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Attendance Registration/Learning Analytics/Student Dashboard 19/20

Colleagues we have some exciting developments with the installation of student card readers as shown below for all teaching rooms with a capacity of over 25. This will enable students to register their attendance using their student card including lectures.

The Business School has been at the forefront of influencing university policy and we have been chosen as the pilot for this project, it will have a phased implementation over the coming months.

When it is fully operational we will be able to:

  • Display what is timetabled for that room
  • Intervene when a student has not been attending
  • Access data when rooms are used for extra curricula activities
  • Use a portable card reader for activities not in rooms e.g Mitras House Canteen
  • There will also be capacity for further marketing messages to be displayed.

Timeline for phased introduction

First teaching week until the end of first semester– please use the  photoregisters as we did last year for each seminar you teach. This will enable the system to be fully tested before we use the data, and still have attendance data available and of course to get to know your students.

Photoregisters have been set-up a module level, please check your 2019 module. Seminar groups will be set-up once these have been formed.

It is hoped that the students will be able to use the card reader from the beginning of term to get them use to the system whilst it is being tested.

Please help us to make this be a success





Staff Development Conference (Previously Learning & Teaching) 10th July 2019

Due to extending the exam board schedule we need to move the date of the newly renamed Staff Development Conference to Weds 10th July.

The conference is building on the new vision for BBS:

We are renowned for making a real difference to people, practice, and society

We will be using the wonderful facilities of Mithras House (Chris and Max have promised to make the rooms attractive) and the multi storey car park should be open by then. We will follow the conference with a get together in the Bevy .

The agenda is broadening out to include more than just developments in Learning and Teaching this year.

Staff will be presented with the Annual Learning & Teaching and Professional Staff awards 2019.

We will also be welcoming members of SASM who will be service teaching Events and Tourism at BBS from next academic year.

Provision Programme with confirmed sessions, in no particular order:

Responsible Enterprise Exchange – launch

Research @BBS supporting staff

Planning Primary Research: New Requirements for students and staff 

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Introducing its New Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE) Scheme  

LinkedIn Learning opportunities for staff and teaching

NUMBAS? – Integrating a versatile e-assessment platform with StudentCentral for mathematical and financial modules

Gamification can it support Engagement?

Identifying and Embedding Value: The Value Process

My Department Home page 2019 – finding/storing information

Understanding our Metrics the good, bad and the ugly

Student panel discussion


Annual Staff Development (L&T) conference booking form - 2019

Links to some new pages:

BBS Policies and Procedures Updates

Documenting Moderation on Submitted Work


BSS & NSS Launch: Developmental Feedback and more…..

The BSS and NSS launch on the 4th Feb. It is vitally important that as a school we pull together to support these important surveys. The result of the NSS will feed into the subject level TEF.

The first three weeks of the NSS are critical as after that time Ipsos will then start to call our students and we know that frustrates them, however it is out of our control. The Student Engagement Champions have organised 3 NSS Pizza Nights to encourage students to come and complete the survey. These will be on 5th, 12th and 19th Feb from 5-7 in Mithras Canteen.

If you are teaching a level 6 module during this time please take a few minutes before you begin to acknowledge that the survey is happening (this is what our students tell us makes the difference). Use these slides as a guide NSS intro slides

If you can not open the link please me me know and I will send them by email.

More details about the BSS and NSS questions and university guidance can be found here

If you were unable to make the session of Developmental Feedback Made Simple please see the information here

We want to encourage all staff to engage with Professional Development therefore we have decided to rename the Learning and Teaching Conference  to the Staff Development Conference to broaden its appeal. Please hold the date 5th July 2019 – if you have any suggestions for sessions please email

Supporting this theme BBS now has a Volunteer Teaching Observation Process more details   here

Finally for now following a very successful 2018 Graduation Ball the tickets for 2019 Graduation Ball will be on sale very soon. The ball will be @The Grand Hotel on 7th June.


National Student Survey (NSS) Brighton Student Survey (BSS)

Below is the link to the NSS  and BSS questions. The BSS questions will be different this year.

NSS  2019 Questions

BSS 2019 Questions

Below is the link to the action plan which was distributed with some additional comments made as a result of the recent ESEC meeting.

Action plan

The link to the Action plan will take you to the most current document, so as we make changes it will be updated.

You can find all the relevant Business School documents about the NSS/BSS on SharePoint. To find the folder, go to staffcentral then click arrow to the right of your name, then click “my department”. You will see headings across the top: click on NSS and the documents for 18/19 are in subfolder.

Wider University NSS information:

Wider University BSS information:

What is difficult is getting out the good news/changes to students and staff and building a sense of positivity and pride.

Reminders: what is currently available (see action plan for more idea)

  • We have Your Voice Matters on studentcentral on the main menu for MySchool Brighton Business School. This includes responses to students’ stop, start and continue feedback, a link to the Good News Stories and student comms re 2018 BSS.

One  simple way to promote the survey is to add a strap-line  to the  signature area on emails (see below) as we are often solving problems and answering questions – this reinforces that we are supporting students.

Strap-line on email responses to students –

Calling all final year students please complete the National Student Survey (NSS): your reflections on your whole degree – first – final year are very important 

How to create and add a signature to messages

The NSS results  are used as part of the metrics of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

Festive jumper appeal: 12th December

As we head towards the season of goodwill, we wanted to support some great causes whilst also having some festive fun.

