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Welcome to Holdsworth 2011-12

On behalf of the Holdsworth club, I would just like to welcome all the new Law students who will be joining the Law school in September and would like to say congratulations on securing your place at Birmingham. I encourage you to look at the About section to find out about the Holdsworth club and its prestigious history. The new committee is very excited about this coming year and we all hope you will be joining the society and making the most of what we have on offer for you! To find out about the committee and what we do please check out the committee profiles and if you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch with us (contact details on the right-hand side).

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you very soon, for what promises to be an amazing Holdsworth year.

Holdsworth Elections: And the results are…

Well done to all candidates for their efforts over a gruelling campaign process. The people have spoken, and we can proudly announce that the Committee for the 2011-12 academic year is as follows:

Chair:
James Frost

Treasurer:
Andrew Swarbrick

Careers:
Alex Lane

Inns of the Court Student Ambassador (ICSA):
Sarah Lodge

Events:
Ffion Archer
Katherine East

Post Graduate Rep:
Farhana Nurani

Sports:
Anish Patel

Secretary:
Poppy Wilkinson

First Year Rep:
Hannah Short

Publicity:
Jonathan Wylie

Holdsworth Election Candidates

Below is a list of all those who have nominated themselves to run for positions on next year’s committee.

Campaigning begins at 9am on Monday 21st March. Husting will take place on Wednesday 23rd March at 2pm, location tbc; before voting on Friday 25th.

Best of luck to all the candidates!

Chair:
S Nivedita
James Frost

Treasurer:
Andrew Swarbrick
Deiza Brooks
Lucy Tucker

Careers:
Elizabeth Forbes
Marcos Persaud
Alex Lane

Inns of the Court Student Ambassador (ICSA):
Amy Wills
Sarah Lodge

Events:
Alice Doherty
Ffion Archer
Alexandra Fitt
Katherine East
Chris Bridges

Post Graduate Rep:
Farhana Nurani

Sports:
Anish Patel
Simon Lefevre

Secretary:
Tori Graney
Poppy Wilkinson
Rosie Silvester

First Year Rep:
Katie Harris
Jason Lee
Hannah Short
Sarah Owen

Publicity:
Jonathan Wylie

Head of School’s Award for Excellence in Teaching or Supporting Student Learning, nominations by Monday 14th March

The Law School invites you to nominate an individual or team you believe to have contributed the most to your positive learning experience in the current academic year.

The Head of School’s Award for Excellence in Teaching or Supporting Student Learning for 2010-11 is intended to raise the profile of learning and teaching activity throughout the University. Nominations can be made for anyone in the School who supports student learning, not just academic staff. The prize can be awarded to individuals or teams of no more than six individuals.

Each nomination should be accompanied by a short statement from the proposer (not more than 300 words) explaining why he or she believes the nominee(s) to be deserving of the award, and the signature(s) of the nominee(s) indicating that he/she/they agree to being nominated.

Criteria

The criteria for the Head of School’s award are as follows:

Please note that:

  • Nominees should address and make a specific claim against each criterion in turn.
  • Each of the three criteria below is given equal consideration in the assessment process.
  • Nominees should not feel limited by the illustrative examples below: these are designed to provide indicative areas of evidence for each criterion.
  • The Scheme recognises impact and engagement beyond a nominee’s immediate academic or professional role.
  • The nature of the institutional context and each individual nominee’s opportunity to contribute will be taken into account and therefore should be made explicit in the submission. A nominee may, for example, have made a significant contribution to learning and teaching in an area that falls outside his/her substantive institutional role.

Criterion 1

Individual excellence: evidence of enhancing and transforming the student learning experience commensurate with the individual’s context and the opportunities afforded by it.

This may, for example, be demonstrated by providing evidence of:

  • stimulating students’ curiosity and interest in ways which inspire a commitment to learning,
  • organising and presenting high quality resources in coherent and imaginative ways which in turn clearly enhance students’ learning,
  • recognising and actively supporting the full diversity of student learning needs,
  • drawing upon the results of relevant research, scholarship and professional practice in ways which add value to teaching and students’ learning,
  • engaging with and contributing to the established literature or to the nominee’s own evidence base for teaching and learning.

Criterion 2

Raising the profile of excellence: evidence of supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning; demonstrating impact and engagement beyond the nominee’s immediate academic or professional role.

