Newsletter March / April 2021

Dear CME members,

Time is certainly flying and today is a great day given that schools are back open! Learning in the classroom has been missed not just by our students pupils but teachers as well. While we in HE need to wait a little longer maybe to be able to deliver more face-to-face learning and teaching, we are pleased it is going in the right direction. Certainly this also leads to various other questions on how will the next academic year look like in terms of delivery? We still need to plan for potential Covid spikes but also ensure that we can deliver as much as possible face-to-face. A challenge that will keep us busy for now. In this newsletter I will share some great news and conference opportunities:

  • Welcome Emily Pentland Hill to Surrey Business School – Senior Personal Tutor
  • Trending Opinion Piece by Christine Rivers & Anna Holland in Times Higher Education
  • SurreyIDEA – Speed with Business programme
  • Applying for BAM transition and MKE grants
  • BAM conference call for papers
  • CABS LTSE conference call for papers

Welcome Emily Pentland Hill to Surrey Business School – Senior Personal Tutor

Emily has been working in a youth environment for over 13 years, with an academic background in Psychology, Emily has worked in a range of large scale organisations running programmes of activity for a youth audience across social care settings  and most recently in International Development for a global charity. In 2020 Emily led the successful completion of an educational programme focussed around active citzenship for 18 – 35 year olds having pivoted to virtual learning practices due to the Covid19 pandemic. Emily has worked with a diverse range of young people and has a wealth of stakeholder engagement experience having worked across various industries for many years.

Emily has been involved with the business school in a professional capacity since 2016 undertaking leadership courses for senior managers and in 2019 completed the PG Cert in Management Education alongside other colleagues in the business school. Emily has particular interests around blended learning pedagogy, well-being and resilience development and is keen to understand the impact of the ongoing pandemic on students and staff in the months and years ahead.

Trending Opinion Piece by Christine Rivers & Anna Holland – Times Higher Edcuation

Who am I now? How the academic identity changed through Covid Actors? Videographers? Graphic designers? Covid has forced academics to wear many uncomfortable hats, say Christine Rivers and Anna

Academics are having to be actors, videographers, graphic designers
Source: iStock

SurreyIDEA – Speed with Business programme

Later on this month SurreyIDEA is launching its SPEED with Business programme aimed at supporting academics to engage with business. The programme is the first of its kind in the UK and builds on the success of the Business Boost 2020 programme which engaged over 100 early career academics and doctoral students in a range of business engagement activities. SPEED with Business is funded through the Surrey ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and for more details please get in touch at

Applying for BAM transition & MKE grants – workshop

If you are thinking of applying to BAM transition or MKE grants you might want to consider attending this workshop held on 23rd of April 2021. Please click here to read more and register for the workshop.

BAM Conference – CAll for Papers open, deadline 19th of March 2021. Click here to read more and submit.

CABS LTSE conference – Call for Papers open, deadline 19th of March 2021. Click here to read more and submit.