Ursula says, "I encourage student’s engagement, by providing opportunities for students to explore in their own interests related to the class and always incorporate the impact that natural sciences have in other disciplines or vice versa. Students in my classes not only learned from the information and exercises I provide, but also from extensive literature searches that support their learning. Assignments in my courses involved the production of strong evidence-based work and the production of reports that accurately communicate science to a large range of public audiences. In some of my pre-major courses, I introduce the use of creative ways to learn and communicate science. My students use their creative and artistic skills or gain new ones to demonstrate what they learn on the topics covered in class."
Vivien is a champion of Learning and Teaching innovation and practice through being committee member of the Association of National Teaching Fellows, and also through working with the Association of Learning Technology (ALT), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Jisc.
She closely follows Higher Education policy and participates in consultations and work groups. She is passionate about open education and has grown research profiles at three UK universities. At De Montfort, she led the academic community in enhancing their curricula and approaches through embedding open practice, and such work has had a sustained impact on staff and student experience several years on.
Vivien on the web is here. Her research is here