CAI Sabbatical Fellowship
Each year, the CAI Sabbatical Fellowship grants a selected number of DMU colleagues a two week period to engage in developing a learning and teaching project which explores pedagogy more critically.
Find out about the 2020 fellows
Abdul served with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years. His sabbatical explores how motivational interviewing techniques could be used by tutors to enhance student engagement. Abdul proposes that by refining the skills tutors already possess using this methodology, we can inspire further change in our students' behaviour, motivation and growth.
Bernadette spent her sabbatical working on a collaborative project, which aimed to develop the small collection of materials used in one 1st year module, into more effective, scenario-based, high quality teaching and learning materials for use across the three-year undergraduate Midwifery BSc programme.
Inspired by the amazing work of her late colleague and very dear friend Dr Jane Sherwood – who taught both Biomedical Science and Suzuki cello – Jo is using her sabbatical to try to encapsulate Jane's ideas in a proposed 'Sherwood-Suzuki' pedagogic framework. This proposed methodology could radically enhance bioscience teaching by adapting the pillars of the Suzuki method of music education, such that all students will be encouraged and able to master their subject.
Julia is using her sabbatical to create a virtual playful teaching and positive mental health art installation, allowing her to further explore multi-sensory learning, compassionate pedagogy and mental wellbeing. This involves exploration of the theories underpinning her work including constructionism, flow theory and compassionate pedagogy.
Nick is spending his sabbatical creating an online resource that covers the eight major aspects of being a product designer, which will be accessible to all. This will enable aspirational students to learn additional skills and improve their employability, and also support weaker students who can access additional exercises and digital tutorials to practice their core skills and achieve a better grade.
CAI Fellowships are open to all DMU teaching staff. A panel of experts will be appointed to scrutinise and award the fellowships. Appointed CAI Sabbatical Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue a project of pedagogic interest to them as well as make a presentation at the end of their Fellowship. Potential Fellows will need the support of their head of school/department to be considered.
The opportunity to apply for the 2021 CAI Sabbatical Fellowship will be announced later this year.