This may, for example, be demonstrated by providing evidence of:

  • making outstanding contributions to colleagues’ professional development in relation to promoting and enhancing student learning,
  • contributing to departmental/faculty/institutional/national initiatives to facilitate student learning,
  • contributing to and/or supporting meaningful and positive change with respect to pedagogic practice, policy and/or procedure.

Criterion 3

Developing excellence: evidence of the nominee’s commitment to her/his ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support.

This may, for example, be demonstrated by providing evidence of:

  • ongoing review and enhancement of individual professional practice,
  • engaging in professional development activities which enhance the nominee’s expertise in teaching and learning support,
  • engaging in the review and enhancement of one’s own professional and/or academic practice,
  • specific contributions to significant improvements in the student learning experience.

Nominations should be left in the School Reception for the attention of Mr Prab Sahota by Monday 14 March. The winner will then be selected by a panel comprising of Mr Tony Arnull (Head of Education, Law School), Mr Prab Sahota, a student representative and two members of academic staff.

The Holdsworth Club Elections, accepting nominations

The Holdsworth Club is now taking nominations for committee positions for Academic year 2011-12. The following positions are open for candidate nominations:

1. Honorary Secretary (Chair)

2. Treasurer

3. Events Officer

4. Events Officer

5. Careers Officer

6. Publicity Officer

7. Sports Officer

8. First Year Representative

10. Inns of Court Student Representative

11. General Secretary

Those wishing to submit their name as candidate must complete and sign the nomination form attached and return it to the Holdsworth Club office by Wednesday 16th March: Elections 2011: Information pack and Nomination form

(Note that the document also contains important information regarding Campaign regulations, Hustings and Voting)

It is recommended that you get in touch with the incumbent in your deserved position to learn a bit more about what the role entails.

GOOD LUCK!

Holdsworth Hoodies, now placing orders!

For the first time ever, Holdsworth are doing hoodies, kindly sponsored by Hogan Lovells.

Holdsworth Hoody Design

They will be in royal (Holdsworth) blue with our crest sewn onto the left brest and ‘The Holdsworth Club 2010-2011’ underneath.

There is an option to have your name on the back, at an extra charge (they do not all come with our beloved Sports Officer Andy Swarbrick’s surname on the back!)

Sizes range from XS – 3XL.
Prices:

  • Members – £15 (£18 with a name)
  • Non-Members – £17 (£20 with a name)

You will be able to place your orders everyday between 1-2pm in The Holdsworth Club office, the deadline is Wednesday 9th February. We accept cash and cheques (addressed to: ‘The Holdsworth Club’) only. Please bring proof of membership.

It would be great to see Holdsworth Hoodies bobbing around campus – get your orders in!

Berlin: Pre-trip meeting, Tuesday 7th December

For those of you coming on the Berlin trip there will be a pre-trip meeting on Tuesday 7th December in LT3 at 6pmyou must attend this meeting.

It is essential that you bring with you to the meeting:

  • proof of travel insurance –  you will not be allowed to go on the trip without this.
  • a photocopy of your passport

Rooms are for 4 people, please organise yourselves into groups ready to sign up to rooms, otherwise we shall allocate rooms.

You will also need to inform us of any medical or dietary information.

If you have any issues attending this meeting, please inform us ASAP (chair@holdsworthclub.org)

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Marie

Law Staff Supporting Cancer Research UK, RESULTS…

A group of the Law Teaching Staff (Dr Stephen Smith, Professor Rob Cryer, Mr Martin George, Dr Gavin Byrne, and PTAs Yue Ang, Theresa Lynch and Rachel Slater) have all dyed their hair in outlandish and embarrassing colours to support Cancer Research UK. And the results are:

(From left) Cryer, Byrne, George, Smith, Ang, Slater, Lynch
(From left) Cryer, Byrne, Smith, George

It is still possible to donate, any contribution would be greatly appreciated:

ATTENTION ALL FINAL YEAR STUDENTS

http://psych.newcastle.edu.au/contractlaw2ns/survey/index

Please follow this link and complete the survey! You will receive £30 of Amazon vouchers for doing so (very helpful for buying all the expensive textbooks we need!).

This is a research survey and it addresses an important, practical jurisprudential issue about rules that has significant law reform implications, and it is also exploring interesting questions about the cognitive processes involved in decision making. You will be helping a Psychology PhD candidate, Natalie Close, complete her doctorate on this aspect of the research. It takes roughly an hour to complete, but as it is not timed you can take breaks etc.

Also, the University that has the most final years complete this gets £1,500. Yes, that is ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS. This money would go to the Holdsworth Club, NOT the Law School – think of the events we could hold with that money!