With her keynote speech on June 17, Marva Barnett officially launched the Teaching and Learning Academy at Liverpool John Moores University. Invited to talk about rewards and recognition in teaching at LJMU’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference, Marva engaged the audience in conversation about both tangible and intangible rewards, prompting them to imagine and share innovative ways to recognize and support superb teaching. LJMU colleagues often value teaching teams, for instance, and they encouraged LJMU leaders to provide more administrative support to top teachers. Marva was inspired by the ideas and enthusiasm of the 60+ presenters at the two-day conference that brought participants and presenters from around the United Kingdom.
LJMU’s Teaching and Learning Academy extends across the University, as every faculty and staff member belongs to the Academy. They bring their individual expertise and enthusiasm to the Academy in order to encourage, share and adopt the best working practices. In introducing the Academy, Professor Peter Byers, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, spoke about how the Academy underpins LJMU leaders’ concept of “One University.” “The Teaching and Learning Academy will provide leadership to enhance all aspects of the LJMU student experience: encompassing the transition from school, through university and into the workplace. It will also disseminate learning and findings to the wider higher education sector in addition to promoting, rewarding and recognising excellence in teaching and learning.” In these ways, the LJMU Academy is like U.Va. Center for Teaching Excellence. At the same time, it shares some goals and aspirations with the University of Virginia Academy of Teaching. Marva is delighted that the University of Virginia Academy of Teaching was a key inspiration and model for leaders at Liverpool John Moores University, some of whom visited U.Va. as members of Universitas 21.