At the School of Education, we are very much looking forward to you joining us for the start of the academic year. For the first half session we are focused on providing our teaching through blended and online teaching. Where possible we have offered teaching on campus. This teaching will take place on an alternating pattern with student accessing in-person teaching one week with online learning the next. Other courses will be taught online and we have thought carefully about our online teaching to support your learning. There will be live and recorded lectures and your tutorial groups will meet in the same room on collaborate each week. We will teach you how to use collaborate so you can actively be involved in your learning as the semester progresses. 

Below you will find details of orientation, reading lists and other blended learning information for School of Education students to help you start your student journey with us.

PGDE

PGDE Primary
Guide to Day 1
This guide takes you through how to get yourself ready for day one. Please download this guide and read over.
Induction Booklet

Please familiarise yourself with the induction booklet which you can download here.

Timeline
Download the semester timeline.
Meet the Team info
Lorna Stewart
Programme Director
Email: lorna.stewart@abdn.ac.uk
Cathy Francis
Curriculum lead
Eamil: catherine.francis1@abdn.ac.uk
Alyson Young
Professional Studies lead
Email: alyson.young@abdn.ac.uk
Kirsten Darling-McQuistan
Inclusive Practice lead
Email: kirsten.darling-mcquistan@abdn.ac.uk
Livia Tanasie
Programme administrator
Email: pgde@abdn.ac.uk
Tracy Collier
Technician
Email: t.collier@abdn.ac.uk

 

PGDE Secondary
Guide to Day 1

MONDAY 17 AUGUST:

2-5pm: Library and ICT workshops. We recommend that all students attend these sessions, even if you have previously been a student at the University.  These sessions are tailored to PGDE Secondary and will introduce the Virtual Learning Environment (Ultra) and Collaborate platforms. 

Details of groups and allocated timings will be available on MyAberdeen when the programme starts. 

These sessions will be held online via Collaborate. Please log in to MyAberdeen, go to the panel on the left hand side of the main page, click on ‘join session’ under the Blackboard Collaborate title, and select ‘IT and library induction’ to enter the Collaborate room at the appropriate time.

Please attend your allocated session to enable all students to access the sessions.

TUESDAY 18 AUGUST:

9.30am -11am: Welcome lecture (in Welcome Lecture Collaborate Room)
11am-4pm: Curricular Studies (in curricular Collaborate rooms; including coffee break and lunch break)

Induction Booklet

Please familiarise yourself with the induction booklet which you can download here.

Timeline
Please familiarise yourself with the Timeline which you can download here.
Meet the Team info

For PGDE general enquiries please email: pgde@abdn.ac.uk

 

Programme Director Faye Hendry faye.hendry@abdn.ac.uk
School Experience Co-ordinator Leigh Bjorkvoll l.bjorkvoll@abdn.ac.uk
Assessment Co-ordinator Steph O’Reilly stephanie.o’reilly@abdn.ac.uk  
Professional Studies Co-ordinator Colin Christie colin.christie@abdn.ac.uk
Recruitment Co-ordinator Fraser Hepburn fraser.hepburn@abdn.ac.uk
Disabilities Co-ordinator George Drew g.drew@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Curricular tutors

Biology Leigh Bjorkvoll l.bjorkvoll@abdn.ac.uk
Business Education Alan Grieve alan.grieve@abdn.ac.uk
Chemistry & Physics Fraser Hepburn fraser.hepburn@abdn.ac.uk
Computing George Drew g.drew@abdn.ac.uk 
Drama Will Barlow william.barlow@abdn.ac.uk
English David Johnston
Faye Hendry
d.h.johnston@abdn.ac.uk
faye.hendry@abdn.ac.uk
Home Economics Yvonne Dewhurst y.dewhurst@abdn.ac.uk
Maths Helen Martin h.martin@abdn.ac.uk
Modern Languages Colin Christie colin.christie@abdn.ac.uk
Music Pauline Black paulineblack@abdn.ac.uk
RMPS Graeme Nixon g.nixon@abdn.ac.uk
Social Subjects Steph O’Reilly
Tom Ferguson
stephanie.o’reilly@abdn.ac.uk
thomas.ferguson@abdn.ac.uk

 

Professional Studies tutors

Leigh Bjorkvoll   l.bjorkvoll@abdn.ac.uk
Yvonne Bain yvonne.bain1@abdn.ac.uk
Colin Christie colin.christie@abdn.ac.uk
George Drew g.drew@abdn.ac.uk
Alan Grieve alan.grieve@abdn.ac.uk
Faye Hendry faye.hendry@abdn.ac.uk
Steph O’Reilly stephanie.o’reilly@abdn.ac.uk

 

Undergraduate

Orientation

We expect our campuses to be open in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your personal tutor or course tutors. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

There will be activities for incoming students in Welcome Week: 21-25 September and in the early weeks of term.

