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Thursday, 25 June 2015 08:24

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Dr Ed Turner awarded prestigious teaching prize

We are delighted to announce that Dr Ed Turner, ICE’s Academic Director for Biological Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious Pilkington Prize for his outstanding teaching.

The 22nd annual Pilkington Prizes, which honour excellence in teaching across the University of Cambridge, were held at Corpus Christi College on 23 June 2015.

Ed was one of 13 inspirational academics to receive an award from Professor Graham Virgo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education.

The Pilkington Prizes were initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington, the first Chairman of the Cambridge Foundation, who believed passionately that the quality of teaching was crucial to Cambridge’s success.

About Dr Ed Turner

Dr Ed Turner gained his BA in Natural Sciences from Girton College, before continuing to study for his PhD in the Insect Ecology Group at the Department of Zoology, Cambridge. Since then, he has worked with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (BCN) Wildlife Trust, investigating butterfly diversity on chalk grassland reserves and with Imperial College, London running the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems Project in Sabah – one of the largest ecological experiments in the world.

Ed joined the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in January 2012 as Academic Director and ICE Teaching Officer in Biological Sciences. He is also an affiliated researcher in the Insect Ecology Group, University Museum of Zoology, and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.

As well as being a charismatic and enthusiastic science communicator, Dr Turner supervises undergraduate and graduate students, gives lectures for the Department of Zoology, and is Director of Studies for Part 1A Evolution and Behaviour at Clare College. Outside the University, he has presented over 70 public lectures since 2006.

As ICE Teaching Officer, Dr Turner has made an enormous difference to ICE’s Biological Sciences teaching and strengthened our links to the School of Biological Sciences, particularly to Zoology, and to the Museums and Collections.

Ed’s teaching includes short courses on topics including evolution, zoological collecting, and the secret lives of insects. He also leads well-received biodiversity tours of Madingley.

Ed has designed and delivered several new University of Cambridge qualifications in the last three years, including a Certificate and Diploma in Evolutionary Biology and an Advanced Diploma in Ecological Monitoring and Conservation. Some of his teaching is fully online and his associated open-access online tasters are very popular.

Dr Turner is full of creative ideas and is a committed and collaborative colleague who contributes fully to the Institute’s work.

View Dr Ed Turner’s full profile

Find out more about Biological Sciences courses at ICE

   

Friday, 20 March 2015 14:26

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Madingley Hall achieves Sustainable Restaurant 2 Star Rating

We are delighted to announce that ICE's headquarters, Madingley Hall, has recently been awarded 2 stars from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. This award recognises the ongoing work of our catering team to produce local, seasonal and ethically sourced meals.

To achieve this accolade the Hall underwent a stringent audit, judged across 14 different categories. These included: sourcing local and seasonal produce, fish, ethical meat, dairy and Fairtrade; community engagement; healthy eating; and responsible marketing and environmental initiatives incorporating water saving, supply chain, waste management and energy efficiency.

The Sustainable Restaurants Association (SRA) operates a Sustainability Rating system which helps diners to identify establishments that match their own sustainability criteria. Restaurants are graded One, Two or Three Star ‘sustainability champions’ according to the results of the audit. The SRA is a not-for-profit organisation headed up by leading Chef Raymond Blanc as President. It has over 4,000 members in the UK all united in their commitment to sustainability.

Madingley Hall is home to the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, as well as being a leading conference venue. It provides in the region of 150 meals per day to students, conference clients and other guests. The Hall offers low carbon meals and uses locally grown organic bread from Cobs Bakery in Cambridge and Havensfield Free Range Eggs from Suffolk.

In addition to the SRA award, Madingley Hall is also the first venue in Cambridge to sign up for the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge. As a result the Hall promises to only service MSC-certified fish at grade 2 or lower. Paul Wright, Catering Manager says:

"Madingley Hall is pleased and proud to have won our 2 star award and to support the Sustainable Fish Cities bid. We hope to champion further sustainability issues across Cambridge in the coming months and years."

 

   

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 13:24

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British Academy grant for ICE Archaeologist

Dr Gilly Carr, Senior Lecturer and Academic Director in Archaeology at ICE, and Principal Investigator on the grant, has been awarded a British Academy grant in collaboration with Professor Marek Jasinski of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.

