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I have worked at the University of Dundee since 2003.
I work mainly on the BA Professional Development which is a professional development award for those currently in employment. I have recently taken on the role of Convener for this programme within the discipline of Community Education. I also tutor on a couple of the modules and supervise small research projects.
I am 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 am supporting current TQFE students to complete their qualification.
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 2020: Nominated for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Best Distance Learning Tutor
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, Durham University
Award Date: 3 Aug 2009
Master of Arts, Open University Scotland
1996 → 1998
Award Date: 18 Dec 1998
Bachelor of Science, Open University Scotland
1989 → 1994
Award Date: 25 Jun 1994
Bachelor of Arts, Heriot-Watt University
1978 → 1981
Award Date: 17 Oct 1981
External Examiner (PGCE Further Education and Training), Edge Hill UniversityOct 2019 → 30 Sep 2023
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
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 › peer-review
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-review