The Bishop Grosseteste University Associate Award (ABGU) is a new non-credit bearing Lecture Series and Award delivered through a series of three lectures each semester over a three year period.

The ABGU is part of the University’s student enhancement and enrichment programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Award is primarily for our students but is also open to staff, alumni and members of the public who wish to engage with the University as members of its wider academic community.

The Lecture Series will enable those undertaking the Award to engage in considering issues relating to social justice, self, careers and work, matters of faith and religion, and ways of understanding the world from a range of cultural, historical, scientific and religious perspectives.

An Opportunity to Think

The Associate Award provides opportunities for students, staff, alumni and members of the public to engage with BGU as members of its academic community. The Award takes as its inspiration the concept of a university as being a place ‘used to think with’. The Award is an expression of the historical tradition of knowledge, learning, and intellectual freedom within Higher Education and the underlying mission, values and ethos of Bishop Grosseteste University as an institution loyal to its Anglican foundation. Through its Lecture Series, the Award provides an introduction to a wide range of ideas, concepts, knowledge and ways of thinking about ourselves, careers and work, matters of faith and religion, and ways of understanding the world from a range of cultural, historical, scientific and religious perspectives.

The lectures which form the basis of the Award’s Lecture Series Themes each semester are underpinned by a number of ‘Core Threads’:

  • Heritage
  • Anglican ethics and values
  • Cultural elements
  • Social justice and relationship of the individual to the world around them
  • The development of the individual within education and childcare contexts

The Award contributes to the University’s Five Year Strategy (2014-19) and is supported by a grant from the Church Universities Fund (2015-18). The Patron of the Award is Bishop Christopher, The Rt Rev The Lord Bishop of Lincoln.

The Associate Award forms one element of the University’s current provision for student enhancement as part of the ‘suite’ of non-credit bearing Awards which reflect the University’s holistic approach to learning and community. Other Awards in this ‘suite’ include the Employability Award and the Volunteering Award.

The Associate Award is a non-credit bearing Award and is not a professional qualification or academic taught programme of study.

Our Place in the World (Semester 1, 2019-2020)

The lecture series will consider ways in which philosophies and concepts have shaped ideas in historical and cultural contexts.

On our Doorstep (Semester 2, 2019-2020)

The lecture series will consider ways in which identity and understandings of self and place intersect and articulated in the ‘voice’ of communities and / or nations.

Lecture Series details for 2019-2020

DateSemester ThemeLecture TitleSpeakerLocation
Wed. 23rd October 2019Our Place in the World: Continuity and ChangeRobert Grosseteste and the Anima MundiDr Jack CunninghamHardy Teaching Room 1
Wed. 20th November 2019Our Place in the World: Continuity and ChangeRebuilding communities after a natural disasterSubash Chellaiah, University of LincolnHardy Teaching Room 1
Wed. 11th December 2019Our Place in the World: Continuity and ChangeThe Law and MedicineDr Robert Jaggs-FowlerHardy Teaching Room 2
Wed. 29th January 2020On our DoorstepThe European mind – experiences in multicultural political activismDr Claudia CapancioniCSH Room 1
Wed. 26th February 2020On our DoorstepOn our doorstep but out of mind: Voices of marginalised punk women in Northern Ireland’Dr Francis StewartHardy Teaching Room 1
Wed. 25th March 2020On our DoorstepHiding in plain sight – Issues in Youth JusticeDr Vicky Kemp, University of NottinghamHardy Teaching Room 1

*Please note that lecture titles, speakers and locations may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances

Evidence of Engagement with the Award Themes will take the form of assessed Synoptic Statements (1,500 words) for each semester. Assessment is free to students and staff. Information on fees for Alumni and members of the public. To gain the Award you must pass in four of the six semester units. Assessed units may be completed over a two or three year period.

You need to register for assessment in each semester in which you intend to submit a Synoptic Statement. Enrolment on the Associate Award does NOT automatically register you for assessment.

