The Bishop Grosseteste University Associate Award

The Bishop Grosseteste University Associate Award (ABGU) is a new non-credit bearing Lecture Series and Award delivered through a series of three lectures each semester over a three year period. The ABGU is part of the University’s student enhancement and enrichment programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Award is primarily for our students but is also open to staff, alumni and members of the public who wish to engage with the University as members of its wider academic community.

The Lecture Series will enable those undertaking the Award to engage in considering issues relating to social justice, self, careers and work, matters of faith and religion, and ways of understanding the world from a range of cultural, historical, scientific and religious perspectives.

An Opportunity to Think

 
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The Associate Award provides opportunities for students, staff, alumni and members of the public to engage with BGU as members of its academic community. The Award takes as its inspiration the concept of a university as being a place ‘used to think with’. The Award is an expression of the historical tradition of knowledge, learning, and intellectual freedom within Higher Education and the underlying mission, values and ethos of Bishop Grosseteste University as an institution loyal to its Anglican foundation. Through its Lecture Series, the Award provides an introduction to a wide range of ideas, concepts, knowledge and ways of thinking about ourselves, careers and work, matters of faith and religion, and ways of understanding the world from a range of cultural, historical, scientific and religious perspectives.

The lectures which form the basis of the Award’s Lecture Series Themes each semester are underpinned by a number of ‘Core Threads’:

  • Heritage
  • Anglican ethics and values
  • Cultural elements
  • Social justice and relationship of the individual to the world around them
  • The development of the individual within education and childcare contexts

The Award contributes to the University’s Five Year Strategy (2014-19) and is supported by a grant from the Church Universities Fund (2015-18). The Patron of the Award is Bishop Christopher, The Rt Rev The Lord Bishop of Lincoln.

The Associate Award forms one element of the University’s current provision for student enhancement as part of the ‘suite’ of non-credit bearing Awards which reflect the University’s holistic approach to learning and community. Other Awards in this ‘suite’ include the Employability Award and the Volunteering Award.

The Associate Award is a non-credit bearing Award and is not a professional qualification or academic taught programme of study.

 

Each Lecture Series is underpinned by a theme linked to one of the Core Threads in the Award. The Themes are:

Key Texts that shaped the World
The lectures will discuss cultural and historical perspectives of understanding knowledge, character formation and democracy through consideration of significant and / or popular texts.  

Our Place in the World
The lectures will discuss responses to our individual and national identities through historical, global and personal actions.

Religion and the Arts
The lectures will discuss how the arts have influenced portrayals of religious concepts and beliefs. 

Who am I? What am I?
The lectures will discuss scientific and religious perspectives on Self and the Divine.

Me, Them, Us?
The lectures will discuss matters of faith, politics and religion and the role of these in individual responses to issues of social justice.

Glory and Good Deeds
The lectures will discuss expressions of individual and national identity through historical and cultural times of change.

Click on the Lectures tab above for the current lecture timetable.

Evidence of Engagement with the Award Themes will take the form of assessed Synoptic Statements (1,500 words) for each semester. Assessment is free to students and staff. Information on fees for Alumni and members of the public can be found in the Associate Award Handbook. To gain the Award you must pass in four of the six semester units. Assessed units may be completed over a two or three year period.

You need to register for assessment in each semester in which you intend to submit a Synoptic Statement. Enrolment on the Associate Award does NOT automatically register you for assessment.

The structure of the Award provides the facility not to attend a lecture(s) if you are "out on placement". In your "placement semester" you may choose not to submit a Synoptic Statement, however you are encouraged to attend other lectures of that semester if you can. Once your "placement semester" is complete, you are encouraged to resume submitting Synoptic Statements to gain your four required passes. Please let the Award Coordinator know if you are affected by placement requirements of your course.

Further details can be found in the Associate Award Handbook. If you are enrolled on the Associate Award, please note that additional information regarding Assessment, Registering for Assessment and Synoptic Statements can be found in the Associate Award area on Blackboard.

For details of the Assessments, see The Finer Details of Assessment below.

Each semester the evidence of engagement will consist of a choice of three topics related to the three lectures for that semester. Each lecture will focus on one of the five Learning Outcomes, as shown below. Those submitting a Synoptic Statement choose one of the assessment choices. Full details of each semester’s assessment will be made available from the first lecture of each lecture series on Blackboard for those enrolled for the Associate Award.

Core Thread  Learning Outcomes  
Heritage LO1 To discuss the heritage of BGU by reference to one of the theories and/or writings of Robert Grosseteste
Anglican Ethics and Values  LO2 To discuss how values and attitudes related to the Christian faith and/or Anglican traditions might be interpreted generationally, culturally and or geographically
Cultural Elements  LO3 To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the world by reference to one or more cultural, historical, scientific, literary or religious perspectives
Social Justice and Relationship of the Individual to the World Around Them  LO4 To discuss an issue of social justice  and/or how individuals relate to the world around them.
The Development of the Individual within Education and Childcare Contexts  LO5  To discuss ways in which individuals develop as a result of the influences around them

The assessment is marked on a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ basis: 

Pass
Awarded for Synoptic Statements which reproduce the main points of the relevant lecture correct. 

Fail
Given to a Synoptic Statement which does not show knowledge and/or understanding of the main points of the lecture correctly.

