverhampton

1.00 - 2.15 : LUNCH
Literature display/demonstrations of teaching materials and methods
Workshop on developing core skills - Ian Duckett, Barnet College

2.15 - 2.30
- Skilful means - the value of Religious Education in the workplace
Jim Robinson, The Open University

2.30 - 2.45
- The Speak-Write Project at Anglia Poly University
Cordelia Bryan and Simon Avery, Anglia Polytechnic University

2.45 - 3.00
- Skills in the sticks: Designing a part-time humanities degree for a
university outpost
Ella Westland, University of Exeter in Cornwall

3.00 - 3.30 (parallel)
- Groupwork, assessment and the journey to graduate employment: A survey
of History students at Sheffield Hallam University
Julia Allen and Roger Lloyd-Jones, Sheffield Hallam University
- (Language graduates and their employment - title to be confirmed)
Marie-Monique Huss, University of Westminster

3.30 - 4.00 : Panel discussion

4.00 : Tea and farewell

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