Research Output per year
I have worked at the University of Dundee since 2003. My teaching responsibilities are primarily in college sector education on the Teaching Qualification in Further Education, working with students employed in further education colleges, adult and higher education and other organisations engaged in training and education.
The TQFE is the formally recognised teaching qualification for lecturers in the college sector in Scotland. This qualification is awarded at both undergraduate (SCQF Level 9) and postgraduate (SCQF Level 11) levels. As a lecturer on this programme I provide learner guidance and support, deliver workshops, observe teaching practice, examine student work and contribute to Programme and Exam boards.
As TQFE Programme Convenor I am responsible for the management of the teaching observation component carried out by core team staff and college partners. I also conduct the evaluation of the programme. I have been a major contributor to the development of the TQFE’s multi-faceted online delivery and of the materials presented there.
The BA Professional Development is a professional development award for those currently in employment. As well as teaching, my work on this programme involves the supervision of small research projects in the college sector, and contributing to the programme management and examination process.
I am also a tutor on the PG Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education supporting colleagues and external participants undertaking this teaching qualification in higher education.
I was Equality and Diversity Convenor (Students) for the School of Education and Social Work, this work included chairing the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee, promoting inclusive practice, organising ED&I events and leading a project seeking to address the gender gap on some of our programmes.
As well as my other responsibilities I am an elected member of the Education and Social Work Quality Assurance Committee which gives me a good understanding of academic quality procedures, and am also a member of the Business Development Committee.
1996-2005 Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Manager, Depute Head of School Edinburgh’s Telford College
I managed the Computing curriculum and the associated team of lecturers and senior lecturers, also some cross-school projects. I lectured in computer programming and supported staff undertaking Professional Development Awards in Teaching. From 2000-2003 I was a member of Academic Board and from 2002-2003 acted as Depute Head of School.
2003-05 Secondment: Development Manager (Learning and Teaching), Colleges Open Learning Exchange Group (COLEG).
1993 - 95 Course Co-ordinator, Falkirk Women's Technology Centre
1993 - 96 Course Tutor, Programming and Programming Languages. The Open University
1983 - 93 Senior Systems Programmer, Royal Bank Of Scotland, Edinburgh
Nominations and Awards
In 2018: Nominated for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Innovative Teaching
In 2017: Nominated for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Best Student Advisor or Personal Tutor
In 2016: Short-listed for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Best Student Advisor or Personal Tutor
In 2015: Short-listed for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Best Teacher for Assessment and Feedback
Nominated for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Best Student Advisor or Personal Tutor
In 2013: JISC iTech Case Study, Highly Commended: Connecting with TQFE Distance Learners through online tutorials
The TQFE programme has won the following awards
College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Innovative Teaching (for TQFE-Tutor: an integrated tutoring communications system for the TQFE programme)
University of Dundee Honorary Graduates' Award for Innovation in Teaching (also for TQFE-Tutor)
University Of Stirling, Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Education with TQ(FE)
University Of Edinburgh, Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Studies
Outside of work I am a member of the Core Team at Inverleith Junior parkrun.
Chapters in Books
Fortuna, C., Henderson, S., McLuckie, J., Rodrigues, S., Syme-Smith, L., Taylor, N. and Williamson, G. (2010) A conversation between colleagues; Defining multiple literacy in science education. In Multiple Literacy in Formal and Informal Science Education.
Refereed Journal Articles
Rodrigues, S., Taylor, N., Cameron, M., Syme-Smith, L. and Fortuna, C. (2010) Questioning Chemistry: The role of level, familiarity, language and taxonomy. Science Education International Vol.21, No.1, 31-46
Syme-Smith, L. (2016) A marked difference: The effect of the use of assessment rubrics on learner understanding and on staff efficiency. International ARPCE Conference, Oxford, July 2016
Taylor, N., Syme-Smith, L., Rodrigues, S., Fortuna, C. and Cameron, M. (2010) The Relationship between Science Questions, Levels of Perceived Confidence and Science Answers: Patterns in data collected through an interactive response system. Proceedings of Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2010)
Conference presentations and published case studies
Syme-Smith, L (2017) Professional teaching qualifications: Motivational factors affecting success. Journal of Vocational Education and Training 12th International Conference (7th - 9th July 2017).
Syme-Smith, L (2014) JISC iTech Case Study, Using note-taking software to create inclusive and flexible learning resources
Syme-Smith, L (2013) JISC iTech Case Study, Connecting with TQFE Distance Learners through online tutorials
Syme-Smith, L (2013) Poster presentation entitled Building Participation: The use of web-conferencing for flexible learning at HEA Flexible Learning Conference, University of Westminster Can we do it? Yes we can! Recognising, promoting and developing flexible learning in higher education.
Syme-Smith, L., Boyle, L. and Golden, L. (2012) Feedback or Interference: Are lecturers' perceptions of their language used in feedback consistent with the actual language used? British Educational Research Association (BERA 2012)
Master of Arts, Open University Scotland
1996 → 1998
Bachelor of Science, Open University Scotland
1989 → 1994
Bachelor of Arts, Heriot-Watt University
1978 → 1981
A marked difference: The effect of the use of assessment rubrics on learner understanding and on staff efficiencySyme-Smith, L., Jul 2016, Proceedings of International ARPCE Conference, Oxford, July 2016.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
The relationship between science questions, levels of perceived confidence and science answers: Patterns in data generated by primary science student teachersTaylor, N., Syme-Smith, L., Rodrigues, S., Fortuna, C. & Cameron, M., Jun 2010.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
The relationship between science questions, levels of perceived confidence and science answers: patterns in data collected through an interactive response systemTaylor, N., Syme-Smith, L., Rodrigues, S., Fortuna, C. & Cameron, M., 2010
Research output: Non-textual form › Digital or Visual Products