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Message from Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

Dear colleagues and students

First of all, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to all incoming students to HKU. I wish you a most wonderful and enjoyable academic year ahead!

Over the summer, I’ve been chairing a Review Panel on Residential Hall Education and Culture. The panel’s membership, terms of reference and scope are provided at the bottom of this message. In the past few weeks we’ve organized a series of town-hall meetings to engage with key stakeholders, and I’m writing now to invite you to attend sessions to be held on campus for all staff and students, whether or not you’ve had hall experience at HKU. You can register for these events through the HKU Event Management System (HKUEMS).

Town-hall meeting with staff
Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: CPD 2.19
Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?UEID=51682

Town-hall meeting with students (1)
Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Venue: CBC, LG1/F, Chow Yei Ching Building
Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?UEID=51683

Town-hall meeting with students (2)
Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venue: CPD LG08
Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?UEID=51684

Members of the review panel
• Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) (Chairman)
• Dr. Eugenie Leung, Dean of Student Affairs
• Dr. Henry Y.K. Lau, Warden of University Hall
• Mr. Chan Hei Long Aaron, Vice-President (Internal) of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union (HKUSU), Session 2017-2018
• Mr. Ho Kin Tung Tony, Chairperson of R.C. Lee Hall Students’ Association, HKUSU, Session 2017-2018
• Miss Judith Ng, Assistant Registrar, Registry

Terms of reference
To examine residential hall education and culture in the light of the mission, vision and core values of the University, with a view to recommending changes that may be necessary (including to existing rules and regulations, management structures and operational models) to enable the halls of residence to contribute as fully as possible to the achievement of the University’s educational aims.

Scope of the review
To explore the contribution of the residential halls to four key HKU values, each of which maps onto one or more of the six UEAs for undergraduate students:
I Supportive of academic excellence (UEA 1)
II Nurturing of responsibility, responsiveness and leadership capacities (UEAs 2/6)
III Positive about difference, diversity, inclusion and integration (UEAs 3/4)
IV Affirmative of working constructively with others (UEA 5)

We look forward to meeting with you and hearing your views.

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor
(Teaching and Learning)

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Message from Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry

teas2015Nominations are now invited for awards under the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award Scheme (TEAS).

The TEAS aims to recognise, reward and promote excellence in teaching at the University. Under the Scheme, there are four categories of awards, viz. University Distinguished Teaching Award, Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA), Early Career Teaching Award and Teaching Innovation Award (TIA). Besides individual awards, both OTA and TIA comprise team awards to recognise and encourage collaborative effort and achievement in enhancing teaching and learning. All Faculties are encouraged to nominate colleagues who have made outstanding teaching and learning contributions for these awards.

For further details, please refer to the circular from the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at:
URL: http://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_1/cdqa/doc/TEAS/TEAS-List-A-2017.pdf.

Nominees are encouraged to contact the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) for advice on the preparation of teaching portfolios. Seminars/workshops will be organised by CETL in June and September 2017 to support interested staff members to prepare for their submissions.

All nominations and the supporting documents should reach Ms. Synthia Chau, Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section, by September 29, 2017. Enquiries may be directed to Ms. Chau at 2859 2440 or email to schau@hku.hk.

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The Teaching Feedback Award: an opportunity for students to share and celebrate their experiences of receiving excellent feedback from their teachers.

I’m delighted that the student-led Teaching Feedback Award has been launched, and I pledge my wholehearted support. I firmly believe that effective learning depends on students receiving timely, clear and constructive feedback from their teachers. Students have an innate understanding of what good feedback is. This new award will enable them to share this understanding and reward teachers whose feedback they find exemplary.
Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
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The purpose of the Teaching Feedback Award (TFA) is to celebrate excellent feedback and encourage debate about feedback among teachers and students.

The nomination process is open to all students registered on HKU undergraduate programmes. Teachers will be nominated by their students between May and June 2017, using a nomination form distributed by the HKUSU. Nomination forms should be submitted directly to the HKUSU Office on or before 16 June 2017.