  • In the meantime you should complete the University's Orientation programme.

    The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

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  • School Orientation will be uploaded into MyAberdeen. Find out how to view the School's Organisation area in MyAberdeen.

 

What to expect

  • Presentation followed by individual course virtual meetings
  • Welcome from the Head of the School of Education, Dr David Smith
  • Followed by introduction from Dr John Mynott, Head of Department of Initial Teacher Education.
Blended Learning

Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person teaching activity, where this is appropriate e.g. in the School of Education, some courses are normally delivered online.

In the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, lectures will be delivered online through MyAberdeen. Other teaching activities, such as tutorials, may take place either on campus or online.

As is appropriate, we are planning for all students to have the opportunity for some in-person teaching time on campus each week, as Scottish Government guidelines allow.

Your course tutors will keep you updated of plans for on campus teaching. If you cannot attend in person, you will be able to experience this learning virtually.

All lectures will be available online in MyAberdeen, and may be presented in short sections, rather than in one block. You will also have opportunities to learn through other formats in My Aberdeen such as quizzes, discussion boards and group chat. In-person tutorials, may be in smaller groups than usual if physical distancing is required.

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can engage with critical reading and writing skills  and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.

Assessment

Assessments may include essays, presentations, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Practicals, fieldwork and placements

If your course includes  practical sessions, we will aim to provide these, subject to safety constraints, or create online alternatives. If your course includes a placement, we will follow national guidance and health and safety requirements from the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS).

Postgraduate Taught

Orientation

We expect part-time, online delivery to resume at a distance from September. In addition, our campuses will be open, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet and work flexibly within your MyAberdeen Ultra teaching environment with other students and your course tutors from the onset and as you begin your learning journey with us. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and normal student activities will resume.

There will be activities for incoming students in Welcome Week: 21-25 September and in the early weeks of term.

  • In the meantime you should complete the University's Orientation programme.

    The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

    Student Orientation - You could win £200 Amazon Vouchers

 

Blended Learning

PGT courses will be delivered online normally within a 12-week teaching timeframe for you to achieve usually 30 credits at SCQF level 11. Students are expected to overtake active learning and assessment tasks to meet specific learning outcomes. Pre-recorded teaching insets and links will provide for a dynamic professional learning experience where sharing of good examples of practice is the expected norm. This will be supported by Synchronous online collaborate whole group and small group meetings and Asynchronous discussions. In the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, where programmes require residential or face to face meeting experiences, these will be delivered online through MyAberdeen Ultra.

Panopto teaching insets will be available online in MyAberdeen Ultra and will be presented under short and manageable headings You will also have opportunities to learn through other formats such as quizzes, discussion boards and group chat. Content delivery will be flexible to suit your personal, family and work commitments supported by scheduled assessment check points.

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen via course areas and online induction later in the summer. In the meantime, you can engage with critical reading and writing skills and learn more about the University and using Ultra at our award-winning Toolkit website.

Assessment

Courses will be assessed by online formative tasks leading to summative assignment submissions. These will be graded, and feedback provided online. Specific requirements will vary from programme to programme and assessment details and submission deadlines will be provided in the course content section of every course from the start date.

Postgraduate Research

Key School Contacts

Dr Elizabeth Curtis
PGR Co-ordinator

Dr David Johnston
PGR Co-ordinator

Sarah Milne
School  Support Co-ordinator for Research
soe-research@abdn.ac.uk

Orientation

As a PGR student you have the opportunity to attend a University wide orientation in addition to your School specific event.

Check back soon for information on your school induction programme.

Blended Learning

As a PGR student you may have the opportunity to audit Master‘s courses to augment your research training. Please discuss this with your supervisor and check out the postgraduate taught pages above.

The PGR School also offers a comprehensive training programme to support your research journey.