For students undertaking placements:

The structure of the Award provides the facility not to attend a lecture(s) if you are “out on placement”. In your “placement semester” you may choose not to submit a Synoptic Statement, however you are encouraged to attend other lectures of that semester if you can. Once your “placement semester” is complete, you are encouraged to resume submitting Synoptic Statements to gain your four required passes. Please let the Award Coordinator know if you are affected by placement requirements of your course.

If you are enrolled on the Associate Award, please note that additional information regarding Assessment, Registering for Assessment and Synoptic Statements can be found in the Associate Award area on Blackboard.

For details of the Assessments, see The Finer Details of Assessment below.

Each semester the evidence of engagement will consist of a choice of three topics related to the three lectures for that semester. Each lecture will focus on one of the five Learning Outcomes, as shown below. Those submitting a Synoptic Statement choose one of the assessment choices. Full details of each semester’s assessment will be made available from the first lecture of each lecture series on Blackboard for those enrolled for the Associate Award.

Core Thread Learning Outcomes
HeritageLO1To discuss the heritage of BGU by reference to one of the theories and/or writings of Robert Grosseteste
Anglican Ethics and ValuesLO2To discuss how values and attitudes related to the Christian faith and/or Anglican traditions might be interpreted generationally, culturally and or geographically
Cultural ElementsLO3To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the world by reference to one or more cultural, historical, scientific, literary or religious perspectives
Social Justice and Relationship of the Individual to the World Around ThemLO4To discuss an issue of social justice and/or how individuals relate to the world around them.
The Development of the Individual within Education and Childcare ContextsLO5To discuss ways in which individuals develop as a result of the influences around them

The assessment is marked on a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ basis:

Pass
Awarded for Synoptic Statements which reproduce the main points of the relevant lecture correct.

Fail
Given to a Synoptic Statement which does not show knowledge and/or understanding of the main points of the lecture correctly.

Guidance relating to writing synoptic statements is available on Blackboard for those enrolled for the Associate Award.

I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in an Award completely unique to Bishop Grosseteste University, one that perfectly accompanied my degree and taught me more about my university and place within society … Thank you so much for offering me the opportunity to take part in this award, I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Emily, Undergraduate Student

As a student at the university, the Associate Award has allowed me to reflect upon my degree that I am taking. It has also allowed me to reflect upon my career aspirations and my day-to-day life. The Associate Award is a fantastic opportunity to explore your own ideas and beliefs about various topics.

Claire, Undergraduate Student

As someone who has not attended academic lectures for many years, I found the Associate Award fascinating. The lectures were well organised and included an eclectic range of subjects. The Award was promoted as giving the attendees an ‘opportunity to think’; it certainly achieved that! The organisers … were supportive and encouraging in their feedback. I have very much enjoyed being part of the BGU Associate Award and will continue to attend future lectures.

Tracy, Member of the Public undertaking the Award

I have found the lectures not only interesting but also thought-provoking and by writing essays based on the lectures my understanding and knowledge of a range of subjects and how they affect me personally and those around me has been very rewarding.

Betty, Professional Services staff and Volunteer Project Worker undertaking the Award

You can attend the first two lectures and then decide to enrol via our Enquiries Team by emailing enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk with the subject line of BGU Associate Award. You do not have to enrol prior to attending the first lecture.

If you are a member of our Alumni or a member of the public you are more than welcome to enrol. Please enrol via our Admissions Team as above.

For more information, please contact Dr Daphne Whiteoak with any questions or concerns by emailing daphne.whiteoak@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 585640.

For any concerns regarding enrolment or assessment fees, please contact our Admissions Team by emailing enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583658.

Click here to download an application form.

The deadline for enrolment is 2nd December 2019 by 4pm. Please ensure that completed application forms are submitted to admissions@bishopg.ac.uk by this date.

Our Place in the World (Semester 1, 2019-2020)

The lecture series will consider ways in which philosophies and concepts have shaped ideas in historical and cultural contexts.

On our Doorstep (Semester 2, 2019-2020)

The lecture series will consider ways in which identity and understandings of self and place intersect and articulated in the ‘voice’ of communities and / or nations.

