Diverse Learning: The challenges and opportunities of working with dyslexic, dyspraxic and dyscalculic students.

The Centre for Learning and Teaching presented a cross disciplinary conference on Diverse Learning on 23rd September examining the challenges and opportunities of working with dyslexic, dyspraxic and dyscalculic students. A wide range of presenters from within the University and from other institutions gave perspectives from the point of view of psychology, mathematics, academic writing, psychotherapy, learning support and languages. Students also described their experiences. As well as fresh insights and new understandings of the issues around diverse learning styles, there were discussions of constructive responses, supported by a range of resources. The day ended with a round table discussion of the implications for higher education pedagogy and ways forward.

This was a very enriching conference, enabling the Richmond community to consider diverse learning in greater depth. More than thirty faculty and staff from all parts of the university attended.

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Paul Rekret’s work included in new book, Between Foucault and Derrida


Richmond’s Prof. Paul Rekret has published a new essay entitled ‘The Aporia and the Problem’ in a new edited volume on the work of philosophers Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Between Foucault and Derrida brings together new translations of these two important philosophers along with 10 essays written by some of the world’s most well-known scholars working in contemporary continental philosophy.








Professor Sabine Spangenberg

”In Search of Value: Early civilisations and Athenian thought” published in International Journal of Happiness and Development, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2016

The paper argues that economic value should not be restricted to commodity, factor and asset prices; economic value should include intrinsic concepts of well-being and welfare. Forms of value and wealth during the period of early civilisation are exhibited. A juxtaposition of ideas and concepts of well-being during this early time period facilitates a more critical approach to economic development today.

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Michael Keating is keynote speaker to the Oil, Finance and Shipping Symposium

Richmond Professor of International Political Economy, Michael Keating was keynote speaker to the The Oil, Finance and Shipping Symposium on 31 August at the University of Greenwich. The title of Michael’s talk was ‘Global Energy Governance: Characteristics of a Fourth Era in the Making’. Michael is most recently the co-author of the Global Energy Challenge and co-editor of Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia.

Dr Robert J. Wallis

Dr. Robert J. Wallis delivers keynote lecture at University of Helsinki

Dr. Robert J. Wallis delivered a keynote lecture at the University of Helsinki on 21 August 2016. He was invited to speak at the ‘Thinking Through Animals’ International workshop at the Tvärminne Zoological Station, 19-21 August 2016. Dr. Wallis spoke on ‘Art and Shamanism: From Cave Painting to the White Cube’, the eponymous title of his forthcoming monograph. The participants at the international workshop gathered to consider issues surrounding ‘taking animals seriously’ in the archaeological record and the group are now working on a funding proposal for a collaborative research project. Dr. Wallis is Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean, and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture in the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences at Richmond. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. His recent publications include:

*   Historical Dictionary of Shamanism. Rowman and Littlefield (second edition 2016).

*   Paganism, archaeology and folklore in twenty-first century Britain: the case of ‘The Stonehenge Ancestors’. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion: Special Issue: Religion, Archaeology and Folklore 28(2): 129-157 (2015).

*   Re-examining prehistoric stone ‘wrist-guards’ as evidence for falconry in later prehistoric Britain. Antiquity 88(340): 411-424 (2014).

Professor George Xinsheng Zhang

Prof George X Zhang lectured on Chinese language teaching in China

Professor George Zhang visited Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) in July, Richmond’s partner university in China. Professor Zhang gave a number of guest lectures and presentations as a visiting professor to post-graduates, and to Chinese language teachers both from China around the world on professional development programmes organised by BLCU and funded by Hanban. BLCU is also a national centre responsible for education and training of Chinese language teachers funded by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. The BLCU is setting up a number of regional centres around the world, and Richmond University is being considered to become a centre in the UK.

Professor Zhang also delivered talks, as an invited speaker, on the learning and teaching of Chinese and the development of learning materials at the 3rd Mandarin Teachers’ Conference in Shanghai in early August, organised by Dulwich College International (DCI), which runs the largest dual language programme involving Chinese amongst international schools around the world.

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Richard Bevan awarded Gold Medal at National Eisteddfod of Wales

Adjunct Professor Richard Bevan has been awarded the Gold Medal in Fine Art by the National Eisteddfod of Wales for his films, attracting a £5000 award. He produced 16mm films that include the film projectors as a central part of the work. Richard said: “The films have relatively unconventional forms – as long as two hours of a loop within a cinema, or as short as 13 seconds as the only work within a gallery.” Bevan’s films will be exhibited and he will feature in BBC 4 programme.

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