Guidance relating to writing synoptic statements is available on Blackboard for those enrolled for the Associate Award. 

Enrolment will open on Thursday 1st October and close on Friday 13th November 2015. You can attend the first two lectures and then decide to enrol via our Admissions Team by emailing admissions@bishopg.ac.uk with the subject line of BGU Associate Award. You do not have to enrol prior to attending the first lecture.

If you are a member of our Alumni or a member of the public you are more than welcome to enrol. Please enrol via our Admissions Team as above.

For more information, please see the Associate Award Handbook or contact Dr Daphne Whiteoak with any questions or concerns by emailing daphne.whiteoak@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583781.

For any concerns regarding enrolment or assessment fees, please contact our Admissions Team by emailing admissions@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583658.

 

Key Texts that Shaped the World

Date  Time Location Theme
Wednesday 14 October 1:00pm - 2:00pm Constance Stewart Hall Room 3 De Colore, De Luce, De Iride - An introduction to the work of Robert Grosseteste on Colour, Light and Rainbows
Wednesday 11 November 1:00pm - 2:00pm Constance Stewart Hall Room 3 Story Telling and Character Formation
Wednesday 2 December 1:00pm - 2:00pm Constance Stewart Hall Room 3 Magna Carta and Democracy

 

Our Place in the World

Date  Time Location Theme
Wednesday 10 February 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm Constance Stewart Hall Room 3 The Shaping of a Nation
Wednesday 9 March 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm Constance Stewart Hall Room 3 Faith, Charity and Stewardship
Wednesday 11 May 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm Hardy Seminar Room 3 The Practice and Theory of Pastoral Care

 

 

The Associate Award Handbook provides full details of the Award's Rationale, Structure, Lecture Series, Assessment and Fees.

If you are enrolled on the Associate Award, please note that additional information regarding Assessment, Registering for Assessment and Synoptic Statements can be found in the Associate Award area on Blackboard.

The Handbook is nearing completion and will be on the website shortly. If you have any questions, in the meantime please email Daphne Whitehouse.

When do lectures take place?
There are three lectures each semester. Lectures are always on a Wednesday between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Have a look at our Lectures tab to see when these will take place and what we will be looking into.

How long do I have to complete the Award?
The period in which the Award must be completed is three years form the point of enrolment.
The three year period can include a period as a student on a full-time three year period of undergraduate study or a shorter period of full-time study (e.g. PGCE) plus two years period of completion as an alumnus. However, the total period permitted for completion is three years. In exceptional circumstances intercalation under University Regulations may be permitted. This will be at the discretion of the University.

It is possible for the Award to be completed in two years if those undertaking the Award complete four continuous semester units. 

For those undertaking part-time postgraduate course (e.g. Masters or doctorates, PhD or EdD) as fully enrolled students at BGU, no additional years are available (unless there is intercalation); the completion period is three years.

Completion for those enrolled on the Award as an alumnus or as a member of the public are supported through being able to watch podcasts of the filmed lectures if they cannot attend lectures due to circumstances such as distance. Please contact the Award Coordinator, Dr Daphne Whiteoak, for more details.

I can’t find the Associate Award on Blackboard – where is it?
The Associate Award area will not automatically appear on Blackboard. Once Admissions have processed your enrolment request, you will be able to see the Associate Award area. If you are not able to see the Associate Area on Blackboard within one week of enrolling, please contact Andrew Carr in the Admissions Office.

I would like to begin the Award – what are my next steps?
Enrolment will open on Thursday 1st October and close on Friday 13th November 2015. Details of how to enrol will be available on the Associate Award webpage on the BGU website and at the first lecture.

Is there a deadline to decide by?
You can attend the first lecture and then decide to enrol via our Admissions Team by emailing admissions@bishopg.ac.uk with the subject line BGU Associate Award. You do not have to enrol prior to attending the first two lectures.

I am in my second / final year of my degree / undertaking a Postgraduate course – can I still do the Associate Award?
Yes of course! Please see the FAQ ‘How long do I have to complete the Award?’ above.

My course has placements – can I still enrol for the Associate Award?
Yes, many of our undergraduate and postgraduate students ‘go out’ on placements for varying lengths and patterns of time during their studies at BGU. The Award is planned so that students who have placements during their course can still do the Associate Award.

You need to register for assessment in four semesters within a three year period and be awarded a Pass in the Synoptic Statement assessments submitted.

Attendance at all lectures is encouraged and a register of attendance will be kept. If you cannot attend a lecture due to placement, you can either (i) use the filmed podcasts of the lectures to watch the lecture you can’t attend and still register for assessment in that semester or (ii) decide not to register for assessment for the semester in which you are out on placement (remember, you must complete the Award within three years from enrolment). 

Podcasts will be available for those enrolled on the Award via the Associate Award area of Blackboard from one week after the lecture.

 

I am an alumnus / member of the public and have registered for assessment. How do I pay? 
Please contact the Admissions Office regarding payment by emailing admissions@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583658.

For more information, please see the Associate Award Handbook or contact Dr Daphne Whiteoak with any questions or concerns by emailing daphne.whiteoak@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583781.

For any concerns regarding enrolment or assessment fees, please contact our Admissions Team by emailing admissions@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583658

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