It is easy to get involved: Simply dig out your favourite festive jumper, wear it to work on the 12th December and donate £2 or more. You do not even need to splash out on a seasonal sweater to take part – just grab a plain jumper from your wardrobe and customise it using tinsel, baubles and homemade snowflakes!

Just send a text message saying BRJU18 £2 to 70070 to donate £2 by text, or to donate £5 send the code BRJU18 £5 – you can also make a donation via our JustGiving site.
Money donated will help to build a better and brighter future for children who are in desperate need. Funding will be equally split between The University’s Malagiri School Project in Nepal and the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day Appeal.
Don’t forget to tweet your festive pictures to @brightonalumni using the hashtag #brightonforever.

Your School Annual Learning & Teaching and Professional Support Staff Awards 2018/19

The third annual Learning and Teaching & Professional Staff Awards are open for nomination from the 5th November.

The Business School has a proud record of recognising and rewarding its teaching and professional support staff.  This year we will be presenting a total of eight £250 awards: four for Learning and Teaching and four for Professional Support.

New for 2018/19: one of the Learning and Teaching Awards has been co-sponsored by the BBS student Law Society, so if you want nominate a Law lecturer please use the separate form.

The process of entry is by anonymous nomination on-line. Please scroll down to the page to view all entry forms.

Nominations can be made by students or staff colleagues.

Learning & Teaching Awards

The nominations for Learning & Teaching Awards will be judged against each of the following criteria
  • Displays an active interest in and development of approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn
  • Demonstrates commitment to and support for the development of students as individuals
  • Uses effective communication skills that engage students in the learning experiences
Annual Learning & Teaching Award Nominations 2018/19

Annual Learning & Teaching Award Nominations 2018/19

Annual Law Learning & Teaching Award Nominations (co-sponsored by BBS student Law Society) 2018/19

Annual Law Learning & Teaching Award Nominations (co-sponsored by BBS student Law Society) 2018/19


Professional Support Staff Awards

The nominations for Professional Support Staff Awards will be judged against each of the following criteria
  • Provides high quality work which either directly or indirectly supports staff, research and/or students
  • Provides high quality advice, guidance and support which enhances the student and staff experience
  • Regularly goes above and beyond their duties at an exceptionally high level which reflects the school and the university values of excellence
Annual Professional Support Staff Awards Nominations 2018/19

Annual Professional Support Staff Awards Nominations 2018/19

Nominations of all awards open Monday 5th November 2018
Nominations close Friday  19th January 2019
Winners announced TBC
The BBS student Law Society award will be presented at the Law Society Ball 26th January and we will recongise all our award winners at the Learning and Teaching conference on 5th July 2019  


Learning Analytics start of term update

Firstly – some stats!

The emojis are getting going – over 200 emojis recorded so far! 🤓 (clever) is winning – a good sign for the new term.

Photo Register is working – around 5000 students university-wide are having their attendance recorded each day!

BBS has distributed the student flyer  (see below). Ensuring the students know what this is all about is key to the project’s success

As a reminder, the full dashboard will be released by Mon Nov 5th – for students this is via a dashboard button on the emoji widget and for Personal Academic Tutors and Course Leaders this is via the Student Lookup tab on the top right hand side on studentcentral.

Photo Register

  • In BBS we are aware there has been/may still be some issues around groups -please persevere as recording attendance is critical
  • Photo Register with big cohorts was not loading so has been fixed so it now displays all the groups (not just the first 20)
  • Doctoral students who are teaching don’t see photo register (only ‘staff’), Katie and the team are aware of this. Once we understand the scale of this as an issue we will find a solution.

More help:

The Art of Management and Organisation (AOMO) 2018 Conference Blog Paul Levy

You can access Paul’s blog about the conference here

Paul also blogged about his keynote presentations at the 16th Conference on the Management and Innovative Technologies Conference 2018 in Izola, Slovenia here

Learning Analytics 2018: STARTS 1st Oct 2018

As previously discussed, there are a series of commitments we have made as a school. The ones that affect colleagues across the all courses both undergraduate and postgraduate are:

Attendance: attendance data must be stored via the PhotoRegister in a timely way (eg the day of the teaching). All staff teaching are committed to doing this is a list of courses BBS 2018 courses

Personal Academic student Tutorials: PATs are expected to use the data with your tutees in the tutorials. These slides show you how to access the dashboard for your students via the PAT Student Lookup.

The school will also need to play our part in the project evaluation and more details will follow on this.

Finally, to confirm launch dates: the emoji ‘How are you doing’ component is scheduled to launch for your students on Monday Oct 1st with the dashboard following on Mon Nov 5th (week 6).

We will distribute a leaflet to the students over the next two weeks.

Information about Personal Tutoring & Placement Supervision

Easter Monday now added to the Academic Calendar   

This is an example of ensuring that you are able to view the most recent documents,  links to documents are enbedded in the BBS Quality, Learning & Teaching Blog. This allows the links  to remind “live” if the document itself changes.  You can find the link to the blog on the main menu of My School: Business School Staff Area on studentcentral. The blog has a search function to help you locate information.

Personal Tutoring @BBS

Placement Supervison

Easter Monday now added to the Academic Calendar   

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