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The Food for Thought Seminar Series is a series of short lunchtime CPD workshops organised by the Teaching and Learning Unit. Staff are invited to attend any or all sessions as appropriate. Seminars start with a light lunch and are then followed by a short seminar of typically 20-30 minutes duration.

When do the workshops take place?

These workshops are held at lunchtimes from 1pm to 2pm during the semester. So, watch this space and keep an eye out for notifications via email, the TLU website news and what’s on sections or on social media.

Who should attend these workshops?

These sessions are offered free of charge and are open to all CIT academic staff. Each session aspires to be relevant to both early career and experienced lecturers.

How are the workshops structured?

Each session aims discuss a topic that is which is highly relevant to staff from either a teaching & learning, administrative or personal perspective via a 30-minute presentation and then participants are invited to ask questions and partake in a discussion.

What types of topics have been discussed to date?

 The series commenced in the 2016/2017 academic year and the following provides a summary of the topics discussed so far:





Title & Descriptor



26th October 2016

Talking about Exams

This workshop was timed before the submission date for examination papers in Semester 1 and discussed:

• How to pitch exam questions at the right level and provide some examples for discussion

• The importance of a marking scheme and how to develop a marking scheme

• How to develop model answers for questions

• The role of the external examiner in the examination process



5th December 2016


8th December 2016

Helping learners become strategic learners and revise productively

“If you feed a person a fish you have fed them for a day but if you teach them how to fish you have fed them for a lifetime”

As students prepare for exams many will complain that they put the hours in with little return. Examinations measure the quality of revision more than the quantity. This workshop examined some of the proven effective study techniques which can be presented to students to help them study productively in preparation for the end of semester exams.



14th December 2017

Employee Assistance Programme Briefing

The EAP is a confidential employee support service designed to support employees resolve personal or work-related concerns, through telephone support, specialist information and telephone or face to face counselling. The EAP is provided by EAP Consultants/Carecall who are an independent company and is available to all CIT employees The briefing session provided further information on the type of support available and how the service can be used.

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