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Sigma: A case study of an enduring centre for excellence

In this article, Duncan Lawson shares his experiences as leader of a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning within the field of mathematics. By accounting for the development of the centre, he gives us insight into factors that strengthen the possibility of reaching the goals of the Norwegian SFU initiative, in addition to what might threaten the initiative.

The article is part of the anthology På vei mot det fremste? (Helen Bråten and Astrid Børsheim red. 2016, mainly written in Norwegian).

About the author

Professor Duncan Lawson is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Formative Education at Newman University. Professor Lawson has for many years focused on improving learning and teaching. In recognition of his excellent work, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. He also secured status and directed a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, sigma. Duncan knows the Norwegian SFU initiative well as he chaired both the expert panel assessing the applications in 2013 and the panel conducting the mid-term review of the first Centre for excellence in Norway, ProTed.

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Author(s): Duncan Lawson
Date: 8 March 2016