Lecture Series details for 2019-2020

DateSemester ThemeLecture TitleSpeakerLocation
Wed. 23rd October 2019Our Place in the World: Continuity and ChangeRobert Grosseteste and the Anima MundiDr Jack CunninghamHardy Teaching Room 1
Wed. 20th November 2019Our Place in the World: Continuity and ChangeRebuilding communities after a natural disasterSubash Chellaiah, University of LincolnHardy Teaching Room 1
Wed. 11th December 2019Our Place in the World: Continuity and ChangeThe Law and MedicineDr Robert Jaggs-FowlerHardy Teaching Room 2
Wed. 29th January 2020On our DoorstepThe European mind – experiences in multicultural political activismDr Claudia CapancioniCSH Room 1
Wed. 26th February 2020On our DoorstepOn our doorstep but out of mind: Voices of marginalised punk women in Northern Ireland’Dr Francis StewartHardy Teaching Room 1
Wed. 25th March 2020(CANCELLED) On our DoorstepHiding in plain sight – Issues in Youth JusticeDr Vicky Kemp, University of NottinghamHardy Teaching Room 1

When do lectures take place?
There are three lectures each semester. Lectures are always on a Wednesday between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Have a look at our Lectures tab to see when these will take place and what we will be looking into.

How long do I have to complete the Award? The period in which the Award must be completed is three years form the point of enrolment.
The three year period can include a period as a student on a full-time three year period of undergraduate study or a shorter period of full-time study (e.g. PGCE) plus two years period of completion as an alumnus. However, the total period permitted for completion is three years. In exceptional circumstances intercalation under University Regulations may be permitted. This will be at the discretion of the University.

It is possible for the Award to be completed in two years if those undertaking the Award complete four continuous semester units.

For those undertaking part-time postgraduate course (e.g. Masters or doctorates, PhD or EdD) as fully enrolled students at BGU, no additional years are available (unless there is intercalation); the completion period is three years.

Completion for those enrolled on the Award as an alumnus or as a member of the public are supported through being able to watch podcasts of the filmed lectures if they cannot attend lectures due to circumstances such as distance. Please contact the Award Coordinator, Dr Daphne Whiteoak, for more details.

I can’t find the Associate Award on Blackboard – where is it?
The Associate Award area will not automatically appear on Blackboard. Once Admissions have processed your enrolment request, you will be able to see the Associate Award area. If you are not able to see the Associate Area on Blackboard within one week of enrolling, please contact Andrew Carr in the Admissions Office.

I would like to begin the Award – what are my next steps?
Please contact Admissions by email enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk with the subject line BGU Associate Award.

Is there a deadline to decide by?
You can attend the first lecture and then decide to enrol via our Enquiries Team by emailing enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk with the subject line BGU Associate Award. You do not have to enrol prior to attending the first two lectures.

I am in my second / final year of my degree / undertaking a Postgraduate course – can I still do the Associate Award?
Yes of course! Please see the FAQ ‘How long do I have to complete the Award?’ above.

My course has placements – can I still enrol for the Associate Award?
Yes, many of our undergraduate and postgraduate students ‘go out’ on placements for varying lengths and patterns of time during their studies at BGU. The Award is planned so that students who have placements during their course can still do the Associate Award.

You need to register for assessment in four semesters within a three year period and be awarded a Pass in the Synoptic Statement assessments submitted.

Attendance at all lectures is encouraged and a register of attendance will be kept. If you cannot attend a lecture due to placement, you can either (i) use the filmed podcasts of the lectures to watch the lecture you can’t attend and still register for assessment in that semester or (ii) decide not to register for assessment for the semester in which you are out on placement (remember, you must complete the Award within three years from enrolment).

Podcasts will be available for those enrolled on the Award via the Associate Award area of Blackboard from one week after the lecture.

I am an alumnus / member of the public and have registered for assessment. How do I pay? Please contact our Enquiries Team regarding payment by emailing enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583658.

For more information, please see the Associate Award Handbook or contact Dr Daphne Whiteoak with any questions or concerns by emailing daphne.whiteoak@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583781.

For any concerns regarding enrollment or assessment fees, please contact our Admissions Team by emailing enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583658.