Lund University is a member of LERU

(League of European Research Universites)

LERU Learning & Teaching Policy Group

Each LERU university has one/two member(s) in the LERU Learning & Teaching Policy Group, usually the Vice-Rector Learning and Teaching. The activities are guided by a steering group.

The LERU Learning & Teaching Policy Group follows the development of activities and the priorities of the EC related to education, including the European Universities Initiative. In 2021 group is likely to focus on the (mis)use of student satisfaction surveys, internationalisation of study programmes, including the international classroom, digital education and the impact of Covid-19 on internationalization. The group follows the development of the STREAM (STudent REseArch Mobility) programme, a pilot project set up by five LERU universities to organise research exchanges for undergraduate students.

The Learning & Teaching Policy Group will maintain a close link to the Digital Education Policy Group.

Sharing best practices on issues related to teaching and learning at research-intensive universities, developments at national level that are similar in different countries or of interest to the whole group.

Activities/Topics:
At the meeting in October 2019 the following topics were discussed
– Student satisfaction surveys: discussion on the draft LERU statement
– Internationalisation and the international classroom
– The EU’s education plans beyond 2020. Speaker

The Learning & Teaching Policy Group discuss issues related to the principle of research-based teaching that all members adhere to. One of the central questions is what distinguishes the teaching at research-intensive universities from education at other he institutions. The Learning & Teaching Policy Group share best practices on issues related to teaching and learning, such as the role of teaching in a research career and teaching excellence.

The Policy Group follows the development of activities related to education at EU level. This includes the economic valuation of educational systems and innovation in higher education, in particular the further development regarding online learning.

LERU contributed with a ’short paper’ as a response to the European Commission’s consultation on the review of the modernisation agenda for higher education institutions in Europe. Lund University has contributed to the LERU short paper.
LERU short paper Review EU modernisation of the Higher Education agenda 2016-02-29

The policy Group has drafted the advice paper
LERU Advice Paper 2014, Online Learning at Research Intensive Universities

The activities connect to LERU working group on e-Learning .

Topics for discussion:
– Exchange of information on different education systems, funding models, student admissions
– Drafting an advice paper on excellent education in research-rich universities
– Exchange of information on the multicultural classrom at LERU universities
– Celebrating Leadership in Education, Case studies from LERU members. Rewarding Educators and Education Leaders in Research-intensive Universities.
– discussion on the measuring of teaching outcomes by governments or other organisations, including TEF and AHELO
–  A Survey on the position of teaching in the research career, June 2015
– LERU overview student entrepreneurship
– Almost all LERU members has responded positively to the idea of setting up a student research exchange programme among the member universities. Lund University is among them. A planning group is formed in which each participating university will have a contact person.
– A discussion about how to build an international classroom will examine how to promote intercultural competencies, diversity, and inclusiveness between students from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities.
– Erasmus +
– Interdisciplinarity and innovation in learning and teaching
– Interaction with DG EAC on recent developments in EU Education Policy.
– UCL’s new strategy regarding research-based pedagogy was discussed.

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The author is excited to be leading CALT into a new phase of UCL’s development, one in which education is becoming as highly valued as research. Her focus encompasses not only teaching, learning and assessment, but also wider dimensions of academic practice and academic leadership.

Experience keywords: Central and Eastern Europe, EU enlargement and conditionality, Western Balkans, conflict management, democratisation and state-building, former Soviet Union
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