Nominations will be shortlisted at Faculty-level in late June 2017 by small committees of students appointed from student associations and societies. Each of the 10 committees will select the three nominations they judge to be the most outstanding in their Faculty.

The 30 shortlisted nominations will be considered by a Selection Panel in September 2017, and one teacher will be chosen from each Faculty to receive the TFA. The Selection Panel will consist of the HKUSU President, three student representatives from Faculties, the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and the Director of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Each TFA will carry a monetary award of HK$10,000.

Here is a chance for you to explore the endless possibilities of interactive online learning with us. HKU will be launching an open online course on the basics of e-learning and blended learning for students, teachers and staffs of all sectors on May 5. This 15-day course will lead you through design considerations and implementation skills for e-learning at three different scales. You will:
  • ​​​​Convert lecturing portions of traditional face-to-face course into video-lectures and design assessment components
  • Plan “face time”/active learning activities in blended learning to enhance achievement of intended learning outcomes
  • Describe the utilities of learning analytics in enhancing learning effectiveness
Date Session Topics
5 May Online Session 0
Online Session 1
E-learning Ecosystem: Setting the Scene
Interactive Online Learning: Getting Started
12 May Face-to-Face Session A
(12pm – 2pm at HKU)
Creating Your Lecture Video
12 May Online Session 2 Blended Learning: Teaching On-Campus
15 May Online Session 3 Learning Analytics: Using Learner’s Data to Improve Teaching
19 May Face-to-Face Session B
(12pm – 2pm at HKU)
Analyzing Your Video
Embark your e-learning journey with us now!

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Living conditions on a Sri Lankan tea plantation were the focus of an experiential learning project for 11 Social Sciences and Comparative Literature students, whose output supported the work of the Save the Children organisation.

Read more on Bulletin March 2017 (Vol. 18 No.2)

Message from Professor Ian Holliday, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Teaching & Learning)

Staff Teaching Space Experience Survey - 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Staff Teaching Space Experience Survey – 2017

IT Services will be conducting an online Teaching Space Experience Survey on behalf of the University for a 3 week, commencing on Monday 20th March and closing at 5pm on Sunday 9th April 2017.

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about your experiences and perceptions of the classroom environments that you use to deliver your lectures and seminars etc. in order to find out what you think is important and of any issues to be addressed.

Your opinions are valuable to us and this information will help us understand how we can provide better facilities to support your teaching. A separate survey investigating the student learning environment experience was closed on Sunday 19th March 2017.

The results of both will be used to inform the University Strategy for future development of Teaching and Learning Spaces over the coming planning period (2-3 years) to ensure that space provided for teaching and learning is fit for purpose and of good quality in order to enhance the student learning experience.

You can access the survey through this link:


If you have any questions or queries about this survey please contact Mrs Toni Kelly, Associate Director (Learning Environments), at tkelly@hku.hk.

With best wishes

Professor Ian Holliday
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Teaching & Learning)


Invitation to the 2016 Ceremony

The President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong requests the pleasure of your company at the Award Presentation Ceremony for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Knowledge Exchange

Monday, March 27, 2017

Plaque Unveiling , 4:30 p.m.
Plaque of Honour, LG/F (opposite Grove Café & The Jockey Club Tower entrance), Centennial Campus
Award Presentation Ceremony , 5:00 p.m.
Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, LG/F, Centennial Campus

Dr the Honourable Sir David LI Kwok Po, Pro-Chancellor will be the Guest of Honour at the Ceremony

The Invitation Card

Outstanding Teaching Award for
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Message from President and Vice-Chancellor

Dear Colleagues and Students,

I am very pleased to announce the award recipients of the University’s Teaching Excellence Awards this year. The Selection Panel was deeply impressed with the awardees’ dedication to teaching, their tireless and creative efforts to make learning enjoyable and challenging, and the impact that they have made on their students’ learning. Awardees this year fall into three categories of awards, viz. Outstanding Teaching Award, Early Career Teaching Award and Teaching Innovation Award. The Early Career Teaching Award was introduced this year to recognise the outstanding contributions and commitment of our colleagues who are at an early stage of their teaching career.

