News in 2016

31/05/2016 - Professor Annette Cashmore

It is with great regret and sadness that we have to announce the news that Professor Annette Cashmore, the Director of GENIE, died suddenly on Saturday 28 May 2016.

Annette joined the University of Leicester in 1983, and worked in the Leicester Biocentre before moving to the Department of Genetics. She went on to serve as Head of the Department of Genetics and Sub-Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences. In 2002 she developed a proposal that resulted in the award of a Queen's University Prize for ‘Genetics, Science and Society’.

In 2005 Annette was awarded £5 million from HEFCE to establish the GENIE CETL (Genetics Education Networking for Innovation and Excellence). She became the Director of GENIE and was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship. In 2008 Annette's huge contribution to teaching and learning was recognised by the University in the award of a Chair in Genetics Education. Over the years Annette, has been the driving force behind many innovations in teaching and learning at a national and international level.

Annette was a generous and supportive colleague and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We are sure that you will join us in sending our sincerest sympathies to her husband, Chris, and her two sons, Robert and David.

Please click here for the University of Leicester obituary


15/04/2016 - Royal Society of Biology East Midlands Charter Lecture

Professor Sir Walter Bodmar will be delivering this years Royal Society of Biology East Midlands Charter Lecture - Genes, history and archaeology: A case study of the British People. The lecture will take place on Tuesday 26th April in the Frank and Katherine May lecture theatre, Henry Wellcome Building.  If you would like to attend, please email to book your place.

30/01/2016 - HEA Senior Fellowship Awards

Dr Mark Goodwin and Dr Cas Kramer, Lecturers in the GENIE Team, were both awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy earlier this month. They join Professor Annette Cashmore, who already holds Senior Fellowship. Congratulations to both.

26/01/2016 - Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy

GENIE is delighted to announce that the first Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy will take place here at the University of Leicester, UK from 30 June – 1 July 2016. The conference will provide the opportunity for staff and students from across the higher education sector to share their teaching and learning innovation, pedagogic research and scholarship practice. To facilitate the conference aims of “Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy”, the programme is designed to encourage discussions both within and between STEM discipline areas. Two types of contributions are therefore now invited, subject based and pedagogic theme based, to maximize such conversations.

Abstract submission for Discipline specific contributions, and on the following Themes
·         Open Education
·         Students as partners in teaching and research
·         Enhancing the student experience
·         Reward and Recognition
will be accepted via Easychair until 28th February 2016.

Conference registration (£60 - day delegate rate, £195 - full conference registration including dinner and overnight accommodation) is now open and closes 15th May 2016. A number of undergraduate and postgraduate student bursaries will be available. To register please click here.

Further information on abstract submission and registration is available at or follow us on Twitter (@UKSTEMconf) for conference updates.

Annette Cashmore, the Director of GENIE, chairs the Conference Committee and GENIE Associate, Chris Cane is chair of the Organising Committee.  The organisers include colleagues from Leicester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Kingston, Ulster, Napier, Hull and Open Universities.

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