The project, ‘A tale of two camps’, will enable excavations to take place in 2015 at a WWII forced labour camp in Jersey (Lager Wick) and a prison camp in Norway (SS-Strafgefangenenlager Falstad). The project asks what archaeology can contribute to knowledge lost, buried or deliberately destroyed regarding Nazi camps, and seeks to discover what we can add to what we already know about the everyday lives of those interned.

Both Carr and Jasinski hope that their work will raise the profile of the heritage value of such sites, many of which have been lost since the war. A pilot excavation was carried out at both sites in 2014 with promising results, and now, on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, the time is right for full-scale excavations.

"The 2014 trial excavations were very exciting", says Gilly Carr. "The excavations in Jersey focused on the area of some of the former barrack blocks of the camp, and revealed the presence of building materials and barbed wire. Although the camp was razed to the ground with nothing left to see, it was interesting to see what still survived.

"The ability of archaeology to reveal Nazi crimes is very satisfying. Our excavations at Falstad prison camp focused on the camp’s rubbish pits. Over 1,000 items were found in 5 days, revealing the everyday life of prisoners at the site. My favourite artefacts included the meal dish of a prisoner, complete with his initials scratched into the side, and a set of bars which fitted over a nearby window from the main building of the camp, a building which still survives today as the education centre.

"I feel tremendously privileged to be involved in such cutting edge archaeology at these important sites and I look forward to passing on the results of fieldwork to my students next year in my Conflict Archaeology course for Diploma students. Archaeology has such an important role to play in raising awareness about, and revealing, hidden or destroyed pasts. These excavations and others like them mean that our source of knowledge about Nazi camps will not disappear with the passing of the last former inmates. In this anniversary year, such work has an added poignancy."

Excavations in Jersey will begin at the end of March 2015 and those in Norway will take place during the summer.

Further information

Lager Wick project website

A daily blog was kept during the 2014 season of excavation at both sites and can be followed again in 2015:

Lager Wick excavation blog

Falstad excavation blog

 

   

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 13:48

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ICE archaeologist delivers Holocaust Memorial Day address in Jersey

On 27 January, ICE archaeologist Dr Gilly Carr delivered the 2015 Holocaust Memorial Day public address in Jersey, speaking on the theme of 'Keeping the memory alive'.

Dr Carr explains the context of her address:

"When the Holocaust is remembered in the Channel Islands, one of the key groups islanders think about, in addition to the islands' Jews and forced and slave labourers, is the political prisoners. These are the c.250 people who were deported to more than 100 different Nazi prisons and concentration camps for committing offences against the occupying authorities.

"Drawing on unpublished testimonies written to claim compensation in the mid-1960s, my public address focused on their experiences in prisons and camps. These testimonies form the subject of the book I am currently writing, which will be titled Testimonies of Nazi persecution from the Channel Islands (publisher: Bloomsbury Academic).

"In my speech, I examined the way that Channel Islanders supported each other during their ordeal, forgetting inter-island rivalry, and fought to keep each other alive. I spoke about the ongoing fight to keep that memory alive in the decades after the war, exploring how Islanders helped each other claim compensation from the Germans in the mid-1960s. This year I was privileged to be involved in both Guernsey and Jersey's Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies.

"For the first time, these testimonies which I had given to island families in the last year, were revealed to a wider audience. Their content was devastating, moving and shocking; and their impact, when read by the children of those deported during the inter-faith service, was palpable.
It's at times like this when the fruits of research can have the most impact on a community. I feel privileged to have been involved in such an important occasion."

Download the full text of Dr Carr's address (PDF file, 24 KB)

News reports of the service

Jersey remembers victims of the Holocaust (ITV News)

Jersey wreaths laid for 21 victims of Nazis (BBC News)

Holocaust victims remembered in Jersey (Jersey Evening Post)

   

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 11:49

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Royal Society Partnership Grant for ICE biologist

Dr Ed Turner, Academic Director for Biological Sciences at ICE, has recently been involved as Scientific Partner in a winning Royal Society Partnership Grant with the Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School in Canterbury. The project ‘Can biodiversity make us happy?’ will foster collaboration between Cambridge and the school, to increase the school students' understanding of biodiversity and the well-being benefits of the natural world.

As well as visiting the University’s Institute of Continuing Education to receive training in biodiversity monitoring in the Madingley Hall grounds, students will also be encouraged to actively monitor biodiversity in the school’s newly-designed wildlife area.

"This project will really inspire our students and will give them a chance to design their own methods for monitoring biodiversity and well-being," says lead teacher on the project, Mrs Samantha Goodfellow. "These are difficult concepts even for experienced researchers and will allow our students to develop their scientific skills in key areas including using keys, books and technology (apps) to identify species. They will also be encouraged to use equipment to measure blood pressure and pulse and they will work to design their own questionnaires and interpret written and verbal communication. We will be encouraging other students from junior and secondary schools to actively engage in the project."

Ed Turner says: "This is an exciting project, which I am very keen to be involved with. As a research biologist studying the impacts of environmental change on the natural world, it is clear that we are experiencing rapid rates of species loss worldwide. Although this is driven by a range of anthropogenic changes, among the most insidious underlying factors exacerbating these losses is people’s increasing disconnection with the natural world, meaning that extinctions may go unnoticed and unchallenged. This project embodies an approach to addressing this issue by explicitly engaging young people in the natural world through an inspiring research and conservation project."

The project begins in March 2015 and runs for seven months.

   

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

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Madingley Hall wins Environmental Award

Madingley Hall, home to the Institute of Continuing Education, has won a Silver Award at the 2014 University of Cambridge Catering Managers Committee (CMC) Environmental Awards.

Now in their 4th year, the CMC Awards help to promote environmental and ethical awareness across Cambridge College catering departments, encouraging more sustainable activities.

The competition was judged by Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge, and the awards were presented at a special ceremony at Trinity Hall on 21 October.

Some of the ethical and environmental practices now in place at the Hall include:

  • Regular vegan dishes
  • Seasonal menus, with widespread local and seasonal food sourcing
  • A wider range of practices developed to avoid food waste

Ian Hardwick, Hall Operations Manager said: "We won a Bronze Award in 2013 so this improvement shows a real commitment to environmental and ethical issues from the Catering Team and across the Hall Operation."

   

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:10

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Bursary for ICE Master's degree supports Shakespeare teaching in Turkey

A Cambridge International Examinations bursary will enable a teacher in Turkey to study with ICE to look at how the teaching of Shakespeare in secondary schools can develop the cognitive growth of students.

Anne Akay teaches English at the Bilkent Laboratory and International School in Ankara. The bursary gives her the chance to embark on the Master of Studies (MSt) in Advanced Subject Teaching at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.

Course participants focus on areas of the curriculum that are under-represented in schools. Anne has chosen to explore the development of the brain in students aged 14 to 16 and, in particular, how the teaching of Shakespeare – through such plays as Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest – can optimize this cognitive growth.

The two-year MSt course, taught and supervised by Cambridge academics, was launched in 2011. It is designed to help English and History teachers develop their subject knowledge and enhance their professional and academic standing.

Participants choose an aspect of their subject that they would like to explore further or to tackle for the first time. They then study it both academically and pedagogically, so that their new knowledge and skills can be put to effective use in the classroom.

The course is taught part-time through a combination of residential teaching in Cambridge and online tuition - making it accessible to those in full- and part-time employment.

Applications for the 2015 intake will be invited from October 2014 onwards.

   

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:53

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ICE courses recognised by the Association for Coaching

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is pleased to announce that its coaching qualifications have been officially recognised by a world-leading independent coaching network.

ICE is now an Organisational Member of the Association for Coaching (AC), whose mission is ‘to inspire and champion coaching excellence, to advance the coaching profession, and make a sustainable difference to individuals, organizations, and in turn, society’.

Our popular Undergraduate Certificate and Diploma in Coaching are now official AC-recognised courses. This will give those who successfully complete the courses access to an inclusive organisation, with members from over 40 countries, made up of a diverse range of professional coaches, training and coaching service providers, and internal coaches.

Keith Nelson, Coaching Course Director at ICE said: “As a world-leading university, we are committed to delivering the highest standards of coach training and supporting the AC in their work to raise and maintain standards in coaching and coach training.”

We are open for applications for the 2014/15 Certificate and Diploma in Coaching until 17 September. For more information visit www.ice.cam.ac.uk/coaching

   

Monday, 11 August 2014 12:11

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'Naked Scientist' Chris Smith joins ICE as Public Understanding of Science Fellow

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is delighted to announce that as of 1 September 2014, Dr Chris Smith will be joining ICE’s academic staff as Public Understanding of Science Fellow.

Chris is a consultant virologist based in the University Department of Pathology and in the PHE (Public Health England) diagnostic microbiology laboratory at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He has made a major contribution to the public understanding of science in recent years through his multi-award-winning Naked Scientists project.

Through weekly BBC radio programmes and other avenues, the Naked Scientists project reaches millions of people internationally. Since 2007 the radio programme, which features University of Cambridge scientists and researchers, has been downloaded around 40 million times worldwide. The ‘Naked Scientists’ also contribute to the Cambridge Science Festival and provide training in public engagement and broadcast skills for University staff and students.

The Naked Scientists project has attracted significant funding and Chris has been the recipient of many national and international awards for science communication, including the Royal Society’s Kohn Medal.

Chris’s Public Understanding of Science Fellowship at ICE is a permanent University role supported by Vice-Chancellor, the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Clinical Medicine and the School of Technology. This reflects the fact that Chris’s work spans medical, biological and physical sciences and into engineering and technology.

Science at ICE

Chris’s work will complement and support ICE’s existing programme of science courses and events for the public, which this year include:

   

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:43

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Dr Jenny Bavidge awarded prestigious teaching prize

We are delighted to announce that Dr Jenny Bavidge, ICE’s Academic Director for English Literature, Film and Creative Writing, has been awarded a prestigious Pilkington Prize for her outstanding teaching.

The 20th annual Pilkington Prizes, which honour excellence in teaching across the University of Cambridge, were held at Murray Edwards College on 20 June 2013.

Jenny was one of 13 inspirational academics to receive an award at a ceremony attended by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and Lord Watson of Richmond CBE, the University’s High Steward.

The Pilkington Prizes were initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington, the first Chairman of the Cambridge Foundation, who believed passionately that the quality of teaching was crucial to Cambridge’s success.

About Dr Jenny Bavidge

Jenny took her BA in English Literature and Language at Worcester College, Oxford, and then an MA and her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. After her PhD (on representations of urban space in the contemporary novel), she took up a Lectureship in English at the University of Greenwich, where she stayed, becoming Senior Lecturer, until she joined ICE on 1 October 2011. She is a Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

Jenny’s teaching includes 19th and 20th-century American and British literature, close reading and critical theory, and film. She is particularly interested in writing about London and other cities, and is Vice-President of the Literary London Society. Other interests include cultural geography, children’s literature, eco-criticism, and theories of place and space.

In her first 18 months at ICE, Jenny has made an enormous difference to the teaching of literature, film and creative writing. She has academic responsibility for all the Institute’s courses in these areas and teaches and supervises many herself, including:

In particular, Jenny has overseen the development of creative writing as a new specialism for ICE, with a new MSt in Creative Writing and an Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing scheduled for 2013/14, and a variety of short courses running throughout the year.

She has also played a key role in developing the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching, which helps English and History teachers enhance their subject knowledge.

Jenny has given a number of public and academic lectures during her time at ICE, including a talk on ‘queer dreams’ in the work of the Brontës as part of the 2012 Cambridge Festival of Ideas, a Gresham College Lecture on contemporary London crime fiction, and a keynote address at the University of Northampton: ‘The Personal is Political Revisited: Investigating Notions of Place and Space’.

Jenny’s latest publication is: ‘Vital Victims: Senses of Children in the Urban’, Children in Culture Revisited: Further Approaches to Childhood, Ed. Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, (Basingstoke), Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 208-221 and she has recently been writing about New York in children’s fiction. She is currently planning a book on the child and the city.

View Dr Jenny Bavidge’s full profile

Read her latest blog: MOOCs, SOCCs and kisses

   

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