Outstanding Teaching Award

Mr. David L. Bishop, School of Business, Faculty of Business and Economics
Professor David R. Carless, Faculty of Education
Dr. Julie Y. Chen, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care and Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education, LKS Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Katherine N. Cummer, Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture
Dr. Wilton W.T. Fok, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Early Career Teaching Award

Ms. Jody K.P. Chu, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, LKS Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Courtney J. Fung, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences
Dr. Sara Kim, School of Business, Faculty of Business and Economics

Teaching Innovation Award

Mr. Ivan A. Valin and Mr. Scott J. Melbourne of the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture

The awardees will be honoured at a presentation ceremony on Monday March 27, 2017. Please do join us for that if you can.

I would like to thank our external assessor Professor Huang Hoon Chng (Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education) of the National University of Singapore) for providing us with expert advice in situ during the final selection process. I would also like to thank the other Panel members, Professor Ian Holliday, Professor Grahame Bilbow, Ms. Katherine Lynch and Mr. Alasdair Kan (student representative), for their assistance in this important exercise.

Many congratulations to all the awardees – I hope you will attend the presentation ceremony!

Professor Peter Mathieson, President
Selection Panel for Teaching Excellence Awards 2016

Applications are now invited for the Teaching Development Grants (TDGs). TDGs are intended to support projects and activities that will have an impact on the strategic development and promotion of Teaching and Learning (T&L). As a new measure to ensure alignment of TDG proposals with T&L strategies at Faculty level, Faculties are required to contribute one-sixth of the total project cost for a successful TDG proposal submitted by their Faculty members. For priority areas and more details, please refer to Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)’s invitation circular dated February 27, 2017 (document 321/217, URL below):


Applications should be submitted to Ms. Synthia Chau, Secretary, Teaching and Learning Quality Committee, c/o Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section, Registry. TDG applications will be processed in batches according to the following cut-off dates in 2017:

1st round – Thursday, April 13, 2017
2nd round – Friday, October 13, 2017
3rd round – Friday, December 29, 2017

Enquiries may be directed to Ms. Chau or Ms. Julie Lau.

The UGC invites annually nominations from institutions on its UGC Teaching Award, which is established to honour staff in the UGC sector who excel in teaching. The current Scheme consists of two categories: (1) general faculty members/teams; and (2) early career faculty members (open to individuals only). Each University is invited to nominate up to three nominations in total. If three nominations are submitted, among the three at least one nomination should be in each of the two Award categories. Details are set out in the UGC’s letter dated February 14, 2017 (Appendix A).

Applications are now invited from teaching excellence award winners for these two categories of awards. For details, please refer to the circular from the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor dated February 27, 2017, which includes in its Appendix A details of the UGC Scheme. Applications should reach Ms. Synthia Chau, Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry, by March 17, 2017.

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Message from Professor Ian Holliday, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Teaching & Learning)

Dear Students and Colleagues,

The University is planning to refurbish Kwan Fong Lecture Theatre on 2/F of Knowles Building (KB223). At this stage, the architect is exploring the design options for this central lecture theatre.

5 layout options have been developed (whether it will be a traditional one, a collaborative one or inbetween). The University wishes to collect views and opinions from the University community for reference in the ensuing design development.

You are cordially invited to participate in an online survey that covers the key themes of environment, technology, learning space quality and design. Please spare 5 minutes and join the online survey which is accessible at the following link:


Your answers will remain anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential. Your response before 31st January 2017 would be very much appreciated. For enquiries, please contact Mr. David Lo of the Estates Office at kwlo@estates.hku.hk

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Best regards,

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) The University of Hong Kong
Chairman, Learning